Warmest Wishes | By Laurie Schmidlin

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One of my favorite tricks to cut down on the Holiday rush (and subsequent stress) is to prepare early!  I usually start my Christmas cards in September, making several different kinds each month making sure to finish by the end of November.  I love that there are so many different Holiday stamp sets and dies in the Birch Press store, making my goal of getting a head start on Holiday crafting so easy!

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I wanted to create a card that is both lovely with a layered look as well as easy to mass produce.  I started by die cutting the Delfina c Craft Die.  You could use this die cut and layer it on your card for a very easy and elegant background.  I wanted just a bit more texture on my card, so I used that die cut as a stencil.  This is such a great way to get more use out of these wonderful background dies!

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I placed the die cut over a piece of light blue cardstock and gently secured the edges with removable tape.  Using white texture paste, I filled in all of the negative space.  I then gently lifted the die cut up from my cardstock and then set it aside to dry.
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For the focal images and sentiment, I used the Brushed Christmas Greetings clear stamp set and coordinating Brushed Christmas Greetings die set.  I embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum.  I really love the way the bold, modern script looks in white!  To create the foliage, I stamped and die cut the largest sprig twice and the medium sized sprig once.  I tucked the stamped and die cut foliage into the top of of the vellum strip.  For the final touch, I added a stamped a die cut berry cluster.  I think the little pop of red sets off the pastel colors perfectly!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please join us next Tuesday for some more paper crafting inspiration!

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