Tis The Season Inspiration with Tatiana Trafimovich
Hello and welcome! This is Tatiana from TatianaGraphicDesign! I am so excited and happy to guest designing for Spellbinders this month! Thanks so much Spellbinders for this wonderful opportunity!!!
I’m a designer, blogger and just an avid paper crafter from Italy. You may know me as @tatianacraftandart on Instagram. I always loved everything handmade and crafty related and tried all kinds of hobbies from jewelry making to crocheting until I discovered and felt in love with a magical world of paper crafting. Cardmaking and coloring became my relaxing getaway. I like getting inky, experimenting, stretching my supplies, learning new techniques and coloring with any medium.
It’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas! Right?! That’s why I came up with three Christmas in July projects featuring wonderful new Spellbinder’s dies from Tis The Season collection!
Tis The Season collection offer so many options, all the dies are versatile and can be easily mixed and matched together! Plus all the products are just fun to play with! I tried to come with different designs and to give you some inspiration, creating a traditional red and green Christmas wreath simply die cut from colorful cardstock. Creating my second project, I went for a bright modern look, using again colorful cardstock and repeatedly arranging the same dies in a rainbow order. I also gave an extra finish touch with a tone on tone dry embossed background. The third card was complete made from a plain white cardstock that let me add an ombré effect on the dies using inks and copic markers. The simple layout was enriched with dimension, when I put the elements on a foam tape, and sparkle due to clear glitter.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Die cut from light green, dark green, red and kraft cardstock a bunch of elements, using Christmas Blooms Etched Dies. I used The Stamp Market Leafy Green, The Stamp Market Greenery, Heffy Doodle’s red and Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.
- Ink the kraft pine cones with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.
- Trim and score an extended A2 size card base (5 1/2ʺ x 4 1/4ʺ) from Neenah Desert Storm paper.
- Trim and glue the red stripe on the left side of the card front.
- Trim a 5 1/2ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ rectangle from Neenah Desert Storm paper and splatter some tiny droplets of a white gouache on top. Let the piece air dry.
- Wrap a matching kraft twine around and tie a bow.
- Pop the rectangle on a foam tape.
- Arrange in a circle and glue in place all the die cut elements. Use a liquid adhesive that dries clear and matte like Distress Collage Medium Matte.
- Die cut three times the word “Greetings” from Neenah Solar White paper, using Create A Christmas Sentiment Etched Dies. Stack all three layers together and glue the sentiment on the card front.
- Heat emboss in white onto red the word “warm” from Holiday Sentiments Stack Stamp Set and pop it on a foam tape.
- Finish with a couple of white iridescent sequins.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Die cut a bunch of trees from colorful cardstock, using Bottle Brush Trees Dies. I used Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy, Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink, The Stamp Market Cherry Kisses, Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel, Simon Says Stamp Sunshine, Simon Says Stamp Banana, Bazzill Juicy Pear, The Stamp Market Greenery, Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass, Concord & 9th Oceanside, Simon Says Stamp Royal Purple.
- Die cut two times from Neenah Solar White paper and once from a foiled cardstock the word “Christmas”, using Create A Christmas Sentiment Etched Dies. Stack all three layers together.
- Heat emboss in white onto black the sentiment from Holiday Sentiments Stack Stamp Set.
- Trim and score a small slimline card base (6ʺ x 3 1/2ʺ) from Neenah Solar White paper.
- Trim a slightly smaller panel from the same Neenah Solar White paper and emboss it with Forevergreen Embossing Folder to achieve a tone on tone pattern.
- Arrange and glue in place all the elements, using a liquid adhesive that dries clear and matte like Distress Collage Medium Matte. Pop the heat embossed sentiment on a foam tape.
- Finish with a few clear sparkling sequins.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Trim and score an extended A2 size card base (5 1/2ʺ x 4 1/4ʺ) from Neenah Solar White paper.
- Ink it with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink, using a blending brush and a very light hand.
- Flick some tiny droplets of a pearlescent solution to add more interest.
- Die cut from Neenah Solar White paper three snow slopes, using Color Block Scenic Scape Etched Dies.
- Stamp on the bottom slope the word “Christmas” from Holiday Sentiments Stack Stamp Set with memento Tuxedo Black ink.
- Add the snow slopes to the card front with a foam tape for a fun dimensional look.
- Die cut from Neenah Solar White paper four trees, using Bottle Brush Trees Etched Dies.
- Color the trees with copic markers, making a simple blending. I used YG21-YG23-YG25.
- Keep one tree aside and adhere other three to the inked background with a liquid adhesive that dries clear and matte like Distress Collage Medium Matte.
- Die cut from Neenah Solar White paper the car with gift packs, using Special Delivery Etched Dies, and color them with copic markers. I used: car R01-R02-R05, wheels C2-C4-C7-C10, gift packs YR000, string Y11-Y21-Y35
- Glue all the elements together to assemble the car and pop it on a foam tape.
- Die cut three times from Neenah Solar White paper the word “Wishes”, using Create A Christmas Sentiment Etched Dies, stack all three layers together and color the die with R05 copic marker to create a perfect match with reds on the car. Add the sentiment on the card base.
- Finally die cut three snowflakes from Holiday Decorations Etched Dies and glue them directly on the card front.
- Wrap a red twine and adhere a couple of matching light blue sequins.
- Add a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the tree branches and the small snowflake with a small brush and sprinkle a generous amount of Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter on top. Let the glue air dry and don’t forget to wash immediately the brush with soap and warm water.
- Once dried, shake off the glitter excess into the jar.
That’s all for today! Hope my cards will bring you inspiration and give some idea on how to use the dies from wonderful new “‘Tis The Season” collection! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
Cynthia A Nicolosi
I love this card. So cute. I can see it now, going to grandma’s house for Christmas. ??