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Spellbinders | New Holiday 2019 collection | Blog hop + Giveaway

Hi friends, welcome! I am so glad you are here!!

This post is part of an inspiration blog hop for Spellbinders New Holiday Collection for 2019. I am honored and thrilled to be part of it along with so many talented crafters from this community.

I created two tags and two cards. And I planned so many more which I will share in the coming days. But for today, here are the projects we will look at:


You should have come here from the adorable space of Mayline Jung. And I am the last stop. For a full list of all stops in this hop, keep reading.


For my tags, I used the cute little Santa’s Workshop dies. These are just so adorable and quite versatile, specially the outermost dome one.

I did partial die cutting to create my base panel: first I cut the dome part without cutting its bottom, and then taped the base part where I needed it to be. This time I cut it from the other side, avoiding the top part.

The trees, deer, icy slopes, the icy background with dots and the base part was straightforward die cutting. I wanted the house to be a little bit shorter, so I trimmed off the top story before assembling it.

Once I had the front panel all assembled, I added another white panel behind it, so one could write a personal note on there. To create this, I simply traced the front panel on white cardstock and fussy cut it out. On both of these, I stamped a sentiment ‘Peace’ using inks that sorta matched the colors (linked below). The sentiment itself is from Deer Santa clear stamp set from Spellbinders that came as part of Nov 2018 card kit. Finally I used the tool-in-one to create a hole at the top and tied both the panels together with some twine.


You guys, I am in love with these cards! I used Yupo paper for the front panels along with Alcohol inks (all colors linked below). And on top of these bright colors, I added foiling with the delicate designs of Ornament Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. The effect is just so stunning!

I started by cutting my panel to size and then used alcohol ink blending solution +  several colors of ink on top. For the blue colored card, I used Alcohol Pearl inks Sublime and Tranquil with normal alcohol ink Stream. For the pink one, regular Alcohol inks Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange with Alcohol Pearl ink Intrigue. I directly dropped them onto the panel (along with Blending Solution, of course), and let the liquids work themselves.

To foil on these perfectly, I made sure that the inks are completely dry. In fact, I colored them the night before and foiled on next morning. I taped the three plates together for the ornament, Merry and Christmas. I attached the cluster to the inked up panel making a hinge with low tack washi tape. For the silver one with pink-orange colors panel, I used the Prism Hot Foil that came in this month’s Glimmer Foil kit. For the gold one on blue-green panel, I went with Champagne color. I think this came in one of the older Glimmer kits too.

Once all the hot foiling was done, I did lots of die cutting {yes, I love Poinsettia flowers and yes, I will be making more cards with just the flowers from this set :-D }. This set has a die for flower centers, but I used a gem and a sequin on my flowers. Just for some added interest.

I loved working on these projects. These sets from the Holiday collection really got me started on Holiday card making in August. Can’t believe it for myself. Hope these inspire you to start creating too. Have fun crafting!


To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, August 25th 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday on Spellbinders blog. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties, and taxes.

If you want to start over, you should go to Spellbinders blog. Here’s the full list of all blogs for you to check out:


Jennifer Mcguire

Debby Hughes

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Wanda Guess

Jean Manis

Keeway Tsao

Svitlana Shayevich

Mindy Eggen

Marie Heiderscheit

Zsoka Marko

Laurie Willison

Karin Åkesdotter

Nina-Marie Trapani

Mindy Baxter

Amy Rysavy

Betty Wright

Daniel West

Amanda Korotkova

Mayline Jung

Varada Sharma


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Also, just so you know the textured cardstock that I used on most of my cards come from Spellbinders card kit. #valueformoney for sure.


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57 thoughts on “Spellbinders | New Holiday 2019 collection | Blog hop + Giveaway

  1. I am going to have to get that die set. I could make so many adorable scenes with it, just like you did. GREAT JOB!

  2. You did great on the tags with the snow globe die….very nice
    I love your background on both of the cards and they turned out fantastic….well done and tfs

  3. Beautiful tags and cards! I love the Santas Workshop set, my favorite dies of the release! And the foiled ornament cards are just gorgeous! Pretty backgrounds and embellishments! I’m anxious to learn more about the Hot Foil Plates and how to use them!

  4. OH MY, Varada! The little tags you made are ADORABLE!!! SO CUTE! AND your cards are STUNNING!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOOOVE the alcohol ink backgrounds you created for your cards! It REALLY makes your foiled images POP!!! I LOOOVE your cards!!!!!! ;)<3

  5. I am also in love with your alcohol ink cards, so gorgeous! I love the tags as well. What a fun idea for the snow globe die.

  6. I never would have thought to use yupo/alcohol ink backgrounds for Christmas, but these are so fresh & modern. Great cards & tags!

  7. Thank you for these wonderful ideas. Love the that you shortened the house! I am blown away by the foiling over alcohol inks—what a great result! I am going backwards up the list, so you are first on my list ?.

  8. I love the light blue cardstock you used in the sweet snow globe card. Just the right pop of color. The use of alcohol inked backgrounds for the beautiful foiled dies is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love how you used the alcohol ink backgrounds – never thought of foiling on yupo paper. I have just recently begun experimenting with the alcohol inks and love it!

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