3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders

Hello Crafts ‘n things community! Spellbinders is thrilled to be sharing a tutorial using our new 3D M-Bossabilities with you on the blog today! Spellbinders entered the craft and hobby market in 2003 and we’ve been innovating ever since. This newest product is no exception!

You’ll love the realistic, sculpted surfaces and dynamic letterpress capabilities. These folders measure 5″x7″ in size and are perfect for A7 size cards. They even produce amazing pieces for “fussy cutting”! Take a peek at our brief tutorials below and fall in love with the unique, new Spellbinders® 3D M-Bossabilities™.

This card was designed by Spellbinders Blog Team member Heidi Blankenship. She’s featured E3D-003 Delightful Daisies. Heidi also used a letterpress technique to get the dazzling golden effect on her card.

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Lightly mist the front and back of the paper to loosen up the fibers in the paper.  This will give you an even deeper and crisper emboss.

Next, use a brayer to apply the Golden Glitz ink to the 3-D Embossing Folder for prefect coverage of the ink.  If you do happen to get some ink in an area that you don’t want, simply use a Q-tip to remove the ink.

The 3-D Embossing Folder is a little bit thicker than the M-Bossabilites™ folders so the sandwich is a little bit different.  Starting from the bottom up, layer the plates in this order:  B Embossing Plate, 3-D Embossing Folder and D Adapter Plate.  You will use this sandwich for both the larger plates and junior plates.  Once you have your plates lined up, run them through the Grand Calibur.

Next, use a Q-tip with Memento™ Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa inks to add some darker colors and shading to the daisies, butterfly and banner.  Then use Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the flourish and StazOn® Timber Brown for the sentiment.  The stamp set CL-04390 Butterfly Dreams is a CHA Release from JustRite Papercraft.

Layer Posh Milk Chocolate for a mat behind the embossed paper and then add some gold metallic string and beads to dangle on the side. Adhere it to a Champagne Metallic card base. To finish off the card I added a clear glaze and pearls to the flower centers and the body of the butterfly.

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Blooming Dies & Butterflies Canvas

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Use Spellbinders multi-faceted dies to craft custom, garden-inspired wall art that blooms with amazing texture and subtle metallic shimmer.


  • Canvas Corp. Canvas Home Basics Design Stretched Burlap Canvas, 10”x10”
  • Cardstock: brown, cream, black solid; cream, blue patterned metallic
  • Patterned papers: blue, cream, burgundy, green
  • May Arts Burlap: Tan Twine, Green Twine, Green Ribbon


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Shapeabilities Dies: Celtic Motifs S5-163, Les Papillions S4-371, Botanical Swirls and Accents S5-146
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls Gold Pearl Dimensional Paint
  • Antique brown ink pad
  • Blue mica flakes
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge





With Celtic Motifs #2 centered inside #3, die cut/emboss four shapes from assorted papers and metallic cardstock. Before removing die template from each piece, sponge ink through openings to stencil design. Cut three motifs in half. (Note: Set aside extra pieces for future project or coordinating card design.)


Die cut/emboss Celtic Motifs #3 from cardstock, one black, one cream, and two brown. Cut cream and brown motifs in half.


Die cut/emboss Botanical Swirls and Accents leaves and brackets, three or four each, from green paper.


Die cut/emboss Les Papillions #1 and #2 butterflies from burgundy papers; stencil ink through template openings.


Using foam squares, assemble and adhere die-cut motifs to create four flowers as shown.


Create flower centers from coiled tan twine using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.


Using photo as guide, cut and adhere green twine lengths to canvas for flower stems and grass. Adhere leaves and brackets as shown. Adhere flowers to tops of stems. Let dry.


Cut and adhere green burlap ribbon across bottom of canvas, clipping edges to wrap corners. Let dry.


Use gold paint to dot base flowers through openings in upper flowers, creating dot border around outer edge of each flower.


Adhere butterfly bodies to two flowers using foam squares, leaving wings free. Highlight bodies and wings with gold paint; let dry.


Adhere mica flakes to top of canvas for sky; let dry.


