Where did it come fromSimply Cards & Papercraft Issue 168
When did I get it23rd September 2017
When did I try it6th October 2017
First quick impressionI have some stamps that create similar silhouette style scenes but no dies (that I can remember!) I am interested to see how these dies may work with my Inkylicious and Cardio stamps, will the sizes work together. I guess it’s time to jump in and get crafting and see what I come up with.
Testing the DiesThe first thing I have to comment on that made me really happy is that the dies popped cleanly off with none of the dreaded sticky mess to deal with like I had in last weeks Christmas Wishes drama. Fantastic I can get straight on with crafting rather than cleaning! So, to begin with, I cut them out with Linda’s 250 GSM card stock (Creative Craft Creations from Create and Craft) using my Gemini as per usual (if you want to know why I use the Gemini specifically check out this post about it) and here is how it turned out.
Initial Die VerdictThe first thing I noticed is that the three dies are different lengths. Maybe I am a bit of a lazy crafter but as you are in all likeliness going to use more than one in a project it would have been a nice touch if they had been the same length rather than needing to faff around measuring them… maybe it’s just me though? What do you think? In terms of the cutting, the dies have all cut cleanly. I’m not sure whether it is to do with the power of my Gemini but there was an embossing effect added too, in some places like around the roof of the cottage this is really effective but in other places like the door it doesn’t look as nice. Three of the four trees also have creases at the top of the trunks which means you have to be careful. OK, I was curious to know if it was the Gemini so decided to run a couple of the dies through my Spellbinders Sapphire to compare:
Well, the results are more or less identical which I have mixed feelings about. On one hand, I’m glad to know my powerful Gemini is not over pressing things, on the other hand, it would have been nice to have a cleaner cut from the die. Anyhow, let’s crack on and see what I can do with these dies.