Lacey & Elegant Effects Using the Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies

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Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Use your spellbinders imperial gold dies to create elegant effects for your cards. Tutorial at

This simple, but elegant card using the Spellbinders Imperial Gold dies makes the perfect congratulations for many occasions be it a wedding, a shower or a birthday.  The layered piece creates a beautiful lacey look and adds a unique dimension to the card.  The marbled paper technique used on the embellishments adds to the look of these great dies.

Start by creating a 5” x 7” card base from card stock (Super Value Pack).

Cut Cardstock

Cut several pieces of white card stock in sizes large enough to fit the dies on.

 Shaving Cream

Using an old plate or paper plate, place a good amount of shaving cream onto it.  You should have enough to cover each piece of card stock you cut in the previous step.

Add Alcohol Inks

Add several drops of Alcohol Inks (Summit View Brights Set used) to the shaving cream as shown.

Mix Together

Run something like a palette knife through the shaving cream in different directions.  Do not mix it up or it will become muddy.

Lay Cardstock on top

Individually lay each piece of card stock on the shaving cream and lightly press it in.  Remove it by pulling it across the shaving cream.

Remove Shaving Cream

Use an old gift card or something similar to scrape off the shaving cream.

Let Dry

Allow the papers to sit and dry.  This is what they will look like at this point.  If there’s any remaining shaving cream on them at this time, use a paper towel to lightly wipe them off.

Junior Magnetic Mat

Place the dies in the correct stack using plate A, the junior magnetic mat (required for use with these dies) the Spellbinder dies (Imperial Gold Circles One used here) you are using, the paper and then plate C.   Run this stack through your die cut machine (Spellbinders Grand Calibur).

Embossing Mat

Remove plate C and place the tan embossing mat that comes with the Grand Calibur over the stack and replace the plate.  Run it through the machine to emboss the paper. 

Add Layering Dyes

Add other dies into the stack for more layering.  Here I used a standard circles die with one of the smaller Imperial Gold dies in the Circles set. 

Add Dots

Once you have all of the pieces cut, begin layering them placing 3-d adhesive dots in between each layer.  Be sure to use enough dots to hold the pieces.

Now, assemble the card.  Start by cutting the 2 pieces of patterned paper (Graphic 45 Secret Garden used) to measure 4 ¾” wide x 6” long and 4 ½” wide x 4 ¾” long.  Adhere them onto the card base with a tape runner, staggering them from one another as shown in the finished project picture.

Stamp the sentiment on using black ink and the Martha Stewart Stamp Setting Kit or a stamp of your choice.

Glue a piece of ribbon across the center of the card and then adhere the embellishment with a tape runner.   Add the self-adhesive stone to the top of the embellishment.

This beautiful card is now complete.  This is a great example of how card makers can use and enjoy these great new Spellbinders dies, too.  Have fun using them with all of the fabulous patterned papers and card stocks from CreateForLess or create some of your own using the marbled technique.  No matter what you use you will be sure to end up with an absolutely gorgeous card!

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