Diamond in the Rough

Create a fun 3-D diamond shaped box with the Diamond in the Rough Steel Rule Contour Die. Perfect for gift giving, party favors, ornaments, home decor and more! When using steel rule dies to create boxes, you will want to make sure to our special crease plate to help make score lines crisp. Learn tips and tricks to creating this versatile box die.

Spellbinders Tools:

Diamond in the Rough Steel Rule Contour Die.

Platinum Crease Plate

Platinum Die Cutting And Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform

Tool ‘n One

Dimensional Christmas Trees with Steel Rule Dies – Video Tutorial

Hello everyone, this is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me today! In today’s video I’m going to show you how to use one of Spellbinders box dies to create dimensional Felt Christmas Trees.

I am using What’s The Point Steel Rule Die to create my trees. With Steel Rule dies you can cut a lot of different materials and you can cut multiple layers at once. If you love creating home decor pieces or using not just paper you’ll love working with these dies.

Because I am working with felt and want my Christmas trees to maintain their form and stay dimensional I am going to adhere felt onto a sheet of cardstock: I am using very strong adhesive from Therm O Web. I tried using thinner adhesive sheets, but they didn’t hold this kind of fabric in place well enough so this is why I am using Therm O Web (and since I will be using a steel rule die I won’t have any problems cutting this).

I picked green cardstock to match the color of my felt. Sometimes felt cracks on the sides of the trees and cardstock underneath the felt becomes visible, so it’s best to pick paper that matches in color to your felt.

Spellbinders supplies:

SR-017 Contour What’s The Point Steel Rule Die

PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting And Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform

Other supplies:

Green Felt; Green Cardstock; Therm O Web Adhesive Sheets (Peel & Stick 11×17″ Sheets); Gold Thread; Wood Slices; Gold Sequins; Hot Glue Gun; Glue Dots or Glue.

Learn how you can make this project below.

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

Festive with Fabric

Hi Christine here today sharing with you a festive gift box adorned with fabric Layered Poinsettia.

Spellbinders supplies:

PL-001 Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

S4-661 Joyeux Noel

S5-055 Layered Poinsettia

SR-044 Hello Havana

Preferred Partners:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ – Crafty Power Tape, 3D Foam Squares

Other supplies:

Cardstock – ivory, red

Twine ribbon

Felt, linen fabric, cotton fabric


Distress Ink

Liquid adhesive


Die cut and assemble Hello Havana gift box.

Cut/emboss sentiment die from Joyeux Noel die set and using distress ink stencil through the die, this will enhance the embossed wording.

Select various fabrics, I chose linen, cotton and felt. Using various sizes of Layered Poinsettia die cut an assortment. Also die cut a green felt leaf.

Onto a piece of twine ribbon assemble flower and affix into place with liquid adhesive. Add a gemstone to the middle.

To finish wrap this around the gift box and affix, it can slide off to reveal festive treats inside. Adhere sentiment tag.

Thank you for joining me and feel free to see more Spellbinders inspiration on my blog Creativity Continues.

Guest Blogger: Debi Adams, Beauty & Elegance Stamp & Die Set

Hi friends! Did you know that Spellbinders now carries a selection of stamp and coordinating die sets? We began introducing them in March of 2016. Today I want to show you a card I created using the Beauty & Elegance stamp and die set. Because the dies line up with the stamps, you will be able to cut the image out perfectly every time with a lot less work and better yet, no scraggly edges.

To create the card above you will need the following supplies:

Spellbinders™ Platinum™ Machine or Platinum 6™ Machine: PL-001 or PE-100

Beauty & Elegance Stamp and Die Set SDS-005

White Card Base

Blue Cardstock

White Cardstock

Glitter Cardstock


Watercolor Brush

Distress Inks

White Gel Pen

Embossing Ink-Gold

Embossing Powder-Gold

Black Permanent Ink

Foam Dots

Sequins of Your Choice

White Ribbon

Gold Twine

Acrylic Stamp Block

Trim blue cardstock to 1/2″ smaller than the white card base.

