Hi friends! Some days, I am reminded of how much fun it is to just sit and play with paper, without even stamping or anything remotely “technique-y.” When my friends at Spellbinders asked me if I would be interested in working with the Make It Merry Card Kit, I knew that I would love playing with these darling images! The Spellbinders Card Kits make for such wonderfully quick cardmaking sessions, perfect for someone who has limited snippets of crafting time (ahem) or someone who needs/wants to make a ton of cards and tags in a short amount of time! I sort of feel like I cheated a little, because there was very little stamping or “technique” involved in making these projects, but I feel like at Christmas time, volume is more important than spending tons of time on each card.
All of the elements work beautifully together, with the most gorgeous color vintage palette and plenty of themes to make your holiday cardmaking super, super simple. The kit even includes foam adhesive, double sided tape, coordinating 8.5″ x 11″ panels of colored cardstock, and two different sizes of card bases and envelopes to give you basically everything that you need to start crafting! All you truly need is a trimmer and your creativity to create a huge variety of cards!
The folks at Spellbinders have also created some additional coordinating products to make your holiday crafting even easier and add more of these beautiful elements to your cardmaking! The Make It Merry Add-On Bundle features the In the Pines Embossing Folder and the Make It Merry Floral Die Cuts (both of which I used in the projects above), as well as the Make It Merry Sentiments Dies. You can also purchase the Make It Merry 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad which features a most beautiful array of 6″x 6″ patterned papers to complement the papers included in your kit!
The kit includes a multitude of printed die cuts in a variety of themes, in regular cardstock-both with foil and plain, chipboard, and puffy word die cuts. The sheer volume of available images means that you will have an abundance of images from which to make at least 25 cards. I made these six cards and two tags and barely made a dent in my kit! One tip that I wanted to share: take a few minute and go through your die cuts to get a feel for what themes and images there are, the sizes and color palettes, etc. I also separated mine into images with the white outline and images printed right up to the edge of the die cut, as I don’t like to mix the two on the same card.
I combined strips of some of the beautiful patterned paper Make It Merry 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad with the gold foil cardstock included in the kit to create this festive background, then added one of the large senitment die cuts and accented it with coordinating floral images from the Make It Merry Floral Die Cuts add-on. The pre-cut printed die cuts make crafting your holiday cards an absolute breeze!
For this project, I paired the precious little fawn included in the printed die cuts with the In the Pines Embossing Folder. I embossed a strip of the deep green cardstock included in the kit and mounted it on an A2 panel of green gingham printed paper, adding some strips of the gold foil on either side to break up the patterns. I added the darling little deer and coordinating sentiment strip, flanked by some colorful Christmas trees! I have a thing for deer on holiday cards, and this precious fawn was irresistible!
My next card is quite simple, but I think it looks like something you’d find at a boutique! I pulled out a few of the winter house die cuts to pair with one of the sentiment strips. The little houses remind me so much of the little ceramic Christmas villages! Before I adhered the houses to my pink card panel, I blended some Coral Berry ink from Altenew in the center of the panel and splattered some metallic gold ink to coordinate with the gold foil accents. I adhered the die cuts with both foam adhesive and double sided tape to add some extra interest and dimension.
This card pairs the beautiful floral die cuts from the Make It Merry Floral Die Cuts add-on with the In the Pines Embossing Folder. I simply embossed a white panel (so that the white outline on my die cuts would not bother me so much-does that bug anybody else as much as it bugs me?) using the In the Pines Embossing Folder, then arranged the floral pieces in a pretty bouquet, popping them up with foam tape. I added a foiled greeting banner from the main kit, popping it up with a double layer of foam tape to give it a little extra height from the bouquet. Finally, I added a touch of sparkle with some of the deep red gems included in the kit.
These pre-printed images included in the kit make for some beautiful, super quick and easy tags, too! I cut an A2 panel of the blush cardstock in half and used my corner rounder punch to round the edges of the rectangle. I adhered one of the star and peppermint die cuts to the top of each to help reinforce the hole through which the twine would be strung, then used my hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the tag. I added a few die cuts with some foam tape (how sweet is the little car and the snowglobe?) and a red twine loop and bow to make for quick addition to holiday gifts! This kit is totally worth it just for the super quick tags on their own!
My last project is an A7 card. I wanted to take full advantage of the size of the In the Pines Embossing Folder, which is generously sized at 8.5″ x 5.5.” I ran a panel of the minty green cardstock included in the Make It Merry Card Kit through my Platinum 6 using the embossing folder, then used a blending brush to blend Juniper ink from Concord & 9th around the edge of the embossed panel. I also splattered it with some more shimmering gold watercolors. I matted the panel on a wine-colored full size A7 card front, creating a festive frame around the edge.
For the greeting, I used one of the puffy gold foil sentiment stickers included in the kit along with a chipboard greeting strip, also included in the kit. I adhered them in the center of the blended, embossed panel, then used several colors of cardstock from the kit with the Make It Merry Florals dies, arranging them around the greeting with both liquid and foam adhesive. Finally, I added some sparkling red jewels from the kit to make this a super festive card!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! This Make It Merry Card Kit from Spellbinders is totally worth the money, especially if you have lots of Christmas cards and tags to make. Having everything so perfectly coordinated makes it so easy to whip up lots of beautiful and elegant projects in a short amount of time! And the Make It Merry Add-On Bundle and Make It Merry 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad just further enhances the potential for even more projects!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!