When Papertrey Ink announced the new Make It Market Kit: Market Street, I was so excited and had to buy it as soon as it was available to purchase. To my surprise, they shipped it pretty quickly via USPS. I purchased on Thursday night and received it on Monday. I believe Papertrey Ink is located in Ohio, and I’m in Virginia.
I paid $109 (free shipping) for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Market Kit: Market Street.
– Market Street stamp set & labels ($24),
– Market Street paper collection, 20 sheets of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ ($6)
– Market Street stencil collection, set of 4 ($12)
– Market Street basics die collection ($24)
– Market Street cart basics die collection ($16)
– Market Street cart toppers die collection ($27) – Instruction via digital download
Guess I’m spoiled. I’m used to the dies that are in nice packages and ready to use. Market Street dies came in groups in a zipper plastic bag (no label), and I had to cut the dies apart. Ouch!
I’ve purchased many paper cutting dies, and this is the first time, the dies left metal (chemical?) residue on the paper cut pieces. I contacted Papertrey Ink, and the nice rep told me it’ll go away after some use and if not I could run them in the dishwasher. I cleaned the dies with dish soap and stamp scrub pad, and the chemical residue was gone. I dried the dies quickly, but some coating came off and look like it is rusted. 🙁
I was using Market Street dies for regular cardstock papers on Big Shot machine. But, the score lines were too sharp and too high(?), the scored lines became cut lines. Customer service told me to use the thinner sandwich, so I went out and bought a different brand cutting plates (Spellbinder). It didn’t help. I was still getting the cut lines. They told me I could put tape over it. It didn’t work. I ended up filing it. So much work!
The wheel die from Market Street kit was a pain to use. The tiny holes to push the cut pieces out were in wrong places. I tried to punch a hole on the die, but I did not have any strong tools to make the small hole on the metal piece. I ended up using tapes to pull the cut pieces out. Very tedious and time-consuming.
Index sheets for the stamp sets came separately for me to attach. For the price of the kit, I expected the stamp index to be printed on the stamps’ plastic backing. Also, the protective stamp cover sheets were very thin and flimsy.
Market Street stencil and paper collection. I don’t remember using stencils for paper crafting before and it is now my favorite tool!
I used the stencil on Ken Oliver Best Ever Craft Mat. The mat is non-skid, non-stick, and easy to clean. I did not need to temporarily tape the paper and stencil to color. I’m very happy how pretty the Market Street Kit is, but it was not easy to use. I’ll be reluctant to buy stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink because of the quality. 🙁