Sunday, March 30, 2014

One of a Kind Giveaway

I am happy to report that I am a guest blogger on the Spellbinders blog today.  To make it even better, I will be giving away the project I have created for this tutorial. And to make it even better than that, Spellbinders is hosting a giveaway (details are at the end of this post) of some of the products I used to create my card. 



Card? Yes...card. I have never made a traditional card (shared with the public at least) before but thought that today was the perfect time. As a blogger for Spellbinders, one of my goals is to introduce mixed media techniques to all the card makers and scrapbookers who use their products. Figured I should walk the walk, step inside their shoes, and make a card. Who knows -- maybe I will scrapbook next. I believe creative people come in all forms and that there is every reason for us to cross over to "the other side" -- whichever that may be.

This card was inspired by Spellbinders new Birds on a Wire die. I die cut and embossed some decorative paper to start the project. Leaving the cut paper in the die, I used the die as a stencil and inked the birds as well. You will note that one bird is in a different shade. 

I selected Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B die set to create a window, using dies #4 and #6 and decorative paper.

Turning the window over, I taped the birds to the reverse side...

...so, when turned back over,  they would be strung through the window on the front.

I next used the largest die in the same set to cut and emboss a different color paper to use as a base for the window.

Using adhesive pop dots to create dimension, I then adhered the window to the base.

You can better see the layers from this angle.

I then used Spellbinders Scratch Lines Texture Plate to create additional embellishment for the card. This plate deeply embossed a piece of foil so that I can add a bit of texture as well. I cut this strip into 3 pieces to place in different areas on the card.

Using Spellbinders Font One - Lowercase die set, I cut a phrase that was inspired by the birds out of decorative paper.

With all my components ready, I used a piece of decorative paper to make the card itself. I chose to cut it to a size of approximately 6 ½" x 5 ½" when folded based on the measurements of all the pieces that I had made.

Finally the time had come to put together all the individual parts and create my first card.



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Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer
IN-024 Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Birds on a Wire
S5-172 Spellbinders® Nestabilities® A2 Curved Matting Basics B
GLT-001 Spellbinders® Scratch Lines Texture Plate
S5-199 Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Font One Lowercase
F-012 Spellbinders® Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko®  Dew Drop Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad, Tsukineko®  Dew Drop Momento Die Ink Pad,  Imagine Crafts® Inkblushers Sponge

Cross Promotional Partners: Authentique paper, DCWV® paper

Other: scissor, adhesive, pop dots, tape

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Giveaways

To be entered into the giveaway sponsored by Spellbinders and be eligible to win many of the products I used to create my card, head over to the Spellbinders blog and follow instructions there.

For a chance to win this "one of a kind" card, please leave a comment on this blog post and make sure I have your email address. Comments will close end of day Wednesday 4/2 and the winner will be contacted by email.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lynn Hardy who is the lucky winner!

82 comments:

Mrs B said...

Hi Seth. I often visit your blog, but rarely leave a comment. I thought it was unusual to see a card by you but I love this one : ) The bird in a different colour is subtle, love it. Take care.

Nancy said...

I hope this isn't one of a kind and that we will see more cards form you in the future in addition all all of the other magic you make.

bkazoo said...

great card!

marylouh said...

this card was very appropriate. I often feel like that "odd man out" bird. I'm into crafts and most of friends aren't interested so I'm on my own a lot. Your card is great, as are the Spellbinders dies. I have quite a few and they always perform excellently. I like to fussy cut but having help really makes creating my cards go faster and easier. thanks. txmlhl@yahoo.com

Ruth L said...

Very textured card Seth... ;-)

Chris Wooten said...

Omg I so want those bird dies. I have never used S. Dies. Yay thanks for both. Pretty card too
chris@iwooten.com

jinxxxygirl said...

Seth i'am absolutely smitten with Birds on a Wire and would love to win it. Please count me in!
Hugs! deb
nuleaf at comcast dot net

Maryanne said...

I love the card! I love how you used the metallic paper to get your metal "fix" :)! The different colored bird is perfect and subtle!! Next thing you know you'll be hooked on card making!

Carol H. said...

I love your card! Simple and yet very pretty.
Carolhint0469 at att dot net

Katrina said...

Awesome card...I arrvied at your blog via Spellbinders. The card is very lovely and very appropriate for any of my friends as we are all birds of a different feather at some point...thanks for sharing...

LieselPaula said...

I do love your textures but for a card, I prefer a simple design. This is lovely. Thanks, Seth.

Aspiring crafter said...

Never been to your blog before Seth -now via spellbinders -I can see all your art!
Love the card and thanks for tutorial
XRuth

Kari said...

You'd never know that this was your first time making a card! It is great. I love Spellbinders new dies they are coming out with. I had the chance to test a few out with the wonderful Ken Oliver a few weeks ago and I'm excited to see more. I was checking out some of your other blog posts and your work is amazing! I'd love to see a scrapbook page from you too, I know it would be highly texturized and fabulous. Thanks for crossing over today. :) kac2429@msn.com

Lynn G said...

