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 Catalogue entry here

This is one of the three die-sets that make a "flipper" card, the others being Circle and Label. It just (only just!) fits in the normal BigShot, and produces a card size of 4¼" x 5½" from a piece of card 5½" square.
You also get a number of small dies to go with it
  • two more snowflakes, one 2½" across the diagonal and the other 1"
  • banner, 2" long and ½" high
  • heart, 1¼" across
  • Xmas tree (or simple arrow) 1½" each way excluding trunk. Smaller than that in the Festival Of Trees Photopolymer Bundle.
  • words: "Brr", "joy", "snow"
These all come mounted on a piece of cardboard, held down by sticky tape. A bit of a let-down - some magnetic sheet would have been a nice touch.

The main die does a nice job, including scoring the cardstock where the folds are needed.

The banner, heart, and tree are simple shapes, easy to use.

The snowflakes and words are more complex and delicate, and I'd suggest good quality card-stock. 100gsm worked well for me, but you do need to be sure of something that won't tear apart, and when cutting, keep the die near the centre of the cutting plate. The snowflakes would also be useful as a "negative" cut, but not the words.
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Having made one envelope, I woke up thinking about dimensions, and paper wastage. 12x12 paper ain't cheap, and I don't like using a whole sheet on an envelope, especially with wastage.
First thought - could I get two envelopes (or indeed two anything) out of it? 6" across... go and look up the chart on the envelope punch board. That'll do a 3x4 card. Bit small.
All the paper size for all envelopes are square. (Which seems odd - I'll test out some long thin card shapes later). So, what's the biggest square I can get out of A4? 21cm, 8.25". Check that chart again. Oddly, it lists only dimensions, no marker saying "this one's A6". Marker added.... and that's the biggest card I can fit into an envelope made from A4 paper! A card made from half a sheet of A4, exactly! Happy!

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My starter kit for my life as a Stampin' Up demonstrator has arrived. Time then, not to play with new toys and go SQUEEE!, but to test out the tools of my trade and do a fair, objective and coherent review.

I have punches, two sorts of stamps ("clear-mount" and "photo-polymer"), an envelope punch board, a silicone craft sheet (intended to be glue-resistant), a snowflake die that makes swivel cards, papers, ink pads, and pens. Those last three are all in the five new colours for this year.

First impressions of all of this are that my fellow demos are right in saying that Stampin' Up products are a cut above the norm.
The punches aren't just the normal "insert paper and press", they have locks that hold them closed when not in use.
The ink pads don't just have lids that you pull off (and that fall off), they have a sort of slide and seal mechanism. No clear lid to let you see what's inside, but a nice label on the top, in the ink colour, giving the name. What's more, if you want to store them on edge and see the names from the side, there's a peel-off label supplied that you can apply whereever you like - it'll fit on either of the ends.
The stamps, both sorts, come in a DVD-sized case, with labels giving the name, and pictures of what's in the set.

So far I've played with the envelope punch board. It has a chart (in inches and cm) listing the card sizes you might want to make an envelope for, and the size of paper each will require. Looking this up for the 6x6 card I had in mind, I realised why their "envelope paper" is 12x12 - 9.5x9.5 is a lot bigger than A4. The instructions are nice and simple, everything works easily, and you end up with a nice envelope with all corners rounded, and overlap for gluing that's just the right size for a tape dispenser.

While producing that bit of 9.5x9.5, I realised why my fellow demos had recommended the Stampin' Up Trimmer, rather than my fairly standard guillotine.  See that extending ruler? That's what I needed. Next order, I'll be getting one of them.



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