Sunday, June 23, 2019

Spellbinders New Cut and Emboss Folders plus Jane Davenports Colorsticks

Hello everyone.

Today I have a project featuring Spellbinders Cut and Emboss folders. These folders are so unique. They not only embossing a deeply embedded image into your cardstock, but it has built in cut lines to actually cut into your project as well. I have two of these folders. I also used the Jane Davenport Colorsticks to add some color to the already interesting background.

To see more from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!). I have been using their Platinum Die cutting machine for quite some time now. These folders work perfectly in this machine, but i'm sure they will work in whatever machine you typically use with your thick embossing folders. I would check with your machines manufacturer for the correct sandwich to use.

I took two full 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of Ranger Watercolor cardstock and cut them down to half sheets. Any watercolor cardstock would work for this technique. These embossing folders are a bit bigger than any of the other folders I have used in the past. This makes for a larger card. Just be aware of this when creating with them.

I used a thick piece of acetate that I scored from some Tonic Studios packaging. This acetate is awesome and I save every piece I can. It's super thick and it's perfect for using on card projects like this. I placed the acetate flat on my work surface and began to choose colors from the Jane Davenport Colorsticks collection. I have the Soul Window set with a very vibrant rainbow of colors. I added the colors to the piece of acetate and sprayed it with some water. I used a number 9 brush to mix the water and the color together. After the color was sufficiently mixed I picked up the piece of acetate and took it to one of the watercolor panels. I stamped it down "smooshing" it to the paper, letting it collect wherever it wants to on the paper. After most of the color was removed from the acetate, I then allowed the color to dry on its own. I waited a few mins between adding a new color in the exact same way. I did find that the color layered nicely using this method.

I did two panels using this method of application. Once the panels were done and completely dry. I cut down the panel to the exact measurement of the cut and emboss folder. After running it through my Platinum die cutting machine I had two water color backgrounds with tons of interest. Now what do I do for a sentiment? These card panels are huge, what about a card base?

I cut two specialty card bases to specifically fit these card panels. I used Neenah 110 lb cardstock to do this. I made them slightly larger than the panels themselves in order to leave a nice border around the front panels.

To add them to the card bases I wanted to choose a sparkly cardstock to layer underneath. This will show through on those really neat holes that the folder cuts for you. I picked a white glitter cardstock for this purpose. To affix them together I used Scotch 3M foam tape and a lot of it. I needed to cover a large area without covering the holes that peek underneath.

As for a sentiment, I used the "bonjour" from a past Spellbinders Large Die of the month kit. I love this die. It is super simple to layer together and the heart for the I is adorable. I cut two of these from the same watercolor cardstock and used coordinating colors for each panel to paint an ombre wash of color on them. You can add the color directly to the paper and blend it out with clean clear water and a brush. This gives you the most vibrant color using these sticks. I love the granulated specks that watercolor leaves behind. This is very apparent on the rainbow background.

I cut the same "bonjour" word die several times from heavyweight white cardstock to layer onto my painted die cuts to give them dimension. For the pink and blue panel, I used the same white glitter cardstock and offset the word die on top of it to give it a glittery shadow effect. Both of these were added to the panels using liquid adhesive.

These cards are gigantic and i'm sure I will be handing these cards to friends instead of mailing them, but the concept behind the cut and emboss folders is exciting and opens up tons of neat ideas and possibilities for future designs. The Jane Davenport Colorsticks were fun to play with and gave a fantastic result. I love that they look like lipstick containers. They also come in a great case with a swatch chart ready for you to fill in with color. I hope you enjoyed my projects today. To see more from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!).

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