Monday, July 13, 2009

Spellbinders 2009 CHA Summer Releases

Spellbinders Introduces:
Sneak Peeks on CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies!
July 9 – July 22, 2009

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. If you have any questions, please e-mail .

Welcome to the 6th day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU! From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates! You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post. This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows! Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 14th, 11:59 pm EST to enter Linda Duke's blog HERE and until July 15, 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

7/9 Debbie Olson

7/10 Michelle Wooderson

7/11 Karen Hunsaker

7//12 Kazan Clark

7/13 Linda Duke

7/14 Heidi Blankenship

7/15 Kimberly Crawford

7/16 Julie Overby

7/17 Sherry Cheever

7/18 Debbie Seyer

7/19 Lesa Rapp

7/20 Becca Feeken

7/21 Jennifer Davis

7/22 Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize. Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

I am very excited to share two new die template sets with you today! The first one is S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf and the second one is S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities Petite. I have two projects to share with you and for the first one I have a step-by-step tutorial.

Here is the card that I created using the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf and S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities Petite die templates. The card measures 5-1/2'' x 8-1/2''.
Spellbinders~ Wizard, S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf, S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities Petite, S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die templates.
Paper~ The Paper Company-Terra Costa, Espresso Shimmer, Prism-Tan, Green
Ink~ ClearSnap-ColorBox Chalk Ink Bisque, Mango Tango, Picante, Pumpkin Spice, Lime Pastel, Maroon, Dark Moss, Deep Green, Chestnut Roan, Tsukineko-Brilliance Pigment Ink Cosmic Copper
Other~ Copic-Airbrush System, Markers YR04, R29, YR24, Taylored Expressions-Tiny Gems, ClearSnap-Smooch Pumpkin, Tattered Angels-Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold, The Stencil Collection-Non-Smear Pastels, Beacon-ZipDry, Gem-Tac Adhesives, Offray-Brown Sheer Ribbon, Maple Leaves, Cotton Balls, Kleenex, Foam Tape

For the card I started out creating the leaves and I came up with a fun technique that will add detail and depth to the maple leaves.
After making the diecut leave the cardstock in the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf die template and set aside. The next step will be inking up the real maple leaf.When applying ink to the leaf make sure you ink the backside of the leaf. The veins are raised more on the backside and by doing this it will add more detail to the embossing and inking (letter press) on the cardstock.Here are the results you get.Now if you want to try this technique and you like this look, you could stop here or anywhere in the steps. It all depends on the amount of detail and depth you would like.

What do you think of the Maple leaf so far? It's taking on a totally different look with each step. Only a couple more steps to go!Make sure you just blot off the excess Glimmer Mist, don't rub it.
For the card you will need to make two large, one medium and three small leaves.The next few steps will be working on the borders using the S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities Petite die template.Reverse Stenciling Technique:
Here you can see how the airbrushing looks once it's done. I placed a quarter in the picture as a comparison so you can see how small the drop out pieces are.

For the decorative tag I used one of the tags from S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die templates.Now that I have all of the pieces cut and ready to go the card can be assembled.Here is another picture of the card at a different angle so you can see more of the effects from the Glimmer Mist.For my second project I created an Autumn layout using the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf, S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 and S4-144 Long Classic Rectangles Small, S4-126 Classic Square Large, S4-127 Classic Scalloped Square Large die templates.
The designer paper is from 7gypsies, Gypsy Market Paper. For the leaves I did two different techniques. The first technique was done using Core'dinations cardstock, cut/emboss using the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf die template and a piece from the 12-1004 Flowers Impressabilities and then sanding. For the second technique I cut/embossed the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf die template and using the same piece from the 12-1004 Flowers Impressabilities with copper crafting foil. Then I applied alcohol inks and lightly sanded the edges. For the picture of the squirrel I made a frame using the large and medium leaves from the S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf die templates.Supplies~
Spellbinders~ Wizard, S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf, S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 and S4-144 Long Classic Rectangles Small, S4-126 Classic Square Large, S4-127 Classic Scalloped Square Large die templates, 12-1004 Flowers Impressabilities, Copper Crafting Foil
Paper~ 7gypsies-Gypsy Market Paper RYE, Core'dinations-The Chocolate Box (Green and Burgundy), The Paper Company-Tan
Ink~ Ranger-Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Other~ Ranger-Alcohol Inks Meadow, Ginger, Caramel, Cranberry, Blending Solution, Offray-Brown Sheer Ribbon, Beacon-ZipDry Adhesive, Sanding Block, Cotton Balls, Foam Tape, Loctite-Clear Silicone

