Layered and Stamped Geometric Christmas Cards

It seems like just a minute ago it was Christmas time. My kids were wearing their pajamas and opening presents and going nuts after eating way too many treats. NOW, here I am several months into 2017 and I am making Christmas cards?!

First off, I hardly ever send out cards because I always forget until it is to late (sorry friends and family…) and secondly I obviously never MAKE cards (see point number 1). So this was a big deal for me. I suppose if it were important to me then I could get started on holiday cards at this time of year and by the time winter rolls around I would have a bunch right?! Beautiful theory…

Now that I have informed you all that I might be a holiday slacker, let me introduce you to my super cute holiday themed stamps! I only have a few featured here but I will work on some more ASAP and get them put up for you.

I took a tip from Yana Smakula’s book of card making since I am a novice for sure. I made some backgrounds using the snowflakes and then built my way up – improvising as I went along.

I am absolutely in LOVE with Lene Lok‘s kaleidoscope dies and use them at every opportunity. I was going for a more modern and elegant look for these. Especially since the stamps I illustrated have some of the same geometric properties. They pair beautifully together!

I used a super fun color palette; light aqua blue, deep rich teal blue, gold/silver, black/white, grey. I actually used some origami paper as well! I am living in Hawaii and Japanese culture is very prominent so our craft store has an abundance of origami paper to choose from. I fell in love with every single sheet! They have shine and metallic touches which were perfect for this project.

I made two cards with this same color and layout theme. I used the nativity stamp which would have looked lovely colored in but thought that given my color scheme and overall style of the project that it would look just as awesome as a black and white line drawing.

When I am illustrating for a tattoo or stamp I often like my simple outline drawings better before I shade them in or add dimension. I think that same concept can be applied to stamping. Let the images speak for themselves sometimes. Coloring is fun, but consider your palette when choosing to color. Maybe color it black and grey to make your other elements pop. Or monochromatic. Maybe metallic. Step out side of the obvious box where wood is brown and flowers are pink and trees are green. Have fun with it! Or don’t color it at all like I did! Rebel!

I used a lot of gold and silver embossing powder because ever since I discovered it a few weeks ago it has made an appearance in just about every project I have made! I cannot get enough!

I guess card making isn’t too bad – but I don’t foresee it becoming a habit for me. I will stick to my mixed media shenanigans and home decor experiments; mostly!

Thanks for all of the love and support!

xo, Stephanie

Coming Soon Supplies:

SDS-089 Snowflakes

SDS-090 Happy Holidays

SDS-091 Nativity

Available Now Supplies:

S5-280 Geo Flower

S4-698 Decagon View

S4-696 Optical Illusion

#CreateEveryday #NeverStopMaking

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

New Arrival, Quilt It by Lene Lok

Design your favorite quilt patterns from paper with this ingenious collection of dies. Embossing folders are also part of the line, creating the look and feel of stitching! Make sure to shop the new collection & discover the inspiration behind this new collection with Lene herself:

What three words best describe your collection?

Endless Creations, Personalize, Puzzle. What I mean by this is that with all of the dies, you can mix and match into a never-ending array of combinations. You can personalize it by creating your own background paper or your favorite cardstock…even photos! Finally, they’ve been designed to fit together like a puzzle.

What was the reason behind naming this collection?

Coming from my love of quilting and patch work. While Nike says “Just Do It”, we say “QUILT IT!”

What were some of the influences that helped shape the collection?

Starting with a bit of patch work this collection quilted itself! Once I started figuring out all the various shapes and how they work together, it was all I could do to stop.

What are your favorite, ‘must have’ pieces in your upcoming collection?

The embossing folders are what makes the final quilt look stunning; you can use them as a regular embossing folder, or turn it over and it will deboss the design and it will look just like the top stitching on a quilt.

What is the best thing about this collection?

The endless creative opportunities! You can’t just make one pattern!

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Lene Lok

Lene Lok

Growing up in Denmark with minimalist Scandinavian designs as her influence, Lene’s passion for design has always been closely defined by clean, modern and geometric styles. From her earliest childhood memories her passion for design and creativity was the driving force behind her career in product design. For the past 15 years, Lene, her Danish husband and two young children have lived throughout Asia and currently reside in Hong Kong.

