Christmas Ornaments | By Laurie Schmidlin

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Today I’m sharing a Christmas card that is both festive and easy to mass produce!  With just a few Birch Press Design Holiday Dies and matching stamp set, I created a card that is colorful, fun, and only took a handful of minutes to assemble!  During the busiest season of the year, it’s invaluable to have tools that do all the work, saving me a lot of precious time!

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I just love the fine detail the Bailey Ornament Trio has!  This is a large, one piece die that is perfect for creating a negative die cut.  A negative die cut is one that  utilizes the non-cut portion of the die rather than what the die cuts out.  As you can see from the photo above, the snowflakes on each ornament is connected to my card front.  To achieve this look, I started with a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.  I centered the die on my card and ran it through my die cutting machine.  I then discarded all of the pieces that the die cut out.

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To achieve the pops of color, you could either hand cut some colored cardstock and adhere to the bottom of your card front or use some coordinating dies to save time!  Because I am mass producing this card, I chose to use the coordinating die to quickly and easily add the pops of color.  I die cut one of the smaller ornament dies from the Classic Ornament die set in three different colors.  I added just a little bit of adhesive to hold them in place.  I only needed a tiny bit of adhesive as the next layer keeps them firmly in place.  I did add some shiny silver cardstock behind the other cutouts, causing the tops of the ornaments and strings to stand out a little bit.

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For embellishment, I added some greenery and a bow.  The pine sprigs are stamped using the Brushed Christmas Greetings stamp set and die cut using the coordinating Brushed Christmas Greetings die set.

What about you?  Do you mass produce your Christmas cards or do you prefer to create unique individual cards?

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