Starting from the top of the blue cardstock, create an ombre look using blue ink and a blending tool. Swirl half way down card base.

Attach blue cardstock to glittered paper and trim edge to 1/8″.

Stamp floral stamp three times onto blue paper using a deeper blue ink pad. Die-cut floral pieces using coordinating die.

Stamp and die-cut floral piece onto white cardstock using black ink. Watercolor images with watercolor brush.

Stamp and die-cut oval using gold embossing ink and embossing powder onto white cardstock. Use distress ink to add a light shade of blue to image.

Adhere the three, blue floral images to center area of card.

Adhere the oval to the center of the card, overlapping the top of the blue floral images.

Tear a strip of whitecard stock. Stamp and emboss sentiment using gold ink and powder.

Attach embossed strip to the bottom of blue card stock.

Tie gold twine around blue and gold portion of card.

Stamp and die-cut swan using black permanent ink and watercolors.

Attach Swan to card using foam dots.

Tie two bows from white ribbon and adhere to bottom of swan.

Adhere watercolored floral piece to bottom of swan.

Attach sequins to card.

And that is it. Hope you will check out more of our stamp and die collections. Some sets are stamps with coordinating dies while others are dies but have stamp sentiments. All of them have everything you need to create your style of cards. Thanks for stopping by



Spaced Out Rocketship Greeting Card – Video Tutorial

Hello everyone, this is Yana Smakula sharing another cardmaking video tutorial.

I love using small individual dies to create unique backgrounds. I’ve already shared several videos on Sellbinders’ Youtube Channel where I used our die D-lite dies to create a negative die cut panel for a card and another video where I made a custom embossing plate.

I’m going to combine both of these techniques today to create a one of a kind background for a fun masculine project.

Spellbinders supplies:

S2-250 Die D-Lites Spaced Out Etched Dies

S4-114 Nestabilities Standard Circles LG Etched Dies

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

T-001 Tool ‘N One

Other supplies:

White, Pale Aqua, Tropical Sea, Hunter Green, Lemon Sorbet Cardstock (My Color Cardstock); Vellum; Clear Stamp (Mama Elephant – Words Defined); Ink (Altenew – Emerald); Foam Adhesive; Yellow Enamel dots; White Gel Pen; Tape Runner.

Learn how you can make this project below.

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

Christmas Fabulous Rouge Royal Treat Box

Hello everyone,

Yvonne here !

Today I’m creating a treat box to surprise your guests with a little gift at Christmas dinner.

The box is made using using a Contour die and one of Stacey Caron’s gorgeous new Rouge Royale die-templates.

Let me show you how to make this lovely treat box to make your Christmas dinner table extra special. It’s so easy and really quick to make!

Spellbinders Products Used:

S4-711 Fabulous Fretwork Rouge Royal

SR-049 Contour Treat Yourself

PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Other Supplies:

cardstock: white, green glitter

self-adhesive red velvet

green ribbon


glue, self-adhesive tape,scissors


1. Cut/emboss Contour Treat Yourself from thick white cardstock and use self-adhesive tape to glue the box together.

2. cut a piece of green glitter paper of 2¾x5″ and glue onto the box using glue or self-adhesive tape

3. Cut Fabulous Fretwork Rouge Royal from self-adhesive velvet and glue onto the green glitter band. Cut of the ends of the velvet die-cut to fit the box.

4. Glue some rhinestones upon.

5. Put your own personal treat into the box and close the box using some ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you happy crafting!



Guest Blogger: Seth Apter, Die Cut Layering


Hi gang. Seth Apter here, sharing another guest post on the Spellbinders blog. Today it is all about layers, the core component of all my mixed media artwork. Layers give a piece depth, interest, dimension, texture, and excitement. Die cuts are the perfect element for layering and, by doing so, you are guaranteed to create a unique project that is different from any other.

The base of this piece started with a vintage, leather book cover and from there, the stacking began. The additional layers, adhered one on top of the other, included vintage paper that I texturized using my Gridiron Embossing Folder, a vintage book page that has been covered with acrylic paint and inked with my French Text rubber stamp, and a smaller, heavily distressed vintage, leather book cover.

The focal point of the artwork is an abstract, layered die cut assemblage. Four dies were used to cut a variety of hand painted papers: Cross Bars, Splatter Proof, Drip Drop, and Classic Squares. The use of multiple, different dies allows you to create a 3 dimensional creation that will make your art different from anybody else’s.

As a final touch, a bit of fabric, a few pieces of vintage paper embossed with my Gridiron Embossing Folder, an embellishment, and a the stamped phrase “Time After Time” were added. Little details such as these add interest and texture, elevate your work, and provide an endless amount of layer love.

Thanks for spending some of your time here with me today. You can head to my website to see more of my work and always feel free to share with me any work that you create using my products.

Spellbinders Products Used in this Project

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Tool ‘N One

Gridiron Embossing Folder

French Text Rubber Stamp

Cross Bars Etched Die

Splatter Proof Die Set

Drip Drop Die Set

Classic Squares Die Set

Other Products Used in this Project

Book covers, vintage paper, acrylic paint, paint brush, ink pads, adhesive, rubber stamps, fabric scrap, embellishments

Maker Moments: Festival of Lights

Well these past few weeks I have focused Maker Moments on Christmas so I decided it was time to change it up and do Hanukkah. Some people have asked to see dies for this holiday awhile ago and although we currently do not carry that particular theme, I decided to show what you can do with what we have. I have to say, I had a great time designing these decor pieces. Most especially, I learned a lot about the significance of this religious tradition. So really, it was a win, win for me. And the colors, I loved them! So here we go. I hope to inspire you to make some of these. Even if you do not celebrate Hanukkah, I think you will see that it is easy to change up the sentiments to make them whatever significance the season holds for you.

For all of the the projects shown above you will need the following machine:

Spellbinders™ Platinum™ Machine: PL-001

Shalom Gift Bag

To create the gift bag you will need the following supplies:

Bird Die-D-Lite: S2-156

Sprigs: S2-048

Victorian Letters: S6-036

Blue Cardstock

Gold Posterboard

Blue Gift Bag

Tissue Paper

Foam Dots

Die-cut and emboss Bird from blue card stock and gold poster board. Adhere together and attach to bag using foam dots. Die-cut sentiment and several sprigs from blue card stock. Adhere to bag. Insert tissue paper. Ok, so tell me, was that easy or what?

“Be A Light” Card

Gift of Happiness Die Set: S7-203

Be/So Hex Stamp and Die Set: SDS-031

Blue Cardstock

Light Blue Cardstock

Gold Poster Board

Glittered Cardstock

White Cardstock


Watercolor Brush

White Pen

Black Pigma Pen

Gold Pen

Die-cut card base from dark blue card stock. Fold up as indicated. Die-cut white card stock using rectangular-die. Watercolor a blue wash onto front of white card. Hand write the word “light” using a black pen. Die-cut sentiment and candles from gold poster board and glittered card stock. Adhere to card base as shown. Die-cut small stars from light blue card stock. Adhere to card base as shown. Embellish single candle with gold pen, if desired.


Supplies Needed:

Three’s A Crowd Contour Die: SR-013

Type-Oh! Contour Die: SR-011

Standard Circles LG Nestabilities Dies: S4-114

Candle from Gift of Happiness Die Set: S7-203

Dark Blue Cardstock

Light Blue Cardstock

White Cardstock

Glittered Cardstock

Gold Poster Board

String or Ribbon

Hot Glue Gun


Die-cut both blue card stock pieces using small and large pointed banners. Trim the top of both pieces by 3/4″ then layer together.

Die-cut circles from white card stock and adhere to banner. Die-cut candles from gold and glittered card stock and adhere to banner. Attach a small strip of paper to top of each banner piece to form a dreidel. Attach dreidels to string or ribbon using hot glue. Sprinkle with sequins if desired.


OK, This was super fun for me because I really had to get creative and figure out how to make such an object without a die that was created specifically for this. It just so happened these two boxes came to mind AND they were the perfect dimensions! Whoooo hoo! Winner :). Best yet, it is very easy to make.

Supplies Needed:

Giving Makes You Happy Contour Die-SR-016

Diamond in the Rough-SR-028

Gold Poster Board

Red Tape

Dark Blue Cardstock

Adhesive for Tabs

The instructions are easier visually so I will walk you through it and show pictures as I go. Cutting the Giving Makes You Happy box correctly is very important!

Die-cut two of the Giving boxes. And here’s the trick**** Die-cut one box with the gold poster board UP and die-cut one box with the gold poster board side DOWN! If you cut them the same, the tabs will not work.

Attach the two boxes together. One big lid will be on the top and one big lid will be on the bottom. The tabs should meet on the sides, anchoring the box together. It should look like this…

Then assemble.

Now go back to the diamond box. Assemble the sides but do not close the lid. Trim down the lid and tabs to about 1/2″.

Add red tape to the folded tabs. It should look like this…

Peel back red liner and attach box to bottom of Giving Makes You Happy box.

For the top of the dreidel, I rolled up a piece of dark blue card stock, adhered it together then adhered it to the top of the box. I added the Hebrew symbols to the sides to recreate what a dreidel looks like. And that is it. This box goes together really fast.

Sure hoping you all try at least one of these projects. Really, the best part of creating for me is the journey and the joy i find in the midst of putting it all together. Oh, and the people I am making them for. Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you the very best

Thanks for stopping by!


Guest Blogger: Debi Adams, Merry & Bright Christmas Advent Calendar

Well it’s no secret but I am a major fan and friend of Tammy Tutterow! She is one of the sweetest people I know and I am better person and artist for knowing her. Actually I feel so very fortunate that I work with a LOT of fabulous designers here at Spellbinders. They always amaze me with their creative artistry. Knowing and working with them is one of the best parts of my job! Today as a Guest Blogger, I am showcasing Tammy’s dies by using them as a Christmas Countdown home decor piece.

Loving the mini envelopes! So perfect for tucking in sweet treats or messages. I made this project so that it can be hung on the wall and used as a 12 Days of Christmas Advent. The notecards can tell where a specific gift is hidden or they can include a picture, a special thought or candy!

To make this simple project you will need the following supplies:

Spellbinders™ Platinum Machine: PL-001

Tammy Tutterow’s Notched Mini Envelope by Spellbinders-S4-616

Type-Oh Contour Die-SR-011

Victorian Numbers-S4-540

Standard Circles LG-S4-114

Tammy Tutterow’s Frayed Posies-S4-619

Black, White, Red, Red-glittered and Green Cardstock of Your Choice

Patterned Paper of Your Choice

Snowflake Sequins


Mini Clothespins


Pom Pom Balls

Sentiment Stamps

Wooden Tray or Large Frame

Hot Glue Gun/Glue

Die-cut12 envelopes and fold and adhere in place as indicated by score lines.

Die-cut the fronts only using the envelope die from patterned paper and adhere to front of envelopes.

Die-cut letters from various alphabet dies using different colors of card stock

Die-cut 2nd smallest circle from card stock and adhere to envelopes. Add letters.

Attach ribbon to one envelope.

String and adhere two strands of twine to framed box.

Die-cut flowers from glittered-paper and card stock. Adhere together and glue pom-pom ball to center. Attach flowers in three place, two onto side of frame and one in center of bottom twine.

Attach envelopes to twine using hot glue and clothespins.

Die-cut 12 inserts using white card stock. Stamp sentiment at top of each insert. Place inside envelope.

Randomly attach snowflakes to envelopes.

* I did not place numbers on the envelopes but feel free to add that detail if you like.


There is so much versatility with the envelope die when just a bit of imagination is tossed in. I want to thank Tammy for making this project possible!

Hope all of you will take the time to make this a festive and reflective time of the year.