Wishing you Love & Joy

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is another fun and festive Christmas card featuring the Festive Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Pinecone and Seasonal Labels Dies! I will admit I haven’t used the two large Christmas Pinecone Dies at all, which I would be seriously surprised if they carried over another year, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the gold design from the Festive Foils DSP, so why not combine them for a super cute card? While this card still has a lot of die-cutting, but not as much as my previous card, I cut down the large pinecone and leaves die-cuts into three pieces, using them as an accent piece rather than a focal point for the card front. I guess I never realized that the small pinecone dies in the set are for these large dies until I cut the large pieces down and then was like, “ohhhh….I get it now..” lol So, this card will use one sheet of the Festive Foils DSP, use both of the large pinecone and leaves dies to die-cut out of Mossy Meadow cardstock, which is cut down into three accent pieces each, and then you will need to die-cut the pinecones for these pieces using Early Espresso and Brushed Metallic Gold cardstocks. For the card front sentiment, I first die-cut the cardstock and used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment, which is easier than stamping and then die-cutting, making six cards that are similar, but different based on the placement of the die-cut pinecone and leaves accent piece!

The base layer is this gold design from the Festive Foils DSP, cut down into six 4” x 5 ¼” and ¾” x 4” pieces:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Use the second largest (or middle sized) layering sentiment label and tag dies on each end to die-cut from Very Vanilla cardstock and use your Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink. *Since I made six of these cards, I found it easier to die-cut out the sentiment label and tags first, using craft tape to keep the tag dies in place and then stamp the sentiment.

2. From Mossy Meadow cardstock, I used both large Christmas Pinecone Dies to die-cut out and then trim each one into three pieces.

3. You will need one Flat Jingle Bell Trinket and use a piece of Linen Thread to tie into a knot at the top.

4. Each large Mossy Meadow Christmas Pinecone die-cut will have 3 large and 5 small pinecones, which I used Early Espresso cardstock for the pinecone outline die-cut and brushed gold metallic cardstock for the detailed pinecone die-cut. You can place some adhesive sheet on the back of the brushed gold metallic cardstock or use liquid glue to adhere the layers together.

5. You will need about a 6” piece of the Black & White Gingham Ribbon.

6. You will need two large and three small of the Rustic Metallic Dots, not pictured.

I first figured out the placement for the pinecone die-cut and the sentiment die-cut, then adhered the pinecone die-cut to the DSP base layer, threaded the ribbon through the back of the die-cut sentiment, adhered to the DSP base layer, and adhered the ribbon ends to the back of the DSP base layer. The DSP base layer is adhered to a Merry Merlot cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”, use a glue dot to adhere the Flat Jingle Bell Trinket to the die-cut sentiment, and place the Rustic Metallic Dots on the pine tree leaves as shown:

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP on the side as shown:

For the coordinating Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I first stamped the berries in Merry Merlot ink and then stamped the pine tree leaves in Mossy Meadow ink:

Not only is this gold design from the Festive Foils DSP a great neutral background, but you can use any colors to create a festive holiday card! Another alternative to Christmas, is a New Year’s card! That is what I had in mind for this design, but I only need to make a couple of cards, so I decided to use a 12” x 12” sheet for Christmas. I’m almost done with my Christmas cards, I know…cutting it close, I will share with you my idea for that New Year’s card. I have one more idea for Christmas and I’m thinking a shaker card is due! We will see if I can pull it off, lol!

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