Dies are wonderful crafting tools, but for the beginner, they can become a "money pit."  The best way to start is by purchasing your basic shapes, Circles, Squares, Ovals, and Rectangles. If you own an electronic cutter (Cameo, Cricut, etc.,) you can purchase these shapes online.   I would still recommend having a set of metal dies for quick projects.  

Each week, I will recommend basic die shapes that will give you the elements you need to create fabulous projects without busting your budget.   Decorative dies are a matter of personal taste, so I will only recommend decorative dies that are pretty much a staple in paper crafting.  

Week 2 (1/10 - 1/18) the recommended die is:
Sizzix's Originals Hearts, 
Primitive #3  
Sizzix Bigz Die Hearts
Amazon Currently has Hearts Bigz Die for $11.86
The Primitive #3 for $12.49

Framelits Die Set - 6 Dies

The Framelits Die Set - 6 Dies is the most economical purchase for the beginning crafter.  You can do quite a lot with these basic shapes.  This set plus the primitive #3 and one Decorative Heart Die should address your design needs for quite a while.

Decorative Heart Dies:   I would recommend researching  the following companies:

As always, these are just starting places.  I recommend that you comparison shop.  Blitsy is a good resource as well as Oozak and

Week 1 (1/3 - 1/9) the recommended die is:
Sizzix's  Tim Holtz Alterations TAG COLLECTION
Amazon currently has this die on sale for $12.08 (vs. $19.00 retail )
This is an "investment" tool that will save time and money!
This is an extremely versatile collection and will allow the creation of tags.  The 3 x 5/8" (the long die at bottom left) is perfect for making labels for your cards, boxes, and other crafting projects.  You are limited only by your creative imagination.  

The large die 3 1/8" x 6 1/4" is equivalent to the Inkssentials #8 Tag.

This tag was created using Sizzix's Tag Collection Die

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