Adorable Birthday Card Ft. Half Hex Quilt & Bear Scout

Hi everyone! I’m Laura Sterckx from and I’m excited to be sharing my first card and video on the Spellbinders blog as a Spellblogger! 🙂 For today’s blog post I made a cute birthday card for kids featuring the Half Hex Quilt dies from the Quilt It collection by Lene Lok along with the Bear Scout die from the My Little Red Wagon collection by Debi Adams.

First I used the Half Hex Quilt dies from the Quilt It collection by Lene Lok to create my own patterned paper. To be honest with you, I have zero experience when it comes to quilting so I had to some research online. Thankfully the packaging of these dies shows a sample card on the front and a quick overview of the finished pattern on the back. For this particular card, I was inspired by the pattern Yana made using this same set! I mixed three different colors of card stock and some pretty marbled patterned paper. I recommend playing around with these dies and experiment with the different possibilities.

Next it was time to add some cuteness to this card! I used Bear Scout Etched Die from the My Little Red Wagon Collection by Debi Adams. I simply die cut the image out of white card stock and added my color with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. However, you could just die cut it out of some brown card stock instead! For the bear’s snout I colored some card stock with an E30 Copic Sketch Marker. To add some more details to this bear, I used a fine black pen and the die cut as a stencil for the bear and snout.

To add more dimension I die cut a circle out of the quilted patterned paper using Standard Circles SM Etched Dies set. I die cut the same circle three more times out of Fun Foam. Then I adhered those pieces together and stuck a vellum circle on top. This tones down that patterned and makes the bear pop! Finally I finished off this card with a stamped sentiment banner, enamel dots and some clear sequins.

That’s it for my first post here on the Spellbinders blog. Thank you for joining me and I’ll see you soon. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this card and video! 🙂

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Laura Sterckx

Laura Sterckx

Hi! My name is Laura! I’m a 20 year old card maker, blogger and succulent hoarder. I’m a big fan of pastel colors, cute stuff and fun workouts. Here, you can find all things card making related.
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Debi-Ella-Fants on Parade

Hi Friends!

It’s always fun to decorate for a party or a shower and this Ella-Fant die from my latest collection, “My Little Red Wagon” makes it quick and easy. There are very few supplies required and the assembly is a breeze. So let’s get started making.

1. Die-cut all the Ella-Fant pieces from gray cardstock. Emboss the head to add the details.

2. While paper is still inside of headpiece die, embellish eye with black pen. Remove all paper from dies.

3. Add cheeks to Ella-Fant using a chalk applicator or q-tip and chalk.

4. Add shadows to Ella-Fant’s ears and body using black chalk and applicator.

5. Assemble Ella-Fant using adhesive and foam dots.

6. Die-cut Umbrella and water spout from patterned paper.

7. Attach Umbrella and water spout to Ella-Fant’s trunk.

8. Adhere toothpick to Ella-Fant with hot glue.

Optional: To add water drops, apply Clear Nuvo onto Umbrella and allow to dry.

*Tip- Remember there are two Ella-Fant heads in the set that work with the same body. It’s all about assembly, creativity and variety

You will need the following materials:

Platinum 6™ Machine-PE-100

Ella-Fant Dies-S4-782

Rise ‘n Shine Dies-S4-784

Gray Cardstock

Patterned Paper of Your Choice

Adhesive of Your Choice

Black Permanent Fine Tip Pen

Chalk Applicator

Foam Dots

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Nuvo Crystal Drops

Pink and Black Chalk



Debi Adams

Debi Adams

As far as she can remember, Debi has been crafting, creating and doing art in one form or another. Born and raised in Southern California and the mother of four grown daughters, Debi is an in-house designer at Spellbinders. She considers herself an “eclectic artist”, dabbling in mixed-media, party décor, paper crafting, painting, calligraphy, sewing, floral arranging, and everything in between. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Cook, and Where Women Create magazines. Though her passion is art, she enjoys giving away what she makes. Her free time is spent “junkin”, traveling and seeing her girls.


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Spellblogger Giveaway Hop

Our Spellbloggers’ represent an array of DIYers, Card Makers, Paper Crafters and more! They bring you monthly tutorials, projects, tips to help you with creating projects with Spellbinders’ products. Today we wanted to introduce you to a few of them with a fun hop! Each post today will have a special project created with a Summer/Kids theme! Check out each blogger to see how unique of projects you can create with our dies. With this Spellblogger Hop we are giving away three (3) Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform, visit each blogger for more chances to enter to win!

Three winners will be selected to win a Platinum 8.5″ Machine on July 19th on our blog & social media!

Hop on over to the Spellbloggers blogs below to enter to win!

