Are you excited about starting this year’s winter holiday crafting? Or perhaps you have already started and looking for more inspiration? Now that we’re slowly approaching the end of the year, the holiday products are creeping in and I’m starting to sprinkle in some winter crafting here and there. I recently worked with the gorgeous Spellbinders Holiday 2019 Collection to create a trio of cards to share with you today.
When I started cardmaking, all I cared about was stamping and coloring. But since then, my interests had evolved and with the opportunity to work with more die cut heavy projects, I’ve come to really love a different type of coloring, that is, ink blending and coloring with die cuts. Spellbinders have always been incredible at coming out with detailed die cut products, and this Santa’s Workshop Shapeabilities Dies create the sweetest little scene in a snow globe.
I die cut all my pieces out of white card and used distress oxides to ink up all the pieces. This technique works beautifully for someone like me who don’t own many colors of card stock. Inking also gives so much more dimension. I borrowed the little bow tie die from the Deck the Halls Die D-Lites and die cut it out of gold mirror card stock to add a little embellishment on the snow globe.
For the background, I used a neutral color card stock to keep it muted against the colorful snow scene. I used Neenah Desert Storm card stock and heat embossed it with several snow flakes from the Oversized Merry stamp set and a sentiment from Scripty Holiday Messages.
This next card focuses on the Joy Shapeabilities Etched Dies. I just adore the details surrounding the JOY. The leaves and flowers have their individual dies and I used it to die cut some green leaves and red poinsettas to layer onto the original frame.
To really bring out all the intricate details of the die, I created an ink blended background behind it. I used some post-it tape to mask off the edges so that I would be left with just a vertical area to ink blend. I used Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord and Festive Berries distress oxide inks.
The letters J-O-Y were a separately die cut and I used it on the frame and on brushed copper card stock so that I can inlay it. I finished off the card with some gold paint splatter and Nuvo drops for the floral centers and berries.
Can you tell I really love traditional holiday colors? My last card showcases the Deck the Halls Die D-Lites. The ornament frame was die cut out of gold glitter card stock. Then, I used the outer shape to die cut a piece of white card stock that I then ink blended with various green inks. This was layered beneath.
I used the Stripe Stencil on the background vertically and gently ink blended some Evergreen Bough distress oxide ink. I then die cut a bunch of white snow flakes from the Deck the Halls Die D-Lites and added it to the background. For the center of each snowflake, I added a gold Nuvo drop. Then I added some light paint splatter.
The string and bow were die cut out of kraft card stock. I added adorned the ornament with some holiday florals that were die cut using Joy Shapeabilities Etched Dies. The flowers were inked with Abandoned Coral and the leaves were inked with Mowed Lawn distress oxide inks.
I’m totally feeling the holiday spirits whilst crafting up these cards and excited to keep the energy going for upcoming releases. Hope you enjoy today’s dose of inspiration! You can find all the fabulous products used in today’s project below.