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1.05.2010

Winter 2010 CHA Sneak: GCD Studios TOOL

GCD has debuted a new tool at this CHA. Their blog post debuting the new tool can be found here. It does not contain too much information about the tool and what it does, so we called GCD and spoke with their sales director. She was more than helpful and let me know all of the juicy details about this cool new product and directed me to the blog of Cathie Filian who has great pictures of her using this product step by step.

Melody Ross designed this new system for GCD Studios. It is a Debossing Tool. The main components of the set include a mallet and a block (or mat) to protect your work surface (as seen below left). You can then purchase a variety of "stamps" made of sturdy metal which fit into a stylus and can then be pounded with the mallet into almost any material you can think of. Metal, leather, chipboard...you name it!



GCD is releasing 30 different sets of stamps (with 3 designs included in each set). You can see the initial releases below. The alphabets come nestled in these adorable tins (as seen above right), designed by Melody Ross. You can choose to keep your alphas in the tins for easy and chic storage OR you can remove the small foam holding the alphas and store it in a specially made container GCD Studios is making and you can keep the adorable tins for other uses.




The sets shown above are in the vertical squared of boxes and following each design is an example of how it will look when stamped in a row. After these initial releases, more new sets will be released throughout the year. Including more alphabets and seasonal items.

GCD Studios is also releasing new chipboard shapes and albums. These are great to deboss on using the new tool.


And here are some photos of the tool in action...



You can also see this post from the GCD blog to see more examples of finished projects.

The tools and all accessories will be hitting the shelves of Archivers in the 2nd week of February. A check back here over the next few weeks because The Scrap Review will have a full review of the tool and it's capabilities.

What do YOU think?

19 comments:

Melissa said...

I'm REALLY curious about this tool. I can't wait to read your review on it!

Peggy said...

Love the metal stamps and hammer, cool blue. What to know more.

Christie said...

So far isn't too exciting to me. Maybe when I see it in action, but I'm really not one for noisy tools. I was so happy when the crop-o-dile came out and I could get rid of my hammer to set eyelets.

Cassi said...

didn't karen foster do something similar years ago? so far, unimpressed, but i did like the butterfly plaque,

GinniG said...

If it were a quiet tool and easier to use maybe I'd use it. But MM had something like this a few years ago and I finally just sold it on Ebay cuz I never liked it...

Erika M. said...

Very interesting!

Tanstar said...

Love the new tool, so many applications are forming in my mind. wow.

Samantha said...

so, basically a leather glorified punch.
ummmm....what?

Samantha said...

I meant "glorified leather punch".

BetsyWetsy said...

Or you can buy THIS for $7.99 and do exactly the same thing.

http://www.eleathersupply.com/images/6000g.jpg

Seriosuly? The scrapbooking industry produces yet another existing product, raises the price, re-packages it in a flowery case and name it something catchy.

Ridiculous.

NanaBeth said...

Depending on the cost this another thing I could get very excited about.

Heather said...

This is one of those things that would totally depend on the cost. I can't see myself using it as a go to tool so I wouldn't invest a large amount.

This is for sure something I'd like to see reviewed and tried on many materials.

Anonymous said...

this is so stupid. i cannot imagine what GCD is thinking.

repackage a spray bottle and overcharge for it? it's still a spray bottle.

repackage a leather punch and overcharge for it? it's still a leather punch.

Sue said...

I have a feeling that this will be the must have tool of CHA as soon as everyone gets to try it out and see it demonstrated.

Anonymous said...

Pretty bold to post photos from someone else's blog and slap your water mark on them! No link back even? Wow!

GCD Studios said...

Hey girls,
It's Heidi Sonboul from GCD :)

I can see that many of you have questions or think that we are repackaging a leather tool. A few months back when Melody set out on this journey, her thought was "I want something that works on Chipboard". you are 100% right that this is just like a leather tool :) however, the metal plate cuts much easier and there are way more choices to design with. We have come out with birds, flowers, banners, and many many fonts! PLUS, this tool makes it way easier to change out the metal stamps. With the old leather tools it's way more work. Our tool pops right off and stays on well while using it.

If you are not a chipboard person, then this is totally not the tool for you. This tool is to help chipboard lovers. plain and simple. There are no gimmicks. This tool allows you to do more with chipboard and have fun with it :)

Also about the spray bottle... it's designed to be able to spray with paint. Sure we all have glimmer Mist at home but are the bottles empty? it's a add-on if you want to make and use your own paint! Easy-peezee :) You can get by with painting or just using Glimmer mist. Come by our booth and I'm sure you'll love it.

GCD Studios said...

Anonymous said...
Pretty bold to post photos from someone else's blog and slap your water mark on them! No link back even? Wow!

Heidi said...
These photos are allowed for use by GCD and Cathie. There is a link under the bottom right photos :) Just so you all know
~H

Theresa said...

I think this is a great idea - it's always nice to have a new way to make chipboard "my own". However, I just hope it works well - my frustration with tools usually comes from it not doing what it's supposed to do in an effective manner. Looking forward to giving it a try!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Pretty bold to post photos from someone else's blog and slap your water mark on them! No link back even? Wow!

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Someone needs to learn how to read! LOL! See the link under the photo on the bottom right. Yeah, it was always there. YOU just chose not to see it.