Monday, January 6, 2014

Spellbinders Diamond Anniversary: Sneak Peek & Giveaway Day 2




Pssst. Come closer. Listen in. I have the inside scoop for you. This week, you can be the first to see the about-to-be-released, new product line from Spellbinders Paper Arts. Starting yesterday and continuing through Friday, members of the Spellbinders team will be revealing one or more items from the new collection and sharing creative tutorials with you as well. You will see these items before they hit the shelves and even before they are displayed at the upcoming Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show later this month.

Even more exciting, to celebrate their Diamond anniversary, Spellbinders is giving you an opportunity to win items from their newest line of products. Details on how to join the giveaway can be found at the end of this post (now closed)

At the same time that Spellbinders is celebrating their 10th year anniversary, I am celebrating my first. If you have missed any of my weekly tutorials from 2013, you can find them all on this page. As amazing as I have found the products I worked with last year, I can honestly tell you that this release is extra special. You will be wowed!

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For this sneak peek, I will be showing you two projects that I made using the new A2 Modern Stationary die set. I really love the combination of curves and lines in these dies. And with seven pieces, I found this set to be versatile and perfect for layering.


I was inspired to use this wooden hand as part of the project, as hands represent to me such things as giving and generosity -- not to mention creativity. My plan was to use these new dies to create a dimensional niche to display the hand as part of a mixed media artwork.


I started out by using dies #2 and #4 from the set to create a frame that was open in the middle. I taped the two dies together to make sure that all cuts were equal and used kraft color card stock as my paper.


Then I cut and cut and cut again. I stacked several sheets of card stock in each pass through the Artisan X-Plorer to save time.


Once cut, I was able to stack all these die cut frames and glue them together to create the walls of my niche.


Using a leafing pen, I covered the inside and outside edges of the card stock with copper to elevate the look of the niche and add a regal element to the piece. 


I then used the same combination of dies to cut one frame made of Spellbinders Media Mixage Copper Sheets. The Artisan X-Plorer cuts through this sturdy material with ease.


I wanted to use the copper frame as the front piece of my niche...but not before I added texture using Spellbinders Media Mixage Texture Plate Grate Works One.


I added color and highlighted the texture by rubbing the surface with three colors of StazOn Ink from Tsukineko (Saddle Brown, Teal Blue, Jet Black).


I then adhered the copper die cut to the card stock niche and the project really began to take shape.


I needed to add a back to the niche and decided to look through my stash of hand painted papers. I found a piece that added a good deal of contrast but that also complimented the color palette of the niche.


Once the niche was completed, I hand painted the hand (pun intended) and gathered bits and pieces from my mixed media stash: metal embellishments, rusty wire, painted paper, fabric bits, and frayed book binding material. I used these to create my artwork for the niche. As a final touch, I die cut, embossed and stenciled the word Destiny from Spellbinders Sentiments die set.





 




Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM-001 SpellbindersTM Artisan X-plorer
S5-219 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® A2 Modern Stationary
MT1-001 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage Texture Plates Grate Works One
MM1-003 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage Copper Sheets
S5-200 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Sentiments

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko®  StazOn Ink Pad, Imagine Crafts® Inkblushers Sponge

Other: hand painted paper, vintage altered wooden hand, vintage book binding material, metal embellishments, fabric scraps, wire, copper leafing pen, scissors, tape, adhesive

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This new die set is so versatile and its uses are only limited by one's own imagination. I decided to create a second piece, highlighting the opportunity for layering that these dies allow for. This piece called Frost was inspired by the winter season.







Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM-001 SpellbindersTM Artisan X-plorer
S5-219 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® A2 Modern Stationary
S5-199 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Font One Lowercase
S4-378 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Cherry Blossoms

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko®  StazOn Ink Pad, Tsukineko®  Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Pad,  Imagine Crafts® Inkblushers Sponge

Other: vintage book cover, decorated paper, card stock, gel pen, marker, adhesive, guillotine cutter, sandpaper
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GIVEAWAY (NOW CLOSED)

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 to win the newly released die set used in this post, you must click the link below and follow the directions there within 48 hours of this posting. 

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 Candy Rosenberg and Heidi Blankenship who are also posting sneak peeks today.

Questions? ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us  (no entries will be accepted at this email address)

186 comments:

Lagene said...

