Monday, January 7, 2013

Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek & Giveaway Day 6

Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek and Giveaway Day 6!

 

As a member of the blog team for Spellbinders, my birthday seems to come at least several times a year. At least that is what it felt like a few months back when I received a package in the mail, filled with the new product releases from Spellbinders. What artist wouldn’t want their biggest problem to be the decision of which of these amazing supplies and tools to chose to explore first? Needles to say, I have been a very happy camper.

As I looked through all these new dies, texture plates, and other tempting products, one particular item had my name written all over it – the new die template Cogs. Oh yeah. I knew these would be the ones I would use first. But wait. What is this?!?! Spellbinders is launching a new line of mixed media products called Media Mixáge! I’d been given the new Grate Works Three texture plate! And what?? Sheets of aluminum metal?!?! It just kept getting better and better.

Having chosen my main components I took a deep breath and entered mixed media heaven. When I finally came up for air, as if by magic, this appeared:


I had so much fun making this piece and want you to join me in exploring beyond. If you are a mixed media artist, this project will be great for you to see how you can integrate dies and embossing in your work. And if you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you will learn how to use found objects and hardware in your projects.

Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 Spellbinders Grand Caibur® Machine
S4-386 Cogs Spellbinders Nestabilities
MT1-005 Spellbinders Media Mixage Texture Plates Grate Works Three
MM1-004 Spellbinders Aluminum Metal
S4-116 Standard Circles Small Spellbinders Nestabilities ®
S4-302 Crown Circles Spellbinders Nestabilities ®
F-013 Spellbinders Premium Craft Foils

Preferred Promotional Partners: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko StazOn Solvent Ink Pad, Tsukineko Versamark Stamp Pad, Imagine Crafts Inkblushers sponge

Other: 8”x10” Cradled Wood Panel, black gesso, clear stamp, acrylic block, embossing powder, scissors, heat gun, PVA adhesive glue, cardstock, brads, assorted hardware, found objects.

Start by covering the front surface and sides of the wood panel with black gesso.


Chose a clear stamp with an abstract/splatter design and place on an acrylic block.  Press into a watermark, embossing stamp pad and randomly stamp the design over the front of the panel. Pour the embossing powder over the panel until it covers entire surface. Tap off extra embossing powder. Heat surface until embossing powder melts.

Gather small, flat metal found objects, brads, and additional supplies sourced from the hardware store and from your own collection of found objects: assorted sizes of rubber, plastic, and metal washers (cup, fender, flat, serrated, star lock, etc). Chose the objects based on size and color. For the purposes of this project, hardware was limited to shades of silver, black and gray.


Gather materials to cut and/or emboss in the Grand Caibur® Machine. Use the Texture Plates Grate Works Three and emboss sheets of both the black cardstock and the silver Craft Foil. Using the scissors, trim the excess around the embossed sheets. Using the craft sponges, rub the surface of some of the embossed foil sheets to dull some of the shine and add a distressed finished.


Using an assortment of plain or embossed cardstock and Craft Foil and sheets of Aluminum Metal, cut out assorted shapes in all sizes using the Cogs, Standard Circles, and Crown Circles dies.



Create “gear sandwiches” by stacking the die cuts, flat found objects, and hardware. Insert brads into the spaces of the uppermost part of the sandwich. Once designed, glue the stacks together.


Lay out the sheets of embossed cardstock and Craft Foils, the “gear sandwiches”, and the assorted found objects on the wood panel. Be sure to stack the “sandwiches” for added dimension and let the embossed sheets overhang the edges. Attach with adhesive once the design has been selected.





After using the Texture Plates Grate Works Three as a small part of this project, I realized that there are so many more ways to incorporate this product into my mixed media art. For starters, I decided to make a set of mixed media frames...

 This frame holds an original collage...

and this frame highlights an original photo from my trip to Italy.

I am also excited to use the circles that I cut out to create the frames in a future project. 

Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:


GC-001 Spellbinders Grand Caibur® Machine
MT1-005 Spellbinders Media Mixage Texture Plates Grate Works Three
S4-384 Exquisite Spellbinders Nestabilities ®
S4-116 Standard Circles Small Spellbinders Nestabilities ®
S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets Spellbinders Shapeabilities ®

Preferred Promotional Partners:

Other: cardstock, book board, copper sheeting, patina solution, black gesso, acrylic paint, decorative paper, original photograph, dry transfer, PVA adhesive glue, scissors.

GIVEAWAY

You are of course more than welcome to leave a comment to this post but in order to be eligible for the giveaway from my blog, you must click the link below and follow the directions there before January 9, 3am EST...

For Giveaway Entry, click HERE.

For official giveaway rules, click HERE.

I am just one of many artists participating in this sneak peek. To see more amazing creations and for another chance to win, make sure to check out the work of Susan Lenart Kazmer who is also posting her sneak peek today.

Questions? ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us  No entries will be accepted at this email address.

133 comments:

Carol Southern said...

These are very different releases. I'm not into mixed media.....but this has given me food for thought in other areas. I do like your two projects very much.
I couldn't comment on Susans releases as she doesn't have a normal comments section.
Here projects were great too.

Allie Gower said...

I loved your assemblage. The new tools must be so fun to try.

Heather said...

These projects are ace!
Happy crafting
Heather Rogers xx

Maryann said...

This is just amazing, and I can see load more of cool ways to use these too. You did an awesome job here on these, and I totally love the first project.

Bärbel said...

Das ist großartig, diese Stanzen müssen unbedingt auf meinen Merkzettel!

Heather B. said...

I really like the frames you did in metal with the patina finish. I could see myself doing a variation for my own home. Thanks for sharing your creations.

eyes2theocean said...

I love Steampunk and mixed media. I have been waiting for spellbinders to release something like this for a long time. Finally it's here and I couldn't be more excited. These new dies are brilliant and your projects are FaBuLoUs. Thank you for sharing your techniques. Job well done! :)

Sara Tanner

loulou said...

Love those cogs and how you have incorporated items from the shed. I'm off to go through hubbies boxes of bits in the garage. cheers Linda

World of Michael Trent said...

I cannot seem to find words larger than 3 letters for this project other than - WOW and OH MY GOD and LOVE this project. Great work Seth!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow....fabulous dimension, texture and movement here.

loftylass said...

Great work Seth. I love your artwok even though I'm not into mixed media but the potential of this set of dies is awesome. tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Lisa said...

These are absolutely stunning!! I love all the texture and dimension!! Amazing projects!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

True :) said...

OMGoodness! Too cool! Love your projects! I HAVE to get the texture plates! The gogs are super cool too! :)

Hugs,
True :D

cathylynn said...

WOW I'm geared up with this collection! Your project is fabulous!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Shannah said...

Wow - wonderful creations with great texture! Hugs, Shannah xox

Cec said...

Oh my, this was definitely worth the wait. I will be coming back to visit more often so I can learn how to think more outside the box - difficult for an accountant :)

theresa calderini said...

I am sinking into a place of utter envy!! Love how this piece came together, thanks for the detailed steps, they really help understand each component and the project as a whole!!

Trexxann said...

So fantastic! I love your projects and these dies, very inspiring!!

Luv 2 Create said...

Seth, It's about time is all I can say. It is so wonderful to have a man's perspective in all of this. We all have those special men in our lives that we craft for. But usually find it the hardest to create for males. Tim Holtz opened the door and now we are lucky enough to have you on the Spellbinder team. Loved your card.
Marcie

Antonella said...

What a cool departure, I can see why you would be in heaven with all these cool new tools and supplies - lol.... Not my strongest area, but your sneak peak truly makes me want to give this a try!
Hugs, antonella :-)

JPScraps said...

Amazing projects! I am in awe!

Bea said...

Love your projects - especially the top one as that would be great for a guy. It would lend itself really well to scrapping.

elle said...

