It is All in the Detail

Hi all. Seth Apter back on the blog, sharing a recent piece that I have created. One of my mottos when it comes to mixed media is more is more. There is always room for one more layer or a little more texture. But I also have another motto and that is it is all in the details. I have learned that even the smallest detail, perhaps not even noticed at first glance, can elevate your artwork. Put those two mottos together and I bet you can guess that I like a lot of detail.

This piece includes the usual suspects in much of my art: hand painted paper, die cuts, stamping, layering, and text. But as I create, I always ask myself if I can take it to a more interesting place by adding a detail. Remember, more is more.

The surface for this artwork is a piece of handpainted paper. The extra detail here is texture, which was added by running the paper through the Spellbinders® Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine in my Gridiron embossing folder. The raised surface was then sponged with ink from an ink pad to add emphasis.

Anytime there are holes or spaces within a die cut, I adhere paper in a contrasting color on the backside rather than just gluing the die cut directly to the background. This adds more depth and interest to the piece. In this case, the circular die cut with the word FLY from my Take Flight die set was backed with a rich burgundy color.

Look again and you will see a second detail. I adhered a metal ring around the same die cut to give the element a more finished look.

Zooming out allows you to see the larger die cut that is from my Shield die set. Three small holes around the perimeter of the circle are part of the die design. Rather than simply leave them as is, I added an eyelet to each one. I love the addition of industrial metal and dimension that this brings. And notice that both the larger die cut as well as the three eyelets are also backed with contrasting paper.

While the top and side edges of this piece are cut smoothly, I decided to tear the bottom edge of the artwork. This detail adds an unexpected contrast and this difference guides the eye from the top of the artwork all the way to the bottom.

Look closely and you will notice another detail. All the elements that are adhered to the surface have been outlined using either a black or a white journal pen. Outlining connects all the pieces to the background while at the same time makes them pop off the surface.

The element at the top of the artwork is the smallest die cut from my Shield die set. It has been cut up and adhered to the top edge of the piece. Rather than adding the die cut as is, I added the additional detail of a designed, stamped using one of the two stamps in my Turnarounds 1 stamp set. Many of my stamps and dies were designed to work together to be better able to add the extra detail.

I would love to know if you have any of your own go-to details that you find yourself adding to your work over and over. Share in the comments and thank you for spending this time with me.

Spellbinders® Supplies:

Spellbinders® Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

SEL-002 Gridiron Embossing Folder

S4-745 Shield Etched Dies Set

S4-620 Take Flight Etched Dies Set

SBS-032 Turnarounds 1 Stamp Set

Other Supplies:

Watercolor Paper (Hand Painted), Scissors, Adhesive, Ink Pads, Eyelets and Eyelet Setting Tools, metal Embellishment, Gel Pens, Craft Sponge, Rub On Letters

Seth Apter

Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been displayed in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist. He has also produced two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal.


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Dressing Drinks 4th of July Party Tags

Hi everyone! It’s Alli Roth here to show you how you can dress up your 4th Of July drinks this year in a few easy steps! If you’re familiar with me over on Partyography, you know that dressing up drinks is one of my favorite party tricks. Not only does it make your drinks look cute, but it also serves as even more decorations to make your party all the more festive. Whether you’ve got big plans for the 4th of July or are keeping it low key, these party drinks are sure to be a hit!


Start by printing out your free 4th of July printable (download here) on white cardstock.

Next cut S5-282 Shapeabilities Mini Tag Book with blue cardstock.

Next, line your printable up to cut with the S5-282 Shapeabilities Mini Tag Book as well.

Using the big and little stars from S4-784 Shapeabilities Rise ‘n Shine Etched Dies, cut various stars. I used four big stars and two little stars on each tag.

Using square adhesives, attach the printable to the blue tag. I like using the square adhesives to give it some extra dimension. I also offset the tags so you can see the blue peeking through.

Once you have the tags attached, you can glue the stars in place. I used a tiny square adhesive to make the gold stars pop. And finally, using the twine, attach the tag to the bottle and add your straws!

Although I used these tags to dress up the drinks, they’d also be perfect for party favors! For more ideas and inspiration, visit: Partyography By Alli.

