Monday, May 13, 2019

Graceful Card -Retake on a classic Spellbinders Border Die Set


Have you tried the Spellbinders Border Dies for cards yet? 

Spellbinders Card Creator Border Dies have a timeless beauty about them.  While they are not new to the market, they remain one of my favorite die sets from Spellbinders - a staple in my die collection. 

These Spellbinders dies add a  touch of elegance and grace to any card.  I have to say I am officially obsessed with the gorgeous results.  

 I created this card and have provided a step by step tutorial revealing the secret background technique I created on the card.  Scroll down below.  

Here is another closeup of the flower focal point of the card. 

Supplies

Purple Flowers (You can find some options here and here)
Paint Brush
Branch  - Punch - or any branch/leaf die
Cardstock
Prima Chalk Edger - Lime Pie (lime chalk ink - or green ink)
Let's see how I created this: 

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I am starting with a white card base and adding a soft lavender layer. I trimmed the lavender layer slightly smaller than the base card so that I have a thin white border frame. The border dies are 6 inches long so make sure your cardstock or pre-folded card is that length as well. I primarily use pre-folded blank cards so I will need to trim my card base.

2.
Select the combination of borders from the Spellbinders A2 -Scalloped Borders One die set and secure onto your cardstock with removable tape.  I like using washi tape to hold dies in place because washi tape comes off your cardstock easily without ripping the paper.

This die set remains one of my favorite sets from Spellbinders because it's timeless, classic and elegant.  I adore the look of the scalloped edges.  

A2 Scalloped Borders One Card Creator Etched Dies
from: Spellbinders / FSJ

More choices to make...cut as many layers as you wish.



3.
Glue border layers to the card. I wanted the top layer to be white so I made sure to cut a piece of white cardstock big enough to fit nicely over all my border layers.


4.
In this step, I did a bit of the unusual. I decided to make a small subtle background with watercolor paints.

Don't let the term "watercolor paints" frighten you.   I am not an artist and I have literally no major experience with watercolor paints.  But that doesn't mean I can't try them out, experiment and have some fun.  You can too. That's why I'm recommending the very inexpensive set that I have. The  Yasutomo PEARLESCENT WATERCOLOR set  is about $4.99.  Yep - that's all.
Yasutomo PEARLESCENT WATERCOLOR 16 Paint NPWC16

I wanted to add color, but thought soft and understated would be the way to go. I took some shimmer watercolor paints and simply dabbed them in one corner of my card. I did not get the cardstock super wet, and I blotted with a paper towel in between each watercolor application so that my card would not warp with excess water.
The colors I chose: light blue, light green, fuchsia, and purple.



5.
I cut a decorative oval die for the card and topped it with one flower. I originally used a die from Cottage Cutz which has been discontinued, but any decorative die will be beautiful. Here is a great option:  Shapeabilities Bella Luce Oval- Vintage Treasures by Becca Feeken .  


Shapeabilities Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies Vintage Treasures by Becca Feeken

The same goes for the purple flowers. The originals used have long since disappeared but 
Here are some recommendations for flowers that would be lovely and in keeping with the purple of the card.   

Prima Marketing LIGHT YEARS Moon Child Flowers 636593
Prima Marketing LOVE COMET Moon Child Flowers 636555
Graphic 45 FRENCH LILAC & PURPLE ROYALTY Rose Bouquet 4501787

 6. Last finishing touch, I punched some pine branches from one of my favorite punches - the Martha Stewart Branch punch. I find this punch makes wonderful cluster filler on cards, layouts and projects.I punched them from white cardstock and dabbed the edges with chalk ink. Then I simply glue and tuck here and there and fluff up the ends of the pine branches.
And here is one last look at the finished card.  


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A2 Scalloped Borders One Card Creator Etched Dies
Yasutomo PEARLESCENT WATERCOLOR 16 Paint NPWC16
Shapeabilities Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies Vintage Treasures by Becca Feeken


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Prima Marketing LIGHT YEARS Moon Child Flowers 636593
Prima Marketing LOVE COMET Moon Child Flowers 636555
Graphic 45 FRENCH LILAC & PURPLE ROYALTY Rose Bouquet 4501787
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bumble Bees, Butterflies and Spellbinders Card Club Extras


Bumble Bees, Butterflies and all the Extras - from Spellbinders

The month of May is in full bloom.  That means the butterflies and honey bees are buzzing about gracing the land with their graceful beauty.  My cards were inspired by those images found in the diecuts, stickers and embellishments (the Extra's) from Spellbinders Card Club of the Month for May. 
Light, airy and full of spring hope. 

