Wednesday, January 16, 2013

At CHA, I visited the Spellbinders' booth and was able to meet Kazan Clark and Heidi Blankenship.
Karzan Clark on the left and Heidi Blankenship on the right
Kazan and Heidi have great blogs that I visit daily and they were teaching the demo for one of the beautiful new Spellbinder embossing folders that I love. The techniques were quick and easy; the finished card is fabulous!

From Heidi's blog, Embellished Dreams . . .

Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek and Giveaway - Day Five

"Hello! Welcome to day 5 of the Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek and Giveaway. I am very excited to be sharing the new 3-D Embossing Folder E3D-003 Delightful Daisies with you. The new 3-D Embossing Folder is beyond amazing! You are going to love the depth and detailed results from these new folders.
by Heidi Blankenship for Spellbinders Paper Arts
Supply List:
Spellbinders Paper Arts™ Grand Calibur® Machine
3-D Embossing Folder E3D-003 Delightful Daisies
S6-001 5 x 7 Card Creator Matting Basics A 

Cross Promotional Partners:
JustRite Papercraft CL-04390 Butterfly Dreams
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko® Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink; Memento™ Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa; StazOn® Timber Brown
The Rubber CafĂ© Pearl Jellie Dots, Stick “EM” Up Tool
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ EZ Runner®

Other Supplies Used:
Paper: Champagne Metallic, Posh Milk Chocolate
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Gold Metallic String; Clear Glaze, Crystal Beads

To begin, use the S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A die template #7 from the set, die # 1 being the smallest.  Cut the Champagne Metallic paper using the Grand Calibur® Machine.

Lightly mist the front and back of the paper to loosen up the fibers in the paper.  This will give you an even deeper and crisper emboss.

Next use a brayer to apply the Golden Glitz ink to the 3-D Embossing Folder for prefect coverage of the ink.  If you do happen to get some ink in an area that you don’t want simply use a Q-tip to remove the ink.  

The 3-D Embossing Folder is a little bit thicker than the M-Bossabilites™ folders so the sandwich is a little bit different.  Starting from the bottom up layer the plates in this order:  B Embossing Plate, 3-D Embossing Folder and D Adapter Plate.  You will use this sandwich for both the larger plates and junior plates.  Once you have your plates lined up run them through the Grand Calibur.

Check out the amazing embossed detail!  I am showing pictures at two different angles since the paper is metallic and the ink is very shimmery depending on how the light catches it you will get different looks.

Next I used a Q-tip with Memento™ Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa inks to add some darker colors and shading to the daisies, butterfly and banner.  Then I used Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the flourish and StazOn® Timber Brown for the sentiment.  The stamp set CL-04390 Butterfly Dreams is a CHA Release from JustRite Papercraft.

by Heidi Blankenship for Spellbinders Paper Arts

Here are some close up pictures so you can see all of the detail.

I layered Posh Milk Chocolate for a mat behind the embossed paper and then added some gold metallic string and beads to dangle on the side and adhered it to a Champagne Metallic card base.

To finish off the card I added a clear glaze and pearls to the flower centers and the body of the butterfly."
Thanks, Heidi, for sharing this post.

The new Impression Obsession catalog will be at the store tomorrow afternoon. Dianne is preparing an order so if you want to submit a pink sheet order, come on in and look at the new catalog! Here's a new FaceBook posting from IO . . .

Tuesday T&T Watercolors and Dye Inks

by Shirley Ross for Impression Obsession
"This is a really easy twisted easel card.  I had a 6"X4" cardfront and wondered how hard it would be to do a different size.  It was easy peasy. 
You will notice that the card has no sentiment yet and the die cut on the bottom is empty.  I have been making a series of about 35 cards and this is one of those, to be finished when I receive some charms I ordered for it and the others.
I stamped Camellia Bouquet with Memento Northern Pine dye ink and painted with watercolors.  Some think you can't paint over dyes with watercolor because it will bleed.  Well, when I watercolor, I like it to blend!!!  :-)
  1. Stamped Camellia Bouquet with Memento Northern Pine and painted with watercolors.  Drops of dye inks on a plastic surface can be used like watercolors too.
  2. Cut the image out, turned it over, and embossed on an embossing mat.
  3. Die cut is Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif and white cardstock.
  4. Traced the circle center using the same die as a stencil with a piece of ivory/bone/natural cardstock, cut it out, and mounted in the center of the white die cut.
  5. Used 3d pop-dots on the back of the Camellias and mounted on the die cut.
  1. Stamped Petite Rose Print Background twice on a piece of ivory/bone/natural cardstock with Memento Northern Pine.
  2. Die cut is from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles and white cardstock mounted on ivory/bone/natural cardstock.
  3. Same die as a stencil to trace the center with the Petite Rose Print Background and mounted in the center of the white die cut.
  4. Added ribbon to the cardfront and added image and bow.
  1. The formula for any twisted easel base is - determine the length (6.0") and the width of your cardfront (4.0") and that total will equal the length of your cardstock.  The width remains the same so:
  2. I cut a piece of cardstock 10"x4" and scored at 4". Then I went HERE to get the fold correct.
  3. Mounted the cardfront to the top of the card fold (4" piece).
  4. Opened the card and mounted ivory/bone/natural cardstock, followed by a piece of white cardstock, image from camellias, pieces of Petite Rose Print, and embellishments.
That's it until I have the rest of my embellishments. 
Thanks for stopping by to look and share!"



Silk Microfine Glitter is the new label for glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's the same glitter we love to use (formerly known as Glitter Ritz!). Els is purchasing it direct now and using her own label rather than going through another distributor. Susie purchased an assortment of the new glitter that will be showcased in a new display rack. It's suppose to ship by the end of this week!

I met a young man from New York who was selling papers from Nepal. I had looked and looked for new washi papers and there were none to be found, so I enjoyed seeing what he had to offer. He wrote down the papers I really liked and will be sending me more info on those. There were papers he sold at a special Show Price that I did purchase and they're supposed to be shipping by the end of this week! These are pics of the various papers he had on display . . .

I'm still sorting through pics and trying to remember who went with what. It was a full 3 days for me and I should have stayed for the last day.

I'll close with a photo of a fab project from John Petersen at Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko. He recovered this chair for the folks at Authentique papers and did a fab job! We're going to enjoy more papers from Authentique because Bella Carta signed up for their monthly program . . . that seems to be the new marketing strategy for several companies now.

by John Petersen for Authentique

This is going to be a great year for creativity, especially at Art 'n Soul!

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