July 9, 2007

First Spellbinder Samples....

Buckle up girls and get ready for a fun, fun ride! Ellen has debuted the totally new and innovative Spellbinders dies on her blog...which means Trudee, Debbie and I have been given the go ahead to show you lots of samples! So be sure to visit Debbie and Trudee's blogs too. Here's what's going on: Ellen is having a countdown to her Friday the 13th sale with very cool card samples and lots and lots of good information about the new Spellbinders products. And today she just announced that on Friday for 13 hours, you will get 13% off everything in her store. You won't want to miss it!! On Friday you will also see Karen Lockhart's new stamp images which are totally over the top, and you'll be able to pre-order the Copic markers. I think I'll just faint right now!!

Now on to my first cards using the Spellbinders dies and Lockhart images. Aren't these cute?? I've been so inspired by all these products I've been working with and now I can begin to show you all three products on one card....Lockhart stamp images, Copic Markers and the Spellbinders dies! For this card, I used the pencil jar image to make a fun artsy card. I also used some SU! letters and the *original* stamp under the cut out circle. I also stamped *create* using Karen Foster tiny Casual Alphabet letters around the pencil jar. Notice how I made a squiggle pencil line to the word *be* to make it look like the pencil drew the letter. How's that for being original?? For the colored pencils in the jar, I used Copic markers. The finish the markers leaves is fabulous, reminds me of chalk ink. I added a shadow down the side of each pencil with a grey marker to add dimension. I finished off the stamped image with three little Decorative Pearls in Mocha color.

For the mats? This is the new Spellbinders goodies!! I cut a rectangle with a rectangle die (see sneak peeks of these on the second card, you can see what the dies actually look like under the card). Then I ran the cut out rectangle through my Wizard again using the simple tan embossing pad and voila...instant embossing just inside the rectangle!! Isn't that awesome???????? Zoom in and you can see the dimension it adds to the card. I can't believe how much detail this adds!!!!! I mounted the focal piece on yet another die cut scallop rectangle. Don't they layer nicely? Ellen and Stacey and Jeff at Spellbinders put a lot of effort into making sure the dies layer nicely together. I finished off the card with some Memory Box Sugar paper which comes in 6 x 6 pads. Then how bout the fun ribbon tying?I extended it over the edge of the card and tied it off with some SU! retired silver cord. To mail this type of card, simple slip it into a bigger envelope so the ribbon doesn't get smooshed.



My next card using the exact same layout as the first so I won't go into the details again on assembling the card. But isn't it a fun layout? I will mention that the top stamped layer has SU! dimensionals on the back and is mounted on the scalloped piece. Then the scallop piece is adhered to the card base with even more dimensionals. So these are triple decker cards! The images on this card are the Lockhart Packages, happy birthday sentiment and the Itty Bitty cupcake. They are also colored with Copic markers and outlined with a light grey marker to add dimension. Tiny white Decorative Pearls finish off the sentiment. Papers are again from the Memory Box Sugar 6 x 6 paper pad.



Okay, look up above and you can see the actual dies. Up there, see them? Aren't they different from anything you've seen? We will be educating you and giving you lots more tips and tutorials on the Wizard and the dies, so don't worry. If you're scratching your head, it's okay...it's something brand new on the market like NO OTHER die cuts out there. We'll help you out! I'm sure you're asking how the dies cut and then emboss? Well, the middle line of the die cuts your cardstock like a cookie cutter when it goes through the Wizard (or any other die cut machine). Then you switch mats and run the cut image through again and the very inside edge of the die creats the embossed effect. The cut out space of the die allows the paper to be forced into the blank space, thus created the embossed effect. Cool huh? Wicked cool!!!!!

Now look down here. This is a close up of the embossing and scallops. Very clean cuts, very crisp embossing. I'm in heaven! Zoom in for an even closer look. Stay tuned to Ellen, Trudee, Debbie and my blogs. We're going to show lots of samples and tips!



Now for the tip of the day: Remember when I talked about my sketch book with card ideas? Here's a photo of my finished card with my original sketch. I sketched this out while watching tv and had my Lockhart images right there with me for inspiration. Remember to sketch out ideas from time to time and keep them in your little notebook. When in a pinch for ideas, you'll have some inspiration to fall back on. I think it's fun to see if a card actually turns out like you had planned. This card worked out exactly like I had planned, with the addition of the fun ribbon tying idea. Happy Stampin' today girls! Come back tomorrow for more!



