We just love this slimline holiday card because it can easily be used for Christmas OR for a simple winter holiday or cheer card just by swapping out the greeting. And Annie shares so many fun and easy ways to really take your cards up a notch with all her helpful ideas – let’s check it out!
Annie started by cutting a panel of white card stock with the largest die from the Slimline Nested Scallop With Stitch die set. Then she stamped the holly, berries and pine cones from our Winter Wonderland Stamp Set over the base and up the sides of that die cut panel in black, using masking to create a realistic looking arrangement. Then she – impressively! – fussy cut around the inside of this stamped partial frame with her detail scissors. Then she colored it all in with her Copics.
Next, she cut a second piece of white card stock with the largest die from the Slimline Nested Scallop With Stitch die set. Then she stamped her sentiment – this one from our Winter Bouquet Stamp Set – in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder.
Using Color Fuse Set #8 and Color Fuse Set #7 Annie chose and blended three shades over the entire panel from bottom to top (darkest shades at the top) creating a stunning, deep blue ombre, wiping the ink from the embossed area with a tissue to keep that lovely contrast. For even more detail, she splattered water droplets over the inked panel and blotted with a paper towel to remove color randomly and add texture.
Now she turned her attention to her die cut details. PRO TIP: When you will be stamping onto smaller die cuts, place the pieces back into the card stock from which you cut them out to give you more “grip” to add your stamped and inked details. (See the pics below for this “in action”.)
Annie stamped the smaller berry branch and a little sprig into her cocoa cup – it’s these little details that add so much to a card! You can see how she placed the cup die cut back into the panel she cut her pieces from to make sure the cup wasn’t more likely to move around when she was stamping.
Annie colored her candy cane with Copic markers (R59, R29, R27, R24), using the darker shades around the edges for lots of depth. She even added depth to the white “stripes” of the candy cane with grey Copic markers (C3, C1) leaving them in their little spaces to make it easier to add color to them and not to her fingers! She used the same greys to add some details to her whipped cream and then used some Chill Ink around the edges of the mug to keep all that shadow going on all her elements. Such tiny details but ones that make such a huge impact!
To echo that peppermint stripe, Annie cut another piece of white card stock to 3.25″ x 8.25″ and stamped Diagonal Stripe Background across the panel with red ink – she strongly recommends using a stamp positioner to make sure the lines are tidy.
Now she put it all together! She added the striped panel to her card base, added her beautiful blue ombre background with foam tape and then popped on her foliage with more dimensional adhesive to really build up the scene. She put together her little mug and tucked it into the foliage, adding it with foam tape. We hope she took a moment to stand back and admire her work!
Here are the items Annie used on her project today:
If you are planning to make and send special cards this year, this holiday slimline card is a great way to acknowledge the season with a Christmas wish or with any of the other winter greetings we have available. You could even tuck in a little gift card to a coffee shop or even a couple of cocoa packets! Either way, it’s a lovely way to send cheery, warm wishes!