Sunday, January 11, 2009

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy



WOW – have you been enjoying the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy as much as I have? The creativity of the Spellbinders team amazes me! In case you’re just joining the Blog Frenzy, we are celebrating! Spellbinders is celebrating their 5 year anniversary by sharing 16 days of sneak peeks, with LOTS of drawings for dies!! Today there will be a drawing for the die I am showing you and the previously revealed dies during the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary celebration. Each day an additional die is added to the daily giveaway list for a grand total of 16 dies on the 16th day of reveals!

You’ll have until 11:59 pm CST on January 11thth to visit Becca Feeken's blog to enter yesterday’s give-away.

Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering the contest. If you have questions about the contest, please e-mail: ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us.


The rest of the Blog Frenzy will be seen on these blogs – I know you won’t want to miss what’s to come!

Jan. 12 Sharon Harnist, Paperfections

Jan. 13 Jeni Calkins, Studio Jeni

Jan. 14 Wendy Weixler, Wickedly Wonderful Creations

Jan. 15 Beth Pingry, Beth Ping

Jan. 16 Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Jan. 17 Sally Lynn MacDonald, Inky Heart

Jan. 18 Donya Schroeder, Puckish

Jan. 19 Linda Duke, Linda's Works of Heart

Jan. 20 Trudee Sauer, Trudee's Blog

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE SPELLBINDERS BLOG.

So I guess that brings us to why you came here today – to see what I get to reveal! I have to preface this by saying that this is the die template set that I was longing for, and didn’t even realize it! It is what was missing from my collection, and will be my go-to in this style for many years to come. It’s a classic in the making! Without further ado…may I introduce S4 – 192 BLOSSOM.




BLOSSOM (S4 – 192) is the perfect die cut flower! The smallest die template measures just about 7/8” in diameter, while the largest is about 3 6/8” in diameter. Since there are six die templates, there is always the perfect size at your fingertips.

When I first saw Blossom (S4 -192), I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary with it. You can see just by looking at it how perfect it will be on cards and scrapbook pages, but can’t you just start imagining all the potential it has for other projects?






My sweet five year old niece was my inspiration for this project. The girl is a glitter princess – and she loves little places to hide her treasures! What could be more fun than transforming a plain paper mache box to a treasure box!

I started with some paper clay (did you know you could flatten clay with your Wizard?). After flattening it and letting it dry overnight, I dove into the fun.



I tore a piece of paper clay to slightly larger than my largest Blossom die template. Simply place the clay over the die template as you would with paper. I usually cut the paper clay three times since it is thicker than cardstock, but it comes out looking like this:



Looks like fun already, doesn’t it? It’s like a blank canvas waiting to be transformed! My next step was to add color. I pulled out my airbrush system for a more consistent coverage.



Now we’re getting somewhere! The next step is to line up all the die templates in the set on your magnetic mat. (The magnetic mat makes this step very easy, but if you don’t have one with your die cutting system, you can improvise with a little repositionable tape.)



Next, place the clay (colored side down) onto the die templates. You will send it through the Wizard just once this time for an embossed effect. There’s no need for your tan embossing mat with the paper clay due to the added thickness.



What you get looks like this:



Isn’t that cool? I love the effects you get with paper clay! Now to make it a bit more dimensional – you need to grab your bone folder and score/slightly fold from the back side. Do this along the petal lines that you embossed.



Once you’ve done it all the way around your Blossom (S4 – 192) creation, start pinching those lines towards each other.



You now will have something that looks like this:



At this point, I took my marker back over the white crease lines that developed – it’s a quick and easy way to cover up the white marks that show up with this technique.

I wanted to make some matching clay flowers with the smaller sizes. Once again, I passed my clay through my Wizard three times to cut through the thicker clay.



I knew that I needed some silver to match the silver paper that I used to cover the box, so I looked around my coloring mediums to find what I wanted to use. I pulled out some glitter spray and sprayed the middle Blossom (S4 -192). They took two coats, and I allowed it to dry in between coats.



I colored the smallest Blossoms with a two step process, first with my purple markers, then with glitter. To get a consistent adhesive finish, I passed the colored Blossoms through my adhesive machine face down. When I sprinkled my glitter, it had the perfect coverage.



Now that my pieces are nearly finished, I started layering with pop-up adhesives. I used some glitter glue to finish embellishing them in blingy style. I used my Blossom (S4 -192) die templates once again to cut some purple cardstock to layer under the clay pieces for subtle dimension.

I realize paper clay may be a little further than some crafters want to take their work, so how about a look at a more traditional use? Here I layered coordinating papers and used a rhinestone brad to put it together for a fun, whimsical embellishment on this birthday card.