  • Look for the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs sister set, Celtic Accents, to expand your design options with an intricate knot border, tags, and additional design elements.

by Candy Rosenberg for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Happy Father’s Day

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Father’s Day is less than a month away! I encourage you to make a card for the father in your life. Perhaps you are like me and your father has passed away, but you have an older brother, an uncle, of a close family friend that you wish to honor. Perhaps you wish to help your kids make a card for their father or grandfather. Both my father and my father-in-law have passed, but I make my husband a card every year on Father’s Day to honor him as the father of my children.

I have a few cards to share with you to help you get started on making your card. I will share a tutorial for this first card, because I think the technique is very “manly”!

1. Make a 5″x5″ black top-fold card.

2. Trim printed paper to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″; adhere to card.

3. Create the aged and embossed panel next. Cut kraft cardstock to fit inside the embossing folder. Apply Clearsnap ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink to the “front” or “top” side of the folder; this is the side that will deboss, or press into, the cardstock. You want to ink the debossed areas of the cardstock, not the raised, embossed areas.

4. Carefully place cardstock inside the inked embossing folder and run it through the machine. Let ink dry completely.

5. Using a foam or sponge applicator, ink raised areas of the embossed cardstock with green, blue, and brown ink, in that order, to create a patina. I used Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Bon Voyage, and Dark Cashmere Antiquing Ink. Let ink dry completely. (Note: It is very important that all ink is dry before moving to the next step.) 

6. Ink a few of the raised, embossed areas with watermark or clear embossing ink.

7. Heat emboss with copper embossing powder.

8. Edge the embossed panel with brown ink and trim to 3-1/2″x4-1/2″. Mat on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

9. Stamp a masculine image onto kraft cardstock with coordinating ink. Dig through your stamp stash and see what images you have that would be good for Father’s Day. Look for cars, boats, sports images, vintage items, etc.

10. Using photo as guide, trim image to size. Distress edges of image panel using scissors blade, paper distressing tool, or fingers. Mat image on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

11. Decorate the card with a “coil” of twine and a vintage image or postage stamp. Tie twine around the top of the card and add a charm.

12. Make sure to “grunge up” your papers and cardstock for a unique, masculine look. This technique works with any embossing folder. You can try other ink and embossing powder colors to create alternate results.

13. Add kraft cardstock to the inside of the card and stamp or write a Father’s Day message.

Remember, when creating cards for the special men in your life, try to use dark and neutral colors, and natural elements like twine, jute, and cork. Add metal items as I have done with this vintage-inspired card.

If you don’t have access to many embellishments, you can still create depth and interest with papers. I have simply added a few vintage buttons to the above card. I used several papers and the circles to create movement and contrast.


  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman (retired)
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Thinking of Father (retired)
  • Clearsnap Ink Pads: ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk; ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Dark Cashmere, Antique Moss, Bon VoyageTop Boss Watermark Ink; ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Wicked Black
  • Embossing powder: Hampton Art Copper
  • Embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collage
  • Die-cutting or embossing machine
  • Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Jute String
  • Charm: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Muse Tokens
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Cosmo Cricket Glubers Glue Dots

Enjoy creating for your dad, or other special man, this month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Wishing You Happiness Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this elegant, embossed greeting to express graduation or wedding wishes.


  • White cardstock
  • Brown button
  • Cream embroidery floss


  • Sizzix BIGkick or Big Shot Die-Cutting System or Texture Boutique Embossing System
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions Doily & Lace Embossing Folder Set
  • Stampin’ Up! Heard from the Heart Stamp Set
  • Rubber brayer
  • Ink pads: dark brown, aqua, metallic gold
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife, ruler, pencil, stamp cleaner



Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card; set aside.


Cut 3”x4-1/4” white cardstock panel.


Using metallic gold ink, ink recessed side of Lace embossing folder. Carefully place cardstock panel cut in Step 2 onto inked surface. Close folder and follow manufacturer’s instructions to run folder through machine; remove cardstock and let dry. Immediately clean embossing folder with stamp cleaner.


Ink brayer with aqua ink; gently roll brayer over raised surface on cardstock panel and let dry. Clean brayer.


Adhere embossed panel to card ½” from left edge.


Stamp dark brown sentiment onto white cardstock. Trim sentiment to 5” long and adhere to card, aligning right edges.


Cut tiny slit in card fold 1” from left edge using craft knife. Insert embroidery floss through hole and wrap around card twice, running floss through button; cut and adhere end inside card.


