Hugs card, featuring Spellbinders July 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!  

Today I’m sharing a card that I made using the July 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Illustrative Floral. The kit comes with 6 foil plates and a roll of Polished Brass foil.

For my card, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the ornate floral borders on 3 pieces of different green toned cardstock. I used the Nestabilities Essential Label Etched Dies to diecut the foiled cardstock. They coordinate perfectly with the July GOM. (I didn’t end up using the smaller floral frame piece in the end.)

For the sentiment, I diecut the letters for “HUGS” from the July 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM); I diecut the letters 3 times and glued them stacked together to create dimension. I also foiled the “sending love” sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments II glimmer set on black cardstock, and trimmed off the love, so my sentiment reads: “sending HUGS.”

To assemble my card, I used a craft colored card base, then layered each foiled ornate frame piece with foam tape. I glued on the “HUGS” letters to the top, then added the “sending” strip with more foam tape.

I am so happy with how this card turned out. It was really easy to make, but creates such a big impact because of the foiling. I think the gold toned foiling goes so well with these green jewel tones. I hope you like my card, and don’t forget to head to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Glimmer of the Month kit.

Happy Saturday!

Book-ish card & bookmarks, featuring Spellbinders July 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a birthday card that I made featuring Spellbinders’ July 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Does Your Garden Grow Alphabet. Not only do you get the letter dies, but some dies are included so you can add florals on the letters, or you can add the florals separately.

I decided to make a book theme card and book mark that would make a great gift. You could include a giftcard to your favorite bookstore, or buy one of your favorite books.

For the card, I used a book-ish sentiment that I found on Pinterest; it says “dress yo shelves.” I thought it was really cute. Using the letter dies, I cut out each of the white letters twice, and each of the colorful letters 3 times. I stacked and glued the letters so that they’ll be thicker and give a bit of dimension on the card. I also diecut a few of the greenery pieces and the flowers.

For the background, I used Distress Oxide inks to blend a background. I used Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch. I trimmed the background piece to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, then glued the letters and the flowers on. I adhered the entire piece to a white A2 sized card base using foam tape. To finish off the card, I used a little bit of Nuvo drops in shimmering rose on the flowers.

I decided to make a bookmark to go with the card. I diecut the letters from white cardstock, and diecut some floral pieces. I didn’t want to stack the letters this time since it’s for a bookmark. I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock to about 2 1/4 x 6 inches, trimmed the corners on top to look like a tag, and then punched a hole. I used Distress Ink cubes in rainbow colors to “smush” the color onto the cardstock. I love the almost-brush strokes I was able to create with the ink cubes. I glued the letters and the flowers down, and added yarn. To finish off the bookmark, I used the Nuvo drops in shimmering rose on the flowers.

The bookmark turned out so cute, I decided to make one for my daughter, whose birthday it was recently. I diecut the letters of her name from pink cardstock 2 times. I also cut the floral pieces from green and light pink cardstock. I stacked and glued the letters, then glued the floral pieces on the letters. For the background, I used pink cardstock, then added a little bit of ombre pink shading with Distress Oxide ink. I finished it off with pink yarn, and nuvo drops to the center of the flowers.

I love this set of letter dies, and I know I’ll get lots of use out of them! I hope you like my project as much as I loved making them!

Head on over to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Large Die of the Month kit, and for lots more crafty goodies!

Happy Wednesday!

2 Wedding cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing 2 cards that I made with the Spellbinders Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr collection.

For my first card, I made a traditional wedding card. This card could be given to the couple as part of their wedding gift, or it can be given to the groom from the bride or to the bride from the groom. I love the clean and classic look! I used the colors that were in my wedding more than 10 years ago.

For this card, I used the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched die set. Using my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine, I diecut the dress pieces from white cardstock. To add a little bit of detail to the dress, I took the bodice of the dress, and embossed it using the tiny dot embossing folder. I diecut the tux pieces from black cardstock, the shirt pieces from white cardstock, the tie from blue cardstock, and the boutonniere from pink and green cardstock. I glued the dress pieces together, then the tux pieces together. I also diecut the Happily Ever After Sentiment die set from silver cardstock and 2x from white cardstock. I stacked the sentiments and glued them together to create a dimensional sentiment.

For the background, I used some distress oxide inks, (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch), and ink blended a ombre blue panel. I trimmed the panel to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. To add more interest to the background, I used the Love Stripes embossing folder. I adhered the background panel to a white card base using foam tape. Then I adhered the dress and tux using more foam tape. I glued the sentiment right on top of the dress and tux. To finish off this card, I used a clear glitter brush pen on the tux lapels, and little bit of Nuvo drops in blue babe on the background.

