Have you noticed the Give It A Whirl Dies in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog? Neither did I. I usually look through the front part of the catalog, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the gorgeous projects the Stampin’ Up! designers make. Then I think about buying things so I can try them, too. But with no young children in my life at the moment, I hardly stop at all at the projects that seem to be for kids. Boy, was I wrong on this one. The sample is on page 57 with the “Stellar Birthday” stamp set, a space themed set geared towards children.
My project today is a lot different.
Give It A Whirl Dies
In a nutshell, the Give It A Whirl die set helps us create a card front with an opening through which we can turn a wheel to show different images as the wheel passes behind the opening. It’s certainly not a new technique. But the die set is the BEST way to construct such a card with hardly any hassle. Well, there is a bit of a learning curve. But by the second card I made, I was ready to go after a dozen or more stamp sets in my collection with those dies!
The Important Dies
For the Card Front. The one main die that’s used to create the card front is the large rectangular shape in the upper right corner. There are four possible “windows.” There is the fan shape (used in today’s card), the circle (to the left of the rectangle), a small rectangle under the scalloped circle, and the heart (just under the rectangle.
Both the rectangle and the window can be cut at the same time. There is a lip on each “window” that allows it to be connected to the horizontal bar in the rectangle.
For the Wheel. That’s in the lower left of the picture. It only cuts on the outside edge. But there are score lines on the rest of the edges. Those help guide the card-maker when stamping on the wheel to ensure that images will show correctly. It’s easiest using the fan shape. But it helps a lot with the other shapes, too.
The Rest of It. The other shapes are great for decorating, especially if you want to go with the Space Cadet theme. But there are some little arrows that can be useful to remind card recipients to turn that wheel. There are die-cut arrows and embossed arrows. I used a die-cut arrow on my card.
A Special Thank You Card
The picture at the beginning shows three of the cards that I made. I made a lot more because I wanted to send these to my May customers. Yes, indeed, if you purchased Stampin’ Up! products from me during the month of May 2021, this is the Thank You card that’s on its way to you. This was one of the best months I’ve ever had as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and you deserve a special thanks.
I looked through my customers’ orders and saw that one of my customers ordered the Sweet Strawberry Bundle a week or so ago. That was the first set that I checked out to see if I could make it work with this die set. Bingo! It was so much fun using so many stamps from that set to make these cards. I had a blast.
One More Day Left in May
Just a hint: There’s one more day left in the Merry Merry Month of May! If you order on May 31st, you’ll get one of these cards, too!