How to Make 2-Color, Sweet & Easy Folded Flowers

Because I consider myself flower challenged, I like to design dies for flowers that are easy to put together and will look the same every time you make them.

Hi there, I’m Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace and today I’m going to show you how to assemble my S3-251 Vintage Elegance Fold and Go Flower. It’s a little bit like simple tea bag folding and it gives you a beautiful double decker two colored flower that will flatten when you mail it!

Dig through your stash and find a paper that has design on both sides – small patterns work best. You might even try a solid/print combinations. No worries if you don’t have any double sided paper – one color works just as well. The set comes with four sizes of petals – I often run the whole set, all sizes at once, and reserve the extras for later.

Let’s get started:

1. Cut eight petals from the desired petal size.

2. With right side facing up – identify ”x” shaped score line that is intersected by a horizontal line. Fold right sides together along horizontal line then open petal and bend wrong sides together along each side of ‘x’. Bend petals together again and tuck the horizontal arms to the inside so that the result are two stacked petals that come together at a point.

3. Fold all petals in this manner in preparation for glue – Glossy Accents (recommended). Begin by holding a petal with folded point at bottom.

4. Place a drop of glue inside the left valley.

5. Seat next petal into the glued side with the largest, pushing all the way in until the new petal no longer moves.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until there is one petal left.

7. Put a drop of glue on the left and right side valleys then insert into the final slot.

I made a batch of these flowers and used them as a nice focal point on the front of a set of mini cards made using S5-259 Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet. With a filigree overlay, lined with vellum – the label from S5-287 Pocket Elegante provides a nice base for the flower. The flowers go together in under two minutes and the mini card keeps it simple and makes it very do-able.

Sending hugs!

Becca Feeken – www.amazingpapergrace.com

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Products Used:

Neenah Southworth Ivory Granite, My Minds Eye Design Paper, The Paper Studio Vellum, May Arts Silk Ribbon, 3M Foam Tape, The Paper Studio Pearls, Ranger Glossy Accents

Becca Feeken

Becca Feeken

Craft artist Becca Feeken blends a love of sewing, embroidery, needlecrafts and jewelry-making into a passion for gift making and paper crafts. Her distinct style is a romantic elegance with classical and victorian influences, often punctuated with a delicate ribbon bow or handcrafted embellishments.

Her passion for die-cutting began in early 2000 and today motivates her to encourage others in gift making, nurturing faith, creating legacy and giving.

As a licensed die and stamp designer for Spellbinders, her sweetly recognizable designs continue to impact the industry.

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Becca Feeken

Double Up with a Card and Gift in One for Mother’s Day

What fun to make a card that doubles as a gift! This card is extra special with the pretty floral bird heart as a center piece. But it really is a beautiful pin! A sweet little present perfect to wear for Mother’s Day, birthday or just a “love you”, using the Swallow and Heart Etched Dies Set from my Joyous Celebrations Collection!

It’s easier than it looks and a wonderful way to use those tiny scraps you can’t bear to toss out. You’ll be using the Swallow and Heart Etched Dies Set, along with assorted papers, ribbon, glitter, glue and dimensional dots.

Start by folding a card base (mine is 5 x 7″ but you can use whatever size you like). Place the Large Heart Etched Die from the Swallow and Heart Etched Dies Set in the center of the card front (secure with repositionable tape) and cut it out with the Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.

Cut out another heart of card stock and glue together both die cuts (one from above step) to form a sturdy base for your pin. Round up lovely scraps that coordinate and cut out plenty of little flowers, a swallow, and a banner.

Use your fingers to bend the flower petals up so they’re dimensional. Use dimensional sticky dots to position the bird onto the base heart.

Scatter tiny flowers atop the heart, being careful to keep everything within the heart. It’s important not to let the embellishments stick out or your card won’t be able to open and close.

Letter a tiny word on the banner and attach as shown. Let yourself go, decorating the heart with glitter, paint, or markers. The fancier the better!

In the photo below you can see how different the card looks when made with patterned paper and a different arrangement of the embellishments.

Now flip the heart over and attach a pin to the back.

Line up the heart pin with the hole in the front of your card. With a sharp pencil, mark the location of the pin and cut two tiny holes so you can attach the pin to the back of the card.

Use whatever tiny flowers you have left to decorate the front of your card, embellishing liberally with glitter, ribbon and other pretties.

Supplies:

Swallow and Heart Etched Dies Set

Spellbinders® Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Sharyn Sowell

Sharyn Sowell

Sharyn Sowell’s talents include calligraphy, watercolor, cut paper, paper crafts, photography and letterpress printing as well as computer skills.

Sharyn is an author and teacher. She teaches worldwide which gives her the opportunity to meet and share her expertise with a wide range of people, while getting inspiration for her own work from around the globe.

A proven professional with a long track record, Sharyn designs for diverse companies like Midwest CBK, Sunrise Greetings and York Wallcoverings. She’s designed Mrs. Grossman’s laser cut stickers, Paper House Productions craft supplies, textiles for Henry Glass, dies for Spellbinders and rubber stamps for Clearsnap. Sharyn’s original art can be seen in the British National Portrait Gallery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Orlando Waldorf Astoria. Her covers for Amazon’s Kindle have sold over 2.25 million units and she was twice awarded the Louie Award, the Oscar of the greeting card industry.

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Creating Three Birthday Cards with Same Etched Dies

Hello everyone, this is Elena Olinevich and I am so excited to be a Guest Blogger for Spellbinders. For my first post I created three birthday cards using the same dies. Also I am going to share some of my tips I followed while working on my cards.

First I started with the Renaissance Vine Frame die that I didn’t cut but embossed it using my Platinum 6 Machine. Well sometimes it’s fun to stretch your dies and to use them in a different way. So this was a good chance to try how the large frame will turn out while embossing.

It was really great . The result was a rich textured background. I used white cardstock for it and I wanted to add one more frame from the die set.

and as I’ve created several cards, I experimented with the color of my white cardstock. You can notice that one piece is more lie snow white, and the other one is more like an eggshell. However it is a good way to match your patterned papers.

To separate my frames I added the layers pf floral paper. For the large part I used the Nestabilities shapes.

However you can add the velum layers, in my case the blue one, that I die cut and topped on the small frame. It’s better to place it on the foam to make it pop up, however you can skip it .

To place my sentiment I used the extra paper layer , that I cut out in oval shape and then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the small frame form the main Renaissance Die Set.

Alternatively you can leave your cards simple or you can add the flowers , to make it look dimensional.

But actually I like how they turn out with no flowers too

I have only added the pearls on the angles of the embossed frame. and cut out the paper from the angles, to make it more intricate.

I filmed the process of creating in my video clip

I enjoyed embossing and mixing the different shapes for my cards.

Spellbinders Supplies:

S4-594 Card Creator Renaissance Vine Etched Dies

S4-465 Labels Forty Etched Dies

S4-110 Classic Ovals LG Etched Dies

T-001 Tool ‘n One™

PE-100 Spellbinders® Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Other Supplies:

The Ton Stamp; Hero Arts Inks; Prima Marketing Flowers; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® – 3D Foam Squares and Dual Tip Glue Pen

Two Cards Made with One Die Cut in French Flair Style

Hello everyone, Yvonne here! I am showing you how to make two cards using only one die-cut…simply by making one card using the positive and another using the negative. For today’s cards, I will be using Card Creator French Flair Etched Dies from the Rouge Royale Deux Collection by Stacey Caron.

Let me show you how to make both cards!

Card 1: Using the Positive Die Cut

  1. Die-cut French Flair die templates (use the die templates nested) from matte gold cardstock.
  2. Die-cut the outer frame from patterned paper.
  3. Glue the gold die cuts on the patterned paper using foam tape (cut into small squares and stripes).
  4. Mat upon pink cardstock size 6¼ x 6¼”.
  5. Thread some soft pink satin ribbon through and glue the ends to the back of the pink cardstock.
  6. Mat upon white cardstock size 6¾ x 6¾”.
  7. Embellish using a label, a satin bow and self-adhesive pearls.

