Using Die Cuts to Create a Beautiful Winter Card


Winter Welcome Sled

Using die cuts to create a beautiful winter card.  

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I purchased these Winter Welcome Sled Dies a month or so ago and knew they would be just perfect for some winter themed holiday cards.  A die set that would allow me to create cards with something other than the traditional cutesy elves - something more elegant. 

And, that they did! 
As always Spellbinder dies are designed beautiful, cut so smoothly and easily and I don't have to take them apart when they come in the mail (disassembling those tiny dies is not a favorite task for anyone who struggles with arthritis).  

These dies arrived, sat in my new product bin and awaited me to finally make it down the large "to do" list of projects and products to try out. 

Before I move on to this project... I just want to let you know that I just checked while writing this post to be sure this product was still available before I started yammering on about it - and guess what??? 
They are on sale right now!  
I just love when a product I am going to recommend ends up being a terrific deal for
 all of you to purchase and create with. So here is a link to that savings -

That's a $10 buck savings! 

Ok, back to the card which contains a few other great products and savings and
 I'll get to those as we go along. 

This card started with a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 piece of white cardstock. I used a stencil called Forest Elements from Creative Expressions. I used these stencils a lot when creating backgrounds, each stencil has a few elements such as trees, mountains, waterfront... you name it they 
have it as a background element. I used Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke to blend the row of trees about 2/3 of the way up the card front. 

In this same stencil the bottom of one of the sections of stencil looks somewhat like hills and valleys, so I just used a little more of the Hickory Smoke ink and blended a few snow hills in the background ( very light on the blending since it's snow). 

I blended the sky with a combination of the 3 colors below.

I cut the sled using some of the die pieces included in the Winter Welcome Sled Dies (linked above), there are many more dies to this collection that just what I used.  Along with the pieces for the skates and a little greenery. I fashioned all of these pieces together to create an old fashioned sled and a nice pair of skates and threw it all together for the focal point for this card. 

I had thought about using the poinsettia or holly and berries included in the set, however decided that I just didn't want any red on this particular card front. I'm happy with the outcome.  

To finish the card off I did a quick splatter with acrylic white paint and a few drops of water as well as a 2nd splatter of Cosmic Shimmer - Pixie Sparkles - Frozen Pearl. If you want a product that makes a card front sparkle - This is it!! 

Snowballs... see the tiny little snowballs and the beautiful gems that seem to match with that sky background so well?  Those are a great little find from called Ski Lodge Embellishments produced by Violet Studios. $2.99 people! That's pretty cool for such cute little embellishments that will be the perfect touch on a card. 

There is actually a full line of this ski lodge themed papers and such, so have a look if that's something you're into. I think the products make for great winter cards! 

This beautiful sled from yesteryear could be, of course, used on any background as I'm sure we are going to see it again on a few cards. So just have a look in your stage and see what you have for creating a background - maybe it's stencils or stamps, or perhaps its a beautiful patterned paper that would go nicely with this sled.  There's no better time than now to grab the dies since there is currently such a huge savings on them.  

** Again.. I don't affiliate for Spellbinders. I used the dies, they work amazing. The price point is bang on... and why would I not share that with all of you!! 

I hope you loved today's card... and that it has given you some creative inspiration! 

Tomorrow I have a quick Stampin' Up card,  and a shaker card with some ice skating mice, and we'll see a different way to add snow to a card front. 

Happy Crafting...