For my next card, I made a Maid of Honor card. This card can be used by a bride to ask a friend to be maid of honor, or as a thank you card for the maid of honor.

I diecut the dress pieces from white cardstock for the wedding dress. I cut florals with pink, lavender, purple, and green cardstock, as well as the sash from purple cardstock for the wedding dress details. I also cut the bodice, shoulder straps and a bow in purple cardstock for the maid of honor dress. Like the wedding dress in my first card, I used the tiny dots embossing folder to create interest on the dress. After gluing the dress pieces together, I set them aside to work on the background.

For my background, I used some distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Seedless Preserves) to create an ink blended background. I wanted my card to say Maid of Honor, so I looked through my stash, and pulled out the alpha plates from an old Glimmer of the Month kit (April 2019) to spell out Maid of Honor.  I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine and the Fuchsia Flower foil. For the sentiment strip, I used a sentiment from last month’s Glimmer of the Month called Thanks a Million, and I used blush foil.

I adhered my background panel, again trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, to a white card base with foam tape. I adhered the dresses with foam tape, and used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip as well. To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo drops in shimmering rose.

I really love how these cards turned out, and I hope you do too!

Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for these awesome pieces in the Wedding Collection by Nichol Spohr.

Happy Tuesday!

Birthday card, featuring Spellbinders June 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing a birthday card that I made featuring Spellbinders’ June 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Geometrical Floral Frames.

This month’s LDOM includes 8 cutting dies. I believe I used them all except the smaller frame.

First, I started by diecutting all my pieces. I die cut the larger geometric frame 2x from gold cardstock. I also cut the leaves and flowers from cardstock scraps. I set the diecut pieces aside to work on the background.

For my background, I took a brayer with a little bit of light blue acrylic paint, and painted on a piece of white mixed media paper. Once fully dry, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the sentiment from the June 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month onto the background with black foil. I was a little worried about foiling onto a painted background, but it foiled perfectly.

Next, I glued the 2 frame pieces, offset a little bit, onto the background. I then started to glue on pieces of the greenery, making sure to only glue a little bit of the bottom so the end can pop off the page for dimension. Next, I added the red berries and the flowers.

I finished off the card with just a few drops of Liquid Pearls in brass to the center of the flowers.

I love how this card turned out! I have been loving the look of gold & glass terrariums in home decor, so of course I was excited to achieve a similar look on a card.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty. Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these awesome monthly kits!

Happy Friday!

2 watercolor cards, featuring Spellbinders June 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 watercolor cards that I made using the June 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Let Your Sentiments Shine.

This month’s kit comes with 5 foil plate sentiments. You also get a black foil roll.

For both of my cards, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the sentiments from the kit, as well as the Essential Glimmer Circles Hot Foil Plates to foil the dotted circle around the sentiment. I used the Nestabilites standard circle die set to diecut the circle.

For my first card, I foiled the “Friends Make Everything Better” sentiment and the dotted circle first, then added watercolor on top. I blew through a straw to get the fun splattered effect.

Have you tried the straw technique? My 3 year old thought it was so cool and had to try for herself.

For my second card, I added 4 colors of watercolor using the packaging technique. Once dry, I foiled the sentiment and dotted circle.

Whether I foiled before or after watercoloring, the sentiments turned out perfect. I diecut the watercolor pieces with a circle die, then foam mounted them to a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 teal colored card base. To finish off the cards, I used some sequins from the FSJ Starry Night sequins

I love how these CAS (clean and simple) cards turned out, and I hope you like them too. I really love these sentiments, and see myself getting a lot of use out of them. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out all the goodies on the Spellbinders website

Happy Monday!

2 thanks cards, featuring Spellbinders May 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 thanks cards that I created with the May 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Thanks a Million.

This month’s kit comes with 7 foil plates and 7 dies; 4 of the glimmer plates are sentiments, and I’ve shown them all below. You also get a blush foil roll.

For my first card, I decided to make a pretty watercolor background. I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the big THANKS sentiment. Watercolor paper works really good with the hot foil system, and the sentiment came out perfectly in one go. I trimmed the watercolor piece to about 4 x 5 1/4 in, rounded the corners, and adhered it to a white card base with foam tape.

I added a “for all you do” foiled sentiment strip with foam tape right on top of the sentiment, and finished off the card with just a few Nuvo drops.

For my next card, I foiled the large sentiment on black cardstock. To dress up the card a bit, I decided to make some of the floral pieces. There is one floral glimmer plate and one leaf glimmer plate, so I made one of each, and then used the coordinating die to diecut them out. I also diecut some of the other floral pieces. There are a total of 4 floral pieces that you can use separately or layer together to create 2 flowers. There are also 2 greenery pieces.