  • For another look, emboss pearlescent white cardstock panel and adhere to card base for tone-on-tone texture.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Butterflies For You Card

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Create a springtime card with a feminine feel using new 3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders. These extra-deep embossing folders provide unmatched texture that is easily enhanced with inks, chalks, and more.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Collection Paper
  • Orange/white baker’s twine
  • Peach ribbon, 3/8” wide


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System GC-001 and Grand Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-008
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder E3D-003
  • Spellbinders Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders One S5-181, Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two S4-395, Shapeabilities Charmed I’m Sure S4-399
  • Flourishes LLC Tag Lines Stamp Set
  • Ink pads: yellow, sage green, burnt orange, brown
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam applicators



Make 4½”x6″ White top-fold card. Trim 1” from bottom of card front.


Die cut/emboss three A2 Bracket Borders One #1 shapes from assorted papers, two peach and one blue. Layer and adhere shapes to bottom of card front as shown. Bottom card edges should align when card is closed.


Cut White panel slightly smaller than White area on card front; emboss with Delightful Daises 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder. Open folder and leave paper in place. Using foam applicators, apply and blend layers of ink onto embossed areas until desired look is achieved. Let dry.


Cut and adhere 5” ribbon length to bottom edge of embossed panel, securing excess at back.


Die cut/emboss Charmed I’m Sure Tag from White cardstock. Stamp brown sentiment on tag. Wrap baker’s twine around panel over ribbon, adding tag, and tie bow slightly left of center. Adhere panel to card.


For butterflies, die cut/emboss two Les Papillions Two #1 shapes, one from each paper used for brackets. Stack and adhere butterflies to card front as shown, applying adhesive beneath bodies only to leave wings free.


  • To keep the embossed areas from collapsing, leave the paper on the 3D folder when applying color.

by Christine Emberson for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Magnificent Square Card

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Mix and match new Spellbinders Imperial Gold die templates to create intricate layered elements and elegant letterpress effects.


  • Cardstock: smooth white; Bazzill Basics Paper Prismatics Frosted Yellow, Cantaloupe, Whirlpool
  • Papers: light blue, leaf green, My Mind’s Eye Collectable Collection Notable Love This Devoted
  • Creative Impressions White Mini Brads


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Junior Magnetic Placement Mat
  • Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies: Gold Elements One S5-183, Gold Circles One S4-390
  • Spellbinders Majestic Elements Dies: Adorning Squares S4-389, Marvelous Squares S4-383
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Squares Dies LF-126
  • JustRite Papercraft For All You Do Vintage Labels Three Clear Stamps
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, VersaMark Watermark
  • White embossing powder
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares: 1/4”, 1/2”; liquid glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool, paper piercer and mat




Magnificent Square Card

1. Make 5-3/4”x5-3/4” white top-fold card. Cut 5-3/4” square from light blue paper; adhere to card front.

2. Cut or die cut following paper squares: 4-3/4” Cantaloupe, 4-7/8” leaf green, Grand Squares #3 die template from white cardstock, 5-1/4” Whirlpool. Layer and adhere squares to card front.

3. Position Adorning Squares #7 die template in center of Grand Squares #2 die template on Junior Magnetic Placement Mat. Die cut/emboss shape from white cardstock; adhere to center of card.

4. Die cut/emboss Grand Squares #1 from Love This paper (green side). Adhere to center of white die-cut square.

5. Position Marvelous Squares #3 and Gold Circles One #6 in center of Adorning Squares #7 on placement mat. Die cut/emboss shape from Frosted Yellow cardstock.

6. Using VersaMark ink, stamp yellow die cut with frame and corner design as shown. Heat emboss design with white embossing powder. Pierce holes in four opposite sides and insert white brads as shown. Trim brad ends with scissors if needed. Adhere element to center of card.

7. Die cut/emboss Adorning Squares #4 from white cardstock. Adhere to card in center of yellow die cut.

8. Die cut/emboss four Gold Elements One Corner Border shapes from Cantaloupe cardstock.

9. Lightly apply Sky Blue ink to raised pattern of Gold Elements One Corner Insert template. Carefully position inked template in center of Gold Elements One Corner Border template on placement mat. Die cut/emboss corner element from light blue paper. Repeat three times to create four corner elements.

