Friday, July 22, 2022


Remembering friends at Christmas with a handmade card is one of the things that makes the Holidays special.  And who can make Christmas cards without having at least a few that include gold embossing.  A bit of gold always adds a touch of elegance, doesn't it?

Today's card uses gold embossed leaves in the background peeking out from behind the ribbon, some decorative gold embossed dots, and a little embossed gold border around the sentiment.  To add even more golden sparkle there are Gold Holly Leaves and Metallic Gold pearl embellishments.  That sounds like a lot of gold, but it really is quite subtle so as not to feel overdone.  The bold Shaded Spruce and Blackberry Bliss ink colors provide a good balance for the gold accents.

To make the gold border around the sentiment, sparingly add a narrow edge of VersaMark ink.  I initially had a wider border of gold and that looked over-done, so I redid it and was careful to keep the VersaMark only on the edge of the die cut.  That provided a better balance and kept the focus on the sentiment itself.

The layout for this card is a very classic, traditional layout which just uses a "bouquet" of sprigs, berries and leaves peeking out from behind a sentiment.  Honestly, I always struggle with making bouquets.  How much is too little?  How much is too much?  Whenever I try to make one of these "bouquets", it reminds me of trying to arrange flowers in a vase.  That is also a skill set I never learned.  When I see beautiful flower arrangements, I always wish I'd learned how to do that at some point in my life, but woe, I did not.

For the inside of the card I decorated opposite corners with pine boughs and berries and some more gold embossed dots.

I added a little splash of pine boughs and berries on the corner of the envelope flap as well which you can see peeking out from behind the card.

If you are good at flower arranging this would be a very easy card for you to make.  If you would like a tutorial with step-by-step directions and cutting dimensions you can download a copy at this link.

For more information on the products I used, please check out the links on the Product List below.

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