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Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular!
I have to admit that when I saw my assigned die templates for the Frenzy, I was a little stumped . . . okay not a little . . . a whole lot stumped. I was also a little upset that I had once again been given a die assignment that DID NOT fit my style of stamping/creating.
Well . . . guess what? I LOVE the results I got with the Framed Labels One and I’m fairly certain that you will see more of this from me! (I think this just goes to show you that even though you think something is not “your” style, it’s what you do with it that matters.)
Spellbinders ™ Grand Calibur® machine
EL-018 M-Bossabilities Framed Labels One MSPR $9.99
S4-375 Scalloped Labels One MSRP $24.99
When I first saw the design in the Framed Labels One, I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle it. After running through a few papers of paper and looking closely, I soon realized that the embossing reminded me of metal that you might see on an old trunk or leather on a journal cover.
I decided that since I had used foil before, I would try to make a faux patina piece of metal from paper. I learned from some samples, that the color of ink you pick is very important . . . you will need light, medium and dark. The colors I chose to work with are Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky, Brushed Corduroy and Dried Marigold Distress Inks. My paper is white mixed media trimmed to 6×5-1/2”.
The raised areas of the top side of the Framed Labels One were inked with Antique Linen. Keep in mind that this inked portion will be the debossed areas of your paper.
Remove the paper from the Framed Labels One.
Beginning with the lightest shade of ink (Bundled Sage in this case), sponge the ink over the embossed areas of the paper.
The medium shade (Stormy Sky) is sponged over the areas next. It is not necessary to cover the entire area with ink. It’s more interested to leave some areas open.
The final color to be sponged is the darkest shade (Brushed Corduroy). I also took this opportunity to go back over the embossed areas with the other colors to add some and take some away. Because I was using copper embossing powder, I also added a slight hint of Dried Marigold to bring up the oranges and browns of the faux metal.
Dry the entire piece of paper well before starting to emboss, especially if using inks that do not dry quickly (such as pigment or distress).
The paper was trimmed down to the size of the M-Bossabilities folder.
For a more professional look, the edges were sponged with Brushed Corduroy Ink. On my original, I also embossed the edges later with Copper Embossing Powder.
Lightly tap embossing ink over areas of the paper making sure not to cover the entire page. You can always go back and add more embossing later if you feel you don’t have enough.
The embossing on the faux patina gives the illusion that a little bit of metal is peeking out.
I used my original as the cover for a notebook.
The sentiment, “Field Notes” from Studio 490 Speaking of Art, was embossed in Copper on a scrap piece of mixed media paper and then die cut/embossed with Scalloped Labels One. Before the paper was removed from the die template, it was stenciled by sponging the paper inside the die with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen Ink.
The notebook cover was sized based on the Faux Patina panel and an old lined paper pad was glued to a 2” flap from the front. A separate piece of cardstock sized to the front was glued over the back of the paper pad.
For the technique lover in me this was a fun one to try! I loved the results and I hope you give it go yourself one day.
My second project is based on the same principle, but I ended up with a card.
I’ll have all the details for the card posted in a day or two.
In the meantime, here’s some information that you need for the contest:
The Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! Begins on June 21st and will end on June 28th, 2012. It consists of 24 individual prizes and one grand prize drawing. Enter the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! by visiting the participating blogs each day.
At the end of each blog post, click on the “Enter HERE” to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day.
Spellbinders™ will randomly draw one winner from each participating blog to receive that blog’s newly revealed dies. The Grand Prize Winner will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants who sent entry forms from each and every participating blog during the 48 hours each blog was open. For the full list of official rules please click RULES.
**Enter the contest by clicking HERE**
Don’t forget to visit the other Designers participating today for more chances to win!
In case you missed them, the Designers for Day One were:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Frenzy!