Spellbinders® Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock (blue, red/white striped, white)
  • Happy 4th of July free printable (download here)
  • Glue
  • Red & white twine
  • Square adhesives
  • Milk bottles
  • Straws
Alli Roth

Alli Roth

Whether you want to make your child’s birthday an extravaganza or prefer a more intimate get together with family, whether you’re planning for a holiday or throwing a party just because, I’m here to help provide party styling ideas and step-by-step DIY videos to help you celebrate and hold onto these moments a little while longer.
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Cards Sure to Take You Around the Bend

One of my favorite techniques is to create drama and dimension by bending elements; it’s so unexpected, so when people see it, it catches their eye. Hi there, I’m Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace and today I’m going to show you how to assemble a quick ‘shaped’ card that will send you around the bend.

This card is going to be a shaped card. Shaped cards are quick because of the limited layers but they are eye catching because you can see through them depending on the complexity. We do that by cutting two of the shaped elements except one of the elements is cut on the fold. Come along, I’ll show you.

1. Cut/Emboss two Spellbinders S4-733 Braided Grace Squares from gold poster board except the second one should have a 3/4″ flap at the top and the fold like placed just inside the cut line.

2. Poke out all holes on flap and apply Glossy Accents as glue. Place single piece on top of piece with folded flap with wrong sides together. Embellish center with die cut from interior piece in cream. Adhere with double stacked foam tape.

3. Cut/Emboss large motif from Spellbinders SDS-054 Giving Occasions Die and Stamp Set

4. Bend and curl piece from left to right; place double stacked foam tape on left and right edge. Adhere bent piece to center of card taking care to preserve the bend.5. Cut/Emboss sentiment rectangle from Spellbinders SDS-054 Giving Occasions Die and Stamp Set

6. Stamp rectangle with Just Because sentiment and adhere to front of card.

7. Embellish with ribbon and pearls.

You can send lots of elements around the bend it they are able to be secured with foam tape on the sides. Of course this type of card is sent in a CD mailer with about 1/4″ head room to preserve the bend. The dimension adds such appeal to your cards. I hope you’ll give it a try, and “see you around the bend!!”

Sending hugs!

Becca Feeken –

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Products Used:

Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 80lb Smooth Card Stock, May Arts Silk Ribbon, 3M Foam Tape, The Paper Studio Pearls, Ranger Glossy Accents

Becca Feeken

Becca Feeken

Craft artist Becca Feeken blends a love of sewing, embroidery, needlecrafts and jewelry-making into a passion for gift making and paper crafts. Her distinct style is a romantic elegance with classical and victorian influences, often punctuated with a delicate ribbon bow or handcrafted embellishments.

Her passion for die-cutting began in early 2000 and today motivates her to encourage others in gift making, nurturing faith, creating legacy and giving.

As a licensed die and stamp designer for Spellbinders, her sweetly recognizable designs continue to impact the industry.


Becca Feeken

Many Thanks Card, June Die of the Month

June’s Die of the Month Kit is full of celebratory sentiments! Say Party, Enjoy, Many Thanks, For You, Cheers & Let’s Celebrate to anyone on your card making list. The possibilities are endless with this kit, check out our video tutorial below on the Many Thanks Card.


6 Die Templates Cut | Emboss

Supplies needed for project below:

Colored & White Cardstock

Sentiment Stamp

Black Ink


Foam Adhesive

Enamel Dots

Gold Thread

Join, create & save your way:

Father’s Day Kaleidoscope Celebrate You Today Card

Hello everyone, Yvonne here!

With Father’s Day approaching I’m showing you how to make a masculine card that made with the Kaleidoscope Collection by Lene Lok. For my card I used the die-template set Geo Steps.

Let me show you how to make this card!

1. Trim white cardstock to size 11½x6½” and fold to a card size 5¾x6½”

2. Trim kraft cardstock to size 5⅜x6⅛” and glue upon card base.

3. Trim patterned cardstock to size 5×5⅜” and glue upon card base.

4. Cut Geo steps twice from white cardstock and once from gold cardstock.

5. Glue the white Geo Steps onto the card base using 3D foam tape. Glue with both diagonal sides overlapping (this way you create an rectangle shape)

6. Glue some gold excess parts onto the card(also using foam tape).

7. Stamp sentiment upon white cardstock and cut a banner using scissors.

8. Glue the banner onto kraft cardstock and cut out the banner slightly larger than the white banner. Glue upon the card base.

