Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags

Hi everyone! Alli here from Partyography. Today on Spellbinders, we are celebrating the holidays early! In my opinion, it’s never too early to start preparing for the most wonderful time of the year!

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It seems like gift tags are always needed during the holidays! So I’m sharing super easy tags you can use to personalize all your gifts and treats this season.

Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags by Alli Roth Step 1

Step 1:

Using the SDS-088 Open Me Holiday Stamp & Die Set, cut out two trees using green cardstock and watercolor paper. I only had the stamps at the time of making these gift tags so I hand cut each tree with scissors.

Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags by Alli Roth Step 2

Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags by Alli Roth Step 2A

Step 2:

Stamp the watercolor paper with the Christmas Tree Stamp using black permanent ink. I’ve learned from looking at other Spellbinders projects you’ll want permanent ink so the ink doesn’t bleed when you paint with watercolor. You can also stamp the green tree with “To:” and “From:” so you can personalize your tags.

Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags by Alli Roth Step 3

Step 3:

Paint or color your stamped paper however you like. I chose to leave parts of the stamped tree plain and emphasize the flowers and greenery. I also left the bow plain since I was using a real ribbon in its place.

Creating Open Me Holiday Gift Tags by Alli Roth Step 4

Step 4:

Adhere the watercolor paper to the green Christmas tree using adhesive squares.

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Step 5:

Punch a hole on the green tree and add red & white twine for hanging!

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I’m new to watercolor (and stamping for that matter!). But even as a beginner, there’s something therapeutic about painting these little personalized tags! I hope you enjoy making and giving out your own this holiday season!

Spellbinders® Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Square adhesives
  • Watercolor paint
  • Watercolor paper
  • Ribbon & twine
  • Scissors

Rustic Wedding Bouquet by Donna Salazar

Hello my peeps! Today I’m sharing the flower bouquet that I made for my daughter’s wedding. She had a very casual wedding (she wore a denim dress) and she asked me to make her bouquet for her… of course I said YES!!!

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I have a video tutorial for you showing how I made my favorite style of flowers as well as how I added them to sticks to make them into a Rustic Wedding Bouquet that matched her dress perfectly. I hope you enjoy it!!!

Here are a couple more photos.

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Rustic Wedding Bouquet by Donna Salazar Image 2

And one of the happy couple…

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Spellbinders Product Used:

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms Etched Dies by Donna Salazar Designs

S4-573 Big Blossom Etched Dies by Donna Salazar Designs

SR-034 Jumbo Rose Contour™ Steel Rule Die by Donna Salazar Designs

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! See you next time!!! Smooches ~D~

Designer’s Favorites Hop Winners

Thanks to everyone for hoping along with the Desinger’s Favorite Blog Hop! The lucky winners are:

Pat Sentman, Shari Lawrence, Sue Downey, Whitney Wright, Gail Robinson, Pam Alexander

Congratulations to all!

Each winner will receive:

Shapeabilities Heart Leaves Etched Die, S3-265

Shapeabilities Seth Apter Ray of Light Etched Die, S4-746

– Wishing You Stamp from the Happy Grams #3, SBS-135

– Shapeabilities Flower Top Box Celebrate the Day, S6-116

Feather Fireflies Stamp & Die Set, SDS-060

– Shapeabilities Little Red Wagon Etched Die, S4-785

*All winners have been contacted by Spellbinders Marketing Team.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #2 – Teacher Card

Hello everyone. This is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me! This blog post and video is a part of new monthly feature I’m hosting on Spellbinders blog and Youtube channel called “Layered Dimensional Die Cutting”. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first episode, in case you missed it you can find it here!

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

For my today’s blog post, since school starts very soon, I thought it would be appropriate to create a World’s Best Teacher card.

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I started working on my project by doing all of my die cutting first. I picked a few days and did a lot of layering with the help of regular circles.

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I die-cut the main element for my card using dies from the Intertwined Spirals set out of pearlescent white cardstock. I combined the largest insert and the frame to create this piece.