There are many attributes of Spellbinders Paper Arts products that I love, but one of the biggest has to be the versatility. There are a few videos on SpellbindersPaperArts.com that show you step-by-step how to use other brands with Spellbinders products. You can find them at this link: Spellbinders Videos.

Now, for all the details on the BIG CONTEST!

Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information


Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 16 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed and any other dies listed as a part of said blog give-away. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.
Entrants visiting all 16 Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 16 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of all 28 NEW RELEASE dies debuting at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25-28, 2009!

Rules

Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:
1. Participant must click on the provided link on Reveal blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between January 5 and January 20, 2009.
2. Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.
3. Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on January 12, 2009.
4. Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 16 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from January 5th through the 20th and plan accordingly.
5. Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.
Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 16 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.
Please note:

*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.

*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.

*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications
other than to contact the winner.

*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage at Spellbinderspaperarts.com and sign up for their newsletter.

To enter the Spellbinders 5 year anniversary drawing, click here.

(If you use an e-mail client that does not work with this pop-up box, you may copy and paste this address to send your entry to: ContestDay7@spellbinders.us )

If you have questions regarding the contest in general, please send an e-mail to ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us

For more Spellbinders product release information to to www.SpellbindersPaperArts.Com

Thanks for stopping by today for the Blog Frenzy fun! I hope I’ve inspired you to try something a little different with your Spellbinders die templates – and that I’ve whet your appetite for the great Blossom (S4 – 192) Die Template set. Good luck!

67 comments:

EnchantedGal said...

Really happy to see all these new die shapes, this blog party is so fun! I can imagine so many projects with each new set. Although I'm really hoping for a diamond shape nestabilities set. I'm crossing my fingers that might be a shape they picked, but haven't unveiled it yet. Otherwise I'll keep crossing my fingers for it in the future :)

Michelle said...

What a terrific use of paperclay! Thanks for a fabulous piece of inspiration.

liannallama said...

WOW! I knew you were going to do something awesome and I was right! I bet it's even more amazing in person! I've never seen paper clay but you have me intrigued for sure! I love the card too. Thanks!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What a fun project. I would never have thought to use paper clay in a die cut machine.

Jan Castle said...

Lovely work on the flower & box!
Jan

ribenaruby said...

Fab tutorial!

Therese D in Oz said...

What can I say but WOW! I have been following the blog frenzy, literally from afar (Australia) and am so hopeful I will win the lot (aren't we all????) but I have to say, I just LOVE this one an dwhat you have done with it.

Lastel said...

Great projects ! Awesome dies ,hope I win , just sent in my entry !

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

I love this new flowery shape! Very nice creations Jenn, the paper clay was something I just have to try sometime :)

I SO hope there's a retro flower shape soon to come as well, that'd be perfect!

Marianne said...

That's a beautiful die, and I love what you did with it !!!

Elisabeth said...

Hello;)
Wow your work is amazing, and the die is wonderful.
Have a lovelly sunday.

Elisabeth

Mary said...

Im am really enjoying the Spellbinders frenzy and already have a long shopping list started. Love your project jen Im sure these dies will be very useful

Rosietoes said...

I love your work with the paper clay. I have never tried it but this looks very achievable. I agree about the die set. So versatile!

Nancy said...

What fun projects. I had no idea that you can put clay through the wizard. I imagine that goes for Big Shot too, right?

Thank you for the tutorial.

pescbrico said...

I love what you did with it!!! Great!

StampinCathy said...

What a fun project and just love the colors. Your tutorial was so easy to follow. Thanks for the inspiration with this eye candy.

lengow said...

Wonderful idea.

Excellent work !!!

Salute - lengow

Dottie K. said...

Beautiful job on the box and card! :)

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh how cool!! I have NEVER used paper clay yet...but you are right it adds really cool dimension for sure!

june said...

so beautiful!! how do you think of these wonderful creative projects?

sleuenberger said...

I LOVED your paper clay tutorial. I bought the stuff and wondered, "hmmm, now what am I going to do with it?!" Thanks to you - Now I know!!! That was an amazing and wonderful project - thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

StamperSharon said...

Paper clay, eh? You know I have to try that now -- you've made it too intriguing! Great projects, Jenn -- the glitter queen niece will love it!

Sam said...

Wow! I never fail to be surprised by what spellbinders come up with!!! How do they do it!!

Love your flowers!! (have sent my email entry off!!)

Joan Fricker said...

Like everyone else, I love how you used the paper clay. Beautiful with those new dies!

Joan

Carla said...

Great projects, Jenn! You really showed off these new dies beautifully!!

ansa said...

One of the nice things about listing a different blog to visit everyday is finding someone new to add to your favorite places.
Ive never visited your blog and now it's on my favorites.
Love the new blossom....great from spring.
ansa

jkstiles77 said...

Great tutorial ... this die looks like a must have!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Another one to add to my wish list!! Wow!

Starla said...

Paper clay?!! I have never heard of such a thing (and will have to look into it!). I have learned something new each day and am just amazed at the talent of the Spellbinder's team!!

Unni said...

WOW....this was soo cool. This I want :) Wonderful things you make.. I really liked it :)

Hugs from Unni

Regan said...

Jen I love this- I have been dying for something like this forever!!!

Bree said...

What a fun tutorial using paperclay! And the Blossom die set looks like it is going to be a winner for sure!!!

Sue said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

Ida P. Krause said...

How very pretty. The paper clay is so different (I've never used it) but I like what you did with it. Loved your card too.

Anita Kurtz said...

What a great project!!!

SherylH said...

Cool idea using the paperclay! I didn't realize that it would flexible enough to cut after drying. Do you use a particular brand? Really enjoying this blog frenzy -- every day I wonder what will they think of next.

Beth said...

Jennifer you ROCK! Great use of the paper clay, its so much fun to work with.

Janet Bagnall said...

Jenn - this is so beautiful. I love this new die cut.

Cathys said...

Wow! I'm going to be broke! I love all these new dies, Spellbinders have out done them selfs again, Thank You for sharing your wonderful talent.


Hug Cathy

Karen Hanim said...

I had no idea there was such a thing as paper clay. Your projects are just wonderful.

Miki said...

Oh man this set is way too cute and so many possibilities!! You have to spill where you got the magnetic mat because that looks really useful. I've never seen one! Great projects and I love what you did with these new dies!

Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

Oooh...the possibilities! Love the glittery flowers! And paper clay...I'll have to find out more!

Dawn said...

awesome use of the clay!! too cool!

Mel said...

This is amazing---I love the paper clay idea...I would have never thought of that, but it's amazing!

nicky said...

OMG i love what you made with these flower dies! hugs nicky from germany

stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Patty (SCS-pepperrn) said...

Oh, what a fun die template with so many possibilities!! Thanks for your terrific projects!!

Patty

Margie H said...

Love how Spellbinders dies are so amazing just like its DT!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Cazzy said...

Oh wow, I'm loving this set and what you have done with it. I hope that would work in the Big Shot, I had to sell my Wizard as it was too hard on my wrists, but I use the dies in the BS now, looking forward to Xcaliber.

Cazzy said...

I am a little concerned that the email address for people who's email client doesn't work is saying day 7 and this is day 11 I think, which means the ones I sent yesterday are also wrong as I think they said day 6.

Should I change it to 11 do you think?

Cazzy

Jenn said...

Cazzy, I hope that you will see this - your blog doesn't have an email button. Today is DAY 7 of the Blog Frenzy (and yes, it is also January 11), so it's all good! Thanks for being so conscientious!

preci28 said...

The blossom die is so awesome! so neat that you can use clay in the wizard and your little box is amazing!

Peace Health Happiness & Creativity said...

BLOSSOM ...I love what you have done with these. Very creative and inspirational
Pam
phicks92@yahoo.com.au

Peace Health Happiness & Creativity said...

BLOSSOM ...Love what you have one with these..so creative and inspirational. I need them on my list.
Pam
phicks92@yahoo.com.au

leenda said...

BRILLIANT!

creativearts said...

Love the blossoms! Using paper clay was very neat -- will have to try that! I love new ideas.
Eleanor Jenkins
craftsbyej@aol.com

Karen G said...

Paper clay - what a great idea. Love it with the embossing and all the shimmer.

Karen G said...

Who would have thought paperclay. Your projects turned out amazing.

Shirley said...

Wow! Jen, what awesome projects and they turned out lovely too! Of course I am really loving the die set too!

Karen M. said...

What a fun die set! Your projects is so cute, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration!
Karen M.

scrappintlc said...

Very cool. Spellbinders keep developing dies that lead the industry. I cannot wait to get my hands on some of these new dies.

Chris said...

This one is outstanding and a wonderful use of a new tool.Lovely job!

Eileen Hull said...

Great ideas Jenn! When do I get to come and see your studio? :-) Like the paper clay idea.

Kimberly said...

Oh my! Jenn, it is just fantastic!! What a creative project and thank you for such a detailed tutorial!! I think that I am going to have to find some paperclay and play!! :)

Roxie said...

OMG!!! I love the clay idea. I willhave to play with it.
Thanks for sharing and the great tutorial.
Roxie

הניק זיקוקית תפוס said...

I LOVE this flower!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Hi Jenn! What a fun projects!! Now I know I will have to get some paper clay and give it a try! I love the texture and dimension it adds. Wonderful step shots! Thanks so much for sharing!