S4-228 Nesting Maple Leaf MSRP $19.99

Measurements: Largest Leaf 3-7/8'' x 3-5/8'', Medium Leaf 2-1/4'' x 2-1/8'', Small Leaf 1'' x 7/8''

S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities Petite MSRP $19.99Measurements: Border with Leaves 5-1/2'' x 1'', Border with Pumpkins 5-1/2'' x 1''

PLEASE Don't forget to read the Rules below.

Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and 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 July 9^th through July 22^nd and plan accordingly.

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

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the CHA Blog Frenzy Grand Prize must enter all 14 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Good Luck!



  1. WOW!. I love how you added color to those leaves. Very original. Great card and layout.

  2. Just beautiful, Heidi! Love what all you put into this :0)

  3. WOWEE!!! OH, HEIDI!!! It is SO beautiful!! The photography caught every detail SO beautifully!!
    WOW! I am totally inspired!!
    I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!!! :)

  4. these are just fabulous. How fun to use a real leaf to get vein lines. And I love the embossing you did on the leaves for the layout.

  5. Wow Heidi your projects are amazing and the attention to detail is inspiring. I so LOVE how you got the pattern of the maple leaf - very clever and creative. Thanks for all your hard work, it was totally amazing!

  6. wow love the way you did the leave used the one to get the vains. Very nice work.

  7. Great projects! I didn't know if I would like this set, but you really sold it for me. Love the coloring you did on the leaf and using a real leaf was inspirational. TFS

  8. Heidi,you made those beautiful leaves really come to life. I love your projects! But I knew I would.

  9. Love the metallics that you put on the leaves - it makes them soooo pretty!

  10. Gorgeous artwork! Your leaves are perfect! Thanks for the details!

  11. These leaves are stunning but boy do I love how you coloured them Heidi!! Absolutely stunning job!


  12. Just beautiful! I love the Maple Leaf set! It was great to see how you used the "Smooch" and Glimmer Mist, too, very creative! I have been on vacation and missed the first 5 entries, but heck I can try for the single ones, right? I am now going to use your links and go back to the other blogs to see what I have missed...thanks for sharing with us!

  13. Wow Heidi these leaves look so real
    -you can nearly hear the crunch!!
    I love how you you have done this and only hope I can do half as well...tfs

  14. Oh my gosh, you went to such lengths to produce these lovely projects! What you've done to add a natural look with the real leaf is amazing and stunning! The card is beautiful, but I just LOVE that page you created with all those smiling faces (and snout)! Way to show off this great new product! TFS!

  15. Oh my goodness Heidi you have done a fantastic job of making those leaves look so real. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the great tutorial too!!!


  16. Stunning! I just love your projects and the tutorial was awesome. Your leaves just come to life. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy to start my day off.

  17. * hanging open* that is freakin AMAZING GF! what a fantastic showcase for these two new die sets! put them right at the top of my gotta have it now list!!

  18. Wow amazing projects. Love the layout.

  19. My goodness - what wonderful leaves! thanks for sharing your fun process!

  20. Wow! Fabulous looking leaves! I just love how you did the colors.... beautiful! TFS!

  21. I just love the technique you used for the leaves.

  22. Heidi, your work is just beautiful. Gorgeous card and layout. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. I love this idea. I have all of these items to create this look...just need the dies! Hope I win!!!

