As a die fanatic, I am so excited that Darice now has dies available. Yay! As usual, the quality that we’ve come to expect from Darice is absolutely there and, best of all, the dies are affordable. Let me show you a card that I made using one of the basic die sets, scalloped circles.
Isn’t that just the cutest shape? I love the pointy edges instead of the traditional rounded ones, and that they are larger and more spaced out than the traditional pinking circles.
In the debut, Darice released a variety of dies — both basic sets and seasonal ones. When I say new, I mean brand new and not just new to Cut at Home. That means there may be some delay in availability while they (Darice) catch up with orders, etc. You’ll notice in the Darice Embossing Essentials die area that there are a lot of the basic dies, for example, and not so much for the holiday dies. This should all sort out as they catch up with their orders, etc. If you want something pictured here that is not currently on the site, contact the wonderful Customer Service folks for assistance.
The dies are the thin dies, and so can be used in a number of different die cutting machines. The package gives instructions for four machines (the Big Shot, the Cuttlebug, the eBosser, and the Evolution), but they should work in any machine that can handle thin dies. They have a coating that is designed to prevent those little chads from sticking in the dies. If you do find that some little pieces stay behind, whack the die against a hard surface and most of the bits should come flying out (it is a lot easier than picking them out, but you do have to chase those little pieces).
I was able to purchase a variety of dies, including some of the basic sets and some of the holiday sets. For each I cut out a piece of scrap paper using the largest die in the set (all fit comfortably on an A-2 sized card). Here is a look at some of them —
These are my two favorite sets — stars and the book pages dies. I love the puffy, rounded edge stars. They are perfect for kids’ cards or for baby items. The book pages set is, to me, the “must have” die set in the collection so far. You could make some very cure mini-albums using this set, or the individual pieces would be perfect layered on cards, etc. to make pockets or flaps or whatever. It is such a fun set and has so many possibilities.
These are two of the holiday dies — the evergreen border and the snowflake border. Both fit the long side of an A-2 card (so are approximately 5.5″ long). The trees can be used all together, or you can cut them apart and just use a few, etc. I also think they would be perfect stacked creating a forest of sorts.
Last, but by no means least, these are mostly holiday dies. The top left piece is called swirl vine (it is not holiday). Next to it is small holly. On the bottom are poinsettia and snowman with hat. All very cute! With these dies, it is important that you take the extra step and emboss them after cutting. There is so much detail that adds to/enhances the look of the piece (none of these images were embossed).
For a closer look at the dies and cutout shapes, please see the short video below. In it I do spend some time with the dies, their packaging, and how the cut shapes (focusing on the largest sizes) fit on an A-2 sized card.
So that’s just a quick look at some of the sets that are available. Watch for additional posts from me featuring Darice Embossing Essentials dies.
For the “hello sunshine” card above, I used the second largest die in the scalloped circles set. I cut it using my Sizzix Big Shot. I did not emboss it for this project. I added some Dandelion and Tangelo Memento inks to the edges to give it some dimension (I even used a little light orange to add some “blush” to the sun face). I used the same color cardstock to cut a card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A-2 sized), and I cut the yellow and white paper 4″ x 5.25″. I added some of the Dandelion and Tangelo inks to the edges of the layer to add some dimension. The cool shades gave my sunshine a little ‘tude (the frame is black with clear rhinestones, the lenses are cut from bottle green vellum). The “hello sunshine” sentiment is from one of those dollar rubber stamps that you just can’t resist. Easy peasy. This card is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Be sure to check out the selection of Darice Embossing Essentials dies. You’ll see that even the basic dies are different from the other dies available out there. With the reasonable price tag you might just be able to buy 2 or 3 sets for what you would have paid for just 1 set of another brand.
Darice Embossing Dies — I used a variety of sets as described above. The card is made using the Scalloped Circles set.
Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot.
Memento inks — I used tuxedo black, dandelion and tangelo
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (to adhere the card layers and to attach the glasses to the sun, etc.)
Sunglasses – this is a Taylored Expressions die called “Spectacles”
The lenses of the sunglasses are cut from bottle green vellum
4 small clear rhinestones to embellish the glasses
Low dimensional adhesive (used to attach the sun and the sentiment)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’