Love your projects, especially the wonderful niche!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Seth, I Love the fabulous niche you created with all the layers of die cuts! The little wooden hand is really cool with the wire and other bits added to it. Love the Frost project too!

Karen S said...

Love both of your projects. The niche steals my heart though. Thank you.

BlueRose said...

Love the projects. I can invision the Frost project for Halloween.

Sylvia said...

This is an amazing piece, Seth, I love what you did with these dies! I would have never thought to stack them and create a frame for this fabulous shadow box! Thanks for sharing your project, I don't do word verifications, but am making an exception for your project. Happy 2014!

Barbara Bruder said...

Seth, Your niche project is really fabulous and my favorite. Love this idea.

Ddmac58 said...

Very clever niche you created. the card is fabulous for winter or Halloween. Thanks for sharing.

Maryann Laursen said...

This looks really awesome, and I just love the frame you made with the arm, it´s fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Love what you did with the hand and the die cut. It goes to show it is not all about making cards with the die cuts but other wonderful things.
KIm Veevers

SJDWolf said...

Fabulous Projects and yet more spellbinders on my wish list lol. So nice to see the possibilities.

ЛюдяМила said...

I very much like the second project

Margaret Copus said...

love your style very unique.

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW wow WOW

LOVE these new dies and your creative talent!!!

Your Destiny niche is AWESOME, as is your tutorial and Frost is DELIGHTFUL, love the earthy layers and elegance of it!!!

THANK YOU for introducing us to Modern Stationery today :)

Shauna A. said...

Very interesting project ideas I like how you layered in the first project.

kathy s said...

love your unique projects- thinking outside the box is the way to go-love the inspiration

kiwiali said...

What awesome results you have achieved in your work

cebelica said...

Now, this sure is thinking out of the box. Great projects!

http://melaniesproductions.blogspot.co.uk said...

stunning projects Melanie

Jan said...

Love the second project, thanks for sharing.

Janice said...

Really cook Frost project.
;)

Laura Strack said...

Very cool, Seth! Love the Spellbinders Modern Stationary Die. I would have never imagined a Niche, but it works and looks great!

Ginny said...

very nice projects.

Carole Renneker said...

Thanks for the Inspirations Seth, New ideas are humming around in my head. I can hardly wait to put them into action!

grammypat said...

Really different way of using these dies , must get some and do some experimenting.

Ruth L said...

Lovely projects Seth!

cecile graven said...

great diecuts

Sarah Pederson said...

Love the niche!!

Clare Allen said...

Stunning pieces Seth. What an inspiration you are!

Angela said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects!

Jo Murray said...

Your handy little niche is superb! Thanks for the opportunity to win some Spellbinders stuff.

Heather Thompson said...

Very amazing, So much creativity!!

momkerchie said...

Wow love your projects. Amazing what you can do with paper.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Wow! Your projects just blow me away. Love your style

Mrs B said...

Hi Seth. Fabulous niche and frosty project! Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Eileen L. said..
Love your second project a lot.

Elchi said...

Wow -what a great idea to build a frame - your works are amazing!

Best Wishes
Elchi

Fi Brown said...

These projects are amazing, the details and simple ways to construct things which have far greater impact is lovely.

elle said...

Very cool! Luv that shape. OOH, so hard to type with my fingers crossed! lol

Cheryl said...

Love those ideas. Never would have thought about using it to make a nook!

loulou said...

I love the great embossed surface to the copper niche. These dies are such a great classic shape

Tamara Dixon. said...

Nice work! Love the new release!

Anonymous said...

The imagination is endless...just like you said!
Fabulous techniques using the newest dies! Another must have! TFS

Diane J said...

It is amazing all the ideas for the new spellbinders. Very cool!

Terri said...

I really like both of your projects but I have to say the niche is perfect! Thanks for a great idea.

Pat S Witney said...

Seth I love what you have done with these dies. Not to sure that I could even begin to emulate these.

Laurie said...

Wow! Now that's thinking outside of the box :) love both your projects. A very versatile set of dies!!

snowbear said...

Great projects.. love the textured treatment!

Anonymous said...

You never disappoint! I'm always inspired by your take on Spellbinders products!! Thank you Seth!

Kim Hupke

Kris B said...

Wonderful projects! The frame is awesome!

