Be Merry – Spellbinders

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Hi crafty friends! I’m excited to share a couple projects I made for Spellbinders newest release called Be Merry. It’s full of super cute winter or holiday themed sets that are perfect to get started on your Christmas cards for the year. Fall and Christmas are my favorite cardmaking seasons so be prepared for a ton of inspiration the next 5 months of the year. 🙂 Before I get into my projects with the new release, Spellbinders is having a sale on past holiday collections – up to 50% off. There are some gems from the past, so get shopping!

My first card uses the Shopping Spree die set. It is adorable and has a surprise interactive element – the swinging legs! I created Christmas cards, but I’ve seen other samples use this for a birthday card or have the little elf hold a large bouquet of flowers. My card was fairly easy to make, but took a little time to make because of all the tiny die cut pieces.

I started by foiling a piece of 110lb Neenah solar white cardstock. I used gold foil and the Christmas Sweater foil plate. Next, I worked on die cutting and assembling my little elf. I doubled each die cut for additional stability. The legs have a hole in them to allow for swinging and all you need is a foam square or foam dot. I powdered a bit of anti-static powder around the foam square too. The gifts can be stacked in a number of ways so feel free to assemble however you would like!

The sentiment is hot foiled on red cardstock and is from the Mini Everyday Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I die cut the sentiment with one of the coordinating banner strips that comes with the Mini Sentiments set. Inside the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Home for Christmas sentiment stamp set. I also added some extra presents since I had them left over. And that’s it – a no coloring and nearly no stamping card. I can’t stop swinging the legs! Head over to my IG to see a short video of the swinging legs and check out the shine of the background.

My second card features the Chill Bear die set. Aren’t these bears adorable?! These bears can be adapted for so many ideas – scene cards, slimline, A2, etc. How would you use these sweet bears?

I started this card by masking off a portion for the sky and ink blending with a variety of Distress Oxide inks – chipped sapphire, speckled egg, and tumbled glass. I added a bit of black soot to the edges to dark it a bit more. Then I splattered the sky with water, white gloss spray, and Sparkle Silk. It was my first time using Sparkle Silk and I absolutely love it! So pretty and sparkly, and the drops add a little dimension to your project.

After I finished the sky, I die cut all my pieces. I doubled up each die cut for the bear’s body. The eyes, ears, and cheeks cut out so I backed each area with a small piece of paper I colored with a copic marker. The snout has two pieces that layer on top of each other. The scarves were cut from The Stamp Market Diamond cardstock – so pretty! I assembled the bears and added some shading with warm gray Copic markers. I also added shading and sparkle underneath the feet. Finally, I added the die cut trees and added snow with a white gel pen.

The sentiment is from the Home for Christmas sentiment stamp set. I heat embossed in white on a strip of paper I colored with chipped sapphire. Again, check my IG for a short video clip where you can see the shine from the scarf and Sparkle Silk.

I loved creating both of these cards and I hope you will check out the full collection. Thank you so much for shopping with my links if you choose to. Happy crafting!!

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