I'm convinced. The Big Shot ($99.95) is cutting edge literally and figuratively. These adorable mini envelopes were created with the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die ($21.95), created exclusively for Stampin' Up! They're perfect for gift giving and accommodate 2 x 3 cards beautifully. TIP: Dies from other manufacturers (including Cuttlebug embossing folders) are compatible with the Big Shot and the new Stampin' Up!dies are compatible with other die cutting systems (Cuttlebug included). The Big Shot and accessories will be available through Stampin' Up! beginning September 2.
TIP: One of my readers recently advised me that current etiquette suggests that a smaller card (dolled up in a mini envelope) is more acceptable for gift giving than a large card. The Big Shot makes playing by the rules fashionable, fast and fun. At less than 2 minutes each to assemble (before embellishing), these mini envies easily beat the 10 minute or less requirement for my Stamping 911 category.
So let's learn how to make these little pretties:
Here's the Big Shot. It's sturdy, steady and easy to use. You use a series of plates and spacers to get the right pressure for die cutting and embossing.
This is the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die designed and only offered through Stampin' Up!
To create the "sandwich" for cutting the envelopes, you start with one of the acrylic plates (2 are included with the machine) for the base. Building from base to top, you next add the scallop envelope die face up, card stock and finish with the second acrylic plate on top.
Turn the handle on the Big Shot to guide the sandwich through and create cutting pressure.
Check out this quick and precise result. It even creates score lines!
Fold in the scored sides firstand adhere the bottom flap. Notice the adorable detailing on the scallops.
I'll be posting the details for all three envelopes tomorrow. Lots of Stampin' Up!'s new Fall/Winter items were used. Yes, the bird is another exclusive Stampin' Up! die cut. Stay tuned :)
Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary