Monday, October 18, 2021


This week I am going to feature the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and its coordinating Poinsettia Dies.  This set has been around since 2020, but it is still one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets.

Poinsettias are the traditional flower of Christmas, but did you know that they are indigenous to Mexico and Centra America and date back to the early 1800s?  It's common English name, Poinsettia, is derived from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s.  Every year in the US, approximately 70 million poinsettias are sold in a six-week period.  It is considered a shrub or small tree and reaches heights of 2 to 13 feet!  I've never seen a 13 foot Poinsettia Tree, but I would love to!  Wouldn't that be a beautiful sight?  If you had one of those in your front yard, you'd always be decorated for Christmas!

OK, well that's probably enough Wikipedia Poinsettia information for today, so let's take a look at today's SIMPLY ELEGANT POINSETTIA card.

With tools and dies from Stampin' Up!, this was a very quick and simple card to make!  While "quick and simple" cards are not usually my style, I do love a beautiful, elegant card, and this one certainly qualifies as one of those.

The brushed gold background from the Brushed Metallics Specialty Paper was embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder.  Isn't it beautiful?  

Three different size flowers from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set were stamped with VersaMark Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Using the coordinating dies from Poinsettia Dies made cutting out the flowers quick and simple.  After layering them on top of each other with dimensionals and adding a gold Gilded Gem to the center, the flower was complete.

The Very Vanilla gold-edge ribbon is a left-over that I had in my stash.  I have to admit--I was sad when this ribbon was retired, but this card just screamed for the added elegance this ribbon provides.

I added the little "MERRY" sentiment from Christmas to Remember stamp set, also heat embossed with gold and quickly cut out with a die from Seasonal Labels Dies.

Keeping it elegant and quick, for the inside of the card, I added a strip of the brushed gold foil and heat embossed my favorite sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.

One more little interesting bit of information about the Poinsettia is that in today's language of flowers, the December birth flower symbolizes good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.  My wish for everyone that reads this post is that you experience this not only at Christmas but every day of the year!

A FREE TUTORIAL with all the cutting dimensions and step-by-step directions is available. Shown below is a list of all products used to make this card.

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