"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Products for 2013

There were several new products released at CHA this year.  One that I am very excited about is WeR's new Envelope Punch Board.  It's small - approximately 6"x8" -  and creates many sizes of envelopes. The board has measurements silk-screened along the top edge and a "cheat sheet" also silk-screened on the board itself to show you how large the sheet of paper needs to be to create whatever size envelope you want. It also tells you at which measurement you need to place your paper to start. From then on you just punch the indent at center top (turquoise button below) and score from there to edge of paper, turn paper 90 degrees and repeat, continuing on all four sides. The turquoise button is also a corner punch to round the corners of the envelope if desired. 

This is a handy little tool which I can't wait to add to my personal stash (and it takes alot for a tool to impress me now that I have so many) and will be great for making cute little envelopes for layouts, books or cards as well as possibly using up some of my old papers for actual envelopes for sending cards! No more searching for an odd size!

Samples of all sizes the board will create
Another "home run" by WeR is their introduction of new punches to coordinate with their popular Mini8 corner punches.  The designs match the various Mini8 designs and can punch between the corners punched by the Mini8 punch, thus creating many sizes of decorative-edged papers. The punch is triple duty as it will also just punch a straight border or, by changing a lever on the underside, punch a double-sided strip as seen below.  A must-have even if you don't have a Mini8 punch! And I love that it does more than just one thing. 

Samples of decorative edged paper and double-sided punched strip

 Of course, the big buzz this year was about Ranger's release of the Tim Holtz Distress Paints. These are water-reactive paints (while wet) that match the Distress line of products and are more fluid than the Paint Dabbers.  They are semi-opaque, but are very versatile as you can layer them to be more opaque. They dry with a matte finish and can be used on a variety of materials, including metal, glass and plastic.

Here are the 24 colors just released. I'm betting the remaining distress colors will debut soon!

Sample of tag created by Tim Holtz with new Distress Paints

Also from Ranger, six new colors of Dyan Revealey's very popular Dylusions Ink Sprays.  What I'm most excited about is the White! It's slightly different from the colors as it's semi-opaque. So many things you can do with that and I can't wait to get some and play. Dyan also came out with her own acrylic stamp block which is very large to accommodate her large stamps. It also has a curvy edge on one side which can be used for drawing borders or frames or even journaling lines and a ruler on the other side - love the multiple use tools!

Another new product is Wendy Vecchi's metallic Embossing Pastes. Last year she released the white and black but now a Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold have been added to the lineup. Can't wait to try these too!

Every company seems to have their own version of acrylic blocks for stamping, but I was impressed with these new blocks from Lawn Fawn.  They have an incised grid for lining up your stamps and also cool indentations along the side for comfortably gripping with your fingers.

Lawn Fawn acrylic block

Next up are these ingenius little squeezable storage containers. They are clear so you can see what is stored inside, they come in many sizes and are very inexpensive. The tops come in an array of colors and either smooth or matte finish.  Here's a photo of one from their website though it's hard to see. And below that is Miss Tracy with Viewtainer's rep, Tracy, showing how the viewtainer "smiles" when you squeeze it to open. 

I'm happy to report that Christy Tomlinson has introduced several new rubon and stencil designs as well as printed coffee filters. And, Pink Paislee has decided to reprint her extremely popular and sold-out line of papers from last year! Her first beautiful doily stencil (also sold-out) will also be available again.  Check out her new products below.

New Christy Tomlinson products

Quick Quotes has introduced 6 new colors of their PowderPuff chalk inks. I'm so excited that they have finally listened to consumers and have released a WHITE ink pad!

Quick Quotes new PowderPuff Chalk Inks
This is by no means all the new products from CHA, but what caught my eye while I was there. Of course, there were many new lines of papers and embellishments and dies and stamps and... The list goes on but hopefully they will be popping up in stores soon.  I just wanted to share my favorites.

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