Lacey & Elegant Effects Using the Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies

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Peg Rounds

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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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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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