Elegant Homemade Christmas Cards!

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Today we are sharing one of the most elegant homemade Christmas cards we’ve seen this season. Carol used on of our new clear layered floral stamp sets call Winter Bouquet. She layered these gorgeous pine cones and floral stems over a sparkly overall background and it’s just so dazzling! Let’s check out how she put this together.

First she stamped the Veined Leaves background stamp onto white card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder. PRO TIP: Be sure to use your anit-static tool to make sure that no stray flecks of powder ruin that fine detail. Carol then cut it with the largest Nested Rectangle Small Stitch die. To add a spot for the winter bouquet to really stand out without disrupting that beautiful pattern, Carol brilliantly wrapped a piece of vellum around the front of her card and adhered it on the back. She then added her background piece to her card front.

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Then she got started on her beautiful winter bouquet. She stamped her pinecones with all the delicious inks from Color Fuse Set #3. Then she used greens from Color Fuse Set #10 for her leaves and branches. Carol made a point of saying that the layering guide sure does make creating these layers so much easier! PRO TIP: Experiment with stamping off – stamping your freshly inked stamp onto scrap paper and THEN onto your project – to get even MORE shades of these beautiful colors. Color Fuse Set #5 made those berry branches luscious and then she die cut everything out with the coordinating Winter Bouquet dies.

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Carol arranged her bouquet off the card first to get the placement just right and then pressed a piece of Press N Seal wrap over the arrangement making sure all the pieces were stuck to the wrap. THEN you can flip it over and add your adhesive to the back of the pieces you know you want to lay flat and place it on the vellum. PRO TIP: Use liquid glue when you may want to adjust anything on a project since most will give you at least a couple of seconds to adjust your placement. Carol put a book on top of the arrangement because liquid can take a little longer to dry on vellum and you want to make sure it stays where you put it!

Then you can gently peel off the Press N Seal and start adhering the additional pieces using flat and dimensional adhesive to get the depth and dimension you like.

Last Carol added her sentiment after stamping and embossing it on a scrap, trimming it into a banner, and adding it with dimensional adhesive.

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Here are the things you will want to pull out or add to your card to make these beautiful homemade Christmas cards that will be SURE to delight your recipients:

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Are homemade Christmas cards on your to-do list this year? Save this one to your homemade Christmas cards ideas board so you can use it for inspiration because this one is a keeper!

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