This past summer I got a truly magical phone call from the team at Spellbinders Paper Arts. They asked me if I would be interested in designing my own product line. Wow. Talk about a pinch me moment. I can’t even say I had dreamed about it happening because that was really truly bigger than I was dreaming. What an amazing thing it has been to design products that I wanted to create with and to work with the team at Spellbinders, who are really much more like family than co-workers. When I think about the whole thing, all I can think to say is that I am so blessed.
Today I am so excited to be a part of the Spellbinders 2016 Blog Hop. With this hop I am finally sharing a project featuring products from my collection! In the days ahead leading up to the official release at CHA in January I will be sharing more projects and more details about other parts of my collection.
You won’t want to miss a single bit of this week-long blog hop celebration! Each day you will see tutorials by Spellbinders designers and design team members and have a chance to win amazing prizes!
- To enter today’s giveaway, head
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- Today’s other tutorial is by the super talented Yana Smakula. Check out her tutorial HERE.
- To see the schedule for the rest of the week and to check out the links to the other tutorials, head to the Spellbinders site HERE.
And now, today’s tutorial featuring my new collection of products featuring stamps, dies, and embossing folders…
Place the Cheesecloth background stamp face up on your craft sheet. Ink the stamp with Ranger Coffee Archival ink.
My background stamps are all 6.5″ x 4.5″. The large size allows you to stamp a complete background image on a variety of projects including tags, larger cards, and mini book and journal covers.
Place a manila tag face down onto the inked stamp. Run your hand over the back of the to transfer the inked image onto the tag.
With a large background stamps, I always use them in this way (laying it face up and placing my paper onto it). I find it easier to transfer my image this way instead of trying to hand a large stamp block. This stamping method is a bit less precise, but since the image is a background, an imperfect transfer of the image is totally ok!
Apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the outer edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
Apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
I love flowers on projects so I am so excited to have several flower sets in my collection. I love them all, but the Shabby Posies set just might be my favorite!
Die cut at least four flowers from crinoline using the smallest Shabby Posies die. The results of die cutting fabrics with thin wafer dies can vary depending on the fabric. Fabrics like crinoline, buckram, and fabric garment interfacing (the type without adhesive) die cut nicely because they are fairly stiff. With Spellbinders thin dies I am able to cut 2 layers of crinoline at one time!
Want to learn more about crinoline (my favorite fabric to make flowers with)? Check out my blog post Crinoline Help and Facts.
I am using my new favorite die cutting machine, Spellbinders’ Platinum Machine. The machine works with Spellbinders products as well as most competitors’ dies and embossing folders. Spellbinders dies and embossing folders (including mine) also work in most other competitor’s machines like the Big Shot and Cuttlebug.
Mist the die cut flowers with Distress Spray Stain (color shown: Tumbled Glass).
Mist the centers of each flower with a contrast color of Distress Spray Stain (color shown: Squeezed Lemonade).
Wring out the die cuts in a dry cloth and then dry with a heat tool.
Die cut four leaves from crinoline using the single leaf die from the Pom Pom Posies set.
Mist the leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. Allow the stain to soak in for a few moments. Wring out the excess stain with a dry cloth.
Mist the base of the leaves with a brighter shade of green (color shown: Twisted Citron).
Wring out the excess stain using a dry cloth. Dry the leaves with a heat tool.
Cut a piece of green florist wire that is about twice as long as the leaf. Use a strong quick drying glue to adhere the stem to the back side of the leaves.
For these stems, I used a plain stem wire wrapped with green floral tape. My favorite stem wire is “thread wrapped” stem wire. It is literally wire wrapped with green thread. It is easy to ink to add age and has a nice finished look. You can find both types of stem wire in the floral department of arts & crafts supply stores.
When the glue is dry, brush the front of the leaf along the wire with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. The ink will add emphasis and create a “vein” in the leaf. Brush the edges of the leaf with ink also.
Layer two or three flowers together. Pierce a hole through the center of the stack of flowers.
Brush a white flocked or velvet brad with Scattered Straw and Ground Espresso Distress Inks using an ink blending tool. The ink will add a more natural coloring for the center of the flower.
