Monday, November 21, 2011

Product Review and a Video Tutorial on How To Use Spellbinder Dies!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope that your weekend was blessed! A few weeks ago, the new "Product Review & Tutorial Archive" was introduced, plus we asked for your suggestions on what you would like to see here in the future. Many of you asked for Spellbinders to get a deep embossed look, how to shade them, and so on. You spoke and we listened.....below is a simple video tutorial which explains some basics on how to use the Spellbinders cutting dies. To some of you, this is old news, however, we hope to inspire those who are beginners or those who are intimidated by the products they own but haven't used.

Please note that the information shared in the video and in this written post is what I have personally learned while using these wonderful dies. In no way do I claim to be a professional or representative of Spellbinders, but hopefully these tips will save you some trial and error.   For information on how to use the dies  in other die-cutting machines, please visit the Spellbinders Information page found HERE.  Just scroll down to find your machine.

Every year the Spellbinders company releases more and more beautiful dies to help in all areas of paper crafting, including card-making. scrapbook layouts, altered items, tags, hand-make packaging, and more! Below are some samples created with a variety of die sets from 2011. If you haven't started on those holiday cards, hopefully these will give you a jump start!!

These two gorgeous coordinating sets are Spellbinders Ironworks Accents and Ironworks Motifs. Though my sample below shows how to create a clean and simple card, these intricate dies can be used in so many ways....use each die alone or build some cool embellishments by layering...the possibilities are endless!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs' 'Warm Wishes';
Cardstock: SU Whisper White;
Designer paper: Gold mirror paper (The Paper Cut);
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen and Stazon Timber Brown;
Accessories: Spellbinders Ironworks Motifs, Ironworks Accents, Lacey Circles, and 'Floral and Stone' Impressabilities template; Stamp-a-ma-jig, Zva Creative Pearls, foam tape, sponge dauber, paper piercer and template;
Size: 4-3/4 x 6.

The next two matching sets are Spellbinders Lace Doily Accents and Lace Doily Motifs.....I love the lacy, elegant design of these! Once again, these are perfect for layering, but just as gorgeous piece by piece! For my sample below, I layered two of the largest dies in the Lace Doily Accents set plus two of the corner dies from the Lace Doily Motifs set as added accents.

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Sacred Season';
Cardstock: SU Sage Shadow, Bravo Burgundy, and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Memory Box 'Mistletoe';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black and SU Sage Shadow;
Accessories: Spellbinders Lace Doily Motifs, Lace Doily Accents, Square Nestabilities, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Zva Creative Pearls, paper piercer and template, sponge dauber, and foam tape;
Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.

The next two sets, Spellbinders Holly Accents and Holly Motifs are super festive with a touch of elegance as well! My sample below shows how a few flourishes can really add to a card. Not only are the accents beautiful, but they are quick and easy to cut, sponge, and add to your project!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Warm Wishes';
Cardstock: SU Old Olive and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: SEI 'Silver Valley';
Ink: SU Markers and Ink Pads, Stazon Jet Black;
Accessories: Spellbinders Holly Accents, Holly Motifs, and Curved Rectangles, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Zva Creative Pearls, Paper Piercer, Sponge Dauber, foam tape;
Size: 5 x 6.

Last but not least is the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die set! I had so much fun with this one! Cut out all of the pieces at once in your Grand Calibur, add some sponging, then pop up the layers with foam tape.....quick, easy, and super fun!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Ornaments 2' (sentiment);
Cardstock: SU Barely Banana, Pear Pizazz, and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Basic Grey 'Picadilly';
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizazz;
Accessories: Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Die Set, Spellbinders Grand Calibur (to cut out all of the pieces at once!), 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Bow Easy, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer and Template, Sponge Daubers, Foam Tape, Zva Creative Pearls.
Size: A2.

Head over to Our Daily Bread designs and check out the wide variety of Spellbinders die sets. All Spellbinders dies are the Super Special Sale item, 10% off, until Saturday, November 26, at midnight EST. Not only are these perfect to help create some gorgeous holiday cards, but they make great gifts as well!!! (Please note the sale prices will show in the shopping cart.)

Thanks so much for hanging out with us today! If you have any questions or suggestions, please send me an email at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com. Have a very blessed week!!

Product Review Writer


Joan V said...

Thank you for this fantastic post. I just love the different Spellbinder dies!! On my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Amazing tutorial, Angie!! I absolutely LOVE my Spellbinder dies but I thank you for for sharing some of your tips and this video!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Natalie said...

Angie, it's so good to hear your voice!! Great video, you've done a fabulous job. I love my Spellbinder dies!

Caitiumom said...

Thank you.

Caitiumom said...

Thankyou for doing this video. I got a thin metal plate at a stamp show. I have been using it in my big shot. It really seems to help with the crispness of details. It looks like a piece of sheet metal. It goes on the top of the first clear plate. The paper is next with the die facing downwards, then top clear plate.

Product Design Services said...

Thanks for sharing such a great blog along with video. Its really informative. I love these these different type of dies.