All For the Memories


Love Create Celebrate


Mine For The Making

Tinsel and Wheat

Houseful of Handmade

Jazzy Paper


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Die D-Lites Ornamental Accents: Make A Wish Card

Hello everyone, Yvonne here showing you how to make festive card with a repeat pattern using the Spellbinders® S3-253 Die D-Lites™ Ornamental Accents Etched Dies set.

Die D-Lites Ornamental Accents: Make A Wish Card

Let me show you how to make the card with my instructions below…

1. Cut/emboss 6 x 6″ Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #6 (with # 1 being the smallest die-template) from patterned paper.

2. Leave the patterned paper in the die and lightly ink (using brown ink) the inner edges with the T-001 Tool ‘n One™ and its Foam Applicator – Circle for Tool ‘n One™. Glue onto the pink square.

3. Cut/emboss 6 x 6″ Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #4 from white cardstock and onto the patterned square.

4. Fold pink satin ribbon around en glue the ends to the back of the patterned layer.

5. Cut 6 x 6″ Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 from pink cardstock. Glue behind the patterned paper.

6. Trim white cardstock to size 11¾ x 5⅞” and fold to a card base 5⅞ x 5⅞” and glue the layered squares upon.

7. Cut/emboss S3-253 Die D-Lites™ Ornamental Accents Etched Dies four times from copper cardstock.

8. Sand the die-cuts slightly to give them a worn look.

Die D-Lites Ornamental Accents: Make A Wish Card

9. Glue the Ornamental Accents upon the card base using 3D foam squares.

10. Embellish with self-adhesive pearls,mulberry roses and a satin bow.

11. Finally glue upon a stamped sentiment using 3D foam squares.

Die D-Lites Ornamental Accents: Make A Wish Card

Die D-Lites Ornamental Accents: Make A Wish Card

And voila, ready is your elegant and festive card! Thanks for stopping by and wishing you happy crafting!

Hugs from Holland,


Spellbinders Supplies:

S3-253 Die D-Lites™ Ornamental Accents Etched Dies

S6-025 6 x 6″ Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies

T-001 Tool ‘n One™

T-007 Foam Applicator – Circle for Tool ‘n One™

PE-100 Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″Platform


White, Pink, Patterned and Copper Cardstock; Sanding Block; Brown Ink; Stamp; Ribbon; Self-Adhesive Pearls; Mulberry Roses; Glue; 3D Foam Squares;

Yvonne van de Grijp

Yvonne van de Grijp

Hello everyone, my name is Yvonne van de Grijp and I love crafting and especially making cards. In 2008 I made my very first (simple 3D-)card. Now I’m really addicted to this lovely hobby of scrapping and stamping. I hope you’ll enjoy visiting my blog which is named after my lovely dog: cocker spaniel Phoebe. Hug, Yvonne
Yvonne van de Grijp

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You Are Awesome Card using Tumbling Blocks Quilt Etched Dies

Hi, it’s Christina. Creating a card with simple shapes can be a real eye catcher and for mine, I used the Diamond Shapes in the Tumbling Block Quilt Etched Dies from the Quilt It Collection by Lene Lok. Combine it with some pretty floral papers and you have a stunning card.

You Are Awesome Card

Let’s get started. Follow the instructions to get the same results as me 🙂

You Are Awesome Card Step 1

With A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 (the smallest size die is #1) and Platinum Machine, cut two pieces in white card and join together to create the base

With A2 Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7, cut another layer in pink

With A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #6, cut another white layer

You Are Awesome Card Step 2

With low tack tape, secure Stitched Borders Etched Dies all five Border Dies side by side and emboss with a piece of white cardstock.

You Are Awesome Card Step 3

Cut Tumbling Blocks Quilt Etched Dies from the floral patterned paper as many as you would like for your card. Then add foam pads to the back of the shapes.

You Are Awesome Card Step 4

Starting in the centre of the white embossed panel, add the diamonds to cover the front

You Are Awesome Card Step 5

Trim off the excess on edges of the card and then add the panel onto the pink layer. Then add the layered panel onto the base card with foam tape for dimension.

You Are Awesome Card Step 6

With black cardstock, cut Die D-Lites™ Love You Etched Dies YOU part of the die several times and stack together for strength and dimension. Stamp an appropriate sentiment onto black card and emboss with white powder, add foam pads to the back and trim as needed. Add both to the card front as you would like them and dress with the enamel dots.

There you have a quick and easy card that could be for any occasion! For more inspiration please visit my blog at Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls

Spellbinders Supplies:

S5-131 A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies

S5-132 A2 Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies

S5-312 Stitched Borders Etched Dies from Quilted It Collection by Lene Lok

S2-276 Tumbling Blocks Quilt Etched Dies from Quilted It Collection by Lene Lok

S1-024 Die D-Lites™ Love You Etched Dies

Other Supplies:

Want2Scrap 8mm Enamel Dots

Floral Patterned Paper; Foam Pads

Precision Die-Cutting with No Rain No Flower Stamp + Die Set

I have been drawing, A LOT and my recent focus has been on peonies! Peonies are the “new rose.” Roses are symbolically timeless and classic but peonies are so diverse, full and romantic. They also symbolize good fortune and prosperity. I remembered putting some simple little peonies into some of the stamps in my Spring Love Collection!

As some of you may know I am new to crafting (at some point, probably soon, I will need to stop saying I am new to crafting!) and so I tried to think of a way to use the stamp and die in a different way. I decided to do something super simple and yet bold.

As a visual learner, I break down my process using images. I centered and penciled the outline of the matching die to the stamp I chose to use. I wanted to use a stamp that had plenty of space to capture the painted effect I wanted to achieve. Large stamps work best for this project, so I used No Rain, No Flowers Stamp and Die Set.

On mixed media paper which will not buckle or distort, I made a very rough outline of where my stamp will be placed. Then applied paint over it using soft feathery strokes in order to easily blend the four colors I am using. Be sure to not use too much paint, just a tiny bit. If the paint gets too textured and layered, you will not be able to stamp over the painted area accurately. Keep your surface smooth by using long soft strokes.

Once painted, I die-cut the same die with another piece of paper (same size). Now you can see all of the painted area through it once it is cut. A guide – sort of a peek-a-boo effect with the simple painting you did.

Now to stamp. This part was tricky for me. I wanted everything to be lined up perfectly. So I had to layer the two pages on top of one another to stamp through my die cut space and onto my painted background. If you were to have a Misti stamping tool, it would be much easier, but I am LOW tech over here! LOL!

SUCCESS! Be aware that if your paint is not COMPLETELY dry then your stamp might stick a little and then leave you with an image that could need some touching up. This happened to me so I simply went back through with a drawing pen (I used a Sakura, Pigma Micron Pen) and fixed any lines that were not solid black.

I used the same concept on two different images as well.

For this simple design from Feather Fireflies Stamp and Die Set from my Spring Love Collection, I stamped the jar image. Then did a very basic watercolor washed out technique and layered over with a piece of Yupo paper (previously painted with alcohol ink).

For the thank you card, I used more layers and made it look a little bit more like a completed project. I started with a piece of previously watercolored paper and die cut some rectangles in various sizes out of it. On the smallest rectangle, I die cut the smaller Koi from my Koi Stamp and Die Set from Earth Air Water Collection and then stamped the coordinating Koi in the rectangle under it. I then topped it off with a traditional stamp and die cut using the large Koi. Added a sentiment and, VOILA!

Be sure to tell me what you think and share your projects with me!

xoxo, Steph!




SDS-070 No Rain, No Flowers Stamp and Die Set

SDS-040 Koi Stamp and Die Set

SDS-060 Feather Fireflies Stamp and Die Set

S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies


Mixed Media Paper: Strathmore

Yupo Paper

Ranger Alcohol Ink

Watercolor Paints: Daniel Smith and Prima Marketing Inc.

Pens: Pigma Micron Pen (Sakura)

Paints: PaperArtsy

Stephanie Low

Stephanie Low

Stephanie has been privileged to illustrate for authors, publications, interior decorators, cross-stitchers, home-owners, and business owners from all around the world. Stephanie has found her style, artistic voice, and joy through this business.

Her decision to work as a licensed artist with Spellbinders perfectly marries her love of illustration with paper crafting. She has a unique and raw approach to crafting and has been able to apply her edgy youthful style to reinvent the traditional crafters mold and appeal to a new younger crafting market.


Stephanie Low

Easel Affirmations

Share Joanne Fink’s lovely, lettered quotes and images on petite easels!

Joanne Fink Cling Rubber Stamps, Sing Unto God, SBS-143, Spellbinders® Paper Arts

Series 500 Mixed Media Board, 564-8, Strathmore® (3), cut to 2-1/2” x 3-1/2”

Intense Black Ink Pad, AF345, Hero Arts®

Acrylic Blocks

Mini Easels (3), U.S. Art Supply

Water Brush

Watercolor Paints


  1. Cut board to ATC size (2-1/2” x 3-1/2”).
  2. Place stamps on acrylic blocks and stamp onto each board. Let dry.
  3. Pick up colors with water brush and color in. This mixed media board is for both wet and dry media!
  4. Place on easels and they are ready to display.

Yay! Congratulations Card, July Die of the Month

July’s Die of the Month Kit is a garden array of palm fronds and foliage! You can create many projects with this kit, from fun card making project to goodie boxes and so much more! Check out the tutorial on the Make A Wish Goodie Box and the video tutorial below on the Yay! Card using die cutting and stamping techniques. Don’t forget to show us what you create by tagging #NeverStopMaking on social media!


  • 10 Cards & 10 Envelopes
  • 11 Sheets of 8.5 x 11” Paper/Cardstock
  • Set of 11 Dies
  • 5 Colors of Ribbon/Twine
  • Pearls, Buttons & Charms
  • Floral & Pinwheel embellishments
  • Die Cut Embellishments
  • Foil & Sticker Sentiments
  • Sheet of Adhesive & Foam Dots

Interested in becoming a member of both Die of the Month & Card Kit of the Month clubs? Check out the Die & Card Kit of the Month Value Membership.

More July Die Kit of the Month Kit Inspiration:

This Is Our Adventure Card, July Card of the Month

The Card Kit of the Month for July is a tropical paradise! Create 10 unique cards with an array of papers, set of 8 dies, and vacation inspired chipboards & wooden embellishments. Create your own We Be Chillin’ Cardor this fun This Is Our Adventure Card in the video tutorial below. Make sure to show us what you create by tagging #NeverStopMaking on social media!


  • 10 Cards & 10 Envelopes
  • 11 Sheets of 8.5 x 11” Paper/Cardstock
  • Set of 11 Dies
  • 5 Colors of Ribbon/Twine
  • Pearls, Buttons & Charms
  • Floral & Pinwheel embellishments
  • Die Cut Embellishments
  • Foil & Sticker Sentiments
  • Sheet of Adhesive & Foam Dots

Interested in becoming a member of both Die of the Month & Card Kit of the Month clubs? Check out the Die & Card Kit of the Month Value Membership.

More July Card Kit of the Month Kit Inspiration:

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting Series. Episode #1 – Birthday Card featuring Venise Lace collection

Hello everyone. This is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me! This blog post and video marks the start on a new monthly feature I’m hosting on Spellbinders blog and Youtube channel called “Layered Dimensional Die Cutting Series”.

What is “Layered Dimensional Die Cutting Series”? Once a month I’ll be sharing a card project along with a detailed video tutorial in the showcasing traditional Spellbinders style with lots of die-cut layers and dimension!

For my today’s blog post I made a birthday card using several dies from Becca Feeken’s Venise Lace collection.

I started working on this card by doing all of my die cutting first. I decided to go with pearlescent white cardstock for my die cut pieces. I love to use thicker papers with my intricate dies so that they hold their form better and I also love to use specialty papers like this pearlescent one as they add a lot of gorgeous shimmer to the finished project.

I die-cut and embossed the Plume element from the Marcheline Plume set. I cut just a label shape, if you want, you can combine this die with a circle die that comes in this set and create a gorgeous frame. I also die-cut a circle out of patterned paper, I used papers from the Pretty Posy 12×12″ paper pad from First Edition – these are my all time favorite papers for die cutting as they have beautiful finishes to them. I used this same circle die and cut 2 circles out of white fun foam. I needed those to add dimension to my card. You can skip this step and use foam adhesive, but I prefer to have solid dimension with the help of fun foam.

I die-cut two frames using dies from the Hemstitch Rectangles set. You can also cut these to be label like or a frame like by combining multiple dies. I cut and embossed 2 frames for my card. I really love these rectangles for the unique hemstitch detail, it’s gorgeous because it effortlessly makes your paper die cuts look like lace. One final piece I cut for my card is the Floral Oval from the Victoriana Crest set.

The card I am sharing today is rather large, so I made a 5 ¼ x 7 ¼” top folding card base.

I used a 12×12 sheet of paper to make it. I cut two pieces of cardstock, scored one of them at the top, added adhesive, adhered the second piece of cardstock to create a top folding card and later trimmed it to size.

I used a piece of patterned paper cut to 5×7” for my background; I distressed the edges using scissors and layered beautiful floral paper underneath it. I took this even one step further by adding Glass Beads into the distressed crevices to really make my background pop. After foam mounting all of the die cut pieces in place I added a hand stamped Happy Birthday sentiment and embellished my card using several flowers (I fussy cut them out of patterned paper) and a silk ribbon bow.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Additional dies I mention in my video (not used to create the project):

Other supplies: white cardstock (WorldWin); Patterned Paper (Pretty Posy 12×12 First Edition); Clear Stamp (Altenew – Beautiful Day); Black Ink (Versafine Onyx Black); Glass Beads (Prima in Crystal); Glue; Fun Foam; Tape Runner; Foam Adhesive.

Watch video tutorial below to learn how to make this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have fun die cutting!

Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula

My name is Yana Smakula, I’m 20-smth years old from a town Ternopil in western Ukraine. I enjoy scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook). My other passion is cardmaking – I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I’m very much into stamping and die cutting and I enjoy creating Clean & Simple and well as heavily layered cards!
Yana Smakula