It may be the middle of summer, and I am by no means ready for Christmas. That said, lately I’ve been feeling a little festive, all thanks to new collections from Spellbinders! I’ve got 4 fun little projects to share with you today – 3 cards and a gift tag.
For the first card and tag, I used the Spellbinders Special Delivery Die Set and the Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips Glimmer Hot Foil & Die Set from the Tis the Season Collection. I thought the little car was so cute, and there are so many possibilities when it comes to color combinations! I decided to build one green car for the card, as well as a navy one for my gift tag.
To make the two projects coordinate with each other, I used the same stripe combination of red, pink, blues and greens, and added some sparkly accents with glitter cardstock. For each card, I chose a sentiment from the Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips set and foiled them using my Glimmer Hot Foil System and silver foil.
Moving on to the next two cards, I’ve been loving the mini slimline trend and when I saw the Spellbinders Big Dot Slimline and Diagonal Stripes Slimline embossing folders, I was totally sold! Note that these embossing folders are big enough for full size slimline cards, but I was in the mood for mini during this particular craft session. Oh – and if you wondered about the circles in the background of my gift tag above, those were made with the Big Dot Slimline Embossing Folder too!
As you can see, I was very into my red, pink, blue and green color palette, so much so, that I kept it consistent for all of my projects. For the card above, I hot foiled a bunch of merry’s and one Christmas from the Holiday Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate set (from a 2019 collection) in silver, cut them out with the die that comes in the set, and cut additional little rectangles of the same size from silver glitter cardstock. I layered these on top of each other, then added a strip of foam tape behind each and mounted them to my dry embossed mini slimline card panel. After mounting it to my card base with craft foam, I finished off with a few silver gems.
The fourth card used the Diagonal Stripes Slimline embossing folder, and this time I decided to add some repeat stamping to the mix. I used one of the branches from The Stamp Market Holly Jolly stamp set (released last Christmas) to create a bunch of stamped branches in inks from The Stamp Market (Raspberry, Peony and Island) and Catherine Pooler (Mint to Be and Fiesta Blue).
I arranged all of my branches in the form of a wreath, secured them each in place, and backed the wreath with foam tape. If you’re looking for a good trick when it comes to building wreaths, I definitely recommend creating a thin circular frame as your guide that’ll be hidden underneath. You can do this using 2 nested circle dies and your die cutting machine, and once you’ve created that guide, you’ll have something to secure your wreath pieces to. Once all the wreath bits are adhered, nobody will ever know the frame is there!
As for the background panel, once I’d created the diagonal stripe impression, I used more Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue ink and a blending brush to add a little color under the area where my wreath would go. Then for the sentiment, I foiled ‘happy holidays’ from Yana’s Christmas Sentiments in silver foil, and just like the wreath, this also got the foam tape treatment. (Can’t stop, won’t stop!) To finish, I added some tiny crystals.
Alright, I’d love to hear – have you started any holiday card making yet? I know it’s only July, but as always, the season will be here before we know it! I hope you have a wonderful day, and thank you so much for stopping by!