Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders Summer Sneak Peek and Giveaway! Die template sets being shown over the next few days are slated for release at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show in Atlanta, Georgia. I am excited to get to introduce a couple of great new Spellbinders die template sets today, the Chevron Border (SKU S4-455) and the Conversation Bubble 3 (SKU S2-137).
Not only do I get to show them to you, but (here's the really exciting part) Spellbinders is also giving away the two new die template sets that I have used here today, as well as the new die template sets used on other sneak peek blogs this week and a fabulous grand prize! Be sure to look at the end of the post for more details and instructions on how to enter the giveaway.
**Please Note: There is a clickable link at the bottom of this post for entering; commenting on this post does NOT enter you into the giveaway.**
For my first project, I have a set of three clean and simple cards using both the Chevron Border and the Conversation Bubble 3 die template sets.
On the first card, I decided to emboss (but not cut) the Chevron Border on a heavy white cardstock.
Here you can see the impression that the Chevron Border made.
Next I trimmed the cardstock panel with my A-2 Matting Basics A (7) die template. Instead of embossing the A-2 Matting Basics rectangle with my Grand Calibur, I used an embossing stylus to emboss its edges; I didn't want to flatten my previously embossed chevron pattern, and running it through a second time with the embossing mat would have diminished the chevron pattern that I wanted to keep dominant.
I placed a scrap of the chevron pattern frame cut from cardstock on top of my embossed pattern to help me keep all of the pieces straight and in place, taping the frame scrap down on both ends to keep it from slipping. Then I started gluing down my little chevron pieces. It goes quickly!
Almost finished! I'm on the last row here.
And here I am removing the chevron frame cardstock that held my pieces in place. I used a stiff brush to brush away a few little bits of cardstock that were left on the edges of some of the pieces. They came off easily since I didn't get glue on the very edges.
For the second card, I wanted to try an ombre effect. For this card, I did not emboss the background; I wanted to see how the look would differ without embossing or leaving the frame in place. I started with a pale aqua cardstock, then used my Copic markers to darken each progressive layer a bit more.
All pieces are in place, and again, I'm gently removing the outside border. But I was wondering what that border would look like used alone in an ombre effect. . .
And here's what it looks like! I used a scrap of the pale aqua cardstock that I had left over from the card above this one, then again used my Copics to darken each successive layer. On this card, I used an A-2 Matting Basics A (6) and an A-2 Matting Basics B (7), in addition to the Chevron Border and the Conversation Bubble 3 die templates.
Here is a close up of all three cards, each using the Chevron Border slightly differently, as well as two of the three Conversation Bubble 3 die templates.
Stamps: Many Words (Spellbinders Celebrations), Cupcake Celebrations Clear Stamps (JustRite Papercraft)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz (PTI); SnoCone (MFT)
Accessories: Celebrations Linen (Spellbinders)
Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers
I have one more project to share, a 12 x 12 scrapbook page using the Chevron Border in a more typical way--frame piece and inside pieces together. I used both the medium and the large Conversation Bubble 3 die templates here, but I edited the large one to remove that little tail since I wanted it to be my journaling block area instead of a quotation. (I'll show how I did that in the next day or two, along with a supply list and more close-ups of this page.)
Again, my featured Spellbinders die template sets were the Chevron Border (SKU S4-455) and the Conversation Bubble 3 (SKU S2-137). These sets are NOT available quite yet, but they will be coming in August to a store near you!
So. . . here's the part you've been waiting for--
how to enter the Spellbinders Sneak Peek Giveaway!
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