Hi there! Spellbinders has released some absolutely spectacular holiday products during their July Release, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to play with some of them. All three of my projects today are based on one product set: Blooming Tree Glimmer Plate and Die. (Waste not, want not!) Let’s get started with the details on my projects!
I began by doing some hot foiling the Blooming Tree Glimmer Plate and Die with my Glimmer machine (which is on sale right now, by the way! If you’re on the fence this would be a great opportunity to pick up a hot foil machine at a discount!) using Champagne foil from Spellbinders. I love the Champagne foil. It’s such a lovely, subtle alternative to gold. A bit cooler, and very elegant and chic. I used the Solid Rectangle Foil Plate to use the negative space created by the Blooming Tree Glimmer Plate and Die on the leftover foil panel. After I’d finished foiling, I die cut the original tree image, the negative space image, and reserved the leftover negative space on the original white cardstock panel. One foiled image, three focal pieces!
My first card uses the original foiled image. After foiling and die cutting, I used Copic markers to color the flowers and foliage on the image with a slightly non-traditional color scheme of hot pink and olive green. Still red and green, ish, but but a more modern twist!
For the card base, I ran the Plaid Tidings hot foil plate through my Glimmer machine without any heat or foil. The result was this lovely, subtly textured background! As a ground for my foiled tree die cut, I added a strip of champagne glitter paper along one side of the card base.
I added a few die cut Evergreen Boughs behind the tree in a coordinating shade of olive green. I die cut a greeting from the Christmas Mix and Match sentiment dies, cut from some more champagne glitter paper. I added the “from all of us” from the Many Merry Christmas stamp and die set, heat embossed using platinum embossing powder. Finally, I added a few matte champagne pearls for one last textural element. I love the pops of color and flashes of shine on this card!
My second card features the negative foiled image from the Blooming Tree Glimmer Plate and Die. I used the Solid Rectangle Foil Plate to use the negative of the original foiled piece, which I die cut using the coordinating die. The champagne foil looks so lovely with the white details!
For the background, I used the Plaid Tidings hot foil plate with some more Champagne foil. Pulling that foil off of the heated panel was magical. (So magical that I repeated the process in 4 other colors haha! You can never have too many plaid backgrounds at your disposal!) The busy background needed something to soften it a bit, so I trimmed down a piece of heavyweight vellum and adhered my foiled tree to it, offset to one side.
For the greeting, I die cut another sentiment from the Christmas Mix and Match sentiment die set, again cut from champagne glitter cardstock, then again from plain white cardstock and adhered together to add a little extra height. I added them to the vellum strip using liquid adhesive, then added a coordinating sentiment strip from the Many Merry Christmas stamp and die set, heat embossed using platinum embossing powder on a strip of white cardstock and adhered using foam tape. I popped up the tree and vellum pieces using foam tape, hiding the adhesive behind the solid die cut to keep the vellum looking nice and clean. Some more matte champagne pearls were the final touch!
My final card features the negative cardstock left by the original foiled die cut Blooming Tree Glimmer Plate and Die. When foiling, I placed the tree hot foil plate as close to the center of the cardstock as possible; then when I die cut the tree, I had a tree-shaped window in the center of my cardstock. I backed it with another textured plaid panel, created by running the Plaid Tidings hot foil plate through my Platinum 6 using the embossing mat sandwich from the Universal Plate System. It creates a much more intense texture than just running the plate through with the foiling sandwich.
For the greeting, I heat embossed the pieces from the Many Merry Christmas stamp and die set using platinum embossing powder. I love how well this shade of embossing powder coordinates with the champagne foiling on the previous cards. I also die cut a few pine sprigs from the Pinecone and Evergreen Bough set in some more olive green cardstock. I die cut a few deep pink “berries” and glittery sprigs using some of the elements from the Be Bold Blooms die set. It’s not traditionally a holiday die set, but it worked quite well for this card!
I arranged all of the die cuts around the plaid tree window, adhering them with liquid and foam adhesive for lots of dimension. A few more matte champagne pearls finished it off!
Well, that’s all for my projects today. I had such fun hot foiling, die cutting, and mixing and matching to create three unique cards that still coordinate with each other. If you needed a little extra inspiration to get started on your holiday cards, I hope you’ll check out the beautiful July release from Spellbinders! So many gorgeous products covering such a wide variety of styles. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a marvelous day!