Saturday, 2 November 2013

Spellbinders Die-Cuts and Mixed Media

One of the things I love, is to be able to incorporate most things in my crafting arsenal into any project. I don't like to compartmentalise my craft purchases, I want to use them for everything!

Spellbinders dies are perfect for mixed media and with just a few stamps, inks, or paints you can create dimensional and personal works of art and journal pages.

For this project I have chosen

Spellbinders S5-028 Shapeabilities Nested Pennants
Spellbinders Font One Uppercase
Tsukineko StazOn - Azure, Vibrant Violet, Blazing Red, Jet Back
Tsukineko GlazOn
Tsukineko GooseBumps
Imagine Crafts: Monterey Pine Star
1 Sheet of 300gsm/140lb Bockingford Watercolour paper
Stamps, magazine cut-outs, or sketches of your choice
Derwent Inktense Blocks

First I took my Spellbinders die-cuts and coloured them in using Inktense blocks. I then stamped using Jet Black StazOn and used the edge of the same ink pad to hi-light the edges of the die-cuts. I then sealed them with GlazOn to give a nice satin sheen

Next I used my chosen StazOn Ink pads and gently tapped the whole pad surface over the watercolour paper. The paper has great texture and compliments the quick drying ink perfectly. I then applied a background stamp of my choice using Jet Black StazOn and used the Inktense blocks to pick out the areas that caught my eye

Here is my finished project. I used one of the pennant die-cuts as a little hat and spritzed it with GooseBumps to give texture and shine. I also used a star shape from the Imagine Crafts Monterey Pine collection. I hope this inspires you to use Spellbinders dies for your mixed media and journal pages.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Vintage Halloween


S4-227 Spellbinders Nestabilities Pumpkins - 7 Dies
S5-028 Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Pennants
Goosebumps by Tsukineko
300gsm Black Card
Halloween, or decorative papers of your choice
Ranger Stickles

Die cut your chosen papers into two sizes and glue together.

Next, spray your die-cuts with Goosebumps spray. This will give your die-cuts a gorgeous, textured and vintage semi-sheen. Dry with a heat gun.

Decorate around the edges of your die-cuts using Stickles, or any other glitter glue. You don't have to be neat. A few wobbly bits here and there add to their charm! Allow to dry.

When completely dry punch holes and thread with twine, or wire. They are now ready to decorate your Halloween display. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Spellbinders - Quick & Easy Pages - Take 5

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to Spellbinders for making me a 'Spellbinders International Blog Ambassador', I am proud to be part of such a great team.

Today I'd like to show you how to make quick and easy pages using the following ingredients:

Spellbinders Dies:
1) Banner Basics Two (I am using the bracket shaped die in this set with the holes)
2)Classic Rectangles Large (The third die down)

Other Items:
Grunge Paper
250gsm Cardstock
1/4 Scor-Pal Sookwang adhesive tape

Cut 10 pieces out of Grunge Paper using Spellbinders Banner Basics Two

Apply adhesive tape to the straight edges on the rough side

Cut 5 pieces from 250gsm cardstock using Spellbinders Classic Rectangles Large

Fix your die-cut rectangles up to the taped edge of your banner pieces on both sides. You should be able to see through the perforations.

You have now created pages that you can decorate as you wish and you don't have to stop there! Make as many pages as you need for your project. When your project is finished sew the pages together with twine, use book rings, chain, or even screw posts.

Below are three examples of what I have created with 5 Spellbinders, quick and easy pages.

Art Journal created entirely from Spellbinders dies. I used Arched windows One, Blossom five and Spellbinders foliage dies. The whole journal was painted on a Gelli Arts - Gel plate and sewn together with twine.

Graphic 45 French Country recipe journal using Spellbinders Address Book Die and tied together with a lace

Photo Album using Spellbinders Industrial Embossing Folder, Ranger Foil and Alcohol Ink. Held together with ball chain. The inside pages are blank for photos

I hope you have fun creating quick and easy pages using Spellbinders Dies and thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sponging with Stazon

Created using:

Spellbinders embossing folder Ornamental Swirls
Stazon Inks

Monday, 13 May 2013

Flower Brooch

Created Using:

Spellbinders Blossom Five
Viva Decor Precious Metal
Tyvek Envelope

Monday, 6 May 2013


Spellbinders D-Lites Ornamental Tags Three (Inner Die)
Spellbinders Arched Windows One (Window Divider Die)
Gelli-Arts Gel Printing Plate

Friday, 26 April 2013


Card created using: 
Spellbinders D-Lites Poppy Die
Spellbinders Labels 28
Gelli Arts-Gel Printing Plate

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Textured Die Cuts

Created using: Spellbinders D-Lites Bluebell die & Spellbinders Foliage die

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Handmade Pocket Journal


1) Spellbinders D-Lites Medallion 7
2) 2 x Sheets of grunge paper (the 6" x 12" size)
3) Paint of your choice (I have chosen Rusty Hinge Distress Paint)

Step 1) Take your medallion die and remove the centre circle and outer cutting edge die. You only need to cut the pattern into the grunge paper, not cut it out.
Position your die close to the top right edge and run it through your Grand Calibur, or other die cutting machine. Repeat for the bottom right hand corner. 

Step 2) Now take your small circle die from the centre of the medallion and cut a hole on the centre edge on both sides of the grunge paper. Don't throw the removed circles away, glue them into the centre of your medallion patterns on the grunge paper and then paint your grunge paper on both sides in the colour of your choice (see images below)

Step 3) From your second sheet of grunge paper cut a complete medallion omitting the centre circle 

Step 4) Embellish your cover by stamping, using embossing powder, painting, gilt flaking, or any other method of your choice. Take a length of cord and secure it to your medallion. This will be your journal closure

Monday, 1 April 2013

Glitz Album

Created using Spellbinders: Large Rectangles S4-132 &
Glitz Designs Paper