Last Saturday I did a Spellbinders workshop at Fantasia at the Bella Vista store. It is the first time I have done a class there, the workshop area is very nice and set out classroom style. I have a die cutting machine (a Big Shot) and while I use it for embossing and some dies (mostly the Tim Holtz ones as they are easy to use), I wanted to find out other things I could use it for, and also see how some of the smaller dies are used – the ones that don’t come with their own foam padding. I didn’t get to use the dies as much as I wanted (a lot of the stuff was precut in packs), but I did get new ideas and also a demo on how to use some of the other materials.
Spellbinders make dies, including the Nestabilities concentric shapes, as well as embossing folders and a few other interesting items. For this class the dies shapes were pre cut for us in each card pack, and we were able to do embossing and other cutting ourselves. Light blue and tan inks were also supplied for this class (but sadly not ours to keep).
The base card (light blue) was edged with tan ink. Printed paper was embossed with M’Bossabilities double sided embossing folder (there are two design options on these). This was distressed around the edges, then inked using a brayer, and layered onto cream card, then onto the base card.
White Nestabilities label 17 was embossed with the the same embossing folder and edged with blue ink. Fancy oval was embossed with Imperial Gold Ovals one, and layered onto the tag. Piece of lace attached to the bottom, purple bakers twine wrapped around the lace, and pink button attacked to the twin. Pink flowers added to the centre of the oval frame. Bling elements added to the top of the label shape.
Heart card: similar set up. Base card edged in ink. Embossed printed paper edged in in and added to the base. Strip of the spotted paper added to the background across the middle
The next segment done was the Nestabilities lable 17. This was also embossed, then inked with the die held in place to create the white border, then attached to the base card.
Next we did the heart element. That is a Spellbinders bezel (heart shape), which had a bezel die cut made from blue metal paper and textured with one of the texture plates. This heart was assembled and then attached to the die cut heart which had been embossed and then inked lightly in blue around the edge. The herat was attached to the rectangle shape, and then attached to the label.
Stick on diamante elements added around the card. Blue flowers assembled in stack and then pink flower added on top before being attached in the lower right corner.
Overall I really enjoyed the class. I wish the teacher had been better at pacing herself – we spent 1 hour 40 mins on the first card (pink flowers) and then had 20 mins left for the second card.
I had been wanting a set of nestabilities for ages, but I wanted to know how to use them first. I had been thinking of getting Labels 4, but it is always out of stock. However I really like the shape of Labels 17 so that is what I ended up with. We got 20% products on the day, and I had a gift voucher to the stall as a birthday present. So I finally got my labels – now I just have to try using them myself. I gave the pink flower card to mum for Mother’s Day