Lynn Hardy said...

I've got to "hand" it to you - your niche is amazing! I love the frost piece too.

Jennie said...

Oh WOW! This is amazing and love the wooden hand in the niche! Very clever :)

Jo4Him said...

I'll add my WOW to all others. Lovely pieces, especially the 1st one. Thanks for sharing

DebbieC. said...

Wow two totally different looks from the same dies. The copper sheet is a gorgeous addition to your niche.

lisa808 said...

Super dies and projects.

Lisa said...

Wow, both projects are so amazing!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

D- said...

Oh my gosh this is amazing. I must make something like it for my sister.
Thanks for sharing your artwork.
This die set is my fav and a must have.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

barbara macaskill said...

WOW! AWESOME! Love them both but Frost is just spectacular!!! I really love these dies!!! Great addition to any die cutters collection!! TFS!

Jeniff said...

Amazing project.

cropnmoomsie said...

I would never have thought to create a niche. Great idea. Love the shape.

Wendy said...

Awesome projects so different. Thank you for sharing. xx

Sandra Conaway said...

What a great idea layering...when I first saw those dies I just wasn't sure how to use them. I love the projects....

Mary Jo said...

What an inspiration your work is. You make it look so easy.

Allison Cope said...

Oh Seth! I just love your niche creation - so rich and textured! Thanks for all the great tips and tutorial photos. Can't wait to try this die set out on my cards!

Linda Pekrul said...

Very cool projects!

Becky said...

wow..what an awesome idea on that first one, I would have never thought of doing that. Awesome projects.

Shelly Johnson said...

Wow, these are great dies. I can think of some wonderful creations I could come up with. I also really enjoyed reading along with your projects. They are very creative and unique. Thank you for sharing.

Earline said...

Amazing I say just amazing

Becca Feeken said...

Oh Seth! What a spectacular framed project! I love your out of the box thinking!! Both projects are simply wonderful.

Ann w said...

Wow, wow would have never thought to use the new dies that way. Thanks for the ideas.

Sandy said...

This was an exciting way to use the dies! Thank you for sharing - the wheels are turning already!

T Young said...

Very cool project! Love the imagination you have.

Conniecrafter said...

very cool idea for framing and love the layering for the card!

Diane said...

That has to be the most amazing project. So happy you shared it.

Monika/Buzsy said...

These are fabulous. Especially love the shadow frame you made. Cool textures.

Linda said...

I love your niche and I'm always amazed by your use of these dies...it's such a fresh approach.

Anonymous said...

I love your projects, Seth. This is a die set that I've put on my must have list. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandy K.

Eva Laney said...

wow, how imaginative :)

AprilsL8 said...

Cool projects! I love the shape of the new dies and your projects really set it off!

kReN said...

Oh, that is such a great idea to layer the die cuts to make the niche or shadow box look. I will definitely be trying that one! You are an inspiration!

Cynthia said...

Awesome tutorial thanks for sharing.

JPScraps said...

The layering of cuts is a great idea! Love it! The background is so creative but with today's temps I don't like seeing the word 'frost' :)

Susan said...

What totally unique projects! I really like the way you built up the niche and used metallics.

Rexann Menz said...

Awesome Projects and mixed media is my favorite!! Thank you Seth for sharing!!

cHim-prints said...

Both projects are wonderful, but as I sit here in this winter wonderland of DEEP snow and sub zero temps, Frost speaks to me. :-)

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth, I think it is destiny that metal and hands are your signature.
Brrr..who said frost?

Sherry Cheever said...

Oh Seth! The niche is absolutely FABULOUS!

Larina M. said...

1st thought was the partridge family but wow! Love the niche! All the texture and details..great eye!

Betty Franks said...

I love all the layering you create. I ordered one of your DVDs and can't wait for it to arrive this week! Thank you so much for sharing!

Noreen said...

What a creative box frame idea! It worked well for your project.

Donna said...

Interesting projects!Love the texture!

Jackie Ewing said...

I would never have thought to stack them up like that. Very creative idea!

Maureen Reiss said...

Wow!!Your projects are Fantastic!!! Really creative!!

Debbie Olson said...

Great use of these products in your art, Seth!

Kathy said...