Spellbinders® supplies:

· S5-281 Shapeabilities® Geo Steps Kaleidoscope by Lene Lok Etched Dies

· PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform

Other supplies:

· cardstock: white, gold, kraft,patterned

· sentiment stamp, black ink pad

· 3D foam tape, bone folder,scissors, paper trimmer, glue

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you happy crafting!

Hugs from Holland,


Yvonne van de Grijp

Yvonne van de Grijp

Hello everyone, my name is Yvonne van de Grijp and I love crafting and especially making cards. In 2008 I made my very first (simple 3D-)card. Now I’m really addicted to this lovely hobby of scrapping and stamping. I hope you’ll enjoy visiting my blog which is named after my lovely dog: cocker spaniel Phoebe. Hug, Yvonne
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The Earth Laughs in Chrysanthemum Flowers!

Hello everyone! It is Linda Lucas here sharing a card created using one of the fabulous Stamp and Die sets by Stephanie Low. A great feature of these sets is how they ‘bring worlds together of die templates and coordinating stamps to give these images life.’ I have used the SDS-042 Chrysanthemum Stamp and Die Set from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low to create a lovely floral themed card.

Each designer brings their own ‘flavour’ to the stamp and Dies sets, Stephanie Low showcases ‘her love of illustration with paper crafting through her line of stamps. Add to dictionary unique and raw approach to crafting with her edgy youthful style will appeal to both traditional and younger crafters alike’. Let’s get started…

1. Stamp three chrysanthemums and two branches from Chrysanthemum Stamp and Die Set.

2. Cut/emboss using the Platinum™ 6 Machine.

3. Colour using Chameleon Pens.

4. Emboss white card stock using SES-002 Wonky Diamonds 4.25 X 5.5 in Single-Sided Em-bossing Fold’er.

5. Cut/emboss using A-2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 (#1 being the smallest)

6. Fold stock in half and cut/emboss using A-2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 – making sure the fold is inside the cutting edge to create a card base.

7. Pop the embossed background onto the card base using 3D Foam Squares.

8. Pop up the chrysanthemums using 3D Foam Squares and pop in the branches.

9. Lightly sponge the Embossing Folder above the flowers using the T-007 Foam Applicator – Circle for the Tool ‘n One™ and Teal Zeal Ink.

10. Adhere the sentiment to the card front

11. Randomly adhere the sequins to the card front.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other: Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Runner® Permanent, 3D Foam Squares; Imagine: Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and Teal Zeal; Chameleon Pens; Sanding Block

Linda Lucas

Linda Lucas

my contribution to you is to make personalised cards where you can express and write the words of comfort and life in them to inspire, encourage or console. Maybe you would just simply like to express to a friend that they are appreciated. I look forward to meeting you! God bless you, Linda
Linda Lucas

Congratulations to the Winners of National Scrapbooking Day Sweepstakes

Thanks to all the entries of our National Scrapbook Day Celebration Contest! Congratulations to Lisa Angel, Becky Kent & Kitty Storm! They each will receive the ultimate Scrapbooking Bundle! $100 in Stamps & Ink Pads that includes:

Excess Baggage Zipper Storage Pouch, LG

Be So Hex Wild & Free by Debi Adams Stamp & Die Set

Stamps Tammy Tutterow Designs Happy is My Favorite Color

Feather Stamp and Die Set from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low

Butterfly Stamps Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink

Hot Air 3D Shading Stamps

Celebrations Sea Spray Inks

Celebrations Cotton Candy Inks

Celebrations Captivating Coral Inks

Celebrations Berry Black Inks

Congratulations to the Winners of the National Scrapbooking Sweepstakes

Thanks to all the entries of our National Scrapbook Day Celebration Contest! Congratulations to Lisa Angel, Becky Kent & Kitty Storm! They each will receive the ultimate Scrapbooking Bundle! $100 in Stamps & Ink Pads that includes:

Excess Baggage Zipper Storage Pouch, LG

Be So Hex Wild & Free by Debi Adams Stamp & Die Set

Stamps Tammy Tutterow Designs Happy is My Favorite Color

Feather Stamp and Die Set from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low

Butterfly Stamps Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink

Hot Air 3D Shading Stamps

Celebrations Sea Spray Inks

Celebrations Cotton Candy Inks

Celebrations Captivating Coral Inks

Celebrations Berry Black Inks

All Strung Out Summer DIY Party Banner

It is always summer here in Arizona, but summer is also just around the corner for everywhere else. What better way to celebrate, but with flamingos, palms and a party! Create this easy DIY party banner for your next summer shindig, follow the simple steps below to create yours:

