As an avid card maker, there’s nothing that urks me more than working with finicky, dull scissors on my projects. It’s like trying to slice an apple with a butterknife – the entire process is exhausting, messy, and never quite yields the desired result. Luckily it’s also completely preventable by choosing the proper utensil.
It comes as no surprise at how mesmerized I was this morning when I found two gigantic boxes of the new Fiskars Amplify Shears™ collection laying on my desk. Was this some sort of mistake or did the craft fairy visit last night?! I learned that Fiskars had sent several gifts from their new collection to Stampington’s Art Department as a thoughtful gesture for us to try them out.
I didn’t delay for one moment to take them on a test drive. Each snip felt like I was melting through butter on a perfectly smooth path to creative freedom. As I cut, contoured, and maneuvered my way toward scissor heaven, I was overjoyed at how easy it was to cut through a variety of mediums and materials.
To thank our loyal blog readers, we’re extending a special Fiskars giveaway in hopes to inspire crafty cutting bliss. One lucky winner will take home the Mixed-Media Collection and the other winner will snatch up the Fabric Collection. (Each collection comes with three different specially designed shears.)
If you’re an artist and want nothing more than to add these amazing new cutters to your craft corner:
1) Share this blog post via Facebook
2) Comment below with an innovative project idea you’d like to create with your scissors.
3) Add which set fits you best (fabric or mixed-media shears.)
Deadline to enter: Thursday, Sept. 5th
*Winners will be contacted via e-mail
If you’re stumped on dreaming up a project using Fiskars scissors, check out our lovely guest blogger’s bright bookmark DIY idea using her Amplify Mixed Media Shears:
Emma Jeffrey’s Colorful Bookmark DIY:
“The new Amplify Mixed Media Shears by Fiskars are the perfect tool for tackling thicker materials, allowing you to incorporate them into all your creative projects.”
– Emma Jeffreys, Fiskars Featured Artist
To make these colorful, decorative bookmarks, cut a sheet of birch plywood into 6” x 1.5” strips. Though I love the look of unfinished wood, I wanted to add a pop of color so I picked some summery neon washi tapes to add layered stripes along the edges.
To create the wire words, print out ‘love’ and ‘books’ in your favorite cursive text and use it as a guide to twist a cut length of 20 gauge silver wire into shape. Secure the wire to the back of the bookmark with a piece of washi tape to hold it in place.
To finish, punch a hole in the top of the bookmarks with a handpunch and create a tassel made from colorful baker’s twine through the hole.
Now you can save your spot in style and add even more incentive to open the pages of your favorite story or Stampington magazine with these cute and quirky bookmarks!
Posted: Thursday, August 8th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm
Categories: Artwork Submissions, Contests and Giveaways, Uncategorized.
Tags: collection, craft, fabrics, Fiskars, freebie, Giveaway, Mixed Media, new, scissors.
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