Supplies: Copics and Spellbinder products coming soon to Ellen's store. Memory Box paper and Decorative Pearls and Memory Box cards available now at Ellen's store. Silver Cord from SU! (discontinued), brown ribbon from Michael's, pink ribbon from May Arts. Stamps are Lockhart images available at Ellen's store. All links to blogs and Ellen's store are at the right!

25 comments:

Otter said...

Fabulous!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on some of these!!!

ker said...

RIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPP!!!!!!
that is the sound of my wallet tearing in half to get these dies!!!! Grrrrr

I LOVE YOUR SAMPLES MISH!

Anne Marie said...

Oh yeah, now we're cooking! Until you, Ellen and the other design team members started posting cards and pointing out these small details, I wasn't really getting how special and unique these sets of dies were. This helps IMMENSELY! I totally love these card samples you made, Michelle, thanks so much!

Katie said...

SOOOOO cool. It doesn't take much to get me excited about a new tool, but you sure have shown me how much of a *need* it is. Exactly which light gray marker did you use? I would love all of the markers, but can't get them all at once. I love how you used the gray marker to add dimension to the images. I'm looking forward to your other samples!

Kendra Giles said...

these are absolutely, positively cutie patootie! yep, I'm gonna have to have those dies! :)

Splashryan said...

What an awesome sketch! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tara

Beth said...

I love those projects! The colors are wonderful. I'm in big trouble come the 13th of this month then again is August when the dies are to be released. Thanks for enabling, I mean, inspiring me-lol!

Nancy Grant said...

You are such an inspiration! Thank you.
:-)

Melissa said...

Fabulous! I swear everything you touch turns out beautifully!

Alisa said...

I think you and Ellen are in cahoots and I can't decide if I want to love you or not! Probably love you! You make the most ba-yoot-ifull stuff and I come here everday to visit...even though I don't always comment. I am glad Ellen is having a sale because I need to load up on some of those Ka-ute stamps! Thanks for making pretty pretties to share with us! You rock! Off to sell plasma now to afford my habit! HA!

Christine L-P said...

Love your cards! Thanks for the inspiration. With all the new products you've been showing I may need to get another job. (-:

Ida said...

Michelle, Your cards are wonderful. Very pretty & I love all the little extra "details" that you add to make your cards so special. What a unique way to tie the ribbon. Did you put it all the way around the entire card? Wouldn't you have to untie the ribbon to open the card? Ida

chelemom said...

These are incredible! I can't possible want another thing....or could I?

Viv said...

Awesome! Love the look of the embossed rectangle your image is on! Good grief, I can feel the money flying out the door now!!

Charlene Weaver said...

Your cards are amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

Julesiana said...

I am just so pumped about these. As I said on Ellen's blog--this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.

I am now glad that I have held off on buying punches. This is a far better investment of my limited funds!!

Rose Ann said...

Your samples are so awesome, Michelle! I love them both! What an exciting new product!!

Angel W said...

Sooooo cute!!!

Kendra said...

WOW! What an amazing talent you are! I need to stamp with you again so some of it can rub off ~ LOL!

Congrats on all your new gigs sweetie. Couldn't happen to a nicer friend!

Beth said...

OMG! OMG! OMG!

Lilymeister said...

GORGEOUS!!!!! I would think I had died and gone to heaven to get something that beautiful in the mail. Those dies truly are going to take card making up a notch.

Pam/Iris said...

OMW!!! Gorgeous cards Mish, I can't wait to check out these new dies!!

Jessica said...

These are fun cards! Great work! And i love that you showed your sketch compared to the finished card.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Wonderful and creatie work. I was surfing your blog and lost track of my time. I found a lot of strawberry cards. I did find one you did about strawberrry creame pie on a recipe card but didn't find the recipe; MY sister is a strawberry fanatic and she is redecorating her kitchen in strawberries. Please send me the recipe. Thanks Jeannine

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,
I have really enjoyed browsing your beautiful work! I have a couple of questions"
I have a Sizzix Big Shot. I don't want to buy another machine. I love the Spellbinder dies. I also saw some of the Quick Kutz dies at our local store. Which do you recommend to use with the Big Shot, and do I have to buy other accessories to make them work? I love the Spellbinder dies, but don't want to buy another machine.
I love your site!
Thanks,
Jill Wolcott
jkw3@charter.net

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