Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I am honored to be guesting with Spellbinders today for their Indie Collection release blog hop! There are lots of pretty die designs in their Indie Collection, of which I will be using three… the Layered Monarch, Layered Tulips and Hugs Expressions sets. You can see all of the Indie Collection HERE.

If you have been hopping along already, you should have arrived from the amazingly talented, Nichol Sphor’s blog! All of the details for the hop are further down in this post.

Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

I created the butterfly first, by cutting the wings with Cream, Sweet Mango, and Burnt Orange cardstocks; the body of the butterfly is cut using Dark Chocolate. I layered all the pieces together with Tonic Smooth Precision Glue Pen (which I LOVE) and added a bit of shading with a Copic marker. There is some Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen on the wings too for some sparkle!

Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

The Layered Tulips are cut from Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, Green Apple and Green Leaf cardstocks. I adhered all the layers together again with the Tonic Studios glue pen and shaded both the petals and leaves with Copic markers. As with the butterfly, I put some Aqua Shimmer glitter onto these die cuts too.

Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

All of the flowers and the butterfly are popped up off of my card base, which also has some interest. I had layered some navy patterned paper onto the card base, and popped a white cardstock panel up off of that. The white panel was cut with Simon’s Wonky Rectangles die, and has the Bohemian Lace background stamped onto it with Barely Beige ink. There are some splatters of watercolor in the background too for some extra texture.

Spellbinders Indie Collection Inspiration + Blog Hop

Finally, I added my sentiment onto the card! I cut the word “hugs” from Guava cardstock three times, then popped that off the card with foam tape. The smaller sentiment is from the stamp set that goes with the Hug Expressions set. The gorgeous navy and gold patterned paper I used needed a balancing element, which is why I chose to use Antique Gold embossing powder on Soft Navy cardstock for this small greeting.

I really loved how these Indie Collection dies worked so well together in creating a beautiful scene! I hope you enjoyed this card and were inspired by it! Keep on reading to see all the supplies used and learn more about the blog hop.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! I’ll be back again tomrorow with more inspiration for you!

Supplies Used

S4-920 Spellbinders LAYERED MONARCH…
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S4-923 Spellbinders LAYERED TULIPS…
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SDS-154 Spellbinders HUGS EXPRESSIONS…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp…
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Tonic AQUA SHIMMER PEN Nuvo 2 Pack 888N
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Therm O Web Gina K Designs BUBBLEGUM…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SOFT…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Therm O Web Gina K Designs SWEET…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Lawn Fawn GUAVA Cardstock LF1117
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Inkon3 JUICY CLEAR Embossing and…
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder…
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Keep Hopping

There is lots more inspiration to see in this blog hop! Your next stop is Laurie Wilson, who has such an inspiring style! If you need to reference the entire hop order, I have it listed below:

Yana Smakula
Debby Hughes
Nichol Spohr
Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here! :)
Laurie Willison
Elena Salo
Enza Gudor
Ilda Dias
Jennifer Gallacher
Svitlana Shayevich
Virginia Lu
Yoonsun Hur
Zsoka Marko
Anna Kossakovskaya
Bibi Cameron
Heather Hoffman

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, July 15th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

I’m also giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders store! Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, July 15th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. I will annouce the winner on my blog after the 15th. Winner is responsible for any applicable shipping cost, duties and taxes.


  1. Dana M July 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card! Fabulous depth, dimension and layout. Bright and happy and fun touch of shine.

  2. Cheri July 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Lovely card, Nina……and what fantastic Dies! I love watching your tutorials & I learn a lot!

  3. Karen D July 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous card! Words can’t even describe how beautiful your card it!

  4. Lisa Moline July 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the new dies! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  5. Terrie D. July 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Your card is gorgeous! I just love those layered tulips and butterfly :)

  6. Patt H. July 12, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    So beautiful! Love the colors & all the gorgeous texture & dimension!

  7. Martha H. July 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Lovely card! Love the bright, happy colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sherri July 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Blending plus the die layers really add dimension to your card!

  9. Luci Manos July 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Such an adorable card! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. cyndi morris July 12, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I love the Indie collection and you used two of my favorites — tulips and the butterfly! Your card is gorgeous.

  11. Monika July 12, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Such a pretty card Nina Marie. Love the delicate layers on the flower and butterfly! Amazing die-cuts. The shading looks wonderful!

  12. Debbie Selby July 12, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Nice job with the shading to bring these die cuts to life.

  13. bev p July 12, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Oh, so pretty! This is not helping me control my “wanter”!!! Thank you, though, for brightening my day.

  14. Joyce Spicher July 12, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Cool! And exciting — can’t wait to get these dies

  15. Shelly July 12, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Oooh, this is so pretty!

  16. Trina Pham July 12, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful card. Great colors. x

  17. Mary-Anne V July 12, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Love how you combined these dies to create this pretty scene.

  18. Mary July 12, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

    That sure is a beautiful blend of dies from various kits! Lovely, thank you for inspiring from this new release :D

  19. Sharon O July 12, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Gorgeous layered card from this beautiful new Spellbinders collection! Love your work anyway and you never disappoint me.

  20. Shelley C July 12, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

    love the colors and arrangement of this card!

  21. Tara Prince July 12, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Gorgeous design! I love the dies!!

  22. Shanna July 12, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I am so in love with these new dies!

  23. Angie Hall July 12, 2018 at 7:47 am - Reply

    I love the large die cuts and your excellent color choices and extra shading on the die cuts.

  24. Cindy Holmes July 12, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    GORGEOUS card! The colors are so FANTASTIC! I just love anything with flowers and butterflies! And this card has both!

  25. Mindy Drummond July 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Two of my favorite things are flowers and butterfly’s so I adore this card! I really like how you added some Copic shading to give both more depth and having the tulips going off each side of the card really added to the overall look as well. I’m so glad you mentioned you used (and love) the Tonic Smooth Precision Glue Pen. I’m new to papercrafting / mixed media and have been trying to build my supplies. A glue pen is one of the things I have been trying to decide which one to go with (there are so many lol) so now I know which one I’m going to get. Thanks for a great tip and a beautiful card :)

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      ninamarie July 12, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

      I’m so happy that you were both inspired and helped by my latest tutorial Mindy! :) Yes, that Glue Pen from Tonic is the best I have ever used, and I’ve tried a few before this one. Once dry, this adhesive pen holds paper together beautifully. I love it SO much and use it ALL the time, especially for layering die cuts together!

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