I have always been interested in making things from paper, and leftover things. As child I remember pouring over my mother’s stash of Pack of Fun magazines which made things from leftover wooden spools, plastic tomato and berry baskets, etc. My family always made their own Christmas cards. First by silk screening onto leftover wallpaper, then on to card stock and finally on an old letter press printing machine. My father and siblings would take turns designing the cards. One of our family friends also made her own Christmas ornaments from paper and would exchange cards with us. I remember her toy solider ornament the best. By the time I was in my teen years I was experimenting with dimensional cards.
When all the children had left home, my father discovered a company that made pop-up Christmas cards. This changed every thing for my ideas on making Christmas cards. As time has passed, life happened, and the purchase of Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 6 added another technique to my card making adventure.
Pinterest, YouTube and Craftworld.com help me learn about die cutting and card making techniques. I discovered a number of designers making dies for pop-up and interactive cards. Some of my favorites include Karen Burniston, Lawn Fawn, Waffle Flower, Angela Poole, Sam Calcott’s Mixed Up Craft, Anna Griffin, Spellbinders, i-crafter, Simply Made Crafts by Helen Griffin and whoever makes the next interactive design that captures my attention.
One of the best online stores that I’ve found for dies at good prices and an international selection of brands is Dies R Us.