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"Customizing" Die-Cuts to Create a Holiday Card

by Jessica Frost-Ballas August 21, 2019 24 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a Christmas card to get you in the mood for tomorrow's Oh What Fun release and blog hop! Today I'm combining an add-on from August's My Monthly Hero release with some older holiday sets (and a little customization) to create a festive holiday card!

To start I found a public domain Christmas song (meaning no longer protected by copyright laws and safe to reproduce!) and printed it on regular copy paper. Then I used my printer to resize it until it could fit perfectly on the largest Scroll Infinity Die. Then I printed it once more onto Hero Hues Sand Cardstock using the manual feed tray. You could also take paper to an office supply store for printing if your printer can't handle thick cardstock. Then I die-cut the cardstock with the Scroll Infinity Die and blended Caramel and Cup O' Joe Ink around the edges to give it a more antique look. I adhered it to a piece of Hero Hues Cherry Cardstock and then adhered that to a Hero Hues Dove White Top Folded Card Base.

Next I stamped the Color Layering Cardinal using Pale Tomato, Crimson, Mulled Wine, and Intense Black Ink and stamped the branch with Cup O' Joe Ink before die-cutting them with the coordinating dies. I also stamped and die-cut branches from the Color Layering Trimmings set using Forever Green and Field Greens Ink. I trimmed a vellum banner and created a jagged edge by die-cutting the end of the banner with the edge of the Scroll Infinity Die. Then I stamped a sentiment from Color Layering Poinsettia with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink and heat-embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.

I adhered the branches to the card with regular adhesive and then used foam mounting tape to add my cardinal. I adhered the vellum sentiment to the back of the cardinal's head to keep it in place. To finish the card I added Snowfall and our soon-to-be-released Icicle Glitter to the branches using Crystal Clear Lacquer and added a little dimension to the bird's eye with Crystal Clear Lacquer. I love how the Icicle Glitter adds a lot of sparkle to the branches while the little bit of Snowfall Glitter adds a different color pop to the sparkle!  

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope this gives you some inspiration for your holiday crafting! We'll see you tomorrow for the launch and blog hop!





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24 Responses

Dannielle Ortolani
Dannielle Ortolani

September 01, 2019

This card is just stunning, it so detailed from the music sheet to the cardinal, it’s so beautiful! Great job

Kathy R
Kathy R

September 01, 2019

Your card is fantastic! I haven’t used the cardinal stamp on awhile and this is a great idea for Christmas cards. May I ask what printer you have that takes cardstock? Mine recently died and its difficult to find printers that take 65 # cardstock or higher. I was looking at both inkjet and laser. Would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you for sharing your card.

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

August 30, 2019

Great idea with printing the music to size for the scroll die, that’s a handy technique. Btw, snowfall glitter?! I can’t wait to get some of that! Thanks once again for more awesome inspiration, Jess!

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

August 25, 2019

I love Cardinals. This one looks like it is layered. I love how the new layer stamps make things look like you’ve paper layered them instead of just stamping. A truly beautiful card.

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

August 23, 2019

Such a beautiful card, so full of interest and layers. The color-layering cardinal is fabulous!

Lagene
Lagene

August 22, 2019

Awesome card, I love that you resized the music to fit the die!

Judy Meyer
Judy Meyer

August 22, 2019

I love the classic Christmas feel of this card. Well done!

Mary Ann Baumgarden
Mary Ann Baumgarden

August 22, 2019

I love the antique look of the song sheet.

ROSALIE JOHNSON
ROSALIE JOHNSON

August 22, 2019

So lovely! Love the music sheet – very classic!

Linda BL
Linda BL

August 22, 2019

This is one spectacular card! I have the cardinal set, but never in my wildest dreams would I have been able to put together SUCH a beautiful card.

susie sonnier
susie sonnier

August 22, 2019

So vintage, love it

Karen F.
Karen F.

August 22, 2019

Your beautiful card inspires me to start my holiday crafting!

Sandi MacIver
Sandi MacIver

August 22, 2019

what an absolutely stunning card, love the vintage feel to it

Jan Francis
Jan Francis

August 22, 2019

Cardinals are the Missouri state bird from my home town of St Louis! Love it!!!

Patt H.
Patt H.

August 21, 2019

Another unique & beautiful card, Jess! Love the background & the bright cardinal. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

August 21, 2019

Very festive design indeed!! Looking forward to the hop tomorrow!

IRENE PAGE
IRENE PAGE

August 21, 2019

Very beautiful card. Thanks for the preview of the Icicle glitter and explaining the difference between the it and the snowflake glitter. Looking forward to the release of the icicle glitter

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

August 21, 2019

Stunning! Thank you for the creative inspiration.

Henriétte
Henriétte

August 21, 2019

It’s gorgeous Jessica, I am also thinking of my Christmas cards how and what to make. This is a great inspiration, thank you so much.

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

August 21, 2019

So excited to see more Christmas card ideas since I’m just getting started with creating my Christmas cards and I like to create lots of different designs!

Bonnie Reyes
Bonnie Reyes

August 21, 2019

Yeah! Christmas in August!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

August 21, 2019

Your card is stunning Jess!!! I love that “Old World” look. And the cardinal really makes it pop. Love that scroll—it’s on my wish list to add to my stash.
Where I’d you find the website with Christmas music that is no longer protected by copyright law? I’ve been looking for one for ages. Thanks for sharing—have a wonderfully blessed day!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

August 21, 2019

What a lovely holiday card!

Sandra
Sandra

August 21, 2019

How clever! Enjoyed your article and love the card.