Thursday, September 3, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Sparkling Christmas collection

Hey there crafty peeps,

I have this guest post up on the Spellbinders blog, featuring some of their dies from the new Sparkling Christmas collection!

It's still so weird for me to share Christmas projects in summer, but hey, Christmas cards are my favorite so I could do them all year round ha!

Without further ado, here's the first card! The dies I've used on this card are my absolute favorites from this beautiful collection! I love plaid and flowers so of course I'm a fan of these! The Kaleidoscope Plaid set consists of 3 dies that you can either layer up or use on their own. I selected 3 different papers for the plaid: gray and gold card stock, plus pink polka dot patterned paper.

I created an A2 size top folding card base, then added a dark gray card stock panel to it. I die cut the rectangles 4 times to cover most of my card front. I adhered them onto white card stock first then attached this panel to my card front. 

I then die cut the flowers using the dies from the Glimmer Poinsettia set (this set consists of 5 glimmer plates and 5 dies). I love that the dies work on their own too, no need to add foiled details if you don't want to! I assembled the 3 flowers and arranged them on my card front. I placed some red enamel dots in the middles. For my sentiment I used one of the plates from the Holiday Sentiments Series 2 set with gold foil. It actually says FA LA LA LA LA which was too long so I trimmed it down. I used foam adhesive to attach my sentiment. To finish off this card I added some twine at the top.

On my next card I used the Kaleidoscope Plaid die set again. I created my background the same way as above, I just used different papers. 

For the car I used the Sunday Drive die set, which is actually not a Christmas product but now there is the Sunday Drive with Santa add-on with which you can create fun Christmas themed cars. There is another non-holiday themed add-on set available as well, called Hitched

Once I assembled the car, I added foam adhesive to its back and adhered it onto my card front. Since the licence plate is already a sentiment, I didn't need anything else.

On my next card I went with a Nordic Christmas vibe - red and white color combo. Now, red is one of my least favorite colors when it comes to paper crafting (well it depends on the color combo really, but on its own I do not love red), however I like using it on Christmas projects. And the Crimson Stars glimmer foil is absolutely stunning. I wish I could take better photographs that show off all the sparkle, but I hope you can still see just how beautiful this foil is!

This is also an A2 size top folding card - I layered red card stock, red grid patterned paper and a white embossed panel on top of each other. I foiled and die cut the poinsettias (Glimmer Poinsettia set). This time I didn't layer them, I just used the three different sizes to create an arrangement in opposite corners of the card. I added red enamel dots in the middles.

I foiled a holiday sentiment with the same red foil as before and adhered it to my card with foam adhesive.

Last but not least, I created 3 mini circle cards for which I used the 3.4" size circle die from the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles Etched Dies Romancing the Swirl Becca Feeken set. I die cut two circles from heavy weight card stock for each of my card bases. I then created a score line about 3/4 inch from the top on one of the circles (the scored one becomes the back of the card) and added glue above the score line, then attached the other circle on top. I die cut 3 patterned paper circles too, for my card fronts.

Using the Joyful Christmas Tree die set, I die cut several trees from white card stock and various patterned papers. On my first card I created a colorful tree with the inlay technique. I glued down all the scallops with foam adhesive. I punched a small hole in the card as well as in my foiled sentiment strip and attached it with a twine bow.

On my second card I used the outline pieces of the patterned paper die cuts and I backed them with white card stock. No inlaying. I added a red foiled sentiment this time.

To not waste all the patterned paper die cuts I had left, I created one more card, exactly the same way as above.

That's it! I hope I could inspire you in some small way with today's cards! Are you excited and ready for Christmas crafting?!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Spellbinders supplies:
Other supplies:
  • white heavy weight card stock
  • patterned papers
  • glitter card stock
  • satin finish gold card stock
  • liquid adhesive, foam adhesive, double sided adhesive
  • trimmer, scissors
  • twine
  • enamel dots