Hello, friends! Today, I have some fun cards using layering stencils as a background. The main focus of both cards feature products from the Gnome Drive Collection from Spellbinders. I have a new video where I show you both cards. You can view that below or head directly over to YouTube. To see me make the background using the Layering Apples Stencil Set (pictured above), CLICK HERE for that video.


Note: all supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.

For my first card, I used the Pop-up Tree Die and the matching Duo-tone Tree Stencils from Waffle Flower. This is from their recent September ’23 release. I used the new Rainbow Splash Inks from Simon Says Stamp in the following colors: Sea, Lake, Lime and Grass. I then “popped up” several of the trees to give them dimension.

The gnome and the car (including the presents) all come from the Gnome Drive Holiday die set from Spellbinders. There are several add-on sets for this little guy, including the one that I use on the card below. There is also a bundle set that includes all of the dies (plus a stamp set) that Spellbinders sells at a discount. I cut the “merry” sentiment from black glossy card stock. This die comes from the Print & Script Merry Christmas Die Set from Waffle Flower’s recent release.

My second card features the Layering Apples Stencil Set from Simon Says Stamp. This set was released a few months ago, and I made a video showing many ways to use it. I even made the background that you see in this card! Because I wanted to use similar colors for my car on this card, I chose to cover much of the background with vellum. You can still see the background, but the vellum mutes it enough to let the feature pop. And speaking of the feature, that adorable apple comes from the Gnome Drive Graduation die set. The heart comes from one of the other add-ons – the Gnome Drive Hearts for You set. I made it into a balloon with the help of the Color Block Balloons die set. The sentiments come from the new Rainbow Splash “Schoolhouse Messages” stamp set. 

I had so much fun making both of these cards. Leave me a comment and let me know which card you like the best! As always, I appreciate you visiting my blog today.

Wishing you all a crafty day,



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