You are so creative! Thanks for sharing this technique with us!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting way to use the dies for the niche. I would have never thought of that! This would be wonderful for some small works of art on the wall!
Thanks for the idea. Anything to do with trees, branches, leaves, etc. always gets my attention too. Maybe it has to do with my interest in the family tree :)

Laurie said...

Your projects are so cool! they look like fun to put together.

Jann said...

How awesome. I love the larger label and letting your iagination run with them I adore the result. I also like the large framed card FROST (weather appropriate)image.

Trina Millin said...

Very Cool Niche project. Just shows what you can do one with die set :-)

Love the Frost project as well.

Cheers
Trina

Jo said...

Very cool!

Sharla's Web said...

There is just no end to all the great things you can do! Very clever and inspiring!

JoanneO said...

Very clever! I love how you stacked the cut out to make a dimensional frame. I never would have thought of it! Both projects are outstanding.

Mitzi Luttrull said...

I especially like your niche project using the hand. I guess I don't think "3D" too often when creating with paper, but now you've inspired me. Thank you!!

Colleen said...

What a stunning project you had done. Really an awesome piece of artwork

Chris Gualazzi said...

Seth, I love love love love love your projects! Very inspiring! Hugs to you my friend!

sharon l-s said...

Love the niche project truly awesome! The frost frames - I am thinking summery beach colors with the octopus die. tfs

Rose S said...

Love the niche.

Sharon Sutton said...

Very clever use o the dies.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are great.

Susie Bentz said...

OMG these are awesome projects. I love every little detail of the niche project! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tine said...

Love the dimension of the first project in particular. Great use of the die shapes.

dskene said...

I wouldn't have thought to stack the cut outs. Thanks for the inspiration.

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Ohhh your Niche is fantastic!!! I am going to have to give that a try!

baconbits said...

Love the new shape so very quirky.
Would not have thought to make a frame but it so works
TFS

Keti said...

Great projects with gorgeous new die set. Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy new year.Keti

Iris said...

Love your work.

Michelle W said...

I really like your artwork! I can really see how you could incorporate this particular die in many pieces.

Sarah Biswabic said...

Cool projects Seth!!

Michelle W said...

I really like your artwork! I can really see how you could incorporate this particular die in many pieces.

Donna Oates said...

Love the niche for the wooden hand. I will keep this is mind for layering. So creative.

Darcy UK said...

Love the stacked die cuts making the niche, it's a very interesting shape with lots of possibilities.

xxcalamityxx said...

fantastic way to use the dies xhugsx Nikki

Elaine Thomas said...

Seth, your art projects are just unique, amazing and cool! I have never attempted such a project, but you do inspire me to try new things and new tools.

AnneRD said...

Interesting shape and great finished piece of artwork.

Gina Shillitani said...

This is amazingly creative!

stick said...

Wow, love what you did with these dies! It's a great shape.

Anonymous said...

Love the techniques.

Liz said...

Interesting projects, i think this die is absolutely fantastic and has loads of possibilities

annieb said...

Very interesting and captivating. The tutorial was great. The Hand.
Way out of my league of crafting, but really enjoyed seeing your creation.
Frost was eye catching & instilled the want of trying it.

annieb said...

Very interesting and captivating. The tutorial was great. The Hand.
Way out of my league of crafting, but really enjoyed seeing your creation.
Frost was eye catching & instilled the want of trying it.

trish quilty said...

thanks for the samples using Spellbinders. Wonderful work.

Jean Bullock said...

You are so clever and creative. I never would have thought of using dies to do something like this. I bow to the master.

Anonymous said...

I am blown away by your creativity! Loved both project.

Darsie Bruno said...

absolutely fabulous work and attention to detail, Seth! You never fail to amaze me with your creations!
Hugs, my friend!

Marge said...

Sooo creative & clever and I agree that the frost project can totally be used for Halloween-ness!!! AWESOME!!!

Claire Spielman said...

UBER talented...so creative and unique!

Barbara H said...

Seth, your creativity on these projects is amazing. Thank you for sharing them.

Stephanie said...

Wow, this is fabulous.

Mi Pablo said...

I really like the niche you made. Thanks for sharing your skill with us!

Lynn G. said...

SaWheet! I can see so many opportunities with these dies...

AJ said...

so awesome as usual Seth!! :)

Sandy_in_MD said...

