Dies have never been cheap and it doesn't take much to get a fortune tied up in your collection. I try to "see" or "imagine" a variety of ways that I can use a single die. If I can't, then I do not buy it, no matter how much I want it!
Here's a cute tree that is a flourish. First, I could visualize it in different sizes....just by cutting the bottom off.
But then I saw it as a corner embellishment:
I didn't actually do this, but if you look at the tree as points of a star, you could put 5, 6, 7 or 8 of them together to make a giant star!
What do you see in this tree???
When I do purchase a die, I will cut it out 10 times in plain white card stock. If its a die that can be embossed, I do not emboss it, I simply cut it out.
Then I can lay all 10 diecuts out on a flat surface and rotate them North, South, East, West, on any angle, mix 2, 3, 4....10 dies together...just to see what I can come up with. You can make a nice full page sized flourish rick-rack with this die!
It's sort of fun to see what you can "see" when you do this with your dies.
This adorable tree is 5 pieces and comes in 2 sizes. I had to have them both. Take any two layers of the tree and put them together and you will see an "elf" collar! Cut the tips off and you have snow to drip off any roof! Put the 2 dies together as one and you'll get a huge tree with 10 layers!
I understand the company is no longer making this die, so call Rhonda at Design U'R Memories as she just placed an order for a ton of these!
The title on this card is "Time to play" made but cutting up individual letters on a holiday peel off sheet. I love the glitter sheet so much that I bought the glitter and an entire roll of the adhesive so I can make my own!!!
So, stop before you invest in dies and see how many different ways you can use that die before you make your investment!!!