My afternoon class on Sat, February 14 will be all about using three relatively new Spellbinders dies: Nested Birds, Nested Butterflies and Nested Flowers. Each die includes a set of three dies, graduated in size. I have had such fun playing with these dies and yet I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of their possibilities. Let me show you the samples I have made.
My first card is a copy of one I saw on Ellen Hutson’s blog so please let me give her full credit for the design. It uses the wonderful Basic Grey paper collection called Urban Prairie. I cut the large and medium flower from two of the papers and the small bird from the teal paper. Isn’t the background paper (Meadow) perfect for a bird card? The sentiment (Savvy Stamps) is stamped on a tag cut with the largest Double Ended tag from Spellbinders.
Staying with the bird dies, I created a mobile based on a Christmas ornament that I saw on Becca Feeken’s blog. The bird die is cut twice, once in each direction and then the wings are cut. You’ll have to come to the class to discover which die I used to make the wings!
My next card features the medium bird sitting on a leafy branch cut using Spellbinders “Bugs” die and K & Company Blue Awning paper. The music paper is by Creative Imaginations. This bird’s wing is cut with the same die that I used on the bird mobile above. Can you guess which die I used? The three layers of DP are cut with Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles.
This card was a quick and easy. The DP is Graphic 45’s Baby 2 Bride collection and the bird was die cut then stamped with the flourish stamp from Hero’s new Artistic Windows set. The bird is sitting on a branch (Hero’s long stem blossom) and the sentiment is from Hero’s new All Occasion Messages clear stamp set stamped on Spellbinders label tags.
Next I played with the flower die again, this time using new paper from the Doodlebug Bunny Hop collection. The center is accented with a round Nestabilities die and an orange dew drop (Robin’s Nest). For the flower’s stem I used one of the Spellbinders Doodle Parts. The sentiment (Impression-Obsession Alesa Baker) is stamped and embossed in white. How did I make the photo corners? Come to class and find out! You probably have the die I used!
Can you tell I couldn’t stop playing with these dies? They are so much fun! Next I combined all three dies on one card using Graphic 45’s Baby 2 Bride collection DP for the flower, butterfly and bird and Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie for the background. Notice that the butterfly has vellum wings stamped with a new Hero Arts stamp (one of four in the Artistic Windows set) and antennae made of silver wire. The sentiment is from Rubber Soul/Wordsworth.
The Butterfly die was next up and although you may not be able to tell from this photo, I die cut a card that opens (hinged at the top) using the largest of the three butterflies. Not original, but very clever and certainly will impress your friends! The sentiment is from Memory Box and it is stamped inside a flower border stamped with the 1 5/8” round stamper from Just Rite. The flowers are accented with Stardust Stickles glitter glue. Background paper on the butterfly card is Urban Prairie!
Last but certainly not least, I just had to use another Urban Prairie paper that’s covered with butterflies. This card is quite large and has a border created with the Treading Water punch and mini pinking decorative scissors (both by Fiskars). I die cut the butterfly from another Urban Prairie DP and from vellum. Then I stamped the vellum with the flourish stamp (Hero’s new Artistic Windows) using Versamagic Pixie Dust ink. I added tiny pale pink crystals and antennae made from silver wire.
I hope these projects inspire you. Please sign up early for the class Sat, Feb. 14, 2 to 4pm as I anticipate a lot of interest. Please let me know if there’s one of these dies you can’t live without and I shall put it aside for you! Happy Stamping!