Mixed Media · papercrafting

Spellbinders | Mixed Media Gift Tags with Cathe Holden’s Christmas Flea Market Finds

Spellbinders | Mixed Media Gift Tags with Cathe Holden's Christmas Flea Market Finds

Vintage Vibe Mixed Media Christmas Gift Tags

Hello! My post today features a favorite new Spellbinders collection from Cathe Holden called Christmas Flea Market Finds. Cathe included stamps, printed die cuts, paper and stickers and they are SO fun to create with!

Using printed die cuts in cardmaking.

I created three mixed media tags with a vintage vibe. For all three tags, I created backgrounds using ink sprays. I mixed Ocean Waves aqua, Shimmer Spray for extra sparkle and a little water spray to slightly dilute the color. I dabbed my tag in the mixture, dried and then repeated two more times.

Next, I worked on my layouts. I knew I wanted to stencil grit paste on one card and I wanted all of the tags to be distressed.

Vintage look Christmas Gift tag with stenciled grit paste background.

I love the texture and interest that the grit paste adds to the tag.

Adding texture and interest with grit paste and a stencil in cardmaking.

Two of the cards also include stamps. To get the vintage-look inky blue, I combined denim and brown inks. White paint splatters were added to two of the cards and I thought they added a wintry look.

Distressed Christmas gift tag with pre-printed die cuts, stamp and stickers with a hand dyed aqua background.

When I create this type of mixed media project, I love to pull out all my supplies and just start playing. I made a huge fun mess!

How to get a vintage look when stamping papercrafts.

Spellbinders/Cathe Holden Supplies Used:

Other Supplies:

Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Vintage look distressed gift tags.

Last week, I added a post with Cathe Holden Christmas cards which you can read HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · Mixed Media · papercrafting

Spellbinders + Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Cards

Spellbinders + Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Card.

Quick and Easy Vintage Look Christmas Card

Hello! Spellbinders and Cathe Holden just came out with a Christmas Edition of her Flea Market Finds and it was so fun to create with! Today, I used her Home for the Holiday’s paper pad: (CH-021) and Jingle Bells Miscellany die cuts (CH-019). I had fun laying out each item and then coming up with combinations for my cards.

The first card was quick and easy but I love result. My background is made from 2 pages from the paper pad that I combined at the midpoint. Using craft foam for dimesion, I attached the background to an A2 card base. Then, I just popped on the Christmas Tree and sentiment with foam tape.

Vintage Look Christmas card made with die cut ephemera.

Cardmaking with Vintage Ephemera

Cardmaking with Vintage Christmas Ephemera from Spellbinders + Cathe Holden

My second card is a collage style pieced together with designer paper, printed die-cuts and stamps. I used 2 rectangles and two 1.25″ squares of paper cut from the Home for the Holidays paper pad for my background. I distressed my kraft card base, background panel and the die cuts with 3 different Distress Crayons (bronze, gathered twig and aged mohogany) and then added lots of ephemera from the Jingle Bells Miscellany die cut pack. I also used 2 stamps from Cathe Holden’s previously released stamp kit called Handle with Care and added a tiny little paper clip.

Grunged Up  Mixed Media Vintage Collage and Ephemera Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders Magical Deer Card

Spellbinders Magical Deer S4-1215 Christmas Card die cut kit

Hello! I am excited to share a new Spellbinders Collection that releases today called Winter Tales that was designed by the talented Zsoka Marko. I was instantly attracted to this die kit called Magical Deer: S4-1215. I love the Nordic look and used Scandanavian red and blue as accent colors to give the neutrals some pop.

Die cutting and paper crafting with Spellbinders Winter Tales Magical Deer kit.

None of the dies are particularly big so I chose three browns, a red and a blue from my scrap pile. I glued all the pieces, except the deer’s head, directly to my background. I used foam tape for the head and I added crystal accents (SCS-128) to my flower centers. The sentiment is from the Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Tree kit (which is currently on sale!). For a bit more color, I added a matching red border to my background and then popped it on an A2 Top Folding Card Base. This card came together very quickly and I am pleased with the finished result.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders September 2022 Card Club Kits

Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Thankful Tractor handmade card.
Thankful Tractor Card

Hello friends! It’s reveal day for Spellbinders September Club Kits and I am excited to share four cards with you. My projects feature the Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month and Embossing Folder of the Month and as you can see, the new kits are so fun!

