Thursday, January 8, 2009

Spellbinders Pre-CHA Sneak Peeks #5!!

EDIT: "Thanks to everyone who entered the Spellbinders' 5th Anniversary Party to win my Die Template release. You can no longer enter to win my release. Please check out the links below to enter the contest on other blogs. Check Spellbinders Blog for the announcement of Daily Winners. Grand prize winner will be announced on January 30th."

I am so excited to be able to share my sneak peek with all of you today! Spellbinders is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary with sneak peeks for 16 days! The Spellbinders Designers will be sharing 16 days of sneak peeks of brand new die templates to be released at winter CHA 2009. You are going to absolutely love the new die templates!
"What does every good party need? If you guessed prize drawings, then you are right! There will be a drawing for the die template that I am sharing with you today plus the die templates that have already been revealed. See the contest rules at the end of this post for all the details. Each day an additional die template is added to the daily give-away list for a grand total of 16 die templates on the 16th day of reveals!

Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering the contest. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Before I share my sneak peek today, I want to give you the remaining designers and the dates that they'll be posting their sneak peeks. You'll need to visit each designer, each day if you want to enter the contest. You have until 11:59 pm CST January 9th to sign up for the give-away on Sherry Cheever’s blog!

Blog Schedule

Jan. 10 Becca Feeken

Jan. 11 Jennifer Ellefson

Jan. 12 Sharon Harnist

Jan. 13 Jeni Calkins

Jan. 14 Wendy Weixler

Jan. 15 Beth Pingry

Jan. 16 Keri Lee Sereika

Jan. 17 Sally Lynn MacDonald

Jan. 18 Donya Schroeder

Jan. 19 Linda Duke

Jan. 20 Trudee Sauer


Last summer during Spellbinders sneak peek blog frenzy the die template that I shared with you was the first in a new line called Frameabilities and today I am happy to be sharing another beautifully detailed Frameabilites die template set.

DIE NAME: Classic Frame
DIE SKU # S5-012
MSRP $24.99

I love all of the details in Classic Frame from the tiny flourishes to the little curls on the edges. The large frame has a vintage look and is very complimenting to the vintage style. One of the things I like the most about this set of die templates is all of the die cuts you can make. Here is a picture so you can see all of the die cuts. Don’t forget, you will have a die cut from the inside part of the die template.
Here is another picture of the die templates. I put a quarter next to the two smaller pieces so you can have a good visual as to the actual size.
Here are the approximate measurements for the die templates.

Classic Frame
die template S5-012

Large Frame: 5-1/2" x 4"

Rectangle from inside the Large Frame: 3-9/16" x 2-7/8"

Smaller Frame: 3-1/8" x 2-3/8"

Rectangle from inside the Smaller Frame: 2-1/8" x 1-5/8"

Larger Flower: 1-1/2"

Smaller Flower: 5/8"

When I receive a die template, I make several die cuts using white cardstock. I just play around with them to see what kind of ideas jump out at me and I sketch out different ideas. I find having a sketch book close-by at all times can be a very handy tool. I have several of them and I even have a little one for my purse and by the bed. You never know what you might dream about!

Okay, on to my projects for today. I made four different projects using the Classic Frame die template. The first project is something a little “out of the box”. I like to challenge myself by trying to think of different ways to use the die cuts. So, I made a luminary.

I am going to share how to make the luminary step-by-step. I also want to share a couple of pictures about getting started with the Wizard. These pictures will show you the proper placement of the Wizard and your hands holding the mats.

Step 1

Step 2
Step 3
Use two complimenting colors of cardstock, a dark and a light. With the dark color, cut/emboss four of the large frames. For the light color, cut but don’t emboss four large frames.
After you have all of the large frames cut, take the darker colored ones and one at a time, place them back into the die template. One of the very unique things about Spellbinders die templates is that they are cut all the way through giving you a beautiful die template that can be used as a stencil. Using black ink and a sponge, stencil the four frames.
Once all of your pieces are cut and stenciled, cut four pieces of vellum as shown in the picture below.
The next step will be putting all of these pieces together to make four panels as shown below. I find that the best way to put adhesive on the large frames is to run them through the Xyron with a permanent adhesive. When working with really detailed die cuts, I like to take a stylus around the edges of the die cut before I peel off the clear coving. This really helps to make sure you don’t have extra adhesive around the edges. If you don’t have a stylus, a toothpick works great too.
After all four panels are together then score each side (both ends) as shown, using your favorite scoring tool.
Once all of the pieces are scored, assemble the luminary. The ends that were scored are going to be put together using all of the pieces. I used a tape runner and then also a 2-way glue pen to get into all of the tiny areas and carefully put the ends together as shown.
If you like, you can create three dimensional flowers to go in the center of each. I used the two different colors of cardstock and inks to stencil the die cuts and added a rhinestone in the center for a little bling.
And here is the finished luminary.

Supplies-Spellbinders- Wizard and Classic Frame S5-012 die template
Paper-WorldWin ColorMates Terrific Teal deep and dark, Vellum

Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Tempting Turquoise

Other-ScorePal, Xyron Adhesive, Beacon Gem Tac, 2-way glue pen, Rhinestones

Here are the other projects I made using the Classic Frame die template to give you a few more ideas of the wonderful things you can create using this die template.

I know it’s hard to tell from the picture but these two little frames are actually magnets for the refrigerator. They hold pictures of my boys. To do the smaller frame I did a technique called Reverse Stenciling. I really like doing this technique because it is very easy and all you need is a little ink. Below is a picture to show you how the reverse stenciling is done. When doing the reverse stenciling it is better to use a pigment or chalk ink, something that isn’t fast drying.

I really love the different look you can get with the reversed stenciling!

Spellbinders- Wizard and Classic Frame S5-012 die template
WorldWin CS
Ranger Ink
Gold Brads

Next, I created a LO with my mom’s graduation picture.
I think the Classic Frame die template goes so beautifully with her picture. Using only the die cut pieces from the Classic Frame die template I created all of the pieces for the LO. I absolutely love the large frame; you can use it in so many different ways. All of the gold die cuts were reverse stenciled with a gold pigment ink and then embossed with gold embossing powder. The ink stays wet long enough to do the embossing and this is just another way to get a different style.

Here is a close up picture showing how the top border was created.

Here are two pictures for the bottom border.

Spellbinders- Wizard and Classic Frame S5-012 die template, Mystic Font
WorldWin CS
Fancy Pants DP
Ranger Inks
Gold EP
Beacon Gem Tac

For my last project, I created a very simple card using two of the large frame die cuts and the rectangular center from the smaller frame.
I used a metallic cardstock from WorldWin for all of the die cuts and then I lightly sanded the embossed areas revealing the solid black underneath.Turning the frames in different directions creates a very pretty medallion with an open center for a sentiment. I added some ribbon and stamped a sentiment from Crafty Secrets on the small rectangle and added a few rhinestones.

Spellbinders- Wizard and Classic Frame S5-012 die template
Crafty Secrets Card Sentiments Stamp Set
Beacon Gem Tac

I really love working with all of the Spellbinders products and I know some of you might be thinking, “I don’t have a Wizard, but I really want to be able to use the Spellbinders die templates.” I have wonderful news for you, the Spellbinders die templates are universal and can be used in many other die cutting machines! If you would like see some wonderful videos about using the Spellbinders die templates in other machines, please click on the link below. You will be able to see how easy it is to get professional looking projects using Spellbinders products.

Now, for all the details on the BIG CONTEST!

Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 16 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed and any other dies listed as a part of said blog give-away. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.

Entrants visiting all 16 Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 16 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of all 28 NEW RELEASE dies debuting at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25-28, 2009!


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

1. Participant must click on the provided link on Reveal blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between January 5 and January 20, 2009.

2. Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.

3. Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on January 10, 2009.

4. Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 16 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from January 5th through the 20th and plan accordingly.

5. Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 16 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:

*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.

*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.

*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications

other than to contact the winner.

*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage and sign up for their newsletter.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

For more Spellbinders product release information go to www.SpellbindersPaperArts.Com

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of the Classic Frame die template and the projects I shared with you. I would love to hear your comments! Don’t forget to send your email for the contest and Good Luck!!




  1. Wonderful work, Heidi! Can you believe I stayed up this late to see your lovely handiwork? Proud of you,
    Your biggest fan, Holly!

  2. Oh, Holly you are soooo sweet!! Thanks so much!!
    Can't wait to see you soon!!

  3. Gorgeous dies and wow on your work!!! Absolutely beautiful!

  4. You rock, girl!! Glad to see you got blogger to cooperate! LOVE everything you did! Once again, you came up with the most innovate things! Good on ya!!
    - Wendy :)

  5. Heidi--wow, I love these!!!!!! Your talent never fails to amaze me. Thanks so much for the sneak peek!

  6. Your work with these dies is fantastic. Thanks for sharing some fabulous ideas.

  7. Wow.... that luminary is absolutely stunning!
    hugs, Jami

  8. Beautiful!!!!
    WOW, great projects!!

  9. I especially like the graduation picture layout - the pieces of the frame are beautiful as embellishments!

    Great projects!

  10. Very nice dies, and it's amazing what you where able to do with them

  11. Love how you have used these dies. Thanks for sharing

  12. Heidi!!!
    Very interesting frame.
    Your works are also interesting and unique.

    Salute - lengow

  13. Fantastic tutorials, love these elegantly shaped frames!

  14. I absolutely LOVE what you've done with those die cuts. You are really talented and creative.

  15. Those luminaries are so whimsical! I'm adding those dies to my list. I love your blog. You're so creative and your style of art really inspires me!

  16. Absolutely stunning use of this new die. I love the luminary.

  17. You have made amazing dies look even more amazing with your wonderful projects.They are absolutely gorgeous.

  18. OMG Heidi , the projects are so awesome as are those dies ! I have sent in my entry !

  19. love everything you made you are very talented TFS

  20. Fabulous projects Heidi, I love the luminary - what an original way to use the cuts! The border for the LO is an awesome idea, too - TFS!

  21. Love all of your samples!!! They are beautiful!!! Thanks for the sneak peeks! Have a great weekend!

  22. I love what you did with the new die set. Your projects are absolutly beautiful and very inspiring!
    Karen M.

  23. Absolutely adorable Heidi! I love the earring too!

  24. Beautiful Work with these dies Heidi! I love them all!

  25. Heidi, your projects are absolutely jaw-dropping! No wonder you're on their DT, I wouldn't have thought of that luminary if my life depended on it! Awesome job!

  26. Heidi:

    This was a great tutorial and reveal today. I had never seen the stenciling before and I loved it. You did some wonderful designs with this set. I am seeing all kinds of possibilities--like a tiara for example with this set. Thank you so much!

    Jean Cross

  27. What beautiful projects. And thanks for all the details Heidi.

  28. WOW, Heidi!!

    Thanks for all the eye candy using this wonderful die!

    My fav tho is your luminary...very clever!

  29. Suuuuch beautiful projects! What a new frame!!!

  30. wow,what wonderful crations you made. these are outstanding!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!


  31. WOW!!!! All of your projects are just fantastic, but that luminary is just amazing. Beautiful!

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  33. I am loving these gorgeous frames... and your showcase of projects are wonderfully inspiring!

  34. Heidi - these projects are amazing!! I especially love the candle holder - just incredible...thanks for enabling - I mean, um sharing ;)

  35. Wonderful ideas and I love these frames. I'm still building my collection with the basic shapes but will have to look into the frames as well.

  36. Beautiful projects, Heidi! I really love the vintage look of these frames!

  37. Heidi - those are absolutely beautiful. This is my first visit to your blog and have you set up so I can visit everyday. You do such lovely work and I am excited to see what else you show us. Have a great day !!!

  38. Wow, that was absolutely amazing, Heidi!!! You definitely proved that these new dies can be used for more than just frames. I loved all your projects!

  39. Thank you for sharing such lovely projects using the new set. Absolutely gorgeous!

  40. Oh my the ideas are endless with you!!! All lovely of course but I have to say the luminary is my FAV! Now that is thinking outside the box! I am glad you come up with the ideas and then we can follow you! LOL Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces of art!

  41. Oops! Meantto add my thanks for your wonderfully detailed instructions for each project before I hit send. Thanks so much!

  42. you have made such lovely projects! Love the luminary idea and the heritage page is so pretty!

  43. You have taken some "nice" frames and made them "gorgeous"!

  44. Wow fabulous projects Heidi!!

  45. These are just gorgeous projects! Love all your work! TFS!

  46. all of the things you have done with this dies!!

    Hugs from Unni

  47. These are beautiful! Love that first project!

  48. Beautiful work! How you guys come up with this stuff is beyone me, but I'm glad you do! It's just stunning work! Thanks for sharing all the great tutorials with us.

  49. Thank you for all your great ideas and creativity that you are sharing with us. I know what is on top of my wishlist now! Just got to get those dies!
    Tonje from Norway

  50. WOW! All of your projects were brilliant!! You're one creative artist!

  51. Gorgeous creations!love the new dies too!

  52. love your luminary, it is just gorgeous! Have sent my entry off to spellbinders!

  53. The dies are absolutely FABULOUS, and your designs are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! You are so-so-SO talented!!!

  54. How creative! So nice to see different ways to use these fantastic products. Thanks for sharing.

  55. wow your work is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    hugs from Norway

  56. Classic Frame

    Wow! That's all I can say. I just love everything but I love the lamp shade you made. Great job!

  57. Oh Heidi, these are all absolutely stunning. I love how you used the die in the LO...beautiful. I wish I had half your talent and all you spellbinders dies!

  58. Wowwwwie...look at all those awesome projects! All I can is WOW!!! They are beautiful!

  59. HI.....I just love what you did with this Die....

  60. Fabulous projects, Heidi -- I never would have thought to do a luminary with this frame! You've really shown the versatility of this frame!

  61. Beautiful luminary! Very inspiring!

  62. thanks ur information

    it very useful

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  64. Heidi Your projects are all just beautiful... I really love the Luminary...and may try making one with the die, down the road.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  65. Actually, I'm just stunned at how beautiful your projects are and how helpful your tutorials are!

  66. The work is just awesome!
    Great ideas!

    Denise Wells

  67. Heidi, What great projects. So beautiful and what a great die set too! Love what you did with them.

  68. Frameabilities I love what you have done with these. Thanks for the inspiration.

  69. Stunning Luminary & framed projects. How amazing! And thanks for showing us how you did the luminary. Hope it's ok that I link you? What gorgeous work! :O)


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