by Myra B
It was opening day for the trade show portion of CHAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winter 2011 convention. Many of the goodies that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve shared sneak peeks of were on display at the show and there were a few more new things, including a new electronic punch by Spellbinders and SizzixÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version of the letterpress. Here is a video of SpellbindersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Presto Punch. For those paper crafters who have a bit of trouble with repetitive punching this may be the tool for you:
We also stopped by TombowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s booth to check out their new items and they did not disappoint. They have a new adhesive runner that can either be used to Ã¢â‚¬Å“stampÃ¢â‚¬Â adhesive in a specific spot or, with that same runner, roll the adhesive like you normally would. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appropriately called the Stamp Runner.
TombowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second hot new item is an adhesive backed Velcro, they call a Fastener Tab, that is super thin and perfect for that element on your page that you want to be able to flip open or even remove.
Finally, Tombow is introducing the Power Adhesive Tab (also in photo above), which is basically an extra strong glue dot. In the photo below, each of these 6.5 oz glass dragonflies are hanging from the glass fixture by just one of these glue dots! These are perfect for altered items and mixed media projects or that scrapbook page layout on which you want to include a bulky piece of memorabilia.
Sizzix has answered Quikutz Letterpress with itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own version of letterpress plates that you can use in any of their embossing machines. The main difference between SizzixÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s letterpress plates and QuikutzÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version is that SizzixÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plates are intended to be used with regular ink pads that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d normally use for stamping. Here is a video of a quick demo:
Another cool release is by Clear Scraps. This company does wonderful things with acrylic. Pretty much everything youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen in chipboard, they do in acrylic. Their products have been used to make beautiful mini-albums but now they are releasing 12×12 acrylic albums. Basically, the cover of the album is entirely made of acrylic (including the hinges), which you can decorate with papers, etc. or color with alcohol inks, paints, perfect pearls, and so forth. The inside of the album has the traditional top loading page protectors. They had some wonderful samples made by their design team:
Check back tomorrow for more highlights from CHA. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll focus more on the papers and inks tomorrow. For now, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll leave you with a few photos of some of the wonderful new products that are coming your way: