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Table top wood sign using Spellbinders APG Dies April 2020

Hi everyone, there are some projects that you just can’t wait to share, right? Today’s project was just one of those projects for me. We are still trying to celebrate my husband’s birthday and making things to cheer him up every day. Unlike other years, where we would have a gala time with our friends for a day and be done, we are trying to make him feel special in different ways. So on his actual birthday, my girls and I baked him cupcakes and we all made pani-poori aka golgappe (a popular street food in India which he loves) and I gave him a card. My girls wanted to make something else too, so each one of us went to work in my craft room :)

As for me, I upcycled an older table top wood sign that had “hello fall” painted on it to make this project. I love how it turned out and wanted to share here right away, but I had to give it to him first to preserve the surprise element and that nearly killed me :D Today girls finished their projects and we did give them to him. (I will share my girls’ projects on my Instagram, do check them out @varadasharma).

Well, without further ado, here is the project:

Key Ingredients:

  1. Pop Up 3D Vignette Typewriter Amazing Paper Grace April 2020 club dies – for the main focal point

  2. Elegant Infinity Amazing Paper Grace March 2020 club dies – for the beautiful blue circular frame behind the typewriter

  3. Elegant Reveal Shutter Card – APG Die of the Month Club Feb20 – for flowers

  4. Fall Flora – Large Die of the Month Club Oct 2019 – for leaves

  5. Die D-Lites Butterfly Frame-A-Long Etched Dies

  6. Fun Stampers Journey Beauty Wings Stamp Set – for enhancing the background

  7. Prima Marketing Darcelle 6 x 6 Paper Pad – background paper as well as the paper in the typewriter


  1. I started by picking my papers. The two main ones – background and the saying. These helped me decide my color scheme.

  2. Next I made my typewriter keeping all shiny-metal parts gold (paper from past Spellbinders card kits) and non-shiny ones kraft (Neenah Desert Storm). I followed Becca’s this video.

  3. Then I die cut a bunch of flowers in three colors (peach / pink, red and blue), a couple butterflies and a whole bunch of green leaves. I shaped, layered and assembled the flowers using multi medium glue.

  4. I cleaned my wood panel really well and then adhered the main background paper to the wood panel using some strong red tape. To give this project a finished look, I ink blended on the edges of this block with Vintage Photo distress ink. I also used the same ink to add stamped details on the backdrop with Fun Stampers Journey Beauty Wings Stamp Set.

  5. On top of this, I hot glued my blue circular lace.

  6. Over that, I added the typewriter with the paper in with using foam tape.

  7. Lastly I hot-glued my flowers, leaves and a bunch of glitter-y stones. All these came in past Spellbinders card kits.

Key takeaways:

  1. I was able to use several of the older dies with this because they all just work together. That’s what makes me love Spellbinders dies so much!

  2. The paper with the quote on the typewriter is what inspired the color scheme of this project. I did try to use three colors of flowers – peach, red and blue – but they were overpowering the whole focal point and making things too busy. That’s when I decided to add the blue circular lace on the back and keep that as my only additional blue die cut. Simplifying the color scheme for flowers made a big difference to help the typewriter stand out. Also, the blue circular die cut lace was actually cut out of light gray cardstock. My little one helped me ink blend on it with Chipped Sapphire distress ink. :)

Fun question:

I have added gold to only 5 keys on the keyboard. If you identify and un-scramble those letters, it makes a word. Can you guess what the word is? Let me know in the comments below.


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Happy crafting! ~Varada

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