The flowers were colored with Copics before being cut. Copic coloring for small images like these perfectly suits my
But these bitty stamps can be colored quickly. So yay!
I wanted to use a soft yellow or pink ribbon for the bow, but it turns out I don't have either color. So white it is. That keeps the attention on the color of the flowers, though, and covers up the ugly overlap of the stems, so it's a win.
Now, this card could be made with stamping and masking. This would eliminate the slight border on the die cuts and would look more natural. But these petite images in their super-simple setting work for me as die cuts.
While my experience with dies is extremely limited, I've found that Hero Arts' dies are consistently easy to use, work well every time, and cut cleanly. They are open dies (just the outline, not a solid piece of metal) which allows you to stamp and color and THEN cut very easily. I use washi tape to hold them in place.
Finally! A use for the thousand or so rolls of washi I own!
I've bought some Papertrey dies and am less pleased with them. They often leave a slight residue around the edges of the die cuts, making them look dirty. I've washed the dies in Dawn and warm water, but they still leave that residue. Apparently, this is a common problem as I found many irate outbursts on threads and blog posts on the subject. Any suggestions?
Also, Papertrey's are mostly closed dies, so it's easier to cut, then stamp and color, which can be awkward.
What is your experience with various manufacturers' dies? I'd love to hear your recommendations to buy and to avoid.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Hero Arts Little Florals, Summer Garden
ink: Memento black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: coordinating dies, Copic markers, glue pen, ribbon