Birthday, Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Hot Foiling, Ink Blending, Shakers

Happy Birthday, Spellbinders!

Spellbinders is turning 20! Wow! That is quite an accomplishment especially in the crafting industry when so many others have come and gone. Spellbinders continues to create, innovate, and inspire year after year, so I have no doubt they will be celebrating many more birthdays to come.

To honor this milestone, an amazing “Birthday Celebrations” collection was released today, and I’m honored to join in on the crafting fun. You can view the entire collection on their site HERE. Otherwise, let me show you how I created today’s project…

Step 1: Die Cutting

I started by die cutting the Balloon Party Animal from Pink Sands cardstock.

Step 2: Ink Blending

I applied Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick with a foam blending tool in the areas where a shadow might fall like in the creases and under the legs and belly.

Step 3: Adding Dimension

Next, I assembled the balloon animal with foam adhesive and added highlights with a white gel pen.

Step 4: Card Base & Layers

I used a top folding A2 (4.25″x5.5″) card base for the foundation. A piece of confetti patterned paper from the new Cheerful Occasions pad was trimmed 1/4″ smaller at 4″x5.25″, and the white top layer trimmed another 1/2″ smaller at 3.5″x4.75″.

I then used a circle die to cut out a window in the top white layer and scalloped frame from yellow cardstock.

Step 5: Mat Layer

The blue patterned paper was secured to the card base. Then after adding a stitched border in pale blue, a bit of Sparkle Silk was splashed all over the mat layer. Once it was dry, a piece of clear acetate film was secured behind the circle opening.

Step 6: Fill & Foil

An assortment of sequins was placed followed by the mat layer using foam adhesive to ensure the elements could shake freely and not escape. I also attached the scalloped frame.

Sentiment strips were hot pressed on the Glimmer Specialty Cardstock using the Essential Glimmer Sentiments plates and Bright Pink foil.

(If you don’t have or like hot foil, this sentiment set is also available as a regular clear stamp set HERE.)

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Finally, the balloon animal was attached as well as the sentiment strips (with foam adhesive). Several “Spectrum” gems were also added for even more sparkle and confetti. To push it even further, I added loads of dots with gold and silver glitter pens.

Oh, I wish you could see how sparkly and dimensional this card really is. There isn’t a speck on this card that doesn’t scream “party!”

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please feel free to let me know what sort of projects you’d like to see next. If you’d like to see more now, please visit my Gallery. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube as well. Until next time… stay crafty!

– Laura Evangeline

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