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Tattered Lace recently released a new collection - the Butterfly Garden Collection. Part of the collection consists of seven die sets that create miniature items. There's a hot air balloon, a violin, a jukebox, a teacup, a perfume bottle, a dresser and an alarm clock.
Now, I love die cutting and I love all things miniature so there was really never going to be any other outcome than making the set mine, plus all seven sets were available at a ridiculously good price (just over half price) from Create and Craft*. At the time of writing said multi-buy deal is still available at Crafting.co.uk, but only a couple of the individual die sets are available on either site.
I decided to try out the Hot Air Balloon first. The set creates half of a hot air balloon. Charisma (Tattered Lace's pre-coloured graphics that work with the die set) artwork is available to download for each of the die sets for free. If you wanted you could cut the pieces out twice to make a fully 3D miniature, but I love how it looks in a box frame.
I made an A6 box frame and painted the inside blue using watercolour paint. I die cut three clouds and then used a fineliner to draw in some bird silhouettes. The end result is really cute. I'd also like to try cutting the balloon from plain card and making up my own designs and also having multiple designs in a larger box frame. It would look really sweet in a nursery or kid's bedroom.
Note - this is not the die set for you if you have poor eyesight or any sort of issues with manual dexterity.