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CHA Mega Show 2016 | Seth Apter The Altered Page for Spellbinders

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Seth Apter Spellbinders Die Line

Today, I’m bringing you a peek at the hot new Spellbinders mixed media product line from Seth Apter that was shown at the CHA Mega Show 2016 last month, as well as a look at some of his projects he had on display that were made using tools from his new line.

Seth Apter is well-known not only for his art, but also for his beautiful altered pieces. Some of you may be familiar with him from his frequent appearances in the pages of “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” magazine. His blog, The Altered Page, is the origin of the name for his product line.

This is Seth’s first line of mixed media products and tools with Spellbinders. The release includes dies, stamps, embossing folders, and a book kit. Elements from the new line of products are designed to work together, with many of the stamps and dies complementing each other.

Seth Apter Spellbinders Stamp Set

Some of the different dies in Seth’s line are sized to be mixed and matched (a great excuse for me to purchase all three sets that I have my eye on). There is also a book kit that includes a 3-ring binder, tabbed pages, and a steel rule die, which allows the users to cut out their own pages.

The Seth Apter 3 Ring Binder KIt from Spellbinders - Photo by Seth Apter
The Seth Apter 3 Ring Binder KIt from Spellbinders – Photo by Seth Apter

As you can see, the book kit provides a wonderful base to express your own creativity. Seth also has a “Change a Page” die line that can be used to make some fun pages and covers to help create your notebook. If you are following my date book and journal series, you know I love field notebooks, so this goes to the top of my own must have list.

The Seth Apter Change a Page kit from Spellbinders (photo by Seth Apter).
The Seth Apter Change a Page kit from Spellbinders (photo by Seth Apter).

You can see more about the book kit at the Spellbinders website or on Seth Apter’s The Altered Page site. This new product line can be used to create a vast variety of mixed media projects. Seth’s display at the CHA 2016 Mega Show featured over 16 different projects that were made using various dies from his new mixed media line which you can see in the video.

Seth Apter Splatter Proof Die from Spellbinders

I emailed Seth to get a little more information about this great line and here is what he told me:

I am hoping to bridge the divide between people that call themselves mixed media artists and people who call themselves crafters. I would love for traditional crafters to be more comfortable with stepping out of their comfort zone and using some abstract design in a mixed media format. And I would love some mixed media artists, who often are hesitant to use dies and embossing folders, to be more open to these kinds of products more typically associated with crafters.

The products are all designed to work together, with many of the stamps and dies complimenting each other. And many of the different dies in the different sets are sized to be mixed and matched.

Seth Apter Found Piece
Seth Apter artwork made using  a combination of his new dies.
Seth Apter Display Piece using a variety of his new tools from the his new SpellBinders Line.
Seth Apter Display Piece using a variety of his new tools from the his new SpellBinders Line.

The new Seth Apter The Altered Page Spellbinders products line will be available to order in February 2016 online and in stores near you. If you want to know more about Seth Apter and his artwork and grunge pieces, you can find him at his blog at:

NOTE: Many thanks to Seth for his cooperation in providing photos and information for this post. 

Review | Silhouette Premium Vinyl

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After coveting one since the day they were announced, I finally bought a Silhouette Portrait machine a few weeks ago! (A full review will be coming soon to Craft Critique.) One of the first things that I decided to try cutting was their premium vinyl. I’d never cut anything like this before on a die cut machine, and thanks to Silhouette, I was given the chance to try it out.


Silhouette Premium Vinyl comes in rolls that are 9″ wide, and 10 feet long, or 12″ wide by 6 foot long. It comes in 14 colors, plus chalkboard, frosted glass, gold, and silver. Two of the specialty versions, frosted glass and chalkboard, come in shorter rolls than the standard colors. The premium vinyl is manufactured for indoor or outdoor use, and is labeled as easily removable from most smooth surfaces, which I found to be true while working with it.

The MSRP is the same for the 9″ width and the 12″ width, $9.99. This makes the 9″ roll a better value for pure price per square inch, since it has about 200 more square inches than the 12″ roll.

A Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit is also available, which contains 4 sheets of premium vinyl (9-inch by 24-inch of black, white, dark pink, leaf green), 10-feet of premium transfer paper, a Silhouette hook, a Silhouette scraper, an exclusive download card good for 10 vinyl designs,an  idea booklet and instruction guide, and an instructional DVD. The kit’s MSRP is $39.99 (but it’s currently available on for less than $27).

Silhouette also sells Vinyl Transfer Paper in 9″ and 12″ widths. It is supposed to be used to move the vinyl die cuts from their backing paper to the final surface, and has a grid for alignment on it. I was able to move my small die cut shapes without the transfer paper but the paper certainly would have made it easier to line up elements like the letters and get them straight. It also would have made it easier to transfer and align die cut shapes that have two parts (like the bathroom icons in the bottom project). After my experience working without it the first time, I have some on order now to use for future projects.

My daughter has been wanting a sign on the door of her room. It occurred to me that the vinyl was perfect for that project! So I cut the shapes below:


After running the vinyl through my Silhouette Portrait, the result was beautifully cut vinyl shapes with no rough edges. The settings provided by the Silhouette software were perfect! There was barely even a mark on the backing paper – it cut the vinyl without denting the backing.

After cutting, it was simple to peel away all of the “waste” space to leave behind the items I actually wanted to use. I was left with, essentially, a sheet of stickers.


Supplies | Electronic Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Portrait. Vinyl: Silhouette Premium Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl (Pink). Font: LD Franks Friends. Cut File: Silhouette (9 Hearts by Lori Whitlock).

Applying vinyl is surprisingly easy, especially working with small pieces. My husband works all day everyday with vinyl wrap and I understand now why he says the material is so forgiving. You can shift it as you apply it, and if you get an air bubble you can “work it out” with your fingers. In my first time working with the material, I was able to get a perfect application with every single one of the pieces for the door.

One warning – when you are manipulating the vinyl it can bubble and wrinkle a lot if you bend the backing paper, which is unavoidable in removing it from the cutting mat and doing other things. If this happens after it is cut, the wrinkles are easy to deal with because they can just be smoothed out in the application process. If it happens before cutting, however, it will distort the shape as it is cut. I found that rolling the vinyl up in the reverse way that it was rolled in the package, and then “unrolling it” onto the cutting mat, worked well to keep the vinyl nice and flat before cutting.

As you can see, Bridget was a big fan of the result! And if she gets tired of it or wants to add to it, changing it will be easy.


In fact, Bridget loved her bedroom door sign so much when it was finished that she demanded a matching one for the bathroom door that is in the same hallway (just in case any guests had any question whose territory they are infringing on, I guess):


Supplies | Electronic Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Portrait. Vinyl: Silhouette Premium Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl (Pink). Font: LD Franks Friends. Cut File: Silhouette (Chore Chart Icons #2 by Samantha Walker).

This was the set of images that gave me trouble with transferring the two pieces without the transfer paper. It would have been so much easier with the transfer paper!

Next up, I’m planning to add the vinyl to some canning jar tops to decorate them a bit! And maybe a “no soliciting” sign for the front door….but I’ll have to get some black first. And I want to use the chalkboard to put labels on my office and studio drawers of my Ikea Alex units so I can tell what is in them without opening three drawers to find something.


  • Extremely easy to work with
  • Good variety of colors available
  • Cuts perfectly cleanly with Silhouette recommended settings


  • Only available in large quantities
  • Must be handled with care to avoid wrinkling before cutting

Silhouette Premium Vinyl is available at specialty and online retailers for an MSRP of $9.99.

CHA Winter 2012: Spellbinders

Reported by Sarah Moore, Founding Editor

When Spellbinders has a new release, everybody stands at attention.  This season’s release does not disappoint. It’s innovative and simple to use!

The new “Cut, Fold, Tuck Dies” are lovely, and create beautiful results!

Like the other dies they are embossable.

Just fold and tuck and voila!

Check out these amazing designs!

Even prettier in foils!

And double sided embossable folders!

Just flip over to emboss a different design!  Two designs in each folder!

And amazing samples in this booth!

Check out the website to see more new designs by Becky Fleck, Julianna Hudgins, Donna Salazar, Samantha Walker, and Nina Brackett.

What do you think of the new Cut, Fold, Tuck dies?  Will you be adding these to your collection?