I trimmed the black foiled piece, and adhered it to a pink card base with foam tape. I added the “a million” sentiment strip. and then added the floral pieces that I made. To finish off the card, I used a few Nuvo drops.

These 2 thank you cards were pretty easy to put together, but I love the impact of the large foiled sentiment. I’m thrilled with how these turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty. Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these awesome monthly kits!

Happy Thursday!

2 cards, featuring Spellbinders May 2020 LDOM

Hello crafty friends! I hope you all are staying healthy and safe.

Today I’m sharing a couple cards that I made featuring Spellbinders’ Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Kaleidoscope Card Creator. This kit comes with 11 dies, which allow you to create beautiful 3 layer frame cards. For some versatility, I made a card using just two of the dies for a fun graphic look, and I made another card using most of the dies to create a framed look.

Here is the first card I made using 2 of the square dies:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine to diecut each of the 2 squares from rainbow colors. These squares are so small, I was able to use even the smallest pieces of cardstock scraps from my stash. I knew I wanted to create a graphic pattern, and I wanted to add some interest. I glued the 2 squares on some of the colors for a tone on tone layered look. On a few other colors, I went back and die cut one more of the squares to created an even more dimensional look. Some colors, I left as a single layer. You might be able to tell the different dimensions in my next photo.

For the background, I foiled one of the sentiments from the May 2020 Large Die of the Month using my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system on a piece of white cardstock. I trimmed it to 4 x 5 1/4 in so that I could leave a border on my A2 sized card base. Next, I started to glue on my squares in rainbow order. Since my card design is so graphic, I made sure to keep my squares straight and spaced evenly. Once all glued, I adhered the panel to the card base with foam tape. To finish off my card, I used a little bit of Nuvo clear glitter drops and added them to a few of the squares for interest.

I love the way this card turned out! It’s definitely my style: clean and graphic and colorful!

For my next card, I thought it would make a great Mother’s Day card, so I used pink cardstock.

I diecut each the 3 layer corner pieces 4 times, and each of the 3 connecting square pieces 2 times. I made sure to diecut the correct layer piece in the same colored cardstock, so each of my top pieces with be light pink, each of my middle pieces would be pink, and the bottom pieces would be dark pink. I glued all the layered pieces together. Since everything lines up, it was easy to glue. Next I connected the 2 top corner pieces, and the 2 bottom corner pieces. Then I connected them together using the square piece. Again, since everything lines up, it was easy to put together. I glued the frame piece to an A2 sized craft colored card base.

I die cut the center oval piece from the same light pink cardstock, and then I diecut the large Thank you shadow sentiment from pink and dark pink cardstock. (They are the Die D-Lites Bold Type Thank You Etched Dies.) I glued the sentiment pieces together to create a shadowed look. You can see them closer in the next photo:

I adhered the oval piece in the center with thin foam tape, which turned out to be the height of my diecut frame. Next I adhered the large Thank you sentiment. I added the “You are the Best” sentiment (which is from the same May GOM set I linked above). To finish off the card, I added some white paint splatters and Nuvo glitter drops.

This card turned out really cute too. I hope you liked my projects and were inspired to create your own layered graphic cards. Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for the club kits and much more.

Happy Thursday!

2 rainbow cards, featuring Spellbinders April 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 rainbow cards that I created with the April 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Celebrate the Day.

This set includes 9 glimmer foil plates, and 1 cutting die. I have to admit that I made a mistake, and thought there were 2 different sized cutting dies, but the smaller rectangle is supposed to be a foiling plate. It works perfectly for a die though, haha! You also get the speckled prism foil.

I decided to keep my cards upbeat (in light of recent stay at home events), and created rainbow striped backgrounds using strips of cardstock from my stash. After cutting the strips of cardstock to about 1/4″, I glued them to 2 pieces of scrap printer paper that I trimmed to about 4 x 5 1/4 in. I popped my 2 rainbow backgrounds to a white cardbase with foam tape.

Just like the April 2020 Large Die of the Month, the GOM works perfectly with the Truckin Through the Seasons LDOM set.

For my first card, I foiled the “happiness delivered” sentiment using my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system. I also diecut and put together a black truck. I adhered the truck to the rainbow background with foam tape.

I added some of the FSJ Starry Night sequins to finish up my card.

For my next card, I wanted to show the sentiment without using the truck. I used the “just a note” sentiment, and adhered it with foam tape. I added a couple of star sequins to finish off my card.

I love the way these 2 cards turned out, and I hope you do too. They are pretty simple, but definitely pack a punch! Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these awesome monthly kits!

Happy Monday!