In 2000 Lene began doing product design in a number of industries with various international clients. Then in 2008 Lene found the paper crafting industry and has loved it ever since. The balance between creating beautiful Scandinavian and Asian influenced products that are then used by others to then make beautiful artwork such as cards, journals and scrapbook pages while empowering customers individual creativity has been extremely rewarding for Lene. Now with Spellbinders, Lene feels at home with her design freedom and her love of giving crafters the tools necessary to make beautiful things.


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Bows in Kaleidoscope Card Inspiration

Hello everyone, it’s Elena Olinevich her to show you how bows can be fun when you are creating the cards.

To create the bows I used SR-069 Steel Rule Die – Contour Bow-Tique.

It was fun to cut the bows from different papers.

For some of my cards I used Ribbon Banners Dies to cut out the sentiment.

However I decided to add some texture on my background and I played a lot with S5-280 Kaleidoscope Die.

The easiest way is to die cut the shape and adhere it to the background.

But I also embossed the die and received a dimensional texture on my card. For one of my card I added the leftovers mixing different colors and papers.

For my next cards, I cut out the embossed shapes and then mounted them on foam tape, and topped them with pearls and rhinestones.

I also removed some of the shapes, mounted the card panel and I liked this like a window looking wholes.

For this card I used fabric to create my bow, you can notice it has been cut out perfectly, no threads, as if it is of a paper one.

I love the result, that is why I made even 6 cards at once, mixing the papers and the sketch for them.

You can check my video tutorial for some creative process and a few tips.

Products used:




Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

I am Elena Olinevich from Belarus (Eastern Europe). I have always been a creative person since I was a child. Then it was a long period when I have been busy with sales and marketing industry, and only after my first child was born I realized that I needed something more.

I have become a full time artist and scrapbooker in 2010 and I am very happy that I decided to change my life. My crafty job brings me more than only the joy and self-esteem. It provides me with the supportive followers, talented students and teaching the classes allow me to travel around the world.

I started as a cardmaker, but at the moment I can say that I am all kind of scrapbooker as I love fussy cutting, papercraft, mixed media with a sense to details and layering, my distinctive feature.
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Sunflower Shaker Card

Hello Friends! Today I would like to show you how to make this card using Spellbinders Sunflower Photo Holder die set from my Special Occasions Collection. This die set is also great for shaker cards. For the sentiment inside the card I used Spellbinders Happy Birthday Pop-Up and for the flowers I used Lattice Floral Basket die set. Hover over the image below to see what I used to create this card:


1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from natural white cardstock. Cover front of card with designer cardstock.

2. Cut 3 more square layers measuring 4”, 4 ¾” and 5 ½”. Distress edges and then adhere to card with foam squares.

3. Die cut 4 large sunflowers with Sunflower Photo Holder die set from designer cardstock. Die cut window to 2 of the sunflowers with smaller circle die in the set.

4. To create sunflower shaker, die cut foam circle with Standard Circles #4 and smaller circle from Sunflower die set. Die cut acetate circle and picture with Standard Circle #4.

5. To assemble sunflower shaker, layer 2 sunflower die cuts at the bottom, next layer picture, foam circle, micro-beads, acetate and lastly 2 sunflower die cuts. Use strong tape or glue between layers. Adhere sunflower shaker to center of card.

6. Die cut flowers and leaves with flower dies from Lattice Floral Basket die set using white Foamiran or white cardstock. Color with archival inks, shape and adhere to card corner. Embellish center of flowers with micro-beads. Make a bow with silk ribbon and glue under flowers.

7. Cover the inside of card with designer cardstock. Die cut Happy Birthday Pop-Up from designer cardstock. Fold at scored lines, adhere tape to tabs and then attach to inside of card center as pictured below.

Here is another pictured of the finished card. I hope you are inspired to make one too!!

Spellbinders Supplies:

Sunflower Photo Holder S5-274

Happy Birthday Pop-Up S4-717

Lattice Floral Basket S6-115

Nestabilities Standard Circles SM S4-116

Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6” Platform

Tool ‘N One

Stylus Tips For Tool N’ One

Foam Applicator – Circle For Tool ‘N One

Other Supplies: BoBunny Autumn Song Collection, Neenah Papers Natural White Cardstock, Acetate Sheet, May Arts Crème Silk Ribbon, Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares, Foam Sheet, White Foamiran, Ranger Archival Ink Pads – Fern Green, Orange and Saffron, White Micro-beads.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Marisa Job

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.


