Welcome to the first Crafty Wednesday of the new month! Now, those of you who are really into fantasy realms, this is nothing like that! Spellbinders is a trademark name for a brand of die-cutting equipment, similar to the Cuttlebug devices put out by Provo Craft, or the Big Shot products by Sissix. The trick, if you don’t have a Spellbinders machine, is figuring out how to use the much thinner cutting blades on the other machines. I didn’t have a ‘C’ plate for my Cuttlebug, so added layers of corrugated cardboard until the blades cut all the way through the paper. For this anniversary card, I used the ‘Shapeabilities Pendant’ set of 4 cutters with an embossing feature.
I needed to add 4 pieces of corrugated cardboard to cut out the pieces and removed one piece of cardboard, so I could run it through my Cuttlebug again to emboss the piece.
To add a different colour to the embossed area, leave the paper piece attached to the cutting blade and sponge over the exposed section(s) with the desired colour, so it looks like this:
I cut out 2 different-coloured large pendants (above shape), 1 each of the two smaller pendants in different colours, and 2 of the curly accent pieces. I sponged the lighter coloured pieces in the same red, and the small accent pieces in a lighter pigment-based ink, like this:
I used the dark red piece of card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) from which I cut the accent pieces as the main background for my card. For the base of the card, I used plain white card stock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half). I sponged the edges of the card front and the inside with the same dark red ink.
I centered the dark red card stock onto the card base and placed the large pendant at the top. In the center of the large pendant I added the consecutively smaller pendant pieces, like this:
At the bottom where I had cut out the accent pieces, I used pop-up squares to raise up the red pieces so the white background showed around them.
To finish off the front, I took two of the heart-shaped pieces that were cut from the large pendant and hooked them together like linked hearts. I pressed them against sticky dot paper to pick up the sticky dots, and placed them at the bottom between the accent pieces. I stamped the ‘Happy Anniversary’, carefully cut it out and placed it beneath the large pendant.
On the inside, I used the second large pendant as the background for the sentiment (Stampin’ Up‘s Curvy Phrases), which I cut out using a 2″ circle punch and sponged around the edges using the same dark red ink. And there you have it!
Hope this Crafty Wednesday was worth the wait! 🙂