10. Layer and adhere light blue and Cantaloupe corners as shown and adhere to card with foam squares.

11. Lightly apply Sky Blue ink to raised pattern of Gold Elements One Accent LG Insert template. Carefully position inked template in center of Gold Elements One Accent LG Border template on placement mat. Die cut/emboss shape from light blue paper.

12. Die cut/emboss Gold Elements One Border Accent LG from Cantaloupe cardstock; cut element in half. With outer edge of each Cantaloupe die-cut half showing, adhere pieces to back of light blue element.

13. Pierce hole in center of layered element and insert white brad. Adhere element to card with foam squares.


  • Tap lightly when applying ink to raised pattern of die templates. If too much pressure is applied, ink will seep into deeper patterned areas of die.

by Judy Hayes for Spellbinders Paper Arts (http://www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Birthday Flowers Card

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Trendy pastels and delicate blossoms make this die-cut beauty from Spellbinders the perfect card for springtime birthdays.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Wild Lilac
  • Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue Collection Pearl Paper
  • Want2Scrap Purple Self-Adhesive Gems
  • Offray Lavender Satin Ribbon, 5/8” wide


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Dies: Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Flower Burst S2-007, Nestabilities Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader S5-135, Nestabilities Labels Four S4-190
  • Happy Birthday! sentiment stamp
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Grape Jelly
  • Adhesives: Xyron Mega Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber




Birthday Flowers Card

1. Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” Wild Lilac top-fold card.

2. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #4 shape from Pearl paper. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening using sponge dauber and Grape Jelly ink. Remove die template.

3. Weave ribbon through openings in die-cut panel and tie bow at bottom. Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

4. Die cut/emboss Labels Four #6 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, sponge band of Cantaloupe ink horizontally across center of cardstock. Sponge Bamboo Leaves ink across bottom and Grape Jelly ink across top. Remove die template. Adhere to card with foam squares.

5. Die cut/emboss Flower Burst shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil flower openings Grape Jelly and grass/leaf openings Bamboo Leaves. Adhere gems to two large flower centers.

6. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #2 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening Grape Jelly. Remove die template. Stamp Grape Jelly sentiment in center of shape. Adhere to card as shown with foam squares.


  • Die cut blossoms from black cardstock to create a chic silhouette effect.

by Theresa Momber for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part II

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with Part II of our recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show.

 by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life easy scrapbooking system got much buzz. The no-stress system requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and is “designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”

Picking up on the scrapbooking vibe, camera images, especially vintage and retro styles, were everywhere, from paper, stamps, and stencils to chipboard, wood, and other embellishments. We love the designs from American Crafts, Dear Lizzie, Maya Road, Simple Stories, Studio Calico (shown here), Amy Tangerine, Kaisercraft, Lawn Fawn, BasicGrey, Prima, Hero Arts (shown here) and others. Crate Paper has a nifty photo overlay (shown here) that gives an ordinary photo a trendy Instagram look.

Mini rulers are the cutest thing to come out of the schoolhouse since my third-grade crush! Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology offers a clever ruler binder kit, ruler ribbon, and a ruler-filled background stamp. Maya Road has mini rulers and Little Yellow Bicycle offers canvas ruler-marked tape.

We love the bold, graphic typography, especially with a vintage flair, popping up on stamps from 7gypsies (shown here), Hero Arts (shown here), Stampers Anonymous, Stampendous! (shown here), etc.

Washi tape, still yummy and plentiful, now comes in sheets you can cut, punch, die cut, etc. We found sheets at Lifestyle Crafts and We R Memory Keepers, fun tape-looking stamps from Hero Arts and Penny Black, and Scotch Brand decorative masking tape from 3M.

If you put all the bling shown at CHA in one room, you’ll need sunglasses. (We’re so thrilled with all the bejeweling that we’re devoting an entire article to jewels in the Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). Besides jewels in every size, shape and color, there’s new corrugated glitter cardstock, neon glitter, and glitter tape from American Crafts; die-cut glittered papers from Anna Griffin; jeweled paper from Hampton Art Stamps; rhinestone and vinyl glitter sheets from The Buckle Boutique, and glitter and glitter glue galore from Ranger, American Crafts, WOW, Stampendous!, Martha Stewart Crafts and others.