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Whenever there’s an insert and a frame die you can cut these in 3 different ways. You can cut just the insert – this makes up for a great lacy card front or window card. You can combine the insert with the frame like I did for my card and make a beautiful freestanding die cut. And you can also cut just the frame die to maybe create a mat to layer behind the intricate piece. I love versatile dies like this are they offer more options and possibilities when crafting.

I also die cut several additional shapes for my project:

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My today’s card measures 6 x 6” – I made a top folding card base and foam mounted patterned paper panel on top. Next I layered my die cut layers using a mix of fun foam and foam adhesive squares. I also added some beautiful peach colored ribbon from May Arts and embellished my card with a large bow.

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Even though I made a “World’s Best Teacher” card you can swap out a sentiment and make this card into any other one – birthday, miss you, anniversary project and so on.

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Spellbinders Supplies:

Other supplies: White Cardstock (WorldWin); Patterned Paper (Sweet Nothings 12 x 12 First Edition); Clear Stamp (Simon Says Stamp – Hey Teacher); Black Ink (Versafine Onyx Black); 1 ½” Satin Ribbon (May Arts Ribbon); 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!

Back to School: An Apple for the Teacher Card

Hello everyone! Linda here sharing a project with a Back to School theme. First thing that came to mind was taking an apple to the teacher – who didn’t want to be “Teachers Pet?!” I am not sure if happens these days but it certainly did when I was a child 🙂

Back to School: An Apple for Teacher Card by Linda Lucas for Spellbinders Paper Arts MAIN

I had a lot of fun creating this card using the S4-720 Apple a Day Etched Dies from the Market Fresh Collection by Debi Adams, along with S6-001 5 x 7 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies and the S2-225 Die D-Lites™ Paint Etched Dies. You can see how they all work together as you follow along with the tutorial. Let’s get started!

1. Using the S4-720 Apple a Day Etched Dies, cut/emboss one green apple, two red apples and three white apple centres with the PE-100 Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform.

2. From the same etched dies set, cut/emboss 18 apple seeds – 6 per card. NOTE: I have used repositional tape to hold the seeds in place for all every run through the die cutting machine.

3. Cut/emboss three leaves using green card stock.

Back to School: An Apple for Teacher Card by Linda Lucas for Spellbinders Paper Arts Step1

4. Sponge around the edges of the apples using Rhubarb Stalk Ink and Bamboo Leaves Ink.

5. Use the die as a stencil, sponging inside the leaves before removing.

6. Assemble the apples adhering the apple centre to the apple using double sided tape.

7. Lightly sponge the centre of the apples using Bamboo Leaves Ink.

8. Adhere the seeds using liquid glue and a pair of tweezers.

9. Use a Scalloped Circle from the S4-131 Classic Scalloped Circles LG Etched Dies to create the bite from the top right of one red apple. Make sure to do it on the apple and the centre.

Back to School: An Apple for Teacher Card by Linda Lucas for Spellbinders Paper Arts Step2

10. Cut/emboss one S6-001 5 x 7 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 (#1 being the smallest die size) using patterned paper.

11. Adhere the Chipboard Letters onto the top of the card front using liquid glue.

12. Arrange the apples across the centre of the card front, popping up the green apple in the centre using 3D Foam Squares.

13. Tuck the leaves in behind the apples, securing with liquid glue.

14. Adhere torn Washi Tape to ether side of the card front as shown.

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15. Cut/emboss one green and two yellow paint splashes.

16. Adhere to the card front using liquid glue and tucking one yellow one slightly behind the apple on the left.

17. Randomly add splotches using Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Back and Wedding Dress. Allow to dry.

18. Pop the card front onto a pre-cut cream card base using Crafty Foam Tape.

Back to School: An Apple for Teacher Card by Linda Lucas for Spellbinders Paper Arts Featured Image

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other: Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, Crafty Foam Tape and 3D Foam Squares; Imagine: Memento Ink (Bamboo Leaves and Rhubarb Stalk), Pico Embellisher (Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress); Cream, Black, Yellow, Green and Red Cardstock; Washi Tape; Chipboard Letters

Easy Letterpress Style Backgrounds with Embossing Folders

Embossing folders are a great way to create easy textured backgrounds for paper crafting projects. Learn a quick and easy method for creating a multicolored textured background using embossing folders and ink!

You probably already know that embossing folders are a smart crafty tool to have in your craft stash. They are inexpensive, are easy to use and add great texture to any project. There are many ways to add color to your embossed designs, but one of my favorites is to ink the embossing folder before sending it through your die cutting machine.

With embossing folders you have two sides to the design, one where your design is raised and the other where your design is recessed. If you are using a design that doesn’t have a distinct direction (like words), you can use either side of the folder. They will give you two different printed looks. For this example, I am using my Horsehair Embossing Folder.

To ink the folder, simply skim the ink pad directly over the raised design surface. Be careful to not press the ink pad down as that can push ink into the grooves. The idea is to keep the ink on the raised areas only.

Turn your folder so that the inked side will close down on the top of your cardstock.

Create your sandwich (platform, embossing folder with paper inside, cutting pad on top) and run it through your die cutting machine.

NOTE- if you are new to Spellbinders embossing folders, they are thicker than other brands. You only need ONE cutting pad in your sandwich.

Inking the raised design area really accents the design of vintage woven fabric (the folder design was created from a photograph of a piece of vintage woven horsehair fabric). If you ink the opposite side of the design creates an entirely different look! I love that it is like getting two design options from just one folder!

What if you want even more color? You can add color to the top of the design by simply rubbing your ink pad or an inked blending tool over the raised areas… or…

begin with a colored background. I created this background by blending Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto Ranger’s Mixed Media Cardstock using an ink blending tool. I added a random light misting of water to create water spots on the background adding some light highlight areas. I blotted the excess moisture with a dry cloth. Leaving the paper slightly damp can actually help create a sharper embossed design so I didn’t bother with drying the cardstock with my heat tool.

Continue as before by inking the raised design area with the surface of the ink pad.

Create the same sandwich as before and run through your die cutting machine. The finished embossed piece is colorful and full of texture.

After embossing, there won’t be much ink left on the folder. Simply wipe what is left away with a baby wipe or damp cloth. Because Distress Inks clean up so easily with water, they are my favorite to use for this technique. The clean up easily and won’t stain or build up on your embossing folder.

To finish my card, I added a quick posey made from scraps of felted wool using my Pom Pom Posies die set. (Thin dies that cut felted wool and all grades of felt? Yes!!) The Pom Pom Posie is so easy to make, simply cut as many layers as you would like of the different sized layers. Stack the layers together and add a button to the center with a few quick stitches.

Want to change it up a bit and add more dimension to your Pom Pom Posie? Simply make simple snips with scissors around the flower in toward the center. So easy and cute!

To complete my card, I layered my assembled posey onto a wool felt Prim Heart (shh! Sneak peek, its coming in August) and added a Tiny Sentiment onto the enclosure card that comes in all of my mini envelopes.

I love how quick this card was to create. The best part though is that it doesn’t look quick or simple. It is full of texture and sweetness!

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Supplies:

SEL-006 Horsehair Embossing Folder

S4-631 Pom Pom Posies

SBS-138 Tiny Sentiments

S4-630 Window Mini Pocket (enclosure card)

S4-814 Prim Hearts Etched Dies

Platinum or Platinum 6

Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock

Felted Wool and/or Wool Felt scraps

Button: Just Another Button Company – Emerald City Smootie Pack

Beautiful Borders, August Die of the Month

The August Die of the Month set is filled with an array of beautiful borders. Our designers created the It’s Your Birthday Card & You’re A Bright Spot Card for the tutorials below. Show us what you create by tagging #NeverStopMaking on social media!

Included:

  • 4 Die Templates

Supplies needed for project below:

  • White and colored Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Clear Stamp
  • Black Ink
  • Sequins

IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY CARD

Instructions:

Step 1: Prep

Step 2: Die-Cut

Step 3: Adhere

Step 4: Trim

Step 5: Stamp

Step 6: Embellish

YOU’RE A BRIGHT SPOT CARD

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.

Designer’s Favorites Hop

Our designer’s selected their favorite products, created a project and you get to hop along to see all the fantastic creations as well as enter to win each of their selections! One winner will be selected for each designer so 6 winners! Each winner will receive the full Designer’s Favorite Bundle that includes:

Shapeabilities Heart Leaves Etched Die, S3-265

Shapeabilities Seth Apter Ray of Light Etched Die, S4-746

– Wishing You Stamp from the Happy Grams #3, SBS-135

– Shapeabilities Flower Top Box Celebrate the Day, S6-116

Feather Fireflies Stamp & Die Set, SDS-060

– Shapeabilities Little Red Wagon Etched Die, S4-785

You have until August 3rd at 11:59 PM MST to enter! Winners will be announced on August 5th, to enter follow along in the hop below – each designer will have a link to the contest.

Spellbinders – www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog

Debi Adams – http://debi-adams.com

Sharyn Sowell – https://sharynsowellartblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/pretty-jam-labels-win-crafting-die.html

Marisa Job – https://marisadesigns.blogspot.com/2017/07/spellbinders-designer-favorites-blog.html

Tammy Tutterow – http://tammytutterow.com/2017/07/spellbinders-designers-favorites/

Stephanie Low – http://stephanielowcreative.com/spellbinders-designer-blog-hop/

Seth Apter – https://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/07/ray-of-light.html

Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

The Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month gives you everything you need to create 10 unique cards for all your Autumn card making needs. Create your own Awesome Day Card, Love This Card and many more! Enjoy the step by step tutorial below as well as the video tutorial to get you started with this month’s kit! Make sure to show us what you create by tagging #NeverStopMaking on social media! This kit will be available August 1, make sure to get yours!

Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Included:

  • 10 Cards & 10 Envelopes
  • 10 Sheets of 8.5 x 11″ Paper/Cardstock
  • Set of 9 Dies
  • 5 Colors of Ribbon/Twine
  • Jewels, Pearls, Buttons & Brads
  • Flowers & Doilies
  • Chipboards & Wooden Embellishments
  • Sheet of Adhesive & Foam Dots

AWESOME DAY CARD

AWESOME DAY CARD: Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Instructions:

Step 1: Die-Cut

AWESOME DAY CARD: Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Step 2: Adhere

AWESOME DAY CARD: Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Step 3: Embellish

AWESOME DAY CARD: Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Step 4: Finish

AWESOME DAY CARD: Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

LOVE THIS CARD

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.

Fall Harvest, August Card Kit of the Month

Wedding Gift Box with Positively Peony Contour Steel Rule Die

Hi, it’s Elena here with you today. The wedding season is here and each time I think what can be done more for the special day other than just cards. I thought that a cute little box would be a perfect alternative to making a present.

Wedding Gift Box with Positively Peony Contour Steel Rule Die by Elena Olinevich Pic 1

I created a box and made a peony flowers using the SR-038 Positively Peony Contour™ Steel Rule Die

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To create my flower I used fabric – white tulle and mauve rayon. I colored them myself several years ago when I enjoyed batik and made some paintings on the silk. It was a good time to recycle something that has been kept for so long! But you can try with any kind of fabric you have. Organza and even cotton fabric will work great for this technique too.

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I filmed the video of my creation process. I wanted to explore what kind of products you can use if you don’t have some special ones for creating the flowers. For instance, floral wire or floral tape might be a good alternative.

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So I encourage you to check my video.

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For my example I used the stamens. However I also made 2 flowers with no stamens in my video. But the die set has all the elements to create the flowers, even the stamens.

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To create the layers for my box I used S4-161 Nestabilities Labels One Etched Dies.

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For my sentiment I used the die from the S4-324 Ribbon Banners Etched Dies set.

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Products used:

PLATINUM 6 DIE CUTTING AND EMBOSSING MACHINE – 6″ PLATFORM

Tool ‘N One™

SR-038 Positively Peony Contour™ Steel Rule Die by Debi Adams

S4-161 Nestabilities Labels One Etched Dies

S4-324 Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners Etched Dies