  24. Heidi, I love your projects great job on the toot. The leafs came out
    Awesome!! and the layout is a classic fantastic colors. I can only hope my blog is as great as yours some day:) Thank you for all of your hard work and sharing your great talent. Have a great Day;)

  25. Amazing! Those leaves are fantastic and thank you for showing the steps. Fantastic!

  26. Oh Wow...those leaves you created are amazing. So much shimmer and sparkle and depth!!! Gorgeous projects!!

  27. Great job on the leaves, they look so real!! Love the card and scrapbook page.

  28. Heidi - love the leaves! You did a fantastic job!

  29. Fantastic job, Heidi!! Love how you did the letter press with a real leaf. You are so smart!! Love it!!

  30. totally amazing.. what a great technique. thanks for sharing.. glad i came upon your blog! :)

  31. Absolutely Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the technique. Wow still in awe at your beautiful work!!

  32. Heidi you always amaze me with your artistic creativity, you are truly in a class of your own! Beautiful job, your leaves look as though they are real and it gives me the feeling of being back home in Colorado with the change of season and the leaves are so beautiful with all of the colors. Thank you for an amazing display!!!

  33. You are so smart!! Wonderful and beautiful idea!

  34. love your project! thanks for sharing. :)

  35. That is absolutely beautiful, and quite amazing! Thank you for taking us thru the steps...unbelievably gorgeous!!! I am in awe of your creations! WOW*WOW*WOW!!! :D

  36. Wow! You did an amazing job Heidi! Fabulous projects! Great tutorial. Awesome!

    I just might even have to ditto Kimberly on this one! LOL!

  37. What a great technique! How beautiful your projects are. Thanks for the ideas.

  38. So cool and creative, great idea using the real leaf to add color, neat card and great layout!

  39. oh, my! You've done a wonderful job and thanks for the demo showing how you used the real leaves!

  40. Amazing technique! Note to self - must try...

  41. Heidi! I love how real your maple leaves are! They will be falling before we know it!

  42. Love your cards. Thanks for the step-by-step; gave me lots of ideas

  43. That leaf idea is pure genius- they're so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing such a great technique.

  44. Heidi this is an absolutely AWESOME way to do these leaves. WOW girl, fab projects!

  45. Your card is gorgeous. Amazingly beautiful leaves.

  46. Hi Heidi, what fantastic projects...thank you for all the work you put into creating these step-by-step tutorials...all sooo clear and you achieved such amazing results...your lge maple leaf is just stunning! TFS! bx

  47. Fabulous job on those Maple leaves.
    Beautiful work.
    Marion (Australia)

  48. Beautiful projects. I love both these new die templates. Thanks for showing how you added color to the leaves. I would have never thought of that. LOL

  49. Heidi...absolutely beautiful!!!! Thanks for the tutorial too!
    Jan Castle

  50. Lovely project, it's also great that you explain the card making in detail, especially the colouring technique.

  51. what pretty leaves- had to have a look twice to make sure they weren't real your projects just blow me away congrats- kathy s

  52. Thank you Heidi for a great tutorial. This card is beautiful. The way you inked the paper leaf with the real one really is awesome. Your LO is beautiful too.

  53. WOW Heidi, this looks spectacular!!!

  54. I just LOVE YOUR leaves... they are absolutely beautiful!

  55. Thank you for the fabulous tutorials on your projects--they are both wonderful.

  56. WOW GORGEOUS! The idea to "stamp the leaf" is TOTALLY AWESOME!!

  57. That is bothe brilliant and beautiful. Truly amazing!

  58. Wow! simply stunning - amazing gorgeous!

  59. OMG!!! Those leaves are awesome----very realistic. You always come up with totally cool stuff.

  60. Oh this technique is super fabulous Heidi! Great project!

  61. Hi Heidi,
    I honestly don't care for these leaves as much as the previous Spellbinders leaf die, but of course, you could make a sow's ear look lovely! Great job as always! I always love your work.
    Don't get me wrong, these leaves are fine, but I just LOVED the other ones so much.
    Great job!


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