Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

I will enter this in a few challenges.  The MOD Squad Challenge "Frilly Fun", hosted by Joyce Erb, this week was to use two dies.  and the Simon Says Wednesday challenge Bling it On" JUst Us Girls Trend Week  I used The Fish Net cover plate from MFT, ponsettia die and heirloom ornaments from Spellbinders, the pine branch, chickadees and snowflakes from IO and branch and pine from Dee's Dies  and Happy Holidays from Cheery Lynn for a grand total of nine.  I also used four stamp sets: Chickadees from IO and Heirloom Ornaments from Gina K, Designs  and poinsettia by Justrite, and a snowflake by Inkadinkadoo. 

I started the process by creating some marble backgrounds on glossy card stock.  I played around and made lots of different colors and using both silver and gold Adirondac mixatives. 

The next step was to stamp the heirloom ornament with Versa Mark and emboss using white embossing powder.  Since I had my supplies there, I also stamped and embossed my flower on colored card stock.

Next I cut out the ornament using the spellbinder die. As I said, I tried several colors of paper but I liked the pink and the blue best.  I put a rhinestone in the center of the ornament.


Next I made a cut out  for my poinsettia so I could cut them correctly and cut them with the Spellbinder dies.  Each flower has four layers.  For me it was easier to do them separately instead of taping all four  and just passing it through once.  Every time I tried to cut all four at one time  one would be a little off the mark. After all layers were cut, I assembled the flower and put a rhinestone in the center.

The next step was to do some other die cutting. 

At this point I started the assembly process.  First I stamped and embossed a 5X7  white card base with a snowflake stamp and versa mark creating an all over pattern sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set.  Then I centered the fishnet die cut on the base. I the dipped the pine boughs in some flower soft that I made by rubbing star foam pieces together, and put them on my card centering the flower on top.  I used the small pine branches and brown branch dies also dipped in snow to fill in.

Then I popped the ornament under the bough with some pop dots.

Now I started on some finishing touches. I stamped, colored and die cut the chicadees

I used some of the marble paper to cut the Happy Holidays sentiment.

Finally, I cut and added the snowflake dies to the background and used a hole punch to cut some small circles from the marble paper. I used a marker to put the small dot on each berry and added the birds. I am finally finished with only 49 more to make.


  1. Holy Smokes! lol That is a ton of work, BUT I must say in pictures or holding this lovely creation in my very own hands, it is STUNNING! You get an A+ for the 2014 Christmas card....AND I hope you win every Challenge you have entered it in! Merry Merry!

  2. Ho ho ho! You could be Santa's helper! Heck, you could be Santa! All of this work that was done to make these cards impresses the me to the moon and back. Great tutorial and you made your own snow! (sigh) I have to hand it to you, 50 cards? You must have a huge smile on your face now, as you are truly in the Christmas Spirit. I am keeping my card forever, and the envelope, you made that too and perfectly coordinated. I love how you planned out your tutorial as well. I never think of doing that, as I am usually in a fury to finish. <3

  3. I'm with Barb, I'm keeping my card forever too!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tutorial, I wondered how you achieved that inked background for the ornaments. Using all those dies is genius, and the final touch is the chickadees - they are so sweet tucked in amongst the boughs. Thanks so much for sharing how you made these amazing cards - so much work. And I tell you did them with love.

  4. This is awesome. I think this is my card you sent me or a very similar one. I just adore all the elements you put on it. You are so talented! It is a stunning card design. Thanks again for sending it to me!

  5. Gorgeous and totally awesome. Thanks for the very detailed tutorial.

  6. This is SO pretty, Kathy! Love all that you put together for your card! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  7. h my, this is stunning. I love all the detail you put into this card. Thanks for joining in at Mod Squad

  8. Gorgeous card and so much work. Thanks for sharing how you made this beauty.