If your stamp style is the polar opposite of cute, take heart! There are stamps that celebrate that aesthetic: Art Gone Wild (zombies, hipsters, and geeks), Inky Antics (worldly women, shown here), Dylusions (couture, eclectic, sayings, shown here), Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 (funny sayings), The Greeting Farm (sassy girls), JudiKins (a human skull you dress up with bowties, top hat, mustache), and more.

Mixed media crafters can enjoy a variety of paints, sprays, inks, etc., including Imagine Craft’s Tsukineko Memento Luxe, Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint Systems (create stone, metal, or wood looks), Kroma (crackle medium), Clearsnap’s non-wicking Crafter’s Ink, and new chalk and pigment colors, etc.

Other cool stuff includes: Ad Tech’s upcoming Gloodle, a precision-tip liquid glue dispenser with snap-on interchangeable tubes; CraftDragon’s hot foil machine for  leather, cards, acrylic, etc.; pen/marker storage systems from Crafter’s Companion and Art Bin; Eclectic Products’ E6000 spray adhesive; new tools and retro colors for Faber-Castell’s Gelato water-soluable pigment sticks; Lawn Fawn’s variegated baker’s twine; WOW! embossing powders, and so much more.


Ad Tech www.adhesivetech.com

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Bin www.artbin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Basic Grey www.basicgrey.com

Buckle Boutique www.thebuckleboutique.com

Canvas Home Basics www.canvascorp.com

Cheery Lynn Designs www.cheerylynndesigns.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Core’dinations www.coredinations.com

Craft Dragon www.craftdragon.co.uk

Crafter’s Companion www.crafterscompanion.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

Die Cuts with a View www.dcwv.com

Doodlebug Designs www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver Stencils www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Faber-Castell www.fabercastell.com

Gourmet Rubber Stamps www.gourmetrubberstamps.com

Hampton Art  www.hamptonart.com

Heartfelt Creations www.heartfeltcreations.us

Hero Arts  www.heroarts.com

ICE Resin www.iceresin.com

Imagine Crafts www.imaginecrafts.com

JudiKins www.judikins.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

KellyCraft™ Innovations LLC www.kellycraftinnovations.com

Kroma www.kromacrackle.com

Lawn Fawn www.lawnfawn.com

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little Yellow Bicycle www.mylyb.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

Paper Smooches www.papersmoochesstamps.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Plaid www.plaidonline.com

Project Life by Becky Higgins www.beckyhiggins.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

7gypsies www.sevengypsies.com

S.E.I. www.shopsei.com

Silhouette www.silhouetteamerica.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderspaperarts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stampers Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Studio Calico www.studiocalico.com

Scotch (3M) www.scotchbrand.com

Tattered Angels www.mytatteredangels.com

The Greeting Farm www.thegreetingfarm.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Westcott www.westcottbrand.com

WOW! www.wowembossingpowder.com

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part I

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with a two-day recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show. Look for Part II on Thursday.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

First, let’s check out new products, then do some trend-spotting.

You’d think Spellbinders would run out of ideas by now. Not so. Working with ICE Resin’s Susan Lenart Kazmer, they now offer jewelry bezels and metal blanks with dies to fit. Designs include hearts, triangles, rectangles, and more. There are metal texture plates and a super-strong embossing machine, the Artisan X-plorer. We were also wowed by the 3D M-Bossabilities (which creates super-deep dimension) and the exquisite Imperial Gold dies; both are shown here. Check the website for great videos.

Can we have too many dies and embossing folders? Apparently not. Everyone, it seems, has dies and embossing folders to make frames, pop-up cards, tri-folds, boxes, shapes, etc. Dies are also getting more intricate, as seen in the designs of Cheery Lynn Designs (shown here), Sizzix, Lifestyle Crafts, Ecstasy Crafts, and others.

Sizzix, for instanceoffers everything from Thinlets™ (wafer-thin dies in simple to complex designs) and ScoreBoards™ (extra-large dies for chipboard or mat board) to Pop ‘n Cuts™ (3D pop-ups) and Stephanie Barnard’s Flip-it Dies™ (scores and cuts so a piece of the card “flips” or moves). Coming soon is a glam makeover for the Big Shot, which will come with an extended multipurpose platform.

