Scrapbook.com sent me the entire complete nested die kit that this lovely set is in and requested that in exchange, I offer a blog review/tutorial with entirely unbiased opinion on them. I was happy to do so. I have only ever known Umbrella Crafts to create outstanding quality products and these were no exception. I was grateful for the opportunity to get my hands on them and I find the size range in each nested set in the variety kit, to be really well thought through. Lots of care obviously went in to creating them and I'm sure I'll have these for years to come. I am happy to highly recommend this and each of the sets in the complete nested variety kit.
When will die cut manufacturers learn to use an adhesive that renders the dies easy to remove from the packaging? Magazines long have used such an adhesive to affix removable items to pages. Dies generally are affixed to double-sided adhesive tape or other adhesive that makes the dies difficult to remove and renders them subject to bending. These dies were particularly difficult to remove. The package was impossible to open without demolishing the rigid plastic and rendering it unusable for storage. For both of these reasons, I don't plan to buy more Spellbinders dies if I can find what I want offered by other companies. However, once I got the dies out of the package, they are excellent. Packaging counts! Dies are not Fort Knox.
Have been playing around with these dies and they are more fun to work with each time I get time to play with them.