Wednesday, December 1, 2021


 As I promised on Monday, the goal for this week is to provide you some ideas for those last minute cards you still need to make.

Can you believe that it is already December 1st?  Where has this year gone.  Unlike 2020 which seemed to go on forever, 2021 has flown by!

Today I am again using products from the Painted Christmas Suite.  And while Monday's card was all about the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper, today's card is all about the dies from the Christmas Pinecone Dies.  This card has minimal stamping, so if you like making quick cards with die cuts, this one is for you.

To give my card some sparkle, I used the Be Dazzling designer series paper from Sale-A-Bration.  I love this paper and I'm so glad I have extra so I can use it on my Christmas Cards.  Christmas Cards need some sparkle, don't they?  I used it for the solid background portion of my pinecones and for the mat behind the Shaded Spruce mat.

HINT:  When you are using "special" paper for a large mat, use a die cut in some larger shape to cut out the center of the mat before you cover it.  You can save that die cut to use on another card someday.

The pine boughs in the upper corner were cut from Shaded Spruce using the large die from Christmas Pinecone Dies.  I adhered the die cut where I wanted it on the Basic White, and then trimmed the excess off the edges using the Basic White cardstock as my guide.   I saved the trimmed pieces to use to layer over the two lower pinecones, so they look like they are buried a bit back in the tree.

I then die cut the solid Be Dazzling pinecones and adhered them on top of the Shaded Spruce boughs. It was simple figure out where to put them because I just laid them on top of the pinecone in the Shaded Spruce Die cut.  The detailed portion of each pinecone was cut from Early Espresso with another die from Christmas Pinecone Dies and then adhered directly over the Be Dazzling pinecone. 

To finish the card front, I added a bow from the Cherry Cobbler and Gold Ribbon, added a simple Merry Christmas wish from the Christmas to Remember stamp set and added three Brushed Metallic dots.  

If I were to make this card again, I think I might run the Basic White panel through an embossing folder, but since I already had the pine boughs glued down when I thought I that, I decided a nice smooth surface was just fine.  What do you think?  Would you emboss the white panel?

To complete the inside, I used another sentiment from the Christmas to Remember Stamp Set and trimmed it with a strip of Be Dazzling paper.  The Shaded Spruce Mat adds the finishing touch and ties it to the colors on the front of the card.

If you would like a detailed tutorial, you can use this link to access all the dimensional information and step-by-step assembly instructions.

A complete list of the Products used is shown below.

Product List

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