Seth, this has been such an exciting few days as I look at these great examples of mixed media art. I just got a BigShot Pro and hardly know how to turn the crank but my fingers are definitely twitching. I wonder if my hubby will let me run my fingers through his 'stash'!!! Great start to the week!

Cathy A said...

Oh what fab projects those cogs are going straight on my wish list!

audrey said...

Outstanding, Seth!!! Love the product and love what you've done with it. It seems there will be no limits to how this product can be put to use. Very exciting!
audrey

Jennie said...

Wow, LOVE the gears and background folders. Beautiful altered art.

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Welcome to the Spellbinders Team Seth! I love your project...gears are one of my favorite things to work and these dies look like a perfect fit for me!

lizzie said...

I love love love these projects.

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

Love the gears and the metal patina you've achieved here. These are wonderful ideas. :)

kathy n said...

very cool seth!

nzillingworth said...

Hi Seth
nice to get a mans angle on spellbinders. I just bought the old cogs dies, on the way as we speak. I can't keep up with spellbinders.
Have to say what a fab idea , think may have to try this. Thank you for the inspiration x

Antoinette Voorn said...

It's about time to say that' s wonderful to have a man's perspective in all of this. We all have those special men in our lives for whom we create, but it is often very difficult to work out a male theme. Tim Holtz stood up, finally, and now we are lucky enough to have you on the Spellbinder team. Awesome cards!!!
Greetings Antoinette
http://antoinettecreacards.blogspot.nl

Lynn said...

Very cool projects! I especially like the "mats" for the collages.

jeryl said...

very intriguing. What a great way to decorate a guy's room.

PamSpradlin said...

You amaze me. I love your mix media projects. I you make me want to play with some nuts and bolts. I also love the image that I got from you about opening the box with the new products in it. You made me smile!

Becky said...

awesome, just so creative.

Denise said...

What absolutely fabulous pieces of art! I love the metal gears.

Julie S. said...

So COOL. !! Thanks for all the info ....your art is great ! TFS .

Conniecrafter said...

Wow very cool projects, love the metal feel to them all!

Tina Schiefer said...

Seth!!! We should swap toolboxes of hardware for a day! Lol

Love the cogs/gears piece!!! :-)

Sol said...

Amazing 3D look of these wheels... Gorgoeus shine and color in the Embossing.. AMAZING work. and so creative use of the dies.. Gorgeous work.. FAB FAB FAB. Now I want these dies also.. :o) As always looking at Great Designers work.. :o)

Gail said...

Great projects!
I can see the cog die on my must have list!

Anja v K@@rten said...

I LOVE it~!!!!!
Verry beautifull!!
Greetings, Anja

Erika said...

Seth love your projects...move over papercrafting...I fancy making jewelry now!
Hugs Erika.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

wow...Beautiful projects. This looks like a ton of fun.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wow! These are awesome!

Patzee said...

Great gears and embossing folders from Spellbinders. I love the dimensionality and incorporation of elements in your gear piece. And the frames with the circular openings are WONDERFUL!
Pat

Caroline D. said...

The projects you made are amazing!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is amazing! So so cool! I love how it turned out!

Jessica Salinas said...

Awesome inspiration - thank you for sharing detailed steps so that we may single out distinctive techniques to incorporate into our own art. Love your work.

Rea said...

Wonderful projects with the gears.

joybear said...

Amazing dies, love what you did with them!

Angie said...

Nice projects!

Lora said...

This tutorial is great.
It is hard to come up with Manly cards as, there are not as many ideas. Love the gears.

Very nice project.

Deborah Frings said...

This is absolutely amazing!

Lagene said...

WOW, thanks for all the ideas for mixed media using texture plates!

The Creative Beast said...

These are amazing projects you have shared here! Looking forward to seeing more of the tools show up in future projects =-)

Linda Carson said...

Awesome artwork!

