During the holidays, surprises abound. So this year, I thought it would be fun to include an extra surprise on some of my Christmas cards. Today, I’m sharing a trio of peek-a-boo holiday cards made with the beautiful Color Layering Poinsettia Christmas Tree set.
To make each of my cards, I started by stamping a Color Layering Poinsettia Christmas tree on Dove White cardstock. To create the most striking images, I’ve found it works best to choose light colors for the background layers and darker colors of a similar shade for the detail layers. For my trees, I stamped the solid tree layer with Lime Green ink and the solid flower layer with Bubble Gum ink. After allowing the background layers to dry, I positioned the tree detail layer and stamped it with Moss ink. Then, I stamped the poinsettia detail layer onto the flowers with Rose Madder. I used Butter Bar ink to stamp the bells. Before setting the images aside, I used the coordinating Frame Cuts to neatly cut around each tree.
For my first card, I stamped a simple winter scene on a panel of white cardstock with Moss ink, using the pine tree stamp from the Snowy Town set and snow drift stamps from the Cozy Town set. Then, I used a Square Peek-A-Boo Door Mini Infinity Die to cut a left-hinged door into the center of the panel. I secured a Christmas tree, embellished with Clear Enamel Dots, to the door with foam tape. I also stamped a Merry Christmas message from the Stocking Bouquet set with Embossing & Watermark ink onto a strip of Cherry cardstock that I embossed with White Embossing Powder. After placing the sentiment below the peek-a-boo door, I secured the completed panel to a Kiwi card base with foam tape.
Behind the peek-a-boo door, I added a small, embossed message from the Color Layering Poinsettia Christmas Tree set. Using the Snowy Town set, I stamped a single tree onto the card base and a pair of tiny houses onto white cardstock. I used the Snowy Town Frame Cuts to cut around each house. After securing them above the sentiment, I added a few Clear Enamel Dots.
My second card is very similar to my first card with one big change—this time, I hid the Christmas tree behind the peek-a-boo door. I started by stamping the same winter scene on Meadow cardstock. Then, I used the largest Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Door Mini Infinity Die to cut a door in the panel. I embossed a sentiment from the Ornament Peek-A-Boo Infinity Parts set directly onto the door, added an embossed sentiment strip, and then stamped and die cut three Snowy Town houses that I secured to the door.
After adding the panel to the card base with foam tape, I repeatedly stamped the words peace, love, and joy, from the Ornament Peek-A-Boo Infinity Parts set, onto the card base behind the door. Lastly, I added a Christmas tree behind the door for a big reveal.
For my final card, I stamped assorted town images from the same sets across a panel of Meadow cardstock with Moss ink to create a custom, monochromatic background. I used a square peek-a-boo door die to cut a hinged door in the panel. Then, I secured a Poinsettia Christmas tree to the door with foam tape, scattered a few stamped and die cut gifts at the tree base, and also added a small sentiment over the tree. Because the tree was mounted to the panel with foam tape, it’s easy to open the peek-a-boo door by simply grasping the tree’s edge.
For a little surprise, I embossed the Happy Holidays message, from the Ornament Peek-A-Boo Infinity Parts set, behind the small door. I also stamped a tree and a couple of snow drifts before adding a die cut house and a light post.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope that you’re inspired to send a few extra holiday surprises with your cards this season. Happy crafting!
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