The cards in today's blog post were created using the "Extras".  These are the amazing embellishments and paper we call the "Extras" .

The kit comes packed with paper, cardstock, stickers, die cuts, stamps and even the adhesives you need.   
In fact, this is what's included in May's kit:
Card Kit of the Month Membership

Spellbinders did an amazing job of including the perfect balance of thoughtful embellishments in May's kit to cover masculine and feminine occasions. 



The sweet bumble bee card was created using the die cuts and  stamp set from the card kit. 
  The butterfly card was created using the diecuts and sticker embellishments from the club kit.  


The embellishments can also be purchased separately as Extras from the Spellbinders Store.

Here are the close ups of the cards created using just the "Extras" from the box.  These are products from the actual monthly box that can be purchased separately if you run out and want more, or can be simply purchased if you didn't get the club box. 
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Stay Wild Die Cut Shapes Set - Card Kit of the Month Extras

Stay Wild Paper Pad - Card Kit of the Month Extras
Stay Wild Layered Butterfly Stickers - Card Kit of the Month Extras
Stay Wild Clear Stamp Set - Card Kit of the Month Extras


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You can find information on the card club here: 

Thanks for stopping here.
Spellbinders invites you to share your creations with them


on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery


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Stay Wild Die Cut Shapes Set - Card Kit of the Month Extras
Stay Wild Paper Pad - Card Kit of the Month Extras
Stay Wild Layered Butterfly Stickers - Card Kit of the Month Extras
Stay Wild Clear Stamp Set - Card Kit of the Month Extras

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Card Kit of the Month Membership
Card Kit of the Month Membership



 Spellbinders Card Kit Extras




Past Club Kits - Limited Offer


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Denim With Grace - Maja Design and Spellbinders APG for May19


Denim Made for Girls

Today I am introducing two products that are new and are a perfect fit (like your favorite jeans) - full of feminine beauty and grace...Maja Design's new Denim & Girls paper collection and Spellbinders APG Die for May.

APG-Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month - Spellbinders monthly die club, features the gorgeous graceful dies designed by Becca Feeken.   



Here is the image of the APG die set for the Month of May. It's a nested set to provide a variety of design options.  
I used the largest intricately designed die as a background mat and the smaller inside dies as the card.  


These dies are only available through the club and are limited to the month of May, so hurry before they are sold out.
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
from: Spellbinders / FSJ
  

The new Maja Design collection is shipping now so stay tuned to your favorite On-Line store for the arrival of this "Must Have" collection.  

 Here are the papers I chose from Denim & Girls collection by Maja Design:
Tough But Sweet
Embroidered Jeans
And a solid from the Monochrome -Shades of Denim collection - Vintage Pink


The colors and images on the new Maja Design collection are delicate, fun and still a bit sporty.  
OK - how can they be both delicate and sporty?  Because...polka dots and stripes, dare I say more?  haaaaa.  Who doesn't love a great sporty polka dot pattern!

Don't be fooled by the name of the collection, Denim & Girls.  The collection also offers an array of blues, stripes, checker patterns that can be used for more masculine projects as well.  

Time to seriously consider Spellbinders Clubs if you aren't already a member.  You can find information on the various club selections  and inspiration gallery here.  

Thanks for stopping here.
Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery


Shop Here
See all the Spellbinders Monthly Clubs Here
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Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership - 

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
from: Spellbinders / FSJ

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                     Tool 'n One
                   Tool 'n One - $14.99
            from: Spellbinders / FSJ


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Fun Stampers Journey
from: Spellbinders / FSJ
Spellbinders Clubs
from: Spellbinders / FSJ
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 Spellbinders Clubs - Small Die of the Month
Spellbinders Clubs - Card of the Month
Spellbinders Clubs - Amazing Paper Grace Dies (APG)
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Spellbinders Clubs - Stamp of the Month
Spellbinders Clubs - Large Die
 Spellbinders Clubs - Glimmer Hot Foil

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