  1. Die-cut mat board and wood paper from larger Banner die. Die-cut mixed media paper from the same-shaped, smaller Banner due.
  2. Adhere wood paper to mat board.
  3. Use a Tool ‘N One with the sponge applicator to apply distress ink to die-cut mixed media paper.
  4. Mist paper lightly with water. Blot with paper towel.
  5. Die-cut sentiment from gold poster board. Adhere sentiment to banner using foam dots.
  6. Attach mixed media piece to Banner base with Velcro or foam dots.
  7. Die-cut Flamingo from pink, white and pink-glittered paper. Assemble and attach to Banner.
  8. Die-cut Monstera Leaves from various shades of green paper.
  9. Die-cut Palm Fronds from gold poster board.
  10. Adhere Fronds and Monstera Leaves onto Banner.
  11. Attach flowers to Banner.
  12. Adhere ribbon to back of Banner.
  13. Adhere Crystal Drops or Pretty Pink Posh Clear droplets if desired.


Platinum™ Machine by Spellbinders™ – PL-001

Type-Oh! Contour™ Die: SR-011

Three’s A Crowd: SR-013

Flamingo Die: S3-248

Palm Fronds: S4-726

Monstera Leaves: S4-727

Adhesive of Your Choice

Foam Dots

Glue Gun

Gold Poster Board

Green Ribbon-1/8”

Mat Board


Paper Towel

Pink Glittered Paper

Pink, White, Green Cardstock

Pretty Pink Posh Clear droplets

Small Paper Flowers

Tool N One-Sponge Applicator


Wood Paper, Birch By Arc Paper

Debi Adams

Debi Adams

As far as she can remember, Debi has been crafting, creating and doing art in one form or another. Born and raised in Southern California and the mother of four grown daughters, Debi is an in-house designer at Spellbinders. She considers herself an “eclectic artist”, dabbling in mixed-media, party décor, paper crafting, painting, calligraphy, sewing, floral arranging, and everything in between. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Cook, and Where Women Create magazines. Though her passion is art, she enjoys giving away what she makes. Her free time is spent “junkin”, traveling and seeing her girls.


Debi Adams

Quick and Easy Anchors Away Mixed Media Home Decor Frame

“Love Anchors the Soul” is this quick and easy Anchors Away Mixed Media Home Decor Project. Create this project with the SR-090 Anchor Contour™ Steel Rule Die and the Platinum 6™ machine to cut the mat board and start mixing your media! Let’s show you how…


  1. Die-cut SR-090 Anchor Contour™ Steel Rule Die from mat board by placing mat board on die and sandwich between 2 cutting plates. Cut with the Platinum 6™ machine
  2. Paint one coat of brown acrylic to anchor.
  3. Apply shading to bottom of anchor using navy blue paint.
  4. Brush aqua paint onto piece of white cardstock; place paint side on top of Anchor and lift up. Allow to dry.
  5. Apply Distress Ink to Mixed Media Paper using T-001 Tool ‘n One™ and its Circle Foam Applicator.
  6. Flick water onto inked paper with mister or by wetting hands and shaking on top of paper. Allow to dry.
  7. Dip stiff brush into a bit of water and blue ink or paint and splatter across background.
  8. String charm onto hemp twine and around anchor; adhere in place using glue dots.
  9. Attach anchor to mixed-media piece with glue dots.
  10. Attach red tape to frame. Peel back liner of tape and place finished artwork onto area.


SR-090 Anchor Contour™ Steel Rule Die

PE-100 Platinum 6™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

T-001 Tool ‘n One™

T-007 Circle Foam Applicator for Tool ‘n One™

Mat Board

Mixed Media Paper, 140 lb., Strathmore®, 6” x 9”

Acrylic Paint, Aqua and Navy, Golden® Paints

Acrylic Paint, Brown, DecoArt®

Tim Holtz™ Distress Ink™, Peacock Blue, TIM34933, Ranger Industries

Mini Mister, MIS22701, Ranger Industries

Hemp Twine, 24”, Hemptique®

iCraft® SuperTape™, ½”, 4102, Therm-O-Web

Heart Lock Charm, Item # 27, TierraCast

Glue Dots

Toothbrush or old paintbrush (for splattering)

Paint Brush

Paint Palette

White Cardstock, 4-1/2” x 4-1/2”