NOTE: for those of you who use digital and physical stamps …I’ll be adding dimensions for the cutouts and panels in another post when I get the rest of the dies I want from here. If you need info. on these rectangular dies before then.. leave a comment below and I’ll get my measuring stick out just for you 🙂
First Impression when I opened the envelope was.. wow .. that’s nice. I am so used to getting things shoved in a jiffy envelope with an invoice…. it’s nice to have someone go that extra to make a good first impression. I almost felt guilty busting it open, even something as simple as some tissue paper and a label makes a nice impression. So bear that in mind if you are buying these as a gift 🙂 … not that I am hinting at anyone, because my man doesn’t read my blog *rolleyes
Once you get over the guilty feeling of ruining the cute packaging….inside the package the dies are inside a zip lock style bag and mounted on a magnetic sheet… another nice touch. I hate wrestling dies off that awful gluey stuff and tape some brands use.
..and of course.. the important part.. the Dies.
This set contains 4 dies. the largest, which is the A2 die is a single stitch die and then there are 3 nested double dies for that negative positive effect. ( see below for example of what you can do with these dies )
I bought these dies for several reasons… there are cheaper single stitch dies available…and there are double stitch dies available in the same price range. But so far these are the only ones I have found that have this kind of versatility.
I like the fact I have an A2 sized stitched border. I love the fact that the dual edge giving the negative and positive is a great paper saver. You get two cuts in one.
But what I really love about these is that if you combine two of the dies..you can also make a double stitched frame and depending on which dies you use.. you not only get the double stitched frame, you get the single stitched edge for images and the single stitched cut out frames.
Now the real biggie for me.. is something I won’t find out till tomorrow when the other dies I bought arrive. If these will mix and match with the other dies size wise…. I will be in heaven. The combinations available will be awesome. So we shall have to wait and see if the other set has a similar ratio on their dies.
All I can say right now at this point is..I really like these dies. The combinations available with just this set alone are worth every penny. Regardless of whether or not they mix and match with my other dies…I will be grabbing a couple more of these sets in various shapes.. square , circular and oval I think were the choices. And I think I saw some sets of dotted dies too, I have never tried those so would be curious to see the difference.
Ok here is a quick peek at a few combination cuts I made using these dies on some card scraps….just to give you an idea of the possibilities. You will see these and more used in some upcoming project posts..so be sure to check them out.
Large Single stitch and Large double stitch combo gives you a double stitched frame and a single stitch to stamp or decorate
Using the largest double die gives you two useable pieces… an inner piece to place images on and a stitched cutout for framing pieces.
This would be fab for those of us who like to do vellum windows or shaker cards.
And .. you can always offset the smaller die in side of a larger die to create a variety of offset cutouts. Of course, if you also buy the other shapes.. then you have so many more options for cut out frames. Which I am sure you will see soon, because I plan to buy the other shapes lol.
Now ..I also ordered some other dies.. which I am dying to try out with these too… which … if they work the way I hope are going to make these dies even more versatile.
In a nutshell… would I recommend these dies…. hell yeah.
If you are on a budget like I am and you really want a set of stitched dies….Lil’Inker Designs would be the brand I would say start with. They give you the single and double stitched effect and give you the negative and positive stitches. I can’t think of another set that does this. I only got the one set this time, because I wasn’t sure that the double stitch effect I had wanted in another set of dies was possible and this is the first time I had seen or heard of this particular brand. Now I know it works…I am getting more of these dual stitched dies… no question.