Spellbinders ~ Summer Label Motifs for Christmas

Hey crafty friends, I'm back with another take on the Summer Label Motifs. It's Summer at Christmas time here in New Zealand, which made me think of using this lovely set for a Christmas creation. I have an embossing folder in my stash I've been wanting to use, so I pulled out my Blue Spruce cardstock from Spellbinders, embossed it with the fabulous Forevergreen Embossing Folder which was part of the recent 'Tis The Season Collection', to create the lovely textured base for this design.

I sprayed the cardstock with a trio of Lindy's Inks in Mystic Malachite, Smoky Sapphire and Treasure Island Turquoise. These are all Moon Shadow Mists, so they have a brown undertone, which gives a really fun distressed finish. The shine in the light is magical and it brought out the texture in the embossing so beautifully. 

I used a lovely Christmas sentiment from my stash, from the Spellbinders Home For Christmas Sentiment Set which I gold heat embossed. The lovely label shapes are from the Summer Label Motifs set which I shared a make with in my previous post. I didn't use the whole set for this creation, but I used a number of the elements including the leaves and I also used the beautiful Helleborus Flower Die by Susan Tierney-Cockburn to create the large bloom. The cream coloured foliage I used on this design, is actually from the Spring Label Motifs Die Set, which I'll showcase soon.

I didn't use the petals from the Helleborus Die as they're intended to be used, but rather just used the three petal die 6 times and the smaller central die 3 times, to create this pretty large bloom. A slightly different take on the Helleborus bloom, but so pretty I think and shows this lovely dies flexibility. I inked the edges of the bloom with a touch of tea dye distress ink and finished the bloom with a pretty gem from my stash. I also stained the doily I used for this make with tea dye distress ink, as the white was a little too stark for the more vintage feel I wanted. I scrunched it in my hand gently and opened it out again, for a softer distressed finish. The doily was round, but I cut it in half and overlapped the centre area, to make it an oval doily to work better with the lovely label shape.

I just love the texture of this amazing embossing folder. I loved it the first time I saw it used and knew I had to get this one for Christmas makes. It's not one of the 3D range from Spellbinders, but has plenty of depth and texture non the less! It's a smaller size than their 3D embossing folders too, fitting an A2 card front perfectly. I trimmed the panel down just slightly to just smaller than an A2 card front size so there would be a nice border around the edge. I've been watching some of Cathy Zielske's tutorials and she often references leaving a 'border' to frame the card, so thank you Cathy for that tip. I often take my makes edge to edge, because you know how much I love pretty paper and inky designs, but I did this one a little differently and I do love how it frames the design. 

The final touch I added to this design was some of the faceted sequins from the Spellbinders Card Shoppe Essentials Collection. These ones I almost didn't buy, because of the name, I thought, I don't really use 'peach' colours, but honestly, they're lovely, and very goldy toned with a super pretty iridescence. I know I'm going to use them a lot, so I'm glad I bought them. They're called Peach Opalescent Faceted Sequins. I like that they don't have a hole in the middle, so the glue doesn't spurt out there, but they still have s sequin shape. I love the finishing touch they added to this card.

Thank you my friends for popping in to visit today. I still have a few creations to share from my Spellbinders adventures. I wasn't sure I'd find this easy, because I'm so used to creating wistful cute designs with my Whimsy stash and you know how much I love that, but I've really enjoyed this segue into the Spellbinders Collection and still feel super chuffed to have been invited to design with this latest collection. If you'd like to see the rest of the latest Spellbinders collection, you can click through on the banner above. I will link thumbnails of all the elements I've used for these creations below. 

For my UK pals, if you're yet to discover the brand new UK Spellbinders Store, you can click through on the banner above to visit. Spellbinders have made shopping with them in the UK, so much easier with this designated store, the VAT has been worked out for you and should make shopping with them so much easier. Plus, if you spend more than £50, you get FREE shipping! Brilliant!

If you like what you saw today, be sure to check out the fabulous 'Today's Deals' category on the Spellbinders' site, yes they've loads of lovely items included in this promotion. I have added both the UK and US site options above. I hope you've enjoyed this latest installation of my crafty adventures with Spellbinders. I'd love to know what you think of my interpretation of these gorgeous dies. Thank you again so much for stopping in. Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

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What a fabulous textural and dimensional card Wends - this is stunning, and I love every little bit of it!

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