Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala
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Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection with Hussena Calcuttawala

Hello, crafty friends! This is Hussena from Quill and Punch Works and I’m so honored to be guest posting today on the Spellbinders blog! I’m sharing a set of three cards using dies from the new Garden Shutters Collection by Becca Feeken. This is a very unique collection that can be used to create a fun element of motion. It creates a beautiful card, and with one pull of a tab, the shutters open to reveal a sweet surprise sentiment, but the die layers can really be used on any kind of card!

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

I had to start out by trying my hand at one of the classic Garden Shutters cards first. The Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Dies was the first set to catch my eye and I had to use it to create a delicate and feminine encouragement card for a friend. I also used elements from the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies and the Primrose Heart Façade Etched Dies to embellish my card.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

To create my card, I first die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock three times using the kinetic layer die in the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Die Set. I folded the layers following the instructional PDF HERE and adhered down the layers using liquid adhesive to my already die-cut 5″ X 7″ card base. It did take me a while to get the configuration right, but once you get the hang of it, these will be a breeze to make! Next, I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock and Mirror Gold Cardstock using the Decorative Rectangle Insert Die from the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Die Set. I adhered the layers together using liquid glue, allowing a bit of the gold to show as a shadow.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Then, to embellish my card, front I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the butterfly and primrose dies from the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Die Set and Primrose Heart Façade Etched Dies. I used Copic Markers to color and shade the die-cut pieces, but you can also cut out the pieces from colored cardstock and assemble them together. I also die-cut the body of the butterflies from Mirror Gold Cardstock for interest. Next, I used Gold Hot Foil to foil Onyx Cardstock using one of the sentiments from the Mini Sincere Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and cut it out using the coordinating die. I adhered the piece onto my panel using foam tape for a raised effect.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Next, I die-cut Waterfall Cardstock with the Scallop Rim and Outer Eyelet Insert Dies in the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Die Set and adhered it on the front of the card base with liquid adhesive. Then, I die-cut Waterfall and Mirror Gold Cardstock using the Pull Tab dies and adhered it to the back of the top front piece of the card to create the interactive motion for the card. When the recipient pulls on the top tab, the shutters open and the scene assembles itself almost magically. It’s such a joy to look at how it works! I adhered down the various die-cut elements using foam adhesive for depth and dimension and completed the card by adhering down my card front panel to a side-folding Waterfall card base.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

If you’re not a fan of 5″ X 7″ Cards and would like something more petite and pretty, the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Dies is just the set for you! Here I used the interactive A2 (4.25 x 5.5-inch) card base to create a soft floral birthday card.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

To create my card, I die cut A2-sized Alabaster Cardstock thrice using the kinetic layer die included in the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set. Once the base of my card was die-cut and ready, I folded the layers following the instructional PDF HERE and adhered down the layers using liquid adhesive to my already die-cut A2 card base. Next, I die-cut Pink Sand and Alabaster Cardstock using the Design Rectangle outline and insert Dies from the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set. I adhered down the layers to the front and back of the shutter layers for interest and then proceeded with embellishing the card front.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the Angled and Side Flower Dies and the Stem Dies from the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set. I colored the individual die-cut pieces using Copic Markers, adding some simple shading to each die-cut, however, you can always use Distress inks or Watercolour Brush Markers too if you like.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Next, I die-cut Mirror Gold Cardstock using the ‘Happy Birthday To You’ Dies from the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set and adhered it down on my card panel using liquid adhesive. For the reverse layers, I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the Angled and Side Flower Dies and the Stem Dies and Butterfly 2 Dies from the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set and Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Die Set. Once again, I colored the pieces with Copic Markers and did some light shading and blending on the daisies for interest.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Then, I die-cut Graphite Cardstock with the A2 Card Base included in the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Die Set. Next, I die-cut the kinetic layer die from the set twice to create a frame for my card and adhered it on the front of the card frame piece with liquid adhesive. Next, I die-cut Alabaster Cardstock using the Large Rectangle Outer Rim and Insert Die together from the Fluted Classics Rectangles Etched Dies, and adhered the piece down onto my panel with liquid adhesive. I also die-cut Pink Sand Cardstock using the Pull Tab dies included in the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 x 7″ Card Base Etched Die Set and adhered it to the back of the top and bottom frame piece to create the interactive motion for the card.

I adhered down all the different die cut elements to the card front using foam adhesive and matted the entire panel with Mirror Gold Cardstock. Then, to finish, I adhered the card front to a top-folding Pink Sand card base with a tape runner. The layers in the set make it effortless to create a distinctive card! These cards can easily be mass-produced as well if you would like to create and give these cards to your friends and/or family members. There is something about interactive cards that appeal to all age groups. It’s so rewarding to create them too!

If you don’t want to create kinetic cards, this collection also has some gorgeous accessory die sets! I used the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies and Primrose Heart Façade Etched Dies and lots of intricate layers to create this floral congratulations card.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

For my card, I began by creating a top-folding A7-sized card base out of Pink Sand Cardstock by trimming it to 7” x 10” and scoring it down the center. Next, I die-cut Alabaster Cardstock using the Scallop Rim and Outer Eyelet Insert Dies from the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies. Next, I die-cut Alabaster Cardstock using the Inner Rectangle Outline and Eyelet Insert Dies from the same set and layered it over the intricate die-cut frame with foam adhesive. Then, I cut Alabaster Cardstock using the smallest Inner Rectangle Outline and Inner Inner Oval Outline Dies and popped it over the die-cut panel using foam adhesive.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Once my card layers were in place, I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the flower layer and leaf dies from the Primrose Heart Façade Etched Dies. I inked the center of the petals using Coral, while the tips and the centers of the leafy branches were colored using Seaweed and Siren. I die-cut some additional foliage from Snowdrift Cardstock using dies from the Flourished Fleurit Die Set and the Sweet Cottage Flowers Etched Dies and colored them using the same colors as above.

Spellbinders Garden Shutters Collection | with Hussena Calcuttawala

Next, I die-cut Alabaster Cardstock and Mirror Gold Cardstock using the Inner Oval Outline Die from the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies. I used the negative die-cut piece to stamp a sentiment from the All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set in Versafine Onyx Black ink and adhered the layers together using liquid glue, allowing a bit of the gold to show as a shadow. I then popped it on the die-cut panel using foam adhesive for dimension. Then, to finish, I adhered all the flowers and leaves down to the left of my panel using a combination of foam adhesive and liquid adhesive.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other supplies

Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Copic Markers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Sponge Daubers, MISTI Stamping Tool, Tape Runner, White Fun Foam Sheets

I hope you enjoyed this set of layered floral cards featuring the Garden Shutters Collection and are inspired to give it a try. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

You can find more inspiration over at my Blog and Instagram page.

'Hello! My name is Hussena, and I live in Kolkata, India. I am a stay at home mum of two kids and have been crafting for over five years now. I started my creative journey with paper quilling and since then have dabbled in various paper crafting forms like punch craft, die cutting, and more recently stamping. I am an ardent floral fan and you will find me using florals on almost all my creations. I love working with dies, especially floral and intricate ones, as they offer me various possibilities. I also love to create my own handmade flowers, and this is one of the reasons why I am drawn to Spellbinders dies. You can find my work on my blog: Quill and Punch Works

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