Marisa Job

Charming and Easy To Make Star Spangled Banner

Hello, fellow makers! Miranda here from Tinsel + Wheat, so excited to share this charming and easy to make, star spangled banner with you today! Hover over the image below to see what dies I used to create this banner:

I even dusted off the ole sewing machine for this project! Don’t worry, I didn’t get too carried away – simple straight lines only, and the best part is, it’s completely optional!

Let’s chat supplies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Cut your banner shapes out.

Using your Platinum 6 machine, cut out your banner shapes. For this project, I decided to only use the taller banner shape of the die. I was able to cut all of my striped banner shapes with ONE cut (5 layers of fabric) and my alternating denim shapes with two separate cuts (3 layers of denim each).

You will also need to cut 5 of the same banner shapes out in white fabric and 5 additional with your Heat-N-Bond.

Step 2: Iron Heat-N-Bond to fabric.

Peel white paper backing from your Heat-N-Bond to expose the translucent adhesive. Place your striped fabric faced down on your ironing board, then your adhesive layer, and your white fabric on top. Cover your banner shapes with a piece of remnant fabric and iron for 20 seconds on your linen heat setting. Make sure your steam is turned off.

Step 3: Cut denim rectangles and stencil stars.

Cut 5 denim rectangles with your fabric scissors 1″ x 1 3/4″.

Then use your Platinum 6 machine, Superstars etched die, and a small piece of scrap paper to cut your star stencil out.

Place stencil over the center of each denim rectangle and stipple with white paint. Let dry completely (should only take a few minutes!).

Step 4: Fuse rectangles to banner.

Cut 5 small .75″ x 1.5″ rectangles of Heat-N-Bond. Peel the paper backing off each rectangle and fuse (iron) denim rectangles to the upper right corner of each red and white striped banner shape.

Step 5: ***OPTIONAL*** Stitch flag banner shapes.

This step is for the most part – cosmetic! Your Heat-N-Bond adhesive should hold all pieces together wonderfully. I added the stitching because I thought it would just add a little something extra and because this banner will be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, so I thought the stitching wouldn’t hurt in keeping all pieces safely together – just in case.

Step 6: String banner.

String your jute twine along the reverse side of each banner shape (about .75″ of space in between each shape) and adhere using your hot glue gun.

I liked the rustic shabby vibe that the frayed edges were giving me, so I decided not to trim them up, and voila that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed this patriotic banner tutorial! Make sure to tag us on Instagram with #NeverStopMaking once you’ve made yours. We would love to see it!

Miranda Webster

Miranda Webster

Hi guys! Miranda here from Tinsel & Wheat ~ wife, mama, wedding decor designer, home decor DIY’er, and wearer of many other “hats”… who can relate!?
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4th of July DIY Party Ideas

With the 4th of July about two weeks away, I thought I might inspire you to start a little early by sharing my three piece ensemble. Grabbing my Contour™ Steel Rule Dies, I created a banner, matchbox party favor and utensil holder to make my set.

I’ll break down instructions for each piece so that you can recreate them too! Let’s get started…

USA Banner


  1. Cut both sizes of the fish tail banner with patterned papers using Three’s A Crowd Contour™ Steel Rule Die and Platinum™ Machine. Layer the die cuts and adhere with E-Z Runner® Grand. Repeat this step two more times for a total of three layered banners.
  2. Apply Adhesive Sheets behind the foil cardstock. Nest Stars Five Etched Dies, Dies #3 and #4 (the smallest size die is #1), secure with repositionable tape to avoid shifting when die-cutting and die-cut through the Platinum™ Machine. You will get an open star and a solid star. Remove the liner and center (your choice) a star on each banner.
  3. Apply 3D Foam Creative Sheets to patterned papers and cut the letters U S and A from Type-Oh! Contour™ Steel Rule Die. Remove liner and place on top of the star on the layered banner die cuts.
  4. Cut a hole on each upper side of banner and thread twine through each banner. It’s ready to display.

4th of July Utensil Holder


  1. With the Tiered MultiLoop Bows Etched Dies, nest the Bow Loop Small and Bow Loop Small Insert Dies together and secure with repositionable tape. Place the nested dies on top of the silver foil cardstock and cut with the Platinum™ Machine. Repeat one more time to get a total of two die cuts.
  2. Gently bend/roll the die cuts to create a loop (lightly misting with water might help soften the paper fibers). Bring the ends of the die cut together to make one hole and thread the brad through. Do that with the second die cut. Open the brad to secure. Turn the bow around and adjust.

Match Box Favor


  1. Cut both pieces with cardstock (the bottom) and patterned paper (top) with Perfect Match Contour™ Steel Rule Die. Assemble using Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4″.
  2. Use one of the leftover solid stars from the Banner Step 2, remover liner and center on top of box.
  3. With the Tiered MultiLoop Bows Etched Dies, nest the Bow Loop Medium and Bow Loop Medium Insert Dies together and secure with repositionable tape. Place the nested dies on top of the silver foil cardstock and cut with the Platinum™ Machine.. Repeat four more times to get a total of five die cuts.
  4. Gently bend/roll the die cuts to create a loop (lightly misting water might help soften the paper fibers). Bring the ends of each die cut together to make one hole, thread the brad and open the brad to secure. Turn the bow around and adjust.
  5. Flip the assembled bow on its back and place a Dodz Adhesive Dots 3D on top of the brad. Then adhere the bow on the box front center (on top of the star).


Spellbinders Paper Arts:

S4-092 Stars Five Etched Dies

S6-048 Tiered Multi Loop Bows Etched Dies by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace

SR-011 Type-Oh! Contour™ Steel Rule Die

SR-013 Three’s A Crowd Contour™ Steel Rule Die

SR-015 Perfect Match Contour™ Steel Rule Die

PL-001 Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine


Patterned Papers: DoodleBug Designs; Cardstock: WorldWin Papers and Core’dinations; Foil Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (E-Z Runner Grand, Adhesive Sheets, 3D Foam Creative Sheets and Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4″); Brads; Twine; Plastic Utensils; Kraft Bag

So what do you have planned for the 4th? Share by commenting below. I would love to read and see your plans and projects.

Thanks for stopping by!

Margie Higuchi

Margie Higuchi

Margie Higuchi

Margie enjoys different types and styles of paper crafting from creating scrapbook pages to making cards to dabbling in mix media! She considers herself lucky to have been a product designer for a line of chipboard products, a design team member on many craft manufacturer and scrapbook retailer teams, written articles and published artwork in several online and print magazines in the U.S. and overseas as well as on TV. For many years, she has taught different types of paper crafting classes at home, local scrapbooking stores, consumer shows and retreats…even in Japanese!

Margie loves to create with her VAST collection of Spellbinders® products! She enjoys teaching others how to use them in many different ways = SO FUN when they have that light bulb moment 🙂

Residing in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, they put up with her crazy schedules and supplies of paper crafting! Whatever spare time she has in between, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Fourth of July Parade Decor with My Little Red Wagon

With school out and summer in full swing, there is no better time to start creating. The Fourth of July will be here before you know it. Are you ready? I am bringing you several ideas to add the celebration to your table. Although my new line “My Little Red Wagon” was designed around young children, it can be translated into a variety of different styles for different occasions. I thought it might be fun to show this line with a Fourth of July flair. It certainly was easy to create the look merely by changing up the papers. Hope you will try your hand with any one of these party favors.

Hover over the image below to see what I used to create this adorable parade:


For the Wagon:

Die-cut the wagon from plain or patterned cardstock. (Double-side paper is a plus or consider adhering two piece of patterned paper together before assembling).

Assemble wagon together as indicated by score lines.

Die cut handle and wheels from various papers. Adhere to wagon.

Die-cut Stars (Rise N Shine set) from glittered paper and attach to wagon with foam dots.

For the Elephant:

Cut a strip of solid cardstock to fit around width of candy. Adhere in place.

Die-cut Elephant from gray cardstock. Before removing head from die, embellish eye using black pen.

Embellish Elephant’s cheeks using chalk or blush and a q-tip.

Adhere body onto candy body.

Adhere head onto body using a small foam dot.

Attach tail onto Elephant.

Die-cut Pennant from patterned paper and glittered paper.

Trim and adhere glittered “handle” of Pennant to fit onto patterned paper Pennant.

Die-cut the number 4 from glittered paper and adhere to Pennant.

Attach Pennant to Elephant’s trunk.

Really, these only take a few minutes to make but they will add so much festivity to your table and be a great treat for friends who may pop in. So my question to you is, what can you do with these? Would love to see your ideas.



****Here’s my variation as a circus cage. I just cut the box again and used it for a roof. Straws formed my bars. I used button covers for the wheels. And there you go!


Platinum or Platinum 6 Machine

My Little Red Wagon

Ella Fant

Bear Scout: (Flag)

Count the Stars-Numbers

Labels of Love

Rise N Shine

Cardstock of Your Choice

Patterned Paper of Your Choice

Glitter Paper of Your Choice

Foam Dots

Black Permanent Pen-Fine

Pink Chalk or Pink Blush


Mini Necco Candies or similar – (mini lifesavers, etc.)

Hot glue and Glue Gun

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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Stand Tall in Paradise Card

Hi everybody, today I would like to share this fun card created with the Tropical Collection dies from Lene Lok. Just a little bit of inking and you can create your own Paradise scene.

Hover over the image below to see what was used to create this project:


Create a 6″ square card base with the fold at the top.

Make a slightly smaller mat from some blending card.

Cut another mat in white slightly smaller and this is the piece I coloured.

From Green card cut as many leaves as you would like to add to your scene.

Use the negative piece as a stencil and add some green leaves to the background of your scene.

Add some sea at the bottom of your cards with blue Distress Ink and sponge.

With a black fine liner pen add some small curved v shapes to the sky to represent flying birds.

Arrange your Palm Fronds in the top right corner and leave the ends loose.

Cut the Flamingo from Pale pink card and the wing from a darker shade of pink.

Use coloured pencils or pens to add shading to the wings and legs. Remove the foot from the straight leg.

Add black to the eye, beak and the remaining foot. Stamp the sentiment onto the card.

Add the Flamingo with foam pads for dimension and stand in the water.

Ink in the ovals around the straight leg to look like ripples in the water.

Add small waves around the sentiment and a little blue shading to the water.

For more ideas and inspiration please visit Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Black Fine Liner pen
  • Distress Inks
  • Sponges
  • Glue
  • Foam pads
  • White/coloured card

New Arrival, Venise Lace by Becca Feeken

The scrolling floral patterns and motifs are characteristic of this 17th century lace are meticulously recreated in Becca’s beautiful line of etched die designs. Make sure to shop the new collection & discover the inspiration behind this new collection with Becca herself:

What was the reason behind naming this collection?

Throughout the ages, lace has been been a sought after decadence that adorns delicate clothes and appointments; the hallmark of exquisite taste. Venise Lace is known by the skilled artisans who made it famous world wide. It was so unique that everyone tried to emulate it. In the present day, Venise Lace is the quintessential embellishment on bridal wear, in bridal settings and and as a lavish adornment to elegant handmade gifts.

What were some of the influences that helped shape the collection?

The collection was influenced by vintage laces and traditional Venise Lace shapes. So classic with lovely repeats, scallops and petite flowers, these shapes are replicated by paper which means they are an easy embellishment for cards and paper crafting projects.

What are your favorite, ‘must have’ pieces in your upcoming collection?

It’s hard to narrow down, but there are so many ways to use Emmeline Treillage from shaped cards to a lacey layer on a solid card. The flowers can even be extracted and fashioned into a border. It’s so light and airy with the fun scalloped edges that quick cards for a thank you are only a die cut away. I’m also tickled to point an additional decorative insert for the Filigree Booklet and Mini-cards and a box for storing and gifting!

What is the best thing about this collection?

The best thing about the collection is that the pieces are sized to mix and match! I’ve made sure to give you some classic shapes that can be layered upon. With this collection you’ll see that smaller pieces combine to make a grand statement.

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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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Have Fun Card, June Card Kit of the Month

The June Card Kit of the Month is filled with fun and sparkle! Create 10 unique cards with color options in pinks, teals, black and patterns and 11 assorted dies of sentiments, flowers and tags. This kit also comes packed with fun sentiments, stickers and buttons! Create your own Have Fun Card in three easy steps & 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 June Card Kit of the Month Kit Inspiration: