Anna Griffin's new Slimline Compendium dies feel essential. In the past few months, several companies as well as crafters showcased Slimline cards. These much taller (and much slimmer) cards measuring an astounding 8" x 9" and fit into business sized envelopes. They looked attractive, and while no doubt, anyone could cut the base with a bone folder and a paper cutter, the dimensions feel so unwieldy, it does feel intimidating.
Enter Anna Griffin's Slimline Compendium Dies. Now everyone knows that I'm one of Anna Griffin's biggest fans. The Empress is to me, bar none, the best die cutter out there. Additionally, her dies always impress, and I rarely feel disappointed in any die set I purchase.
But the Slimline dies feel next level. Maybe it's just the sheer quantity of dies. While other sets for the same price offer two or three intricate cuts, this set offers an outrageous 21 dies. And while each die is a variation on the other, it gives the set a wholly complete feel. It's a complete set all for a reasonable price ($39.95).
If you own the large Empress, this set is a dream come true. Despite the size of the dies, everything cuts cleanly and quickly. In just over an hour (or approximately one episode of Bridgerton), you can create two or more Slimline cards.
And the results... well, you be the judge:
For my first slimline, I used the slimline for the base, then another die for the first layer, and then I used the middle size die and the smallest die size for a cutout. Here's the card standing in a slightly different light so you see all the layers:
The second slimline followed largely the same structure. I used a little more heavy duty cardstock with the green shimmer to see if the die would cut through it; clearly, no issue. As you can see, these dies have a round top while the former dies had a square top. Additionally, I used the Spring Iron Cut dies to make the shamrocks and horseshoes.
And here is the card in another light for you to see:
What I'm saying is, I don't know how I lived for so long without these type of card in my repertoire. They're striking, easy to make, and look unlike anything you could get at a Hallmark. The price and the quality is right; so don't wait.
Slimline cards are currently sold out (1/27/21) on HSN, but expect a restock soon there or on AnnaGriffin.com.
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