Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways for Day 1 of Christmas in July

Hello, Friends!  Bundle up, put on your mittens and come for a stroll through Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies with me.  Yes, it’s the first day of Christmas in July here at Kathy by Design.  I know, I know…we’re all still wearing our flip flops, drinking iced tea and wearing Bermuda shorts.  But as fast as this year is going by, I thought we’d better get a head start on our Christmas crafting.

With shipping delay issues, handmade gifts are the way to go this year!  The remainder of this month (and into August and even September as my ordered supplies come in) I’ll be sharing some fun ideas for cards, folios, banners, gifts and tags.

Today’s post features 3 lovely Susan’s Winter Garden dies used in 3 different ways.  I’ve put together a little video tour with tips for you as well as a tutorial for creating a 5×7 double gatefold card base.  Are you ready to get your Christmas craft on?  Then let’s get started!

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #1: Carta Bella Christmas Rustic Ice Skate Card

Carta Bella Christmas Spellbinders Susan's Garden Skate, Christmas Rose, Evergreen Foliage by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Here’s a true confession: Although I grew up in Vermont, I never learned to ice skate.  Did you?  The closest I ever got to skating was falling down.  A lot.  But my dad was a marvelous skater.  He could go forwards and backwards and spin, too.  Ice skates and Christmas cards go together like Santa and reindeer.

This 6×6 top fold card features the Winter Garden skate, Evergreen Foliage and Christmas Rose dies.  You can find out more about this rustic Christmas card, learn some fun crafting tips,  and see the inside in the video below.

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #2: Stamperia Pink Christmas Slimline Card Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas Slimline Card Folio Spellbinders Susan's Winter Garden Skate, Evergreen Foliage, Christmas Rose Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Care to join me for a Victorian skating party?  This 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  slimline card folio features pink ice skates, of course!  This time I layered 2 skates together and topped them with pearls and a bow.  This girly girl project was probably my favorite of the three.  Here’s how to make the trifold base from 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, place the long side of  your cardstock on the your scoring tool.
  • From the left, score at 4 1/2″, 5″ and 9 1/2″.  (This measurement is wrong in the video; that’s why I’m adding it here.)
  • Fold the 2″ flap on the end to the inside of the card base.

It’s that easy!  Wait ’til you see the inside of this pretty card!  I hope you’ll enjoy the video tour with tips!

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #3: 5×7 Double Gatefold with Belly Band Tutorial

Photoplay Paper It's a Wonderful Christmas 5x7 Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Spellbinders Susan's Winter Garden Evergreen Foliage Christmas Rose by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays!  This 5×7 Double Gatefold card sports a decorative belly band that I like more every time I look at it!  It’s made with Photoplay’s new Christmas collection called “It’s a Wonderful Christmas.”  And truly, this is a wonderful collection!

The Evergreen Foliage die is so versatile, friends.  Instead of keeping the boughs whole, I snipped them into individual pieces and built this lovely wreath.  Can you guess what I used to make the “berries” adorning the wreath?  You’ll have to watch the video tour to find out if you’re right.  I’ll also share a quick tutorial showing you how to assemble the card base.

Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a tour of the projects, the dies and the paper collections I’ve used in today’s post, I hope you’ll enjoy this video.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another tutorial featuring more new Christmas goodies!  I love Christmas in July!  It’s like getting to open your presents the night before Christmas!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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5 thoughts on “Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways

  1. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, every card is a winner! I especially love the rustic card and how you used the buttons and bells embellishments. The slimline is so lovely with the little skating girls and the pretty lace accent. The “no place like home card” has such beautiful Christmas patterns and colors. The plaid reminds me of vintage wrapping paper. You always had to get it lined up straight! LOL The house image in the middle of the silver wreath is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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  2. Susan Steele

    Luv these 3 beautiful Spellbinders card creations!!! Those pink ice skates are just adorable! Well those skates and foliage are already sold out! But thanks for sharing! Hugs, Suzy Q

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  3. jrichardson186492gmailcom

    Beautiful cards Kathy! I don’t have any of the papers you used but I do have some Prima Christmas paper that is pink and Prima Christmas in the Country which might work. Will look through my stash and see what I can find. I love Christmas in July!
    If you don’t mind me asking what are you using for the magnetic sheet you store your dies on?

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  4. soozyb2013

    Very nice Kathy, the first one actually made it cooler in here, definitely gives you the winter vibe. I do love Stamperia papers. I really don’t want to think about December yet when we really haven’t had summer yet and it’s mid-July already!!! Enjoy your Monday!!!

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  5. MaryH

    An explosion of sweetness unfolds before our eyes this morning. Impressive soft colors still make you feel the chill in the air. The perfect balance between creativity and layout structure. Without a doubt this is a show-stealer!

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