Welcome! Today I’m excited to get to share some summer CHA releases from Spellbinders Paper Arts. My two featured sets are the Hexagon and the Octagon Strips and Accents. I’m sharing a scrapbook page for my first project—love these sweet little sisters, and thought this picture would be perfect to frame with the Octagon Strips and Accents die templates!
- S4-368 Hexagon (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts) MSRP $24.99
- S5-138 Octagon Strips and Accents (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts) MSRP $29.99
- Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
- Patterned Papers: Paper Girl (Girl’s Paperie)
- Cardstock: Natural White (Neenah)
- Accessories: pink rhinestones (Zva Creative); white seam binding dyed with Copic YG11 Various inks; white cotton crochet thread (to tie tag); foam tape
- Tools: sanding block, sewing machine, inkjet printer for sentiment
After cropping an 8" x 10" photo to 8" x 8", I pulled some papers from my stash that would give me coordinating colors but contrasting values, knowing that I wanted to layer a lighter trim over a darker background. Because the Octagon Strips and Accents die templates are two-piece die templates, it is simple to cut a background layer (green dotted layer), and an overlay layer (small pink flowered layer). Generally these layers will simply stack on top of one another; however, I stacked them with the green layer being slightly outside my top layer to create a mat effect. From the picture about, you can see that I have cut and folded the small strips, and backed my top layer with foam tape.
After running a zigzag stitch around my 12" x 12" patterned paper, I attached my photograph and then pieced together the four corner sets and four straight sets from Octagon Strips and Accents to create the square. See the green border? Again, that is because I offset the layers to get a mat effect.
I printed a sentiment with my inkjet printer and cut and embossed it with a Hexagon die temple, then matted it with the next larger sized Hexagon after sanding and lightly distressing the layers. The small accent pieces are part of the Octagon Strips and Accents set. HELPFUL HINT: Before you try to cut patterned paper or cardstock with very intricate die templates, cut a sheet of wax paper. This helps to lubricate the die so that it is not so difficult to get small pieces out of the die template.
The small tag above is cut with the Octagon Strips and Accents set; it was such a pretty shape that I just had to work it in somewhere! I dyed white seam binding with a Copic reinker to coordinate with the patterned papers and the greenery in the photograph.
I wanted to briefly share a second project on which I used both the Hexagon and the Octagon Strips and Accents die templates to mask for airbrushing. A little later this week I will share a stepped out post for this card too, but I wanted to show you that you can mask with these die templates as well as lace ribbon through them for an entirely different look that on the scrapbook page above.
Here are the full sets of my featured Spellbinders die templates:
the S5-138 Octagon Strips and Accents
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