Fabulous projects - thanks so much for the step by step on the niche.

Rea said...

Wonderful inspiration to see the niche made and the top layer embossed. Thanks for the inspiration.

CardsCookiesCarrotCake said...

Awesome projects. I'm so inspired to try your niche technique, its fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

donnaj said...

love the niche-great idea!

Amante del Papel said...

This is an incredible job, i'm stunning!

Alicia DiCarlo said...

Never dreamed of using the dies in this manner. Absolutely awesome. Love the way they look.

Linda Carson said...

Your creative imagination has no bounds! Most excellent artwork!

Martha Bailey said...

It is so refreshing to see your artistic use of these dies. Your work is stunning, gallery worthy. Both pieces show such genius!!

Luv 2 Create said...

Very cool projects Seth. Love the new dies.
Marcie

Anonymous said...

so refreshing to see your approach to using dies in a different way
CA

LINDA W. said...

Thank you for sharing your projects.
I love the use of the dies.

Rhonda said...

Now this is thinking outside of the box! I just love this die and the niche you created with it. Awesome!

stamper said...

Wow! Very unique idea. Love them both, but especially the niche.

Janis said...

Loved reading your tutorial on your niche project. So cool!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jenny Wilcockson said...

Can't wait to get my hands on these dies!

susan watts said...

Your creativity takes it to a whole new level!!!

Princesa Ardilla said...

WOW, amazing project!

Karen L K said...

Very creative and very interesting Seth. Nice work!

BreAnn said...

I love both projects! Thanks for sharing them with us, and thank you for the tutorial!!!

loftylass said...

Hi Seth... love your projects.. I didn't think I needed the Artisan Explorer until now!!

fusiafscrapping said...

This is amazing. You are very creative!

Corinne said...

oh so fantastic, great job thinking outside the box for your mixed media project... love both projects..
hugs

Jackiekg said...

Great dies land - they could be very useful!
Just amazed at how you used them.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow!!! Both projects are so artsy and so amazing! Thanks for the instructions and loads of inspiration! You make mixed media much less intimidating!!

Jessica said...

Fantastic use of the cuts. Especially the Niche! TFS Jess

1CRTVCHK said...

Very cool mixed media piece! Thanks for sharing how to use this die in such a way. Also, love the layers on your second piece.

Carole12 said...

J'aime ton projet de cadre. Bravo!

Kay S said...

Fabulous projects! Thanks for sharing some new ways to use Spellbinders. Very creative.

TLady said...

WOW!!! WHAT ALOT OF WORK you've put in on your projects!!!! :) It's NICE to see someone using the Spellbinders for things other than cards!!!!! :) THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!;)

KathR said...

Absolutely love what you did with these dies, can't wait to see what other creations you come up with!

Sheryl said...

Amazing niche! Love that these dies are rectangular.

greggers said...

Love the niche you created. The new A2 Stationary Die is so versatile I can't wait for it to be in stores.

Love crafts forever said...

Wow! What do you know! I would look on that arm and think what an ugly element, but after seeing what you have done with it... O Boy!!!! This is amazing!!! Really inspirational.
Thank you so much for teaching me something new.
Hugs Nataliya

Maksnana said...

Wow, I really love what you did with that die. Can't wait for them to be available, thanks Carmen

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Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Wow Seth! I really love what you have created with that die. Incredible! I love Spellbinders die cuts. Thanks for sharing.

http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

Lucy Newton said...

Seth you are such a good mixed media artist!!!

terri feierabend said...

WOW!! Love your work

nancy said...

Love your creations and this die! I can imagine so many possiblilites for using it on masculine cards.

Linda D said...

Seth, Love the niche you created. Both projects are amazing.

Marianne #6701 in AZ said...

You have really shown us just how versitile these dies can be! Thank you for showing us how to think outside of the box with your little box!

bhelenj said...

These dies are absolutely awesome. Truly a must have.

Sherry said...

Wow what fun it would be to watch you work Seth! I love where you took us creating the niche.. how exciting to step outside the box and go in a different direction, very unexpected yet wonderful! Great projects!

Creative Crafter said...

This is soo cool. Thanks Seth

Elizabeth C said...

WOW! That is awesome!!!

bridgette said...

Loved seeing your process. I've wondered how people create niches. And now I see one way to do it!