Handmade Clean and Simple Christmas Cards with Carols of Christmas

By | August 9, 2017

I’m continuing my focus on handmade clean and simple Christmas cards with Carols of Christmas stamp set.  On today’s cards I’m focusing on the poinsettia flowers and corner cut die found in the coordinating Card Front Builders Thinlits Dies (144674).  My goal on these cards was to show how easy it is to use this pre-order product with other stamps and tools you may already own.

My first card:

 

handmade clean and simple Christmas cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The four corners of the Whisper White cardstock are die cut with the corner cut poinsettia die in the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies set.  The center oval is 3 1/2″ and was made using the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).
  • The center sentiment oval is stamped using images from another holiday stamp set called Merry Mistletoe (Wood 143650 , Clear 143655). Stamp the sentiment first, then cut with the 3″ scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Next stamp around the edge of the cut oval using the very end of the mistletoe bunch in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  The red berry image is also from that same set.  The die cut oval is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • 12 poinsettia flowers were stamped onto scrap cardstock using the flower stamp from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  I used the corner cut poinsettia die to cut out each of the flowers, then attached them onto the card.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The corner dies are designed to cut the stamped poinsettia flower images.  I didn’t take note of the directional arrow on the stamp when I stamped my flowers.  As a result, I struggled lining up the die around the stamped flowers.  They didn’t cut perfectly.  I decided to embrace the imperfection and not cut new flowers.  The flowers were staggered at an angle over the holes so the problem wasn’t as obvious.

Here’s the important lesson I learned about cutting out the poinsettias:

PAY ATTENTION TO THE DIRECTIONAL ARROW!!  My photo below shows how you can figure out the alignment.  Fit the die over the stamp, with the rubber part of the stamp facing up as shown.  Once lined up, flip the die and stamp over so that the stamp label is up.  Mark on the die where you see the directional arrow.  NOTE:  Placing the mark on the die will only work with WOOD stamp sets.  If you have a clear stamp set, you will have to line up the stamp and die every time you use it.

Handmade Clean and Simple Christmas Cards with Carols of Christmas

 

Here’s the second card I have to share today.

handmade clean and simple Christmas cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The oval on this card is actually the CENTER I cut from my first card!!  How about that for using and re-using!!
  • The corner cut poinsettia dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies cut the top and bottom of the oval.  I know they are designed to use with a corner, but they also work great on an oval!!
  • The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).
  • Background is textured with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141634).
  • I added a bit of Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon (144117) for an accent.
  • The poinsettia flowers are popped up with Mini Stampin Dimensionals (144108).  If you haven’t discovered this new catalog item yet, let me tell you they are FANTASTIC to use on smaller images!!  They fit perfectly on the backs of the die cut flowers.

 

As I mentioned above, I had difficulty cutting the flower images.  On this card, I originally tried to fit the top and bottom center flowers back into the die cut holes.  Because they weren’t cut well, it didn’t look right.  So, to fix my mistake, I cut new flowers and popped them up with the dimensionals (and left the “mistakes” attached underneath). I include this little bit of trivia to let you know that my cards don’t always turn out right on the first attempt.  I see those “mistakes” as opportunities for me to exercise my creativity!!

 

If you are liking the cards you see, you can purchase this pre-order product in my online store during the month of August:  Carols of Christmas stamp set (Wood 144801, Clear 144804) and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (144674).  Or, bundle both together and save 10% over the cost of purchasing each separately Wood Bundle (146036), Clear Bundle (146037).

If you enjoyed these handmade clean and simple Christmas cards with Carols of Christmas stamp set, make sure to stop again during the month of August.  I have more card ideas to share with you!!

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