Hate “fussy cutting” images? Get dies that coordinate with stamps, such as 7gypsies, Graphic 45, Hampton Art, Doodlebug Design, Echo Park, Heartfelt Creations, Hero Arts (shown here), The Greeting Farm, Lawn Fawn and more. Lifestyle Crafts’ new dies include a milk carton, lattice-work basket (shown here), and file drawer, while Paper Smooches’ Hot Spots offer unique mix-and-match options, shown here.

Tim Holtz added to his Ranger Distress line as well as his Stampers Anonymous stamps (we’re wild about Blueprints!), Ideo-ology elements and Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies. Distress Paint is a fluid, water-based acrylic paint with a dabber top. Like Distress Inks and Stains, they react with water and work on paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic, etc. They have a matte finish and yes, you can stamp with them.

Silhouette’s Portrait electronic cutter is the little sister to the Cameo. The smaller size is ideal for card-makers and those with limited space.

Craftwell’s electronic (that’s right, no cranking), large-format eBosser handles a whole  8½”x11” sheet of paper or cardstock and has large embossing folders to turn out embossed tri-fold or A9-sized cards. A unique mechanism holds the plates in place so you can start the machine, go feed the cat, and the plates stay put.

Love tools and gadgets? Head to We R Memory Keepers for the Envelope Punch Board and the Interfold Envelope kit, the Corner Mounter (creates corner slits to hold photos or layers), the Tab Punch (shaped tabs), and the Card Punch (creates 3”x4” card or photo shapes).

KellyCraft’s Get-It-Straight™ Laser Square uses a laser light to help align images. We also went ga-ga for Westcott’s tiny scissors, great for detail cutting.

Core’dinations, which makes the fun and exceedingly alterable colored-core cardstock, introduced Shattered, designed by Tim Holtz, with crackle lines already added. Also new this show was David Tutera’s three-step system to make card-making so easy even my brother could do it. Buy the coordinating pieces (base layer, overlay, and embellishment) and you have cards in minutes.

Stencils (and masks) abound. Besides the varied designs from Gourmet Rubber Stamps, Judikins (shown here), The Crafter’s Workshop (shown here), Dreamweaver, Plaid, Stampendous!, etc., check out Ranger’s oversized Dyan Reaveley funky designs and the whimsical stylings of Claudine Hellmuth, both shown here. Reaveley’s fun female silhouettes include both the outside with the cut-out shape, and the cut-out itself, for a dandy mask.

Reaveley’s 9”x5” thin acrylic block is custom made for her Dylusions Couture Collection Clear Stamps, but the block’s wavy edge is a perfect template for journaling lines or borders, too.

Look for more new products, and a complete Web resource list, in Thursday’s Craft of the Day!

Elegant Artist Trading Cards

Today, I want to share a set of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I created for a Madonna and Child swap. They all started with the same technique.

I started with an old ledger background paper and a set of plastic snowflakes as my masks. Lay the snowflakes across the paper.

Spray the mist over the snowflakes:

Carefully remove the snowflakes and set aside. Let the paper dry.

Stamp the image using black archival ink . I selected the area of the snowflake to place my faces of my mother and child. I liked the play of the light and dark.

Cut the image down to size. The next step is to create a lovely shimmer over the image.

Ink up the entire surface of the image using VersaMark watermark ink. Cover the image with crystal embossing powder and heat emboss. After the image is embossed, it will look like this:

To add another layer of gloss, ink up the surface with VersaMark watermark ink again and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

All of the images were taped to white cardstock. The cardstock was cut to standard ATC measurements of 2½” x 3½”.

To finish the ATCs, I used a variety of borders and embossing powders to add silver and gold details.

The first ATC uses a border punch and metallic foil tape. I attached it around the edges and accented with gems.

A few more variations using different colors, sticker borders, and embossing enamels:


  • Stamps: Hero Arts ArtPrints Silent Night Holy Night, Inkadinkado Nativity 95633-Y
  • Stampendous Class Appeal Stickers
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black, Coffee
  • Ranger Metallic Foil Tape
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder: Crystal, Clear
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel: Aged Gold, Aged Silver
  • Tattered Angels Cornflower Daze Chalkboard Glimmer Mist
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

Happy Crafting!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)