Well, after some serious brainstorming, Craft-a-Board is the name we have selected for our new product. Why Craft-a-Board? It all comes back to what it is that we use it for - crafting Ü There are so many different ways to alter the surface of this material and "craft" with this board. Today I hope to share some of those with you. These are all VERY basic techniques and I know that you will each come up with your own ways of using Craft-a-Board - I am so excited to see how you use this product.
First, you can cut it - you can even use many of the Spellbinders detailed dies with this product. To test it thoroughly I used some of my extremely high detail dies in addition to the Nestabilties. Below are some of the results I would like to share with you.
I wanted to share this picture with you being I am going to state that not all highly detailed dies will work 100% effectively with this product. But as you will see in the following pictures I did end up with a beautiful end result using this die. Sometimes you just need to send it through more than once. After running it through my Wizard with the tan embossing mat you can see that I did get the beautiful cut and embossed detail you see below.
As you can see in this view the detail is outstanding after being passed through the Wizard
Secondly, you can emboss Craft-a-Board and achieve beautiful results. This is an up close view of the fronts of these pieces along with the die. The arrow is to point out the areas that I didn't realize I needed to remove the little bits from my first project - therefore it did not cut all the way through when I sent it through with my second test. Be certain to clean all little pieces of paper out of your detailed dies before using them to cut through the Craft-a-Board.
This next series of pictures is to share what the product looks like when you cut only and then the change that is added with embossing.
This is the new Nested Bird (to be released in September - sorry I just couldn't help myself - I love this little tweetie) shown after the Craft-a-Board was run through the Wizard using the cutting sandwich. There is some detail showing along the embossed edge on the front side right from the start.
This shows the back view. If you are looking to have a surface that is completely smooth then this product is not going to achieve those results. The back view is pretty smooth, but I can see just a hint of the impression from the embossing edge.
Once you send the product back through the Wizard with the tan embossing mats you will see a beautifully defined edge. Very crisp and clean.
As you can see I have been playing with a whole myriad of products to see what will work and what won't. I am thrilled to tell you that at this point I am absolutely tickled and thrilled with the results and the opportunity to bring out all sorts of supplies that I have had hidden in my drawers for some time now.
As you can see the color of this material is not quite white. I have taken these photos on a white sheet of paper so that you can see for yourself the difference in the color. The material itself is fairly even in color, but being it is a recycled product there is some variation in the color on the surface of the material. I am not too concerned about this being I will be doing all sorts of things to the Craft-a-Board to alter it and give it a finished look, but I wanted you to know that there may be some variation in the color.
I was absolutely thrilled with the results when I used both my Copic markers and airbrush system. I began by stamping this Lockhart image using my Memento Tuxedo Black. I waited for a few minutes for the ink to set and then picked up my Copic markers. Being that the surface of this material is somewhat porous I determined not to color the image by soaking it with ink, but rather to use a light hand in applying my color. I did add several layers of color to see how well it would hold up to additional ink. I am extremely pleased with the result - I did not have a lot of feathering occur outside my lines. Remember I did use a light hand in applying the color though. I topped it off with some Spica glitter and then airbrushed it. This was a quick, simple project to complete - now all I need to do is complete an actual project with it Ü
Thisleaf was just begging to be embossed with the "old-fashioned" embossing powder. OK, old-fashioned may not be the right choice of words, but it is a technique that I haven't used much lately. My tarnished gold embossing powder was calling my name though and so I applied some Versamark Ink and then applied the embossing powder, heat set it and voila - this leaf just pops!!! I can see an amazing piece of artwork collaged using this piece.
My curiosity was completely satisfied when I applied Memento ink directly to the surface of this little bird. When the ink dried it left an almost suede-like look as it's final result. I love how easy it was to put the ink pad directly to this material and give it a solid color!
Memento ink was also applied in the same manner to these two flowers. The larger flower I wanted to see how well it would pierce, the smaller flower I inked up one of my new ScrapBlocks using my Ranger Snow Cap pigment pad and applied the ink. I am absolutely tickled with the results of these different applications. I can totally see turning this little flower die into an adorable album with little pictures in the center of each flower - perhaps those pictures will be a series of baby pictures, or my daughters can each put together a little mini-album using their friends pictures. So many projects - so little time!!!
There are so many more things to test yet... acrylic paints, crackle paints, chalks, Prismacolor color pencils, Glossy Accents, ... Please - I need more time in my day! As I am able to achieve these tests I will most definitely share them with you.
Does the Craft-a-Board work with the Nestabilities dies in the Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Big Kick, etc.?
Unfortunately the jury is still out on the Cuttlebug - LOL! As you can see my already splintered plate just couldn't hold up to the pressure and broke into lots of pretty little pieces. Yes, it did cut and emboss this highly detailed die, but not without the major league negative side effect of a broken plate. I should have known better and purchased a new plate before trying though and so I'm not certain at this point how well it will work. So as I said - the jury is still out!
The Big Shot faired well. The embossed detail is not quite as dramatic, but you can't really expect it to be being the Wizard exerts so much more pressure than the Big Shot does. I was happy with these results and there were no ill side effects on the Big Shot plates. So I do believe that those with either a Big Shot or Big Kick will be able to achieve similar results.
Does Craft-a-Board work with other company dies? I still need to test that as well. So here is your opportunity to pitch in and share your questions. What would you like me to test? What other information would you find helpful?
Now is your chance to win some Craft-a-Board of your own along with your very own set of Ticket Stub dies! All you need to do to participate is leave a comment in this post sharing with me what you would like to learn about the Craft-a-Board - be certain to do it before midnight August 2nd, 2008 being that will be the cut-off point for the drawing.
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