Lovin' your card with the Birds on a Wire. The Matting dies and Scratch plates look very interesting!!! I would like to see the new Feather die from the CHA used in a project or card. Feathers are my addiction! I really want to get the Feathers but they haven't been in our local craft store yet. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

Eileen L. said...
Wow a card, how about that. Love it. Love the die you used a lot.
EileenL211@sbcglobal.net

Vickiev Farrow said...

Love this card, you did great for a first time card maker!

Deborah J said...

Seth...you've got to do more cards!! I love what you've shown on this card! The card is clean but layered, the birds are beautiful especially the one colored different and the way you textured the ribbon or "metal" strip was awesome! I will use these things in future cards. I hope this isn't the last one we see! Spellbinders...great products to work with. Thanks! vtgrnmts1@yahoo.com

Gretchen Wilson said...

When I first looked at the card over at Spellbinders, I missed the gold foiled part, that is such a cool technique, and I didn't know about that plate. This is a great card and thanks for the step by step. I would love to win the new dies.

Anonymous said...

Really love this card! Thanks for the chance to win it.
Dee (firstteacherabc@yahoo.com)

sharon l-s said...

Awesome card hard to believe it's your first one. As a scrolled through your other posts I am impressed with your art. I would love to attend the ArtExpo in NYC. I have been eyeing the Birds on a Wire. The colors and texture really pop. TFS and the op to win.
s l l s at er in et dot c o m

barbara macaskill said...

For your first card this is amazing!! I love the One of a Kind bird! Such a great idea!! I follow you on Facebook but don't comment often. I am more of an in the background kind of gal but had to comment on this wonderful card! Whoever gets to take it home is a lucky duck indeed! Thanks for sharing your out of the box project with me! My personal goal for this year is to try an out of my comfort zone project at least once a month and I am finding that I really like some techniques that I did not think I would!! I am up to trying something new every week now because I am having such a great time experimenting!!! Just goes to show that change CAN be a good thing!

Jo Murray said...

It just goes to show...YOU can do anything. Well done Seth

Jan Castle said...

Well now Seth, you are DEFINITELY a card maker too!!! Great job....such a fun card! TFS, and a chance to win this one of a kind creation - love it!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan Castle
castle77 at comcast dot net

Maryann Laursen said...

Such a beautiful card, you made here Seth. These little birds are just perfect for sooo many different things, and I can think of many great projects with them, especially after the great inspiration, you+´ve just shared here for us, so thanks a bunch for that, as we don´t all have NY right outside our doors ha ha ha.

Ann F. said...

Very nice

isisimaginings.com said...

Gorgeous card, the bird on a wire die is going on wish list immediately. Thank you for the chance to win. isishestia {at} yahoo dot {com}

Helene said...

Just a Beautiful card, hope to see more cards from You.

Mary said...

Nice card Seth. I like the bird die.

Mary said...

Karasmeister@gmail.com

Marge said...

LOVE your birds on a wire card totally! Needing a spark for my card making creativity, I'm hoping your post today will help!

mer@orbitelcom.com

Suzanne Coley said...

Lovely as usual!

Lagene said...

Super card, Mr. Mixed Media Man! Welcome to our cardmaking world!

Jeannie Huff said...

Thank you for the card you demoed. I can see by your blog it isn't as much mixed media as you normally do. I find it hard to do much mixed media for a card I am actually sending in the mail.

Vic said...

Fabulous card! I would love to frame it and add to my art collection!

stamper said...

Great card Seth! I am a card maker,(among other crafts),but recently ordered a hot wax tool & wax to try my hand at journal making. I've seen some & thought I would try my hand. Don't let this be your only card!!

elle said...

This great! Not many birds on the wire as yet but soon they will be showing up! Wonderful card!~

Diane said...

Love your card. Never would have thought of changing the colour of one of the birds...i like it! Will have to remember this.

karenajo said...

Great card - hard to believe it is your first !!!

Lorraine Gall said...

Love your card, like the window!!

Michael Trent said...

Wow. Seth made a card? At first I thought I read that wrong. LOL. Great card!!!

Jackie said...

What a lovely card Seth! Would love to win. Jmpeduzzi@comcast.net

Susan said...

Seth, I just love that you made a card!

Lynn Capps said...

Well needless to say I love the card and hope to win it....although I will probably hoard it for myself. I also especially like the "Art Heals" piece. Pretty darn awesome.

Jodygirl said...

I like how you made the birds look industrial.

Charline Halverson said...

Your card is a one of a kind!

Anita Gambrell said...

Perfect card! Love the birds and saying! Put me in this giveaway!

audrey said...

Hi Seth.
It's been a while. Life kept me busy with things that did not allow me a lot of creative time, but I'm back and excited to seek all the creative knowledge that is available.
Your card is lovely. I love birds ~ it's perfect!! I plan to be a regular visitor again from now on.
Audrey
moonsfolly@comcast.net

Sandy said...