Paper Sewn Visions said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning projects. Wow amazing what you can do with the right tools. I'm so glad that Spellbinders continue to give us(crafters)such great tools to let our imagination go wild with. Thank you for sharing your absolutely amazing projects. Hugs, Velma

paleopal said...

Wow! Love the new products and the way you've incorporated them in you artwork!!!

donnaj said...

love the dimension and textures! very creative!

donnaj said...

love the dimension and textures! very creative!

Vicki said...

amazing projects. Love them all. Such new fun stuff coming out. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Jan Castle said...

IMPRESSIVE!!!! Will have to give this technique a try!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Kathy said...

Welcome, Seth! And WOW! I am just getting into mixed media myself, but I sure do love what you have done here with the gears! Love that card! Can't wait to see more of your work!

Jo Murray said...

You do like a challenge Seth. What you can do with a few bits and pieces! Thanks for the chance to enter the gieaway.

jkreucher said...

Wow! you have created very eye catching and unique projects! Awesome!
Judy

Izzwizz said...

Oh wow, your steam punk project really speaks to me. Love the texture you have achieved with all those wonderful cogs. It really does look like a fab piece of machinery! Maddy x

Ava Gavloski said...

seth, very interesting... i believe i will hang around for a while and watch you create art!!!
ava g

Renata van Miltenburg said...

What a cool card, this would be perfect for my husband who is a mechanic. I'm still afraid for Mixed Media, need a workshop!

Warmest greetings, Renata

LINDA W. said...

Thank you for sharing your projects

Michele said...

Hi Seth! I love your samples!!! This is really so cool.

stamper said...

Very cool Seth! Nice change from all the flowers, animals, ribbons & lace!

Cazzy said...

Wow, I am loving the new stuff and I can see I need to save up lots for it all! Those cogs are amazing!

Patty said...

Fantastic projects! This is all quite amazing & exciting!

Janna said...

Fabulous mixed media!!

Lynn Cohen said...

Such amazing pieces and lessons. You are a great teacher!!! Thanks.
Love how you take old things and make them something so exciting to look at!

crafty lady said...

Hi Seth congratulation on two great projects I have just showed your work to my partner and he said wow amazing we both love the cogs and gears maybe i can get him into making work like yours ( then I could pinch the dies as I have toooo many on my to get list lol) Thank you for sharing with us inspirational.

Thanks again
Fiona from Scotland

Barbara A. said...

Love your projects, especially the second part! Thanks for sharing this with us all!

Chris D. said...

Wow! Your project is fantastic!

Rexann Menz said...

Thanks for sharing some awesome projects wit yet some more Exciting new Dies!!!

Rexann ♥

Iris said...

Love the frames. Iris

Iris said...

Love the frames. Iris

F said...

Wow!!! I love what you sid with the gears!

Debby said...

totally incredible.

Manhattan Mandie said...

WOW!!! What incredible work!!!! I love both projects and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for those circles!

Nicole Doiron said...

This is my favorite die so far me thinks! Your creativity is astounding! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

bohemiannie! art said...

Big, huge, wonderful WOW!

famillemarleau said...

Those projects are so beautiful. I love them. Love mixed media. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

Andrea6760 said...

Hi Seth and Congrats on being selected to the Spellbinder team!
Your gear/cog project and the frames that you made are fantastic! I cant wait for these to come out in February! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Mary Lou said...

Amazing---I really like seeing different avenues with SB and this is surely different for me. Thanks for enlightening me
Hugs

Mary Lou said...

Amazing---I really like seeing different avenues with SB and this is surely different for me. Thanks for enlightening me
Hugs

Jane Stirling said...

How cool are these projects Seth, Spellbinders are so innovative. I love the mixed media arena, though have been too chicken to venture there. This looks like it could unlock a whole new crafting avenue for me. Thanks for your talent... Hugs xx

Kathie said...

I really like what you've done here! I love Spellbinders.

Kathie said...

I really like what you've done here! I love Spellbinders.

Jo4Him said...

Great projects; haven't tried mixed media like this before! Looks interesting. Thanks for sharing

Tonya said...

