Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Believe was inspired by a vintage book cover that has been in my collection for some time now. I loved the textured book cloth, the naturally brittle and distressed edges, and the beautiful gold embossing. The dark patch of color does not read as bold in real life.

I also knew that I wanted to use the face from this earring, which I had picked up long ago at a NYC flea market. Although I love abstract art, I also love to include faces as focal images.

I started out by using all six pieces from the just-released Spellbinders Superellipse die set.

I cut out the shapes from six different decorated pages.

I altered each of these pieces by edging them with gold metallic pigment ink and a border of black ink, created by using the inside of each die as a template. I ran the gold ink pad around the edge of the book cover for more contrast as well.

My plan was to stack the ellipses from large to small. I decided to add some fragment remnants underneath for more depth, complexity and texture.

I used one of the dies from Spellbinders new Sentiments set, which includes 14 descriptive words in text. In keeping with the color theme, I cut the word believe out of gold foil. I knew that when I attached it I would outline the word in black ink to make it pop.

I decided the face needed a surround. I chose the following metal ring from my stash... well as a die cut, which I cut by hand so I could use part of the design to frame the face.

I then got to stacking and gluing and gluing and stacking until, believe it or not, Believe was completed.


Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur® Machine
S5-188 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Superellipse
S5-200 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Sentiments
S5-146 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Botanical Swirls and Accents
MM1-001 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage Foil Pack One

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Delicata ink pad

Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies paper, BoBunny Press paper

Other: vintage book cover, decorated and hand painted paper, adhesive, paint brush, pen, embellishments 


Anonymous said...

I don't know...but I may just have to get myself some Spellbinders! Looking good my man, looking good! (Does Spellbinders have a photo app...just think what I could do,with that one!!)

Anonymous said...

I don't know...but I may just have to get myself some Spellbinders! Looking good my man, looking good! (Does Spellbinders have a photo app...just think what I could do,with that one!!)

Michelle O'Connor said...

beautiful! I am inspired! Thank you!
Your work always reminds me of the endless creative possibilities with Mixed Media!

Erin in Morro Bay said...

You do such an amazing job of combining the more traditional scrapbooking supplies with the worn rusty stuff that we all love!

Jo Murray said...

That's neat Seth. Always good to see the process. You are a great ad for Spellbinders.

Karenliz Henderson said...

Love this. I think I'm in need of some Spellbinders now! Thanks for the inspiration.

elle said...

I do believe that your series of photographs showcases the whole process wonderfully! I'm a believer!

Kathryn Dyche said...

You know I love texture and I always find it interesting when you combine faces or hands in your work.

Gaby Bee said...

Love your create such beauty with such simple objects. Thanks for all the detail pictures to see the process.

Happy creating!
Gaby xo

Sharon W. said...

Luv the final piece.....your detailed photos are superb mini-tutorials. You are definitely successful in reaching your goal: again, you have taken a supposedly "scrapbooking" tool and used it to produce a lovely piece. It would look great on a journal cover, or the lid of a box for your 52 cards. Keep 'em coming!

Healing Woman said...

Fantastic!! Your book would be an inspiration to anyone who saw it sitting on a table-who wouldn't long to pick it up and feel the fabulous texture?

Angi in hana said...

beautiful combo and layers! i am with that other comment, i gotta get me spellbinders! tx for sharing and inspiring! aloha, angi in hana

bellefrogworks said...

I love all your work Seth - you have a great feeling for how elements work together. This is a terrific piece. The die cuts work so naturally in it and I love that face focal point.

The Creative Beast said...

This piece looks wonderful Seth! I'm curious to see what will happen to the pages between the covers now...

Chandra said...

This is fantastic!