Love the card n would enjoy as a giveaway winner. ThankYou
kayd2481073@aol.com

Scrappin' Diva said...

Fabulous card! Loved the bird die and how you inked the one bird a different color! Thank you for the chance to win!

Cwong(at)gmail.com

Jackie said...

What a cute card.. love the birdies! I would love to play with those dies myself :-)

Nan G said...

Welcome to "the other side", Seth! :) And with a fab card too.

cecile graven said...

strongly designed card:)
I started with cardmaking once. Then I 'discovered' mixed media and nowadays mostly I alter books.
Being able to create is such a blessing

Casey Parry said...

All of your art I'd inspiring!thank you.

RockinReddRobin said...

Great card...great dies!!!

I need updates to your blog sent to my email. I can't find the link. Can you hook me up?

RockinReddRobin@yahoo.com

Thanks!

Janet Hickey said...

Love your card! Look forward to your workshop in April.

JackieP Neal said...

Holy comments Seth!
I dig the birds on a wire die-actually dig anything birds! Your card is great- I do love the layers and dimensions effect. The machine you used to cut, how large of a paper does it take? and is that the largest? I thought I had all the art supplies I needed, but now you got me to thinking...thanks alot!! heehee

lorrayneingram said...

Love the layers and how you used the ribbon two ways. The letters are a great way to personalize cards.

Lynn Hardy said...

Your first card is a winner! I am the other way around - I make cards, but don't often venture into mixed media. I'd like to learn more about it though, so think I'll have to pop back here again!
lynnhardy56@sky.com

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You made your first card and it looks really nice and in your own style. I would like to win it. Greetings from Holland. cindygroet(at)gmail(dot)com

Laura Strack said...

I love Spellbinders and am looking forward to all the projects this week. Your card is fabulous and the giveaway is too! Thank you!!

lizzie said...

nice card. I am a scker for birds and alphabets

Jenn said...

I LOVE seeing more men getting into paper crafting! Your card is fabulous... absolutely love the birds on the wire die!

Rose said...

This is a very neat card. I like the birds on a wire die. Hope you make more cards.

Dale or Linda Elston said...

great spring card love the birds on a wire and all the instructions amazing what all goes into making a card

bettywisse said...

Can't go wrong with birds, great card!

Anonymous said...

Seth- Although I spend a lot of time making cards and so I appreciate your card on many different levels not the least of which is the bird of a different color, I am fascinated by your mixed media work for the ArtExpo that you shared. My family teases me that I am a hoarder but I just know that I'll find a use (eventually) for found objects they would never think to collect- and the aging process that those objects have gone through is what I like the most. We try so hard to recreate that look artificially when we can find it naturally in found things. Your work shows this beautifully. Can't be there but hope you have a great show.-Bonnie

Julie A. Shearer said...

Great card! TFS and a chance to win.

Darlene Campbell said...

Those gold scratch lines (oops, incorrect name) has my attention. You are one of a kind Seth and I am over here in Ohio smiling about you making a card. Now go make more.Oh yes, I would certainly love to win your first card design.

The series you made for your NY show are captivating. They are mysterious and hint of old stories to be unlocked. Look forward to seeing photos of it all.

Lisa Derby Oden said...

ooooohhhhhh....I really love these birds on a wire! thanks seth for making an awesome card and a chance to win!

Christine Kiehl said...

Seth, Very nice job on your first publically shared card! I was wondering how the bird on a wire die would come out, I just couldn't picture it in my mind. I love Spellbinders dies! Thank you for sharing with us!

Pam said...

I love this card- very simple but dramatic. The new bird die is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing.

Jessica said...

Oh I'd love to win, anything you've created. Especially now, my partner will go into the hosp tomorrow am because his kidneys aren't working!!! So all prayers appreciated.
Jazzyjess49@gmail.com to reach me. Thanks Jess

Karen Schroeder said...

Awesome card! Love the birds on a wire die!

Sabrina said...

What a darling card!!
bre36@hotmail.com

Renee said...

What a great use of the dies! Love the birds, wonderful card. You should make more. :-)

Debbie said...

Great job Love the card !

JPScraps said...

Awesome card! Love the layering :)

Anonymous said...

Love the birds on a wire! I actually have a picture similar to this die that is propped on my fireplace. My husband says it reminds him of the the Last Supper. I have had all these years 1) because I like & 2) because of the Last Supper reference Gotta love it!!
Jackieedwards609@gmail.com

Cheryl W said...

I love bird images, and these birds on a wire are fantastic. Love your card. I have so many people in my life for whom this card would be perfect! cherylwinget at aol dot com

Tona said...

I love how you added dimension & texture to this card. I really like this bird die.

Sandra Jacobs said...

Love birds on a wire-real or otherwise. Great card!

Lynn Hardy said...

Ooooh thank you very much! I have just emailed you. How exciting!