Christmas Craft Ideas 2017 – Today I’m sharing some Christmas Craft Ideas using the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Bundle, which by the way is now available for only $19.99. That’s right! This is NOT a typo!
It was a lot of fun coming up with new ways of using my paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders.
I decided to dress up this plain flame-less candle with a piece of blue ribbon and a Peace-Sentiment-die from Spellbinders. This sentiment was cut using gold card stock and embellished with flat back pearls. I used my art glitter glue for adhering the sentiment on to the candle.
I hope I’ve been able to inspire you in creating your very own Christmas Crafts. Whether it’s something for your home, a friend, or just making some cards to send out, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for your paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders.
NOTE: If you wish to save some money, may I suggest you purchase the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments as a bundle? I have provided you with links along the way. But if you only need one or two, I have also provided you with single item links.
Here’s the second entry to my Halloween Card Tutorials for 2017. I just love Halloween! It marks the beginning of cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage and end of the year holidays! And along with those holidays there is a lot of card making and gift exchanges!
In my home we go all out for Halloween. We decorate our home, hold parties, and of course give out tons of candy!
If you’ve been following my card making tutorials and project idea shares, you already know I lean more towards the grown-up, sophisticated and quite often glam-like side of hand made cards. Well, this year Halloween was no exception.
I knew I wanted to use card stock already on hand (bought on clearance for 90% off after last year’s Halloween), and I knew I wanted to add that touch of sophistication (hence the gold and glitter black papers).
What I really like about this specific die set is #1 you get several pieces and #2 you can either display your pumpkins as regular pumpkins or Jack-o-lanterns.
Another great feature to this particular Halloween Die Set is the special attention to details. Just look at the embossing on the tree, spider and Jack-o-lantern!
With this Card Kit of the Month, I’m sharing different handmade card ideas and tutorials that I hope inspire you, and have you card making (like a pro) in no time!
Remember you CAN do this! But don’t just take my word for it. With the Spellbinders Card Kits, not only do you get quality card stock, trims and embellishments, but each collection has a series of paper-cutting-dies that you’ll enjoy using over and over again.
Each Spellbinders card kit of the month contains ten blank cards and envelopes, but if you’ve watched my past card kit tutorial videos, you know how I can stretch these great kids and get as many as 15 to 20 cards per kit! (This includes 3×3 note cards)
I’m having tons of fun creating cards from this kit! What I’m really loving about my Spellbinders Card Kit is that each card I create is different! Each kit provides you with several different scrapbook papers (and great quality may I add) and embellishments that you can not help but expand your creativity!
I hope that you join me and play along in my Spellbinders Fall Harvest Card Kit of the Month Video Series. If you’re looking for more card making ideas, tutorials and inspiration, watch my handmade cards playlist below.
Today’s Fall Handmade Card Tutorial
I hope that you enjoy this short tutorial and I’m able to inspire you in your paper crafting projects. If you enjoy my videos, please subscribe to my channel and follow my blog.
This Pumpkin Card Tutorial is the third in a series of Tutorials and Project Shares I’m doing using the Spellbinders Fall Harvest Card Kit of the Month. Join me each day and watch a new Fall card making idea until I completely finish this kit.
This Thank you Card Fall Card Tutorial is an easy DIY using the Spellbinders Fall Harvest Card Kit of the Month. It’s no secret. I’m crazy about my Spellbinders card kits of the month! I love to create Thank-you cards, Birthday Greetings, Christmas Cards, and now I’m adding Fall Harvest Cards to my repertoire! Enjoy the tutorial!
The following are the items I used on this project. You may click on the link to take you to the product.
Fall Card Ideas – This month I’m doing a series of fall card project shares and tutorials using my Spellbinders Fall Harvest Card Kit of the Month. I’m challenging myself to create a card a day until I’m completely finished with my kit! Join me in this fun series as I show you how you can create beautiful handmade cards this fall, with the help of Spellbinders.
Fall Card Supply List
You may click on the following links to get your supplies from Spellbinders.
Learn how to make quick and easy Acetate Christmas Cards using Spellbinders and items you may already have in your craft room! In this acetate card tutorial you will learn how to measure and cut your card stock, craft papers, and acetate to make that perfect elegant, sophisticated dimensional Christmas Card.
Christmas Card Project Supply List
Some of the items on this list contain links that will take you directly to the product page. You may click on those links if you wish to make a purchase. Thank you.
In This Easy DIY Cards Tutorial, we’ll be using our dies from Spellbinders. You can make beautiful and elegant 3×4 handmade greeting cards for just about any occasion when you have beautiful dies, and Spellbinders steps up each and every time!
