Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe

Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe-Nativity-Woodland Scene-Stamperia Patchwork Christmas-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

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.

Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe Winter Scene-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

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!




5 thoughts on “Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe

  1. Martie Rollin

    My venture into mixed media is very slow at best, but I am making progress toward more incorporation of these techniques. Nuvo Mousse, in various colors, is now on hand…thanks for demonstrating this product on an earlier card. Thanks for taking the time to provide direct links to products…very much appreciated! Love the Woodland Scene card! Nice work!

  2. Mary Ann Fry

    Cards are beautiful. And you used one of my favorite paper collections. I saved every bit of scrap and now I know how to incorporate them into my makes. ❤️

  3. Isabel Gonzalez

    Oh, dear Kathy, I love these cards so much! I especially love, love the Nativity one. It’s such a serene scene and the trees in the back make it playful and whimsical. It’s just perfect, my friend!!! God bless you and yours, my dear friend!

  4. Gena

    Oh Kathy these cards are gorgeous! I really like the contemporary aspect of the Christmas trees mixed with the nativity scene. The winter wishes card is beautiful as well. What lovely images on both creations. I so love the paper patchwork! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  5. Ellen

    Hi Kathy. When I looked at the cards in the posting I hadn’t paid attention to the source. I thought to myself, “this woman is good. I need to see more of her.” Then I looked at who posted it and thought, “of course she’s good-it’s Kathy- no wonder I like it”.
    Love the pattern play in these.

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