2 cards, featuring Spellbinders April 2020 LDOM

Hello friends! How are you holding up during this crazy time? Some days are better than others for me. I’m trying to find fun things to do with my kiddos, and I think they got my love of crafts. I’ve shared a couple of kids crafts on my IG so far; if you want to check it out, my IG is @junglebarrya.

Today I’m sharing a small bunny basket and an Easter card featuring Spellbinders’ Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Happy Celebrations. This kit comes with 24 dies; these dies coordinate perfectly with the Truckin Through the Seasons LDOM set which is available for purchase if you missed out on it when it came out, or they can be used alone. There are 6 new sentiments perfect for a birthday, a sports lover, or a baby announcement or shower.

I made a birthday card using the Truckin Through the Seasons set, as well as a card using only the dies in this month’s LDOM.

For my first card, I made a birthday card using the truck, and the birthday dies from this month’s LDOM.

I diecut all the pieces using cardstock scraps. I glued all the pieces of the truck, then glued the pieces for the birthday hat, cupcake and birthday sentiment. I glued the hat and cupcake inside the bed of the truck.

For my background I used some Distress inks as watercolors, and created a rainbow wash background. Once dry, I adhered the truck with foam tape. To embellish the background a bit, I diecut some tiny stars (which are included with the Truckin Through the Seasons set), and glued them to the background. I also added small dots of Nuvo drops for a birthday confetti look.

Here is a past process video on my YT channel (junglebarrya) showing you how to assemble the truck:

For my next card, I made a sports themed card, using only the dies from the Happy Celebrations.

I diecut the sports equipment pieces from cardstock, and glued the pieces together. Each of the balls have 2-3 pieces that you need to glue. The basketball consists of the circle die, and the black seams is one piece. The soccer ball consists of the circle die, and the hexagon piece is one die. The football consists of the ball piece and the seam piece. The baseball and tennis ball consists of the small circle die, and the 2 seam pieces. The bat is just one piece. I also diecut the sentiment in gold glitter cardstock, and the background rectangle piece in white cardstock.

Once I glued all the pieces together, I glued the sports pieces onto a blue cardstock background. I trimmed off the excess, then adhered the sentiment piece with foam tape.

Along with the birthday and sports themed dies, there are also dies that make a baby bottle and rattle. These would be great for a baby shower card, a pregnancy announcement, or a birth announcement.

I am thrilled that Spellbinders came out with more dies to coordinate with the truck. It’s always great to be able to use dies that you already have.

I love how these cards turned out, and I hope you do too.  Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all this Large Die of the Month!

Happy Saturday!

2 Modern Essentials cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing 2 cards that I created using Spellbinders Glimmer plates and dies. I’m using a few pieces from the Modern Essentials collection.

For both of my cards, I used the Nestabilities Essential Circles Etched Dies, the Essential Glimmer Circles Hot Foil Plates, and the Die D-Lites Bold Type Thank You Etched Dies. I also used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine, my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, the Everyday Sentiments II glimmer hot foil plates, and the Nestabilites standard circle die set.

For my first card, I used warm tones: pinks and reds on a craft cardstock background and cardbase.

First I used the circle hot foil plates and Magenta foil roll on a piece of craft cardstock that I trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5 in. I also used one of the etched dies to die cut a circle of dots (in the top right corner). Next, I foiled the circles on various pieces of pink, red, and white cardstock using the magenta, pink, and blush foil rolls. I used the circle etched dies, as well as a few of the standard circle dies to diecut the different sized circles. I adhered all of the circles to the craft cardstock using both liquid glue and foam tape for interest and dimension. I trimmed off the excess.

I diecut the You bold type from the Thank You etched dies from pink glitter cardstock, as well as copper colored mirrored cardstock. I adhered them together with glue, creating a drop shadow look. I also used the pink foil roll, black cardstock, and the Shine Bright sentiment from the Every day Sentiments II to foil an additional sentiment. I used the die that came with the March 2020 GOM to diecut the sentiment strip. I added the You die, and the sentiment strip to the cardstock, and the adhered the entire thing to an A2 sized card base in the matching craft cardstock. To finish off my card, I used a little Nuvo glitter drops in golden sunset.

For my second card, I decided to use cool tone colors: blues and aquas on a white card base.

I made the card exactly the same way, but I used glimmer rolls in skybright, teal, and silver.

I used blue glittered cardstock, and silver mirrored cardstock for the You diecut. I also used Nuvo crystal drops in Silver Lining.

I really love the way these cards turned out. I have to say that I’m still inspired by the cards that I created with the Feb LDOM, which you can see in my blog post here.

Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these Modern Essentials goodies!

Happy Friday!