Last week you saw my Note Card Gift Box Tutorial for these beautiful handmade greeting cards. It’s an easy DIY for beginners that, I’m sure, many seasoned crafters will appreciate.
Supply List for Elegant Note Cards
The following is a list of items that I used in making these beautiful and elegant note cards. You may click on the links provided. They will take you directly to the products.
Paper Pad – Blush Glam by Craft Smith – You can buy this at Michael’s
Handmade Card Video Tutorial
Although this tutorial is from my Spanish Crafting Channel, Manualidades de Decor8yourlife, I make certain to show you the measurements that I use. It’s a fun and easy to follow DIY; and even if you don’t speak Spanish, it’s fun to listen to me stumble on a language skill I’m so desperately trying to regain!
Don’t have time to watch the five minute video? Not a problem! These cards are so easy to make, I can give you my measurements right away! Since these are 4×3 Cards, you will cut your card-stock at 4×6 then fold it right down the middle, by holding it horizontal wise. You then cut your first layer (which adheres right on the white card stock) an eighth of an inch less then place on top of cardstock. You then cut your second layer (which is the top layer) and eighth of an inch less than your first layer, decorate it with your die-cuts, ribbons, sequin, etc. and adhere. (Remember that less is more!)
Go ahead and watch the video for the full process. Thank you for stopping by! I’ll see you again next week!
This cute Note Card Gift Box Tutorial was inspired by my need to make the perfect gift box to fit my 3×4 note cards. In the hopes of clearing out papers that have been sitting in my stash for awhile, I decided to start my Holiday projects. This year I plan to send out quite a few cards and gifts to as many folks as I can. But I didn’t just want to box them in. I wanted that perfect fit!
Easy DIY Handmade Cards
The cards are 3×4. I decided to cut my cards to this dimension because I wanted them to be used as greeting cards or note cards. These cards are dimensional, simple and elegant. You may ask yourself, how can I get the same effect? My answer to that is layer your paper and less is more!
Let the Paper do the Work for You!
There’s nothing like beautiful scrapbooking paper! As paper crafters we can be really bad about hoarding beautiful paper. However, use it up we must! And what better way to make room for the great new designs than to make some cards and gift boxes with the old ones?
Easy to Create with dies from Spellbinders
You will never be out of ideas or loose your creativity when you have dies from Spellbinders in your paper crafting arsenal. And all that beautiful paper deserves a beautifully well cut design!
List of Items I used
The following is a list of items that I used in the making of these note cards and gift boxes. You may click on the links provided. They will take you directly to the products.
I have a quick and easy Elegant Birthday Card tutorial to share with you. This weekend is my daughter’s 19th birthday, and she has asked me to make her an elegant black, white and gold theme birthday card.
So off I went to my scrapbooking supplies in search of black, white and gold! It’s a good thing I like using these colors, as I was able to find enough of what I needed to make my daughter’s birthday card!
Here is something that I have found myself doing lately when crafting any card, and I find it easier for me. It’s easier not only in the sense of putting the materials together; but in the whole creativity process. I am now working my cards from the top on down. I’m not quite certain how to explain this to you verbally, so I will include my Birthday Card Tutorial video later in this blog. Yes the video is in Spanish, as it is running in my Spanish Crafting Channel, Manualidades de Decor8yourlife.
However, can we agree that crafting can very well surpass any language barrier? When I film my Spanish Speaking Paper Crafting videos, I try my best to keep my English and Spanish speaking audience in mind, so that in case you don’t understand the language, you can still follow along. By the way, even if you don’t speak Spanish go ahead and sub to Manualidades de Decor8yourlife. You will find that the videos are not a mirror image of Decor8yourlife. I upload different projects in this channel. This way my viewers who are subscribed to both of my crafting channels won’t feel like they’re watching the same exact thing, just in a different language.
The Creative Process
First and foremost I get my papers and all my pieces ready. I pull out the primary paper for the bases of the card, and go to work on getting my Spellbinders die-cuts together. Once this is done I envision, from top to bottom, how the birthday card is going to look. And then I begin putting the pieces together from top to bottom.
Once I have my die-cuts where I want them, I then proceed to measuring the height and width of the largest die-cut piece allow a quarter of an inch room; then cut my first paper accordingly. Since this is an elegant card, I know I will be doing some foam mounting.
Tip: The more dimensional your card is, the more elegant it is. Even if you’re just using 3 or 4 pieces.
Once I have done this, I will foam mount the entire piece to another piece, one quarter of an inch larger. The two patterned pieces of paper complement one another and helps in adding that elegant touch to any card or invitation.
Once the second scrapbook paper is in place, I will then measure the final piece to my birthday card (which is the black cardstock). And of course, I will go one quarter of an inch larger on this as well.
The finishing touch are three pieces of sequin.