Card 2: Using the Negative Bits + Pieces

  1. Place small pieces of foam tape to the back of the negative pieces and then carefully put them back into the die template (used as a guide). Remove the liner from the back of foam tape so it’s ready to be adhered.

  1. Carefully put a piece of white cardstock over the template with the negative pieces in it. Then rub gently so the pieces will stick to the cardstock.

  1. Turn over the paper and cut the white cardstock approximately at ⅛” on all 4 sides.
  2. Mat on a piece of 6¼ x 6¼” pink patterned cardstock.
  3. Add soft pink satin ribbon around the card base (glue the ends on back of pink patterned cardstock).
  4. Mat on a piece of 6¾ x 6¾” white cardstock.

  1. Embellish with a label, satin bow and self-adhesive pearls.

Supplies:

It’s that simple to create two cards with only one die-cut! Wishing you happy crafting!

Hugs from Holland,

Yvonne van der Valk – van de Grijp

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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Celebrate the Day with a Tea Light Box Tutorial

Hello Friends! Today I have these tea light boxes to share with you created with Tea Light Box Etched Dies set from my Celebrate the Day Collection by Marisa Job. You can use these tea light boxes to decorate any table, they are the perfect size for a battery-operated tea light.

Instructions:

1. Die cut tea light box base with Tea Light Boxdie from designer cardstock. Fold at scored lines and then color edges with Distress inks and Tool ‘N One Foam Applicators.

2. Apply 1/8” wide double sided adhesive tape around middle square on 4 sides as pictured below.

3. Overlap left flower square on top of middle square with adhesive tape and press together to adhere. Repeat this process with 4 sides to form tea light box. The assembled box measures 1 5/8” square.

4. Embellish center of flowers with a pearl and your tea light box is done. Make sure to use a battery-operated tea light.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Tea Light Box Etched Dies

Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6” Platform

Tool ‘N One™

Foam Applicator – Circle For Tool ‘N One™

Other Supplies: 49 and Market Paper (Heirloom Botanicals and Scents of Nature Paper Collections), Simply Defined 1/8” Wide Double Sided Adhesive Tape (Scrapbooking Made Simple), Ranger Distress Inks, Pearls, Battery Operated Tea Light.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Marisa Job

www.marisadesigns.blogspot.com

Marisa Job

Marisa Job

Marisa Job has been crafting since growing up in Lima, Peru. Her parents were in the clothing industry where she learned to design and sew clothing. She received her degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising in LA. and spent the first few years of her career designing children’s clothing. When she purchased her first rubber stamp she became immediately hooked and has now been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years. She has a passion for rubber stamping, die cutting, card making and scrapbooking which has led her to design dies and rubber stamps in the craft industry.

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband of 35 years. They have two daughters and three grandkids. When she’s not in her craft room, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, sewing, reading and cooking.

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Be Featured On Spellbinders

Want to be featured on the Spellbinders’ website? Now you can. We are opening up our gallery to you! Because we love to see what you are making, we have created a Spellbinders’ fan gallery. To enter, add your latest projects by simply tagging your photos with #NeverStopMaking or #Spellbinders on social media or go directly to the gallery to submit. Our favorites will be selected to be featured on our website! Check out the amazing projects here: www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/gallery!

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Turn on Side, Cut on Fold, Rock a New Look

Hi there, Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace here to show you an easy way to double the use of your large card front sized dies. Scroll down, I have much to show you!

Even though you are accustomed to looking at your card dies straight on, with a portrait orientation, I challenge you to take it to the side and cut on the fold. This extends the use of a die, often makes for a shaped card and gives you a unique perspective on which to built your card layout. It was sheer serendipity that changed the upright label of S6-078 Regal Allure to a sideways card. Let’s start out by cutting a card on the fold – once we have the base to work with, the rest is easy. Let’s walk through it visually:

Instructions:

1. Score a large white card sized panel in half and cover with S6-078 Regal Allure except, make sure the straight edge is just inside the fold.