Place the brad through the hole in the stack of flowers. Brush the edges of the assembled flower with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Tear the side off of a scrap of vellum that is slightly larger than the tag. Place the tag in the Rose Tablecloth Embossing Folder.
(Note, my embossing folders with Spellbinders are A7s (5×7) and thicker than many other embossing folders. The are tall enough for an entire tag to fit inside! Remove the bottom cutting plate from your stack to use them in a Big Shot, Cuttlebug, or similar machine.)
Brush raised areas over the vellum with ink blending tools using only the ink already in the foam for a subtle coloring effect.
Scribble over the left half of the tag with a glue stick.
Place the vellum on the tag over the glue. Position the vellum so that it covers half to 2/3 of the tag.
Trim away the excess vellum along the edge of the tag. Brush the edge of the vellum layer with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
If needed, lightly brush over the embossed areas with Distress Ink again to add more emphasis to the embossing.
Die cut a Notched Envelope from kraft cardstock. Die cut an insert for the envelope from manila cardstock.
Fold the envelope side flaps in along the score lines. Place adhesive tape along the inside edges of the envelope front. Close the envelope. The adhesive should adhere to the two side flaps. Brush the edges of the envelope with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Adhere the assembled envelope flap side up to the front of the tag along the left edge about 1″ from the bottom of the tag.
Die cut a Frayed Tabs banner from manila cardstock. Fold along the score line.
(These Frayed Tabs are so fun. The set includes several different styles that can be used for so many things, from mini banners, to flags, to page tabs! I will do a another post soon sharing more ideas for them!)
Brush over the tab with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Place adhesive on both halves of the banner on the back side.
Adhere the banner over the envelope around to the back side of the tag (think of it like a paper clip clipping the envelope in place). The pointy tip of the banner should stick up far enough to serve as a clip to hold the flap of the envelope closed.
Tie a small bow from dyed Crinkle Ribbon.
Tip- I keep a bag of all of my dyed Crinkle Ribbon scraps from other projects. Some are small bits, some are long enough for bows. This bag of scraps is a real time saver when I am short on time. Other times, like for this tag, I check the bag for a ribbon that will add a punch of color that I might not otherwise have thought of!
Fold two pearl stamens in half. (Plain pearl stamens can usually be found in arts & crafts stores in the wedding and cake decorating sections. Most can be easily colored using alcohol inks.)
Arrange the leaves along the left edge of the tag. I placed two leaves on top and two leaves below the edge of the envelope. The wire on the leaves can be shaped to add dimension to the leave. Trim the wires as needed.
Adhere the flowers over the envelope and leaves. Tuck the bow and pearl stamens in around the flowers and leaves.
Add a shimmery accent by brushing a Clear Wink of Stella Brush marker along the edges of the tag, vellum, envelope, leaves, and flower centers.
Use small letter stamps to add a sentiment to the tag. Use Ranger Archival Ink on the vellum for best results.
I can’t even tell you how much I love this Cheesecloth background stamp! I designed it using a photograph of a vintage piece of fabric in my vintage linen and lace stash. I seriously gasped out loud the first time I saw it stamped! It looks so dimensional that you will want to touch it to feel it!
It is no secret I think that I love flowers on my projects and I love cutting them from fabric to create vintage style millinery flowers. It probably won’t surprise you then that my collection of dies includes several flowers. I will be sharing more of them soon and will be of course planning lots of tutorials to show you how to make fun and dimensional flowers with them!
I think these velvet brads (Doodlebug) are so great as flower centers! They take ink easily for color and add a fun texture that is somewhat realistic.
I don’t think I will ever get tired of the magic of vellum.
There you have it, the first ever blog tutorial featuring products from my signature collection! I am so thrilled with this collection and can not wait to share more about it in the coming weeks. I hope you will love it all as much as I do!
PS. Don’t forget to enter today’s give away and to visit Yana’s blog for another great Spellbinders project!
Please stay tuned for more details on the availability of my new collection with Spellbinders in January!