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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinder’s Die of the the Month for June

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Hello, everyone! We are continuing with this awesome ocean theme with Spellbinder's Die of the Month, Dancin' Octopus!. This is the sweetest interactive die set ... easy to assemble and so much fun to make! Hope you enjoy this post and the video tutorial!

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  • The die set includes the two interactive elements; the octopus and jellyfish. In addition it includes seaweed, a starfish and a great sign.

  • I began by die cutting all the elements for both cards.


  • The background was stencilled on Bristol Smooth card stock with Distress Oxide inks Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough and Faded Jeans. I began by applying the inks with blending brushes in diagonal bands.

  • I created a stencil using heavy card stock with a couple of the wave dies from the Glimmer of the Month, Sending Waves. The same background inks were reapplied. The panel was spattered with water using a fan brush.

  • The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base.

  • The elements for the card were coloured with the following Distress Oxide inks using blender brushes; jellyfish - Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold and a white gel pen was used to add dot detail to to the edge of the body. Seaweed - Iced Spruce, starfish - Mermaid Lagoon and Evergreen Bough, sign - just a touch of Rusty Hinge around the edges.

  • All of the layered elements were assembled except for the tentacles of the jellyfish which are interactive.

  • The sentiment from Clear Stamp and Die of the Month for June, Water You Up To, was embossed in white and the sign and seaweed were adhered to the card front.

  • A fairly thick layer of liquid adhesive was applied along the bottom and Bisque Opalescent Sequins were adhered.

  • The water spatters were dotted with Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard.

  • The jellyfish were positioned on the card and adhered with two small round foam dots stacked in the die cut opening on the tentacles.


  • A panel of ink blended, Chipped Sapphire, Evergreen Bough and Bundled Sage, Bristol Smooth card stock was foiled with Cobalt Blue Glimmer Foil and die cut with using Glimmer of the Month.

  • Foam was die cut with the wave die and the ink blended panel adhered to it. The excess foam was trimmed off.

  • An A2 sized panel of Bristol Smooth was stamped with a sentiment from Clear Stamp & Die of the Month with Versamark ink and embossed in white. The panel was then ink blended with Iced Spruce, Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon. The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base.

  • The foam backed ocean was adhered to the card.

  • All of the elements were also cut from Bristol Smooth and coloured with Distress Oxide inks using blender brushes. The octopus was inked with Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Kitsch Flamingo. Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon were used on the starfish and Iced Spruce and Mermaid Lagoon for the seaweed. The sign was coloured lightly with Rusty Hinge and edged with Walnut Stain.

  • All of the layered elements were assembled except for 3rd layer of the octopus which is interactive.

  • Two stacked foam adhesives were adhered to the back of the Octopus's head and the die cut hole on the interactive set of tentacles was positioned over the foam. The octopus was adhered to the card by the foam.

  • The seaweed was arranged on the base of the post and the sign adhered with foam squares. The starfish was adhered at the bottom of the sign.

  • The card was embellished with confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drps Morning Dew.


To view the tutorial, click HERE. You will be redirected to YouTube.


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