2. Once cut, use inner die with S6-078 Regal Allure to cut one panel of pink and one panel of white.

3. Emboss the white die cut panel with SEL-008 Medallion Embossing Folder; secure pre-tied bow to front of panel, anchor in back with tape.

4. Cut the pink die cut panel in half between notches and apply to the back of the white die cut panel as shown. Adhere with foam tape.

5. Cut/emboss S2-145 Reflection and adhere to base. On top, attached Resin Frame.

6. Cut/Emboss S5-258 Decorative Swallowtail Tags and S3-139 Sentiment 3, mount pairing on top of Resin Frame.

7. Use T-001 Tool ‘n One™ with quilling attachment to spiral roll theS3-241 Pinecones in pink paper for a rose. Adhere to bow.

So you see, a fold is an easy way to make the shape of the die work for you. So glad to share another ‘side’ of your portrait oriented dies!!

Sending hugs!

Becca Feeken – www.amazingpapergrace.com

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Products Used:

Neenah Class Crest 80lb Smooth Solar White Card Stock, The Paper Studio VellumO Coredinations Cardstock – April Lovely, Melissa Frances CX814 Elegance Frame Applique, May Arts Silk Ribbon – White, 3M Foam Tape, Glue Dots, Score Board, Ruler, Paper Trimmer, Pearls

Becca Feeken

Becca Feeken

Craft artist Becca Feeken blends a love of sewing, embroidery, needlecrafts and jewelry-making into a passion for gift making and paper crafts. Her distinct style is a romantic elegance with classical and victorian influences, often punctuated with a delicate ribbon bow or handcrafted embellishments.

Her passion for die-cutting began in early 2000 and today motivates her to encourage others in gift making, nurturing faith, creating legacy and giving.

As a licensed die and stamp designer for Spellbinders, her sweetly recognizable designs continue to impact the industry.

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Becca Feeken

Quick & Easy Earth Day Tutorial: Upcycled Cheese Box Gift Box

Learn how to upcycle a simple paperboard cheese box into a fun and cheerful gift box in five easy steps!

I love Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges! Every time I open a new box of them I marvel at the round box they come in and think about how easy and fun it would be to use it in a crafty project. It always seems a shame to throw it away! In honor of Earth Day and an upcoming birthday of some one special to me, I decided to finally stop thinking about upcycling the box and finally do it. You are going to love how quick and easy it is too! Simply peel, die cut, cover, embellish, and fill!

Prepping the box is so easy! Simply peel away the top label and the side labels. Both peel off easy with very little if any residue. Don’t worry about the bottom label, it is smaller than the top label and is easy to cover.

Die cut two circles of pattern paper using the largest circle in the Nestabilities Large Standard Circles die set (S4-114). Apply ink to the edges of the die cuts if desired. Adhere the circle die cuts to the lid of the box where you removed the label and to the bottom of the box over the bottom label.

Wrap adhesive tape around the sides of the lid and bottom of the box. Adhere ribbon to the box sides over the adhesive tape.

Die cut a mini envelope and insert (my line includes several, this one is the Deco Edge Envelope) from smooth cardstock. Color with ink if desired or die cut from pattern paper. Stamp a sentiment on the insert card. I used one of the Tiny Sentiments stamps from my new Happy Grams 3 collection that is coming in May. You can view the entire set and the rest of the new collection in the “Coming Soon” section of the Spellbinders online store.

Adhere the assembled envelope to the box lid using a double stack of adhesive foam tape. The double stack will help the envelope set up higher than the other embellishments, helping to keep it the focus.

Die cut at least two flowers and four pieces of greenery from wool felt. I used the round 6 petal posie from my Floweret Posies die and the greenery from the Aren’t You Sweet Market Fresh by Debi Adams die set.

Cut a small hole in the center of each flower. Add a drop of adhesive next to the hole. Place a flower stamen through the hole. Let the adhesive set up to hold the stamen in place.

Adhere the flowers to the lid next to the envelope and card.

