Warning! This post may "enable" you to add Stampin' Up!'s new exclusive die cuts on your next order. In combination with the offering of the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine on September 2, Stampin' Up! has introduced 10 beautiful, exclusive dies, including today's featured die, the Top Note Bigz Die.
I recently posted a Tutorial for the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, which pops out adorable envies that accommodate 2 x 3" gift cards. The Top Note Bigz Die is processed identically and is splendid for cards, scrap booking, d?cor (cuts through chipboard, plastic, fabric and more) and luscious labels for these wonderful treat bags in just minutes–qualifying them for my Stamping 911 seal of approval–projects you can make in 10 minutes or less. Think about the possibilities: "Back to school" with ABC's, Halloween treats, party favors, little surprises in your wee one's lunch box . . .
Treat Bag #1 combines Stampin' Up!'s new fall/winter designer series paper, Washington Apple and Stampin' Up!'s medium flat cellophane bags (a bargain at $4.50 for (50) 4" x 6" bags, p. 167). You simply fold the die cut in half the long way and get a snazzy label that fits the medium bags to a tee. TIP: Use gentle pressure when scoring designer series paper or you risk tearing it.
Stamp Set: Define Your Life
Paper: Washington Apple Designer Series, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Key Tag Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch
The Perfect Touch: Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Malted Milk Balls
Treat Bag #2 uses a second delightful pattern from Washington Apple and one of Stampin' Up!'s small flat cellophane bags ($3.95 for (50), 3" x 5" bags, p. 167). Just fold the "short" way (a nifty marriage with the small cello bag), add the skittles and go.
Paper: Washington Apple, Whisper White
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Nestabilities Long Rectangle (for cutting and embossing sentiment)
The Perfect Touch: Chills and Thrills Rub-Ons, Skittles
IMPORTANT: The question I am asked the most about the Big Shot and the new dies is about compatibility. Stampin' Up! claims that the new dies will work in most die cutting machines and, conversely, the Big Shot can accommodate most dies using its multi-purpose platform (included). However, plan on the need to play a bit with the "sandwich" order if you have alternative equipment until you get the right amount of pressure. TIP: I had total success using the Scallop Envelope and Top Note Bigz Dies with my Cuttlebug. The perfect sandwich starting from the bottom: Cuttlebug B Plate, Bigz Die face up, card stock, B Plate.
Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary