Reviewed: Hero Arts Stamp & Cut

Clear stamp and matching die set.

  • Exclusive to Archiver’s.
  • “Universally compatible metal cutting dies”.
  • Stamps produce a clear image.
  • The cutting edge is located on the inner edge of the die, making it easy to align around the stamped image.
  • Great price point for the set.

Drawbacks:  These sets can be found only at Archiver’s stores, however, they can be purchased online at www.archiversannex.com under the Archiver’s Exclusive tab at the top-left side of the home page.

I give the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut sets a “green” light.  They are affordable, fun to use, stamp clearly, and the dies cut easily. 

 

Reviewed: Cheery Lynn Designs Dies

  • Thin metal dies that may be used in most leading die cut systems. (Compatible with Cuttlebug, Wizard, Big Shot, Epic, Big Kick and Revolution.)
  • Cuts very easily and cleanly through cardstock.
  • Thin but not flimsy, very durable.
  • Made in the USA.

Drawbacks: 

  • Not found at your larger craft stores.  These dies are most easily found online, although I was able to purchase Cheery Lynn dies at a specialty scrapbooking store. 
  • Somewhat expensive.

I give the Cheery Lynn Dies a “green” light.  I love how easily they cut through cardstock and how cleanly each shape is cut.

 

Reviewed: Memory Box Steel Craft Dies

Thin steel dies that may be used in most leading die cut systems.

  • Cuts very easily and cleanly through cardstock.
  • Thin but not flimsy, very durable.
  • Made in the USA.

Drawbacks: 

  • Not found at your larger craft stores.  These dies are most easily found online, although I was able to purchase Memory Box dies at a specialty scrapbooking store. 
  • Somewhat expensive.

I give the Memory Box Dies a “green” light.  I love how easily they cut through cardstock and how cleanly each shape is cut.

 

Reviewed: Lifestyle Crafts (formally QuicKutz) Cutting Dies

  • Thin metal dies that can be used with most die-cutting machines.
  • Cuts easily through cardstock.
  • Great value!  Most sets come with 16 – 20 dies which makes nesting designs very easy.  With so many size choices in each set, framing any size stamped or digital image is very easy.

Drawbacks:

  • I own several styles of the nesting dies and while they do advertise that they emboss, I find the embossing is not as noticeable or as consistent as the Spellbinders dies.

I give the Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies a “green” light.  The ease of use, the number of dies, and nesting ability makes these dies a great value.

 

Reviewed: Whimsy Stamps Shapeology Dies

Shapeology Dies

 

  • I use these dies in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
  • Very detailed and unique designs available.
  • They consistently cut easily through cardstock.

While I don’t own many of these dies, I give the Whimsy Stamps Shapeology Dies a “green” light.  I like the designs and the detail in them as well as the consistency of the cut.

 

 

Reviewed: Sizzix and Hero Arts Framelits

Framelits

  • The dies are advertised as being compatible with the Sizzix Big Kick, Big Shot and Vagabond I use them in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur and have had excellent results.
  • They cut consistently and easily through cardstock.
  • Each die is paired with a matching sized stamp.  The cutting edge is on the inside of the die and matches perfectly over the matching stamp.  A small border around the image is left after die-cutting giving the image an outline, helping the image to “pop” on your project.
  • Easy and quick to use.

Drawbacks:

  • The Framelits are new and few designs are available at this time.  I find the sets to be pricey.

The Sizzix and Hero Arts Framelits get a “green” light.  The ease of use and the quick card possibilities are almost endless.  I really like these die and stamp sets, they are fun to use.

 

C.C. Designs Cutters

 

Reviewed:  C.C. Designs Cutters

  • Thin metal dies that can be used in most die cutting machines.  I use mine successfully in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine.
  • They consistently and easily cut through cardstock.
  • Although they are thin, they are very sturdy metal dies and are pierced with tiny holes to allow you to push the cardstock off of the die without damage to the design.
  • Cutters are available at “All That Scraps.com” and come in many different styles.

Drawbacks:  I find no drawbacks with these dies.

The C.C. Designs Cutters get a “green” light.  The sturdiness and consistency of cut make these dies very useful tools.