Note- you can place your note card inside the envelope but you may decide to adhere it to the outside like I did mine.

Arrange the greenery pieces around the flowers and adhere them in place.

Tuck a few scraps of ribbon around the flowers and leaves to tie in the ribbon used around the box edge.

Optional: Pierce small holes in the edges of the box where the ribbon meets. Place brads through the ribbon.

The brads in the ends of the box remind me of wood band boxes like large cheese wheels come in. It is a fun touch that helps dress up the ribbon ends.

The final step is to add a bit of tissue paper and your gift. The box is the perfect size for a gift card or jewelry. The best part, it serves as not only packaging, but also as a keepsake that the recipient is sure to love!

www.tammytutterow.com

Supplies:

Spellbinders:

SR-080 Floweret Posies Contour™ Steel Rule Die

S4-614 Deco Edge Envelope Etched Dies

SBS-138 Tiny Sentiments Stamp from the Happy Gram #3 Collection by Tammy Tutterow

S4-719 Aren’t You Sweet Etched Dies by Debi Adams

S4-114 Nestabilities® Standard Circles LG

T-001 Tool ‘n One™

Platinum™ 6 or Platinum™ 8.5″

Surfaces: Pattern paper-Echo Park; cream smooth cardstock, wool felt (green and white)

Adhesive: Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive, 1/4″ iCraft Adhesive Tape, 3D White Foam Sticky Strips

Flower Stamens: Rose Mille Studio Red Vintage Double Sided Berries

Other: Brads, Mini Paper Clip, 1 yard 3/8″ Ribbon

Tammy Tutterow

Tammy Tutterow

Tammy Tutterow is a lifelong artist and crafter. She grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents. She loves all types of crafts but her true crafting passion is in papercrafts, ribbonwork, and fabric crafts. She loves to combine elements of all three into her projects.Now that her hand lettering and illustrations are available in stamps, she is able to incorporate that into her craft projects as well!

Tammy grew up dreaming of becoming a children’s author and illustrator. She fell in love with drawing letters when she was about 10.Her mom gave her a catalog of transfer typefaces from the local art store.She loved drawing the letters and combining them with her doodles.Tammy rarely showed off her lettering or illustration until one day in 2015 when she shared a picture of a lettering bit on Instagram.The comments were so encouraging that she began to share more.Not long after she was invited by Spellbinders to turn her lettering pieces into stamps!

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Create a Watercolor Floral Trellis Birthday Card

Watercolor is such a huge part of card making these days! Today Yana is sharing a birthday card using this trend in her background layered with Floral Trellis Etched Dies set from one of our Card Creator series. Read her quick step outs to achieve your own background…

Instructions:

  1. Blend several colors of Distress ink (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Peacock Feathers) onto a piece of 4¼ x 5½ “ white cardstock. Add drops of water to activate the ink. Let dry and adhere onto an A2 top folding card base.
  2. Nest Floral Trellis Insert and Frame Dies together and secure with washi tape. Then cut and emboss out of white cardstock with Spellbinders® Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine to create the background die cut. Foam mount over the ink blended background.
  3. Heat emboss Birthday sentiment in white embossing powder onto white cardstock. Blend Spun Sugar Distress ink. Cut using Standard Circles SM Set Die #5 (the smallest size is #1). Use dimensional foam pads to adhere onto the card.
  4. Cut and emboss Green Thumb Set Garden Fork and Trowel Dies out of silver cardstock (cut handles out of pink cardstock). Adhere handles onto the tools. Tie pink bakers twine and adhere onto the card.
  5. Embellish with silver sequins.

Supplies:

S4-643 Floral Trellis Card Creator Etched Dies

S2-241 Die D-Lites Green Thumb Etched Dies

S4-116 Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies

PE-100 Spellbinders® Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Birthday Sentiment (Simon Says Stamp – Birthday Balloons)

Embossing Ink Pad

White embossing powder

Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers)

White, Pink and Silver Cardstock

Ink Blending Tools

Dimensional Foam Pads

Silver Sequins

Glue

Bakers Twine

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