Product Type: Flair Art / Craft
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Be cool and laminate!
Flair Cool Cardz
Member Name: juliassg71
Flair Cool Cardz
Advantages: Allows for creativity and produces a product you can keep or give to others.
Disadvantages: Refills quite costly. Process is a little fiddly.
My daughter begged for this present from Father Christmas and luckily he obliged for around £20!
Hello Kitty Cool Cardz allows your child to decorate a card and then laminate it in the machine without the need for any mess or heat which all parents will be happy to hear.
Within the brightly coloured pink box which shows the machine and all the contents on the front, you get:
The Hello Kitty Card Design Studio
Hello Kitty Cool Cardz
Hello Kitty Stamps
Fine liner pens
Hello Kitty card holders
and full instructions for use.
I did one of these with my daughter earlier today. Firstly you choose a card design of which there are several of each. An example being a card with a white background with small pink circles over it with lots of different coloured hello kitties along the bottom.
You can then decorate this card with the two fine point pens that are included, one black, one pink. Use the stickers, or stamps and then once ready the laminating process starts.
On the studio itself you you slide the handle to the left or right ridges depending on whether you are left or right handed then open a laminating sheet but don't remove the blue card that is attached to it completely. You then feed the blue card which has an arrow on it through the rollers of the studio almost all the way. You then place your finished cool card on the laminate. Push it up against the laminate's crease and then slowly slide the handle half way across - hold on to the front of the cool card that has been partially laminated and then push the handle the rest of the way across and voila - you have your own laminated card. You can then put the card in a card holder and attach a ribbon if you wish or leave the card as it is.
I made one for my husband and my little girl made one for her bes friend - ah!
I love the idea of this and the creativity it provies for my little girl. This product is marketed for 6+ but I would say that the actual laminating process is a bit tricky and my little girl who is six preferred me to that part. My 8 year old son can do it but as it is her present it was a bit disappointing that it is a bit fiddly getting the laminate in to the rollers and then trying to position the card straight and laminated properly. Saying this it probably just depends on the child and other six year olds may find it easy whilst others will struggle.
Despite this it was a very enjoyable way to spend some time with my daughter and the part she enjoyed the most was decorating her card so the fact that I finished off the process didn't phase her at all.
It is great that you get the stickers, stamps etc. but there is not much room on the cards to do too much once you have written your message.
Included in the box is a Hello Kitty Refill Request Form so it is a gift that you have to keep giving for once the initial items have run out but I will have a word with father christmas about that lol!
You purchase an entire refill set costing from £5.70 for 1 refill to £28.80 for five refills plus between £1.29 and £2.19 for posting so this can end up being quite a costly toy, that is if it keeps their attention long enough to want refills. In my household that remains to be seen.
The refills include: 10 further laminate sheets, 15 hello kitty cool cards, 1 card holder, 1 ribbon, 2 sticker sheets and 1 ink pad.
The studio itself seems quite sturdy so hopefully it will live long enough should refills be required.
If you have quite a creative child I am sure they will enjoy this product but as I say it could be fiddly for some children so if you don't mind getting involved, if used correctly it does it's job very well.
Thanks for reading. x
also on ciao
Summary: Cool if your child likes to get creative.