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Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial

Spellbinders Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial with 3D Embossing Folder

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial.  We’re going to have such a fun crafty adventure with these Spellbinders stamps, dies and 3D Embossing Folder. We’ll also pull out some pretty Photoplay papers from the Closet of Inspiration of Delight.   So grab your mixed media boots out of the closet, brew a cuppa and let’s make a whole stack of sweet Valentine’s Day cards together!

Two Hearts as One 3D Embossing Folder

First, we’ll create some lovely mixed media backgrounds using the Two Hearts as One 3D Embossing Folder.  You’re going to get to play with paint,  inks and sprays, stamps and dies today as well as some other nifty products.

I’m especially fond of this particular embossing folder because it allows you to create two A2 card fronts at the same time.

Beautiful Blooms Zinnias and Ladybugs

Once we have our embossed backgrounds made, we’ll go to work on stamping and coloring the lovely floral images from the Beautiful Blooms Stamp and Die Bundle.  Stamp 3 sets of zinnias with Distress Oxide Inks, then use a water brush to spread out the color,  It’s such an easy way to color an image.  The sentiments on each card are also from the Beautiful Blooms bundle.

Lilies of the Field
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This card features the lilies stamp.  First, I inked up my stamp with 2 shades of Distress Oxide Ink.  Then I colored in the petals with an ink dauber and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  Finally, i added the little dots with the end of a watercolor pencil.

Pretty Pink Posies

This cheery little card features the poppy stamp (at least I think these are poppies!) Once again, first I inked up my stems and leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  Then I inked the petals with Picked Raspberry DO Ink.  Next I die cut the stamped images and spritzed them very lightly with a little water.  This caused the ink to “bleed” just a little and create a water color effect in the center of each flower. Now you are ready to layer the stems with foam tape and add a sentiment.  You gotta love such quick and easy cardmaking!

Mixed Media Metallic Heart

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I saved my favorite card for last.  We’ll create this card together in the video tutorial below.  It’s surprisingly easy to make, but really packs a lovely visual punch.

Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how these cards came together, learn some fun and easy mixed media techniques, and see a homemade envelope demo, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You’ll find linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe

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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!