Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe: Nativity and Woodland Scene Mixed Media Cards
Hello, Friends! I spent a delightful afternoon in the studio creating cards with Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe Dies. My friends at Spellbinders sent me two sets to play with: Nativity and Woodland Scene. Let me tell you: these dies are fabulous! I did not have the snow globe die itself, but the elements in these two sets make beautiful cards all on their own. I thought you might enjoy seeing how I spent a rainy Saturday playing with these two die sets.
Nativity Snow Globe Card
Is this not the sweetest Nativity scene? It is beautiful in its simplicity and easily adapts to mixed media use. Here are some tips for working with these dies.
- First, a magnetic sheet is a MUST to prevent the loss of the many itty bitty pieces in this set.
- Next, die cut a “base” for the shapes out of heavy cardstock. I used Spellbinders Dune because it is a great color for hands and faces. ,
- Then, cut the robes from scraps of colored cardstock. I used two shades of blue, then cut along the engraving lines and layered as you see in the photo.
- Create a realistic looking setting by adding Spanish Moss to the base of the manger.
- Add gems to the Star of Bethlehem and the night sky to create extra sparkle.
- Die cut a frame from Spellbinders APG Callista Rectangle Dies. This helps the small images to stand out.
- Finally, create a background scene by layering elements from Stamperia Patchwork Christmas papers.
A Peek Inside
Finishing the interior of this card was as fun as creating the card cover, but then that is usually the case for me.
I die cut a circle image, backed with a cardstock circle and stitched up a little ornament tag. Chocolate, Christmas tea, and a candy cane turn this card into a gift.
Simon Hurley Snow Globe Woodland Scene
The Woodland Scene dies are dreamy to work with. Growing up in New England, the snow and sky turn the same shade of blue at dusk. I tried to capture the serenity and beauty of that childhood memory in this mixed media card front.
Once again, I die cut the trees, deer, and bunny rabbit from scraps of kraft cardstock. Then I die cut a second set using scraps of my patterned paper. To simulate snow, I die cut the pine tree cover from Spellbinders specialty paper which I’ve linked below.
Creating the background on this card was so much fun. I cut a 7 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of scrap cardstock. Then I layered torn bits of my patterned paper over that panel. This used up a lot of small bits and bobs of the paper collection, which always makes me happy.
But, the colors were much brighter than I wanted. So I pulled out some gesso and lightly brushed it over the entire panel. Follow this up with a light swipe from a damp sponge and you end up with the perfectly muted background you see here. Then I dipped my brush into a tiny bit of Glamour Gel and brushed that over the surface to create a bit of shimmer. Finally, stitch the panel to a 7 1/2″ x 4″ panel of cream cardstock and adhere to the 7 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
A Peek Inside
Turn your greeting card into a gift by adding pockets.
Tuck a Christmas tea bag into the tag pocket, and create a little 3 3/4″ square folio/gift card wallet from scraps.
Tuck this into the pocket along with a honey stick, and you’ve got a really sweet little gift that’s pretty enough to set out as home decor.
These tiny dies would make gorgeous gift tags, too. I may have to work some up so you can see how that would work.
You’ll find a linked supply list below t his post.
I hope you are enjoying a joyful and creative weekend!