Items Used in this Elegant Birthday Card
Following are the items that I used in making my daughter’s birthday card. I’m placing clickable links if you wish to make a purchase.
Halloween Card Tutorial – Make an Elegant Halloween Card or Party Invitation with me, using papers you have on hand and dies from Spellbinders! You don’t need to buy a ton of Halloween scrapbook papers to make Halloween theme cards or party invitations to your Hauntingly Ghostly Costume Party, and I’m going to show you why!
I’m an avid paper crafter and believe me, I have plenty of Halloween Theme Paper Collections. However I decided not to use them to prove my point.
As I’ve mentioned in my Stacey Caron Design Spellbinders Spellblogger DT Package video, this month I’m featuring Spellbinders designer Stacey Caron. I love Stacey’s designs! Many of her die-cutting dies are elegant and lean towards the Goth, or Victorian Goth style. And what better way to design an elegant Halloween card, than to use die-cutting dies by Stacey Caron!
Die-cutting Die Buying Tip for Beginners
When I began making cards, I had no idea what I was doing! Although there are plenty of card making “tutorials” out there, I really couldn’t find anyone to share their creative tips or tricks with me. And even though I still consider myself a novice in card making, and I will probably maintain this since I’m always learning something new, I will share with you what I’ve learned so far.
When I first started paper crafting, I longed for my projects to look as beautiful as the ones you see in crafting magazines; and it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed beautiful dies. However you can’t just buy a ton of dies from China, thinking you are loading up your die-cutting arsenal for future projects. This was mistake number one for me! I too went the cheap route (and it’s not all very cheap because as you know they do add up), and now I’m sitting on dies that I don’t use simply because they just don’t go with anything! It’s like buying a beautifully cheap pair of shoes online, yet not being able to wear them!
Your die-cutting dies must make functional sense. You want to be able to use your dies in unison, and that’s where Spellbinders comes in. When you look at the die-cutting dies from Spellbinders, you will notice that their designs are made with the paper crafter in mind. You will find how easily you can combine one set of dies with a different set of dies, and it all magically falls into place! And the best part about my dies from Spellbinders is that I can use them in a hundred different projects and they will all look totally amazing!
In this Halloween Card Tutorial, I’m using two different sets of Spellbinders dies and just look at the results!
It’s About the Layers
Another card making tip I want to share with you is the layering. Everything you design, whether it’s a Handmade Card, or a Mini Album, or a 12×12 Scrapbook layout, layer your die-cuts. Adding dimension to your die-cuts make your designs pop out and look so much better than if everything was placed flat, one right on top of the other.
Make the Die-Cuts Take Center Stage
I began this post by telling you that I purposely used papers other than Halloween to design this Halloween Card, and here’s why. I wanted my die-cuts to take center stage. I didn’t want these beautiful die-cuts to compete with ghouls and ghosts. I believe that they make a statement well on their own; and I wanted the eye to focus directly on the intricate design. And the interesting thing about the papers I used, there’s not one witch, not one ghost in the entire stack. But the colors are perfect for the look I wanted to convey. And as you will see in my Halloween Card Tutorial video is that I also chose to layer the papers as well. The papers that I’m using are from the Black & Gold Shimmer Card Kit from the Card Kit of the Month Club by Spellbinders.
On a side note, the image that you see in the center is one that I created using editing software. There is a funny story behind how the printed image came out. That you will hear of in my tutorial video. I have uploaded a PDF File of my Free Halloween Printables for 2017 here. You’re welcome to them; and I hope that you use them.
Looking for Free Halloween Printables ? Well you’re in luck! This year I’ve decided to start my own collection of Halloween downloadable printables that you can use as stickers, labels, invitations and cards!
I have designed round labels that fit perfectly on your 3×3 note cards and projects! I’ve also dabbled in a couple of Dia de los Muertos designs.
I hope you like my designs and visit me on YouTube to see how you can use these Free Halloween Printables.
If you do use these and show them in your social network, please let them know where you got them, and who designed them. I’m not charging you one dime to download the file; but please give credit where credit is due.
Free Halloween Card Printables
Here are a couple of 4×6 Halloween card printables you can use as well. Just print these in cardstock, cut and adhere to your blank cards!
Okay, I’ve already done the measuring for you. Like I mentioned before the labels (circles) will fit nicely into any 3×3 card or box, or whatever Halloween project you’re working on. And the card fronts already measure 4×6.
This week I bring you a fun and easy Wedding Invitation Tutorial. In this card tutorial, you’ll learn how you can use pocket dies from Spellbinders to make beautiful and elegant card invitations. Whether you’re having a birthday, quinceanera, bridal shower, wedding, or holiday event, these invitations are sure to be a hit!