Holiday Blitz


Today kicks off a full week of Holiday Blitz tutorials over at Splitcoaststampers. Beate was kind to ask me to write 2 Nestabilities tutorials for the SCS Resource section that go live today. Nestabilities from Spellbinders are one of my go to tools for quick and easy WOW! Here, I’ve used the Label One die-cut and a Wizard embossing mat for a dry embossed image. See the Embossed Frame tutorial HERE.  You can view the Cutting Shapes tutorial HERE. Other tutorials throughout the week will feature packaging and giftable ideas that you may use throughout the holiday season.

Wizard vs. Cuttlebug

I have been using a Cuttlebug to cut my Nestabilities for the last year, and I get fabulous results. If fact, the Spellbinders dies are universal, and Spellbinders provides a comprehensive list of ‘sandwich’ recipes required to use their dies in other die-cut machines. You can find that list HERE.

That said, I used the Wizard die-cut machine to write these tutorials, and when it comes to the crisp embossed edging that are a Spellbinders trademark, there is NO COMPARISON. The Wizard creates the most beautiful crisp, detailed dry embossed edges. Anyone need a Cuttlebug? 😉

This one layer card would be fairly simple to duplicate in mass. The elements from Kim Hughes’ set ‘The Landing Pad’ are stamped onto patterned paper, cut out and applied to the cardfront with dimensional dots. Tip: I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the birdhouse so that the hole to the house was in the center of my patterned paper wreath. To apply the Pindot background, I simply cut a mask from the Label One die out of notebook paper and placed it over the embossed shape. Then I stamped the Pindot Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms in white pigment ink.

Be sure to check out all the tutorials throughout the week, a new one each day! I’m sure even the most seasoned stamper will find an ah’ ha! moment, some tips and a few tricks tucked into each project.

I’ve got a day full of errands, odds & ends and cleaning here at the Craig house. I’m hoping to sneak a little stamping time in later this afternoon! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Stamps: Landing Pad – Kim Hughes Collection & Pindot Scrapblock (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Cardstrock: Kraft (Prism), Wassail paper (Basic Grey, brown polka dot patterned paper (Prima Marketing)
  • Ink: Espresso & White Pigment Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Wizard Die-cut Machine, Label One Nestabilities (both by Spellbinders),  Ribbon (May Arts), Stamp-a-ma-jig, glitter and button

19 responses to “Holiday Blitz

  1. Sweet card! And as a matter of fact, I don’t own a cuttlebug or any other die cut system… If you truly are trying to get it off your hands contact me!

  2. I’ve chosen to do something similar to this for my Christmas card this year—thanks so much for all you do to make my stamping life better! I can’t wait to peek at these tutorial!

  3. This is a *perfect* single layer card, Lori!! I totally love the images, colors, embossing, and your ribbon/button treatment!! Awesome, girl!! (Have to check out your tutes.)

  4. What an elegant card I love the simplicity of it. TFS.

    Debbie/Phx AZ

  5. Wow! This is gorgeous!!!

  6. Lori, thanks so much for your wonderful tutorials!
    I really like the cards you made as samples!
    Hugs and smiles

  7. This is the sweetest card, a must try. Ty for sharing.

  8. This is fabulous! I must get some more of those Nestabilities!

  9. This is just so adorable! Love the little bird house.

  10. I read the tutorial and I just received my FIRST Nestabilities this week. Perfect timing. Thanks! I kind of like the reverse embossed image as well.

  11. I just got these new nestabilities and I am anxious to try them out. I love how you embossed this. Going to check out the tutorial now!

  12. Chris R. from Iowa

    I love this card. Thanks for the information. I don’t have a Cuttlebug or nesties but have been considering these. Now, I need to check into the Wizard, huh? How much do you want for your Cuttlebug? Thanks for all your talent

  13. Simply Fab as always! Great Job Lori!

  14. I was sent here because JUST TODAY I was asking around about how you can emboss with something designed to CUT!!

    I hope I haven’t ruined my cuttlebug doing it wrong!!

    And so far, I love my cuttlebug. grrrrrrr

    THANK YOU!!!!

  15. now THAT is gorgeous woman! 🙂

  16. Lori, you nailed this! It is truly beautiful!

  17. Awesome card! Love the embossed frame (can’t wait to get my hands on those) and the great paper-pieced images… TFS!

  18. This turned out fabulous, Lori — love the embossed frame and hanging birdhouse — very creative!!

  19. Well, how sweet is THIS card??
    Kim Marie

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