Beginning in cardmaking can be so intimidating – choosing stamps, learning about ink, LOOKING AT PRICES!! But one of my first “big” purchases was a die cutting machine. I bought a Sizzix Big Kick almost 9 years ago and still use it to this day, so it is a long term investment and can be literally be used for YEARS, but once you buy the machine you need dies to run through it. That’s where it can get really expensive. During my Cardmaking 101 Series, which you can find HERE & the playlist on YouTube HERE, I suggested (and still do) investing in nesting die sets with basic shapes first.
This isn’t something I did, but I really wish I would have. You can create entire cards with just these nesting die sets and there are so many wonderful things you can do with them – creating frames, mats and quite a bit of punch art just to name a few. With that in mind, I wanted to start a new video series sharing some different ideas for beginners (or pros) in using these basic nesting dies and making them the focal point of your cards. I will be starting with Nesting Circle Dies, as this is what I would suggest starting with. You can watch the first video down below!!
There are links down below for all the products I used today. Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!
- WeRMemory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies
- Distress Inks
- Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Die Cutting Machine
- Hole Punch
- Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
- Versamark Ink
- White Embossing Powder
- Heat Gun
- Tim Holtz Ruler
- Micron Pen