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!
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!
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.
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!
September 20, 2016 — 9:04 am
Wow this is beautiful Laurie! I love how you used the die cut as a stencil to add texture to your design. So soft and lovely!
September 20, 2016 — 9:45 am
Oh, look! Another store I have to check out. Love that background die! Beautiful card.
September 20, 2016 — 9:50 am
Such a beautiful holiday card. Love your use of the stencil to create just the right soft touch.
September 20, 2016 — 1:26 pm
Laurie what an elegant Christmas card. I just love that you used that fabulous die to create your own stencil, fabulous using the texture paste! An awesome debut post!
Marilyn in E~Town
September 20, 2016 — 4:24 pm
What a beautiful card! You are such an inspiration. I need to get started on holiday cards, I’m just never planned that far in advance, I’m so taken with you, Laurie, you live on a working ranch, have a house full of kids and yet you still find time to be so creative, a wonderful mom, and wife, WOW!!! I love your blog and how you manage it all, an inspire too, thank you. ?
September 21, 2016 — 10:27 am
Just lovely! The pale blue seems to add to the snowy appearance. I may copy!
September 21, 2016 — 1:34 pm
Beautiful card. Love the colors and how you made your own stencil for the modeling paste background.
September 22, 2016 — 8:54 am
This is so beautiful, Laurie! Love that crisp textured background
October 2, 2016 — 7:00 am
Laurie, this is gorgeous!!
October 2, 2016 — 10:09 am
Laurie the soft texture is amazing! The entire card is graceful and elegant. It doesn’t get much better than this!
October 4, 2016 — 8:41 am
Oh my gosh, Laurie, gorgeous! Love the texture, love the coloring. So soft with a pop of red!