Hello everyone. My name is Koren Wiskman and I’m here today to show off some projects that I made using the Spellbinders Slimline Holiday Collection. I’ve made three different slimline cards using this collection. If you like these projects and want to see more from me, you can visit me over at my blog at korenwiskman.com. For now, let me show you some things that I hope will inspire you to get into the Christmas spirit and start that holiday crafting.
Slimline Have a Very Merry Christmas Card
This first project uses the Christmas Blooms etched dies and a few other products from the collection. I use a lot of white card stock on my card projects, so anywhere you see white cardstock it is 110 heavy weight cardstock. I simply cut my slimline card panel to 3 inches by 8 inches. I like this size because it leaves a small border around my card panel to show off the card base below it. I then used the circles from the Circle Kaleidoscope set to cut out three circle apertures into my panel. Although the Circle Kaleidoscope dies are very ornate, they do also cut out perfect circles for basic die-cutting such as this. Before doing anything else I added a line of stitching with my sewing machine around the entire panel creating about a quarter of an inch border.
I then cut three additional pieces from the same white cardstock to fit behind each circle window (each piece will sit “behind” the windows). The first was embossed with the Big Dot slimline embossing folder, the second, I stamped “have a very merry Christmas” from the You and Yours stamp set with black ink and then hand stitched a circle around the sentiment. The easiest way I have found to do this is to use a circle template and a paper piercer to pre-punch the holes in a good-enough circle. Then I hand stitch using only a few strands of embroidery thread or in this case I used the same thread that was in my sewing machine so that the stitches somewhat coordinated. The third circle aperture was then embossed with the Diagonal Stripes Slimline embossing folder. Now all three circles will have a slightly different design to them. I popped the circle panel up with foam squares giving the panel a bit of dimension.
Lastly, I cut a bunch of elements from the Christmas Blooms die set to add poinsettias, pine cones, and holly to each circle to decorate it for Christmas. The top and bottom clusters are fairly similar but the center was simply adorned with two holly and berry clusters. The entire panel was added to a light gray Silver Fox card base cut to 8 1/2 by 7 inches and scored at the 3 1/2 inch mark.
To finish off this card I added some coordinating enamel dots from my stash into the centers of the poinsettia.
Slimline Merry Christmas Card
Project number two is made in a similar way but uses the Holiday Decorations die set to add the Christmas ornaments. I started with the same 8 x 3 inch panel and I cut the same three circles from the panel. This time I embossed the panel with the Striped Slimline embossing folder to give it an elegant feel.
Each circle aperture was given a set of three ornaments dangling from gold thread (Blue Spruce, Alabaster, Sand Pink, Pineapple Smoothie, Glacier, Gold foil). The thread pieces where hidden by taping them to the back of the panel. Then each ornament was popped
up with either foam tape or adhered flat to the panel with liquid adhesive.
The sentiment “Merry Christmas” is from the You and Yours stamp set and was stamped using watermark ink onto Alabaster card stock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I cut it into a strip and popped it up using foam squares. The entire panel was then adhered to a light gray Silver Fox card base.
Slimline Faith, Hope & Peace Card
The last project I have for you today uses the Bottle Brush Trees etched dies to create a non-traditional Christmas card. You can’t go wrong with a rainbow color palette. Even if you do not celebrate the holidays, you can get behind the sentiment on this card.
I cut the Bottle Brush Trees from a variety of Spellbinders cardstock and arranged them in rainbow order (Sand Pink, Wild Berry, Royal Amethyst, Cosmic Sky, Glacier, Rainforest, and Pineapple Smoothie). The background was embossed with the Big Dot Slimline embossing folder and cut to 3 x8 inches. I cut the little stands that the trees stand on out of adhesive backed cork and popped them up with foam squares onto the panel.
The sentiment “faith, hope, and peace to you and yours” is from the To You and Yours stamp set. I stamped it onto Onyx cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I used a paper trimmer to trim them down into strips. The entire panel was popped up onto a light gray card base.
Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock, Paper Piercing Tool, White Cotton Thread, Gold Metallic Thread, Enamel dots, My Favorite Things Liquid glue, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares, Harvest Gold Foil Cardstock, Gold Embossing Powder, Acrylic Blocks,
Watermark Ink, DCWV Adhesive backed Cork, Heat Tool, White Embossing powder.
I hope that you where inspired to create some Christmas cards using the NEW Spellbinders Holiday release. Thank you so much for stopping by the Spellbinders blog and spending your time with me.