Spellbinders September 2022 Large Die of the Month Club Kit: Thankful Tractor

Its harvest time and I love the veggies and adorable tractor included with this month’s Large Die of the Month kit called Thankful Tractor! The kit is large so I made a substantial 5 x 7″ card. I used bright bold green, yellow and orange cardstock for my focal elements. To set the stage I embossed my background with the September Embossing Folder of the Month. Next, I tore a piece of kraft cardstock and then lightly ink blended my “dirt”. I assembled my project with glue and foam tape. I found using a sticky mat helped with the die cut assembly.

Die Cut Tractor Card with trailer filled with vegetables, pumpkin, corn and squash.
Spellbinders Thankful Tractor

Spellbinders September Embossing Folder of the Month: Scattered Fall

I love the vegetables so much that I made a second card. I again embossed the background with the September Embossing Folder of the Month. The basket was die cut from Frosted Silver Mirror Cardstock using last month’s Large Die Kit of the Month called “Strawberry Patch”.

Spellbinders September 2022 Large Die of the Month card with die-cut vegetables.
Spellbinders Scattered Fall Embossing Folder

I added a sentiment (retired) and flowers from the kit that were embellished with Crystal Mix Gems (SCS-128) and then used a Spellbinders A2 Top Fold Card Base.

Die Cut Basket full of vegetables card with pumpkin, eggplant, squash, and corn.

Spellbinders Small Die of the Month: Stitched Fall Leaves

This month’s Small Die of the Month has loads of beautiful stitched leaves with coordinating shadows plus two word sentiments (hello fall). For my first card, I wanted to showcase the elegant simplicity of just one leaf. The stitching went very quickly and I kept the rest of the card clean and simple.

I used the included hello sentiment die. This is a beautiful yet delicate die and I’ve found it works well if you attach a sheet of double sided adhesive paper to the cardstock prior to die cutting. After you die cut, just pull away the backing paper and apply!

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a series of these as a gift?

Spellbinders September 2022 Small Die of the Month card:  Stitched Fall Leaves.
Stitched Fall Leaves

Products Used:

Clean and Simple stitched die cut leaf card.

“Unstitched” Card

Spellbinders Unstitched Leaf Card.
“Unstitched” Fall Leaves

The leaf dies in the September Small Die of the Month kit are so fun that I wanted to make a card without stitching. To keep the theme, I mounted the leaf and shadow on a panel die-cut with one of my favorites, Essential Rectangles Dies. I love how this keeps the unstitched card theme. The gold details are achieved using Brushed Gold Cardstock and I mounted the panel with foam tape on an A2 Top Fold Cardbase. I find the result is a fresh clean card.

Spellbinders September 2022 Die of the  Month Card:  Stitched Leaves in white and gold.

I think the September kits are sure to be favorites…what do you think?

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders | Embossing Folder of The Month | August 2022 | Intertwined Lattice

Spellbinders August Embossing Folder of The Month Kit + Baby Card.
Intertwined Lattice 3D Embossing Folder

Blue Card for a Baby Shower

I LOVE the Spellbinders August Embossing Folder of the Month! It is called Intertwined Lattice, is very versatile and will work with so many designs. For my baby card, I “debossed” my panel which means the design is pressed below the paper’s surface. I then paired my debossed panel with one of my new favorites: Balloon Party Animal (S3-450). The blue print background is from Spellbinders Cheerful Occasions Paper Pad and I used Craft Foam under the top panel for dimension.

Debossing with Spellbinders August 2022 Embossing Folder of the Month Kit + Balloon Party Animal Die Kit (S3-450) handmade baby card.

I think this is an adorable baby card.

Blue handmade die cut card for a Baby Shower featuring Spellbinders Intertwined Lattice 3D Embossing Folder.

Hello You Strawberry Card

Spellbinders Intertwined Lattice 3D Embossing Folder.

For my second card, I used the “embossed” side of the panel. Embossing means the design is raised above the panel. The August embossing folder is beautiful embossed (below) and debossed (card #1 above)

Spellbinders August 2022 Card Kits:  Embossing Folder of the Month, Strawberry Patch Large Die of the Month and Outlined Sentiments Small Die of the Month.

I love the texture that the embossing adds to cards. For this card I used three of Spellbinders August 2022 Subscription Kits: Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month and Embossing Folder of the Month. The sentiment was die-cut from Brushed Gold Cardstock and I love the bit of glow it adds to the card.

Hello You Strawberry Card featuring Spellbinders August 2022 Club Kits.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders Small Die of the Month | August 2022 | Outlined Sentiments

Spellbinders August 2022 Small Die of the Month - Outlined Sentiments - die cut sentiment card.

Outlined Sentiments

I am always looking for new fresh interesting sentiments so I was so excited to see this month’s Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Kit! Besides the “for” and “you” I used above, the kit includes Cheers (see card below), Thanks, Congrats and Hello (see card below) plus coordinating shadow dies that line up perfectly! There is also a cute flower, greenery and leaves in the kit.

Handmade card with striped background in pink, white, aqua, blue and tan kraft paper cardstock.
For You Handmade Card

The die cuts are beautifully delicate so I used an extra metal shim when die-cutting the sentiments and they cut great. Before die cutting, I attached adhessive sheets to the cardstock and this made sentiment placement so easy!

Handmade card with background made of strips of colored cardstock.

For my background, I used my paper trimmer to cut strips of paper in varying widths. I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it. I started with Waterfall, Pink Sand, Watermelon Fusion (retired), white and Cosmic Sky. It didn’t look quite right so I added Kraft cardstock and then I was happy with my color scheme. I think it is bright and cheerful with a bit of a beach vibe. I trimmed my background down to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ and mounted on an A2 base with kraft foam.

I die cut my sentiments and shadows, added three strawberry blossoms from the August Large Die of the Month Kit, placed enamel dots on the flower centers and then adhered to the background with foam tape.

I am happy with this cheery little card.

Delicate die cut sentiments with sentiment shadows.

Hello You Card

For my second card, I die cut my two sentimenst from Brush Gold cardstock and I love the simple elegance it adds.

Spellbinders Outlined Sentiment Dies on a handmade Hello You card,
Hello You Die Cut Strawberry Card

I used three of Spellbinders August 2022 Subscription Kits on this card: Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month and Embossing Folder of the Month.

Spellbinders Outlined Sentiments Hello You Card.

Cheers Card with Die Cut Strawberries

My last card is a bit more clean and simple, but I love the effect of the delicate die cut sentiment.

Spellbinders "Cheers" Outlined die cut Sentiment: August 2022 Small Die of the Month Strawberry Card.

With Taylored Expressions Square Window Masking Stencil, I ink blended Grass Fields, Warm Sunshine and Peacock Feathers for my background. Using the August 2022 Large Die of the Month kit, I selected and die cut cardstock scraps so that each of the three berries would be a different shade of red. I die cut the Cheers sentiment (Spellbinder’s August 2022 Small Die of the Month Kit) from metallic black cardstock. I first adhered adhessive paper to the back of the cardstock and then die cut the sentiment which made placement so easy.

Cheers sentiment die cut from metallic black cardstock.
Trio of Die Cut Strawberries

I think these sentiment dies are the perfect finishing touch for cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Kit | August 2022 | Strawberry Patch

Spellbinders August 2022 Large Die of the Month Strawberry Patch Kit handmade card.

Die Cut Strawberry Themed Cards

The Spellbinders August 2022 Large Die of the Month Strawberry Patch kit is just perfect for summer! I made three cards and I can’t decide which I like best. The first one I made for my daughter and her husband to go with a housewarming gift. Doesn’t the strawberry plant look like it’s dancing? I think it is so lively and cheerful!

Die cut strawberry plant on a handmade card.

The dies are big and beautiful so my first card is 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″. I wanted variations in my reds and greens so I dove into my paper scrap stash and pulled out some pretty cardstock leftovers. The basket is die cut from Brush Gold Cardstock.

Don’t you just love the pretty little strawberry blossoms? I know I will be using these on future cards because they are so fresh and happy.

Strawberry Trio Card

Trio of die cut Strawberries on a handmade card.

The die cut strawberries are so animated and joyful that I thought it would be fun to spotlight three berries with blooms on card #2. Once again, I die cut the strawberries with Spellbinders August 2022 Large Die of the Month Kit. I used Taylored Expressions Square Window Masking Stencil and then blended Grass Fields, Warm Sunshine and Peacock Feathers for my background. I again used cardstock scraps so that each of the three berries would be a different shade of red.

Spellbinders August 2022 Strawberry Patch Large Die of the Month Kit.

The “Cheers” sentiment is from Spellbinders August Small Die of the Month kit, which is filled with great delicate sentiment dies and coordinating sentiment shadows. Before die cutting, I attached adhessive sheets to the cardstock which made sentiment placement so easy!

Die Cut Strawberries on a handmade card with colorful ink blended windows,

For my final card, I combined three August 2022 Spellbinders Kits: Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month (sentiments) and Embossing Folder of the Month. I think they all work so well together.

Handmade card featuring the August 2022 Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month and Embossing Folder of the Month.

I die cut the two sentiments from Brush Gold Cardstock. Prior to die-cutting, I attached adhessive sheets to the cardstock and this made sentiment placement so easy! I also matted the embossed panel with red patterned paper.

Cheerful handmade card with die cut strawberries.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear what you think about the cards.

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas

Spellbinders "Stitchmas Christmas" Stitched Ornament card.

Spellbinders Stitched Ornament Die (S4-1231)

Welcome back friends! I am excited to share a gorgeous stitched ornament die that Spellbinders just released as part of their Stitchmas Christmas line. I made an elegant Christmas Ornament Card in gold and spruce green. The stitching was easy and I spent a relaxing hour or so adding the gold thread details.

Elegant die cut and stitched Christmas Card in Green and Gold.

I started by cutting the ornament from Blue Spruce cardstock. Then I cut the ornament background, greenery and accents from Brush Gold Cardstock. Using Gold Floss, I stitched the embroidered details and then assembled my ornament. The background is a mat of Brush Gold Cardstock and a designer paper from the Cheerful Occasions pad. I love the variety and beauty of this pack!

Hand stitched Christmas Card:  Spellbinders Stitched Ornament S4-1231

You can shop Spellbinders beautiful collection of “Stitched” products HERE. I also created a Christmas scene card with a die cut mailbox that you can see HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders Winter Garden Collection

Spellbinders Letterbox Die Kit (S4-1209) handmade card.

Letterbox Die Kit (S4-1209)

Christmas in July? For all of you ready to start working on your holiday cards, Spellbinders has some fresh new die sets that are part of their gorgeous new Winter Garden Collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. The Letter Box is so versatile….you can use the mailbox by itself….add Christamas gifts or letters….or turn it into a birthday card by changing the colors and sentiment. I added fun little details from two other Spellbinders kits.

To start this card, I ink blended the blue panel on 80 lb. card stock, which I think embosses more crisply. I then embossed the background for added interest. I die cut all my pieces, “aged” the white post with a distress crayon and added a few white accents to the mail box with a gel pen. I then assembled my card with glue and foam tape.

Products Used to Create This Card:

Handmade Christmas scene card with mailbox, gifts and greenery

If you’d like to see my post for the gorgeous Amazing Grace Pop-Up Christmas Tree Vingette click HERE. To see my card for Spellbinder’s Stitched Ornament, click HERE.

Spellbinders has an extensive collection of lovely “Stitched Dies” and you can see them HERE.

I am so pleased you stopped by!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Sweet Card for a Baby Shower

Layering your card backgrounds + Spelllbinders Origami Folds 3D Embossing Folder

Layering Card Backgrounds to Add Focus

Last week I made a couple of cards using Spellbinders new Birthday Collection. My balloon animal was so cute, that I knew I wanted to use the die kit to make a card for a baby shower that I was attending. For this card, I went with a layered background to showcase my die cut focal element. I knew I wanted to add texture too so I used Spellbinder’s beautiful new 3D Embossing Folder: Origami Folds.

Products Used:

Baby Shower handmade card featuring Spellbinders:  Balloon Party Animal, Origami Folds 3D Embossing Folder, and Cheerful Occasions paper pad.

If you would like to see my first balloon animal card, please click HERE.

I am off to the baby shower….thanks for stopping by!

Karen