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!
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.
*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.
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other than to contact the winner.
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To enter the Spellbinders 5 year anniversary drawing, click here.
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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!