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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: http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com

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

Review | Ranger Foil Cardstock

Reported by Maria Soto

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Foil-Cardstock

I love working with Ranger products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this product. Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock has a shiny, mirror-like quality, and it’s sturdy enough to run through an embossing machine (such as the Big Shot).  You can use mediums like alcohol inks and acrylic paints to embellish its surface.

I decided  to go ahead and bring out my Big Shot – along with some dies, embossing folders, and some Prima chalk inks – to see how well they worked with the foil cardstock. You can see the results in the photos that follow.

I started by embossing with my Big Shot & a Sizzix embossing folders set (Birthday Congrats and Thanks) by Eileen Hull. It embossed perfectly, every little detail, and I only ran it through the machine once.

Ranger Foil Embossed

Next I tried die cutting stars using Spellbinders’ Shapeabilities “Jewel Treasures” set by Julianna Hudgins. They came out great, and I had no problem taking them apart.

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After die cutting the stars, I decided to use some of my Prima chalk ink in Blue Jay and Pastel Blue. Below are two photos showing the stamping on the starts. I love how it worked great, dried fast and all without the need of the heat gun.  I left the outline removed from the die cut in plain silver. These will make great embellishments on any paper crafting project.

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Chalking Ranger Foil

I decided to get out my Quick Snippers and see how well they would cut a design edge. I great results as you can see below.

Cutting Ranger Foil

I can’t wait to use this foil for my holiday card making! I loved the ease of use and the versatility of the product. I can see myself creating all different types of projects with it, not just cards.

Pros:

  • Easy to cut using different types of cutting tools
  • Easy to emboss
  • Holds color great with many different products besides Ranger’s
  • Perfect for card making
  • Great mirror-like quality

Cons:

  • Only available in one consumer package size

Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock is available in a 3 pack of 8.5″ x 11″ sheets for $4.50 MSRP, as well as in a 20 sheet bulk pack for open stock resale.

CHA Summer 2013 | Nestabilities Enhancing Elements by Spellbinders

Reported by Yana Smakula

At the all new CHA Summer 2013 show (now actually called Create and Connect) Spellbinders Paper Arts introduced 13 new mixed media items and 48 new exciting dies and folders among which is their latest innovation called “Nestabilities Enhancing Elements”.

The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders

At the moment the new line has only 4 die templates – circles, ovals, squares and rectangles – the names of which provide a suggestion the line is possibly to be expanded in the future.

The new Enhancing Elements are designed to work on top of the existing Nestabilities collection and is bound to introduce even greater possibilities for cardmakers and other paper crafters.

The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders

Dies from this line do not actually cut the shape. What they do is provide fantastic embossed, debossed and cut designs inside a shape that is cut out by the Nestability dies. The new dies are gold-colored, and like the Imperial Gold dies, take your die cuts to the 4th dimension providing you with embossed, debossed and (after adding some ink) a letterpressed look.

You can combine the new Enhancing Elements dies not only with the similar shapes, but with different ones as you can see in the photo below:

The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders

Here’s a look at some of the combinations I tried layering at the Spellbinders class:

The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders
The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders

To give you the idea of the opportunities these dies present, take a look at the photos below to see all the different die combinations we came up in the class. We made more than 220 different die cuts in just 15 minutes!

The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders
The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders
The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders
The all new Nestabilities Enhancing Elements from Spellbinders

After having the chance to play with these, I can definitely say – these dies are a must-have for any die-cutter