These are such creative and fun projects. They are really awesome.

Kathi said...

Oh my heck! Freakin' awesome projects using these new "must have soonest" dies and texture plates.

Karr said...

Very nice. I am wanting to do more mix media and steampunk style so this is great! Wonderful work.

Lisa said...

very cool Seth.. love what you've done here with the new goodies!

Karenladd said...

Oh my gosh!! I LOVE these projects! The gears are amazing and I want to see more!!

Stacey Rumsby said...

My utmost favourite release product yet!

wiggelhevin said...

Just gorgeous!

Sherrie K. said...

AMAZING!!! I am speechless:) Wow, this is so creative and LOVE, LOVE it!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

KC said...

Wow another peek with some different type things to create with. Nice projects!!

Jessica Strider said...

Those projects are incredible! I love how you fitted all the gears together on the first project. Simply incredible.

Benwah said...

Really love your projects. Great ideas. Will definitely follow your blog. Thanks

slayer2b@hotmail.com

Carol said...

Wonderful projects, Seth, and I love all those cogs. Your frames are really lovely!

Holly Elliott said...

I love the gears, very cool!

Astrid Maclean said...

Gobsmackingly beautiful projects!!! I specially love the frame, - stunning effects!!

Jassy said...

Absolutely fabulous, good to see a masculine use of spellbinders :)

Gaby Bee Germany said...

Great work, Seth! I love the metal gears...thanks for the inspiration!

Gaby xo

Gaby Bee Germany said...

Great work, Seth! I love the metal gears...thanks for the inspiration!

Gaby xo

linda said...

OMG & WOW!!!
so very cool seth
i'm so looking forward to finding some geary things to play with for my next project
thankyou for adding some new ideas for old things in the new year
linda h

Bill said...

Your pieces are so beyond awesome. They give a whole new meaning to steampunk. Wow! I've got to get a part-time job so I can afford to go crazy and buy everything! Well, I'm already crazy, but . . .

Renee said...

Love what you did with this!

Saranne Valentine said...

Seth these are so AwEsOmE!!! Love these new products...

Karen said...

I love the look of patina. Patina Patina. I love saying patina as much as I love saying micaceous iron oxide. And that would be a great surface treatment too...

Parabolic Muse said...

These effects are truly gorgeous, Seth. And I love how detailed your instructions are. Gears are cool!!

Amanda said...

Wow! I thought those gears were Real!! You did an amazing job transforming those diecuts!

Kristie Maynard said...

What cool projects! Love those frames. Great job!

Emily H said...

Wow oh WOW!!! This is totally amazing!!!!!

Ravengirl said...

How totally cool! Such a wow effect!

Jane Wetzel said...

seriously incredibly cool! so glad u r participating in this...the inspiration is great for newbies mixed media peeps! tfs!

Kim H said...

wow, love those gears, beauitful creations. thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

I've never really made anything like these projects before but it looks awesome and I sure would like to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your fabulous projects and your enthusiasm

cabio's craft corner said...

After looking at this post making my hands so tickle to try it one day. Beautiful detail and amazing creation!!
Hugs,
Cabio

Marit said...

Oh Seth, I diddn't even stop by to wish you a Happy New Year... I'm way behind and my heas seems to be in 2012 still... anyway, I wish you a healthy, inspiring and cretive 2013! Keep on rockin' man!

Liz Hampton-Derivan Studio said...

Love the art. My favorite is the one with photo from trip to Italy. Look like fun tools to play with.

Celia said...

Thank you for a wonderful class last weekend and thanks so much for visiting my humble blog- you are such a dag using gobsmacked that way! It was perfect. Hope your week is going well.
Cheers

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

Fantastic pieces - thank you for sharing the process. I love the steampunk feel to them. Wishing you all the best in 2013!

Katalina Jewelry said...

Love this project! The cogs and gears dies are so cool. Great idea to mix in the real hardware. Thanks for sharing.

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