Winter Card Making Ideas from Christmas Cards

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Adapt holiday cards into winter card making ideas – like with this beauty!

Around this time of year we start to think about how to use holiday cards we see to come up with winter card making ideas we can use for the rest of the season. This stunner from Melinda is a perfect example! All you have to do to extend the use of this card for months is to change out the greeting and you’ve got a truly beautiful card that you can use for virtually any occasion. Let’s get the inside scoop from Melinda!

Melinda shared that she was inspired by seeing a video where the artist colored some foliage die cuts with her Copics and Melinda wanted to try it out herself.

Melinda started by using our Holly #1 Die a few times to cut white card stock scraps. She then chose 3-5 green and 3 red alcohol markers. She started by very randomly coloring her leaves with no real rhyme or reason – just colored.

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Then, when she was done, she flipped the die cut over and colored the whole back (of the colored leaf part only) with the lightest green marker.

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This helped to blend the greens on the front, creating a beautifully mottled, shaded look. HOW FUN! She repeated this with her red berries.

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Isn’t that such a beautiful look? Scroll up and look at the photo at the top – aren’t they just so stunning all en masse?

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Now Melinda took a piece of white card stock cut to 4″ X 5 ¼” and stamped it with our Lots of Random Dots background stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

Then she took two more pieces of white card stock, one cut to 4″ X 5 ¼” and one to
4 ¼” X 5 ½” . She cut the larger piece with our Diamond Stitch Cover die, saving the diamonds cut outs, and the smaller with our Rectangle Combo OPC #4, setting aside the largest frame from the set and saving the others for future projects.

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Melinda adhered her Diamond Stitch Cover die cut over her stamped and embossed background with liquid glue. She then adhered that largest frame over the stamped/die cut assembly with strips of foam tape. PRO TIP: apply thin lines of liquid glue over the foam tape to give you some time to wiggle it perfectly into place.

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Melinda adhered this whole thing to her card base. She stamped a sentiment from our Wintery Friends stamp set onto one of the diamonds she’d set aside and adhered it offset over the other diamonds on her card front with some foam tape. She then arranged her beautifully colored holly leaves at the upper left hand corner of her card, allowing them to cascade down around the sentiment.

Just stunning! And you can see how all you need to do to adapt this card for any winter occasion is to just use a different sentiment! SO easy! Here are the things Melinda used today to make this spectacular project:
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We are betting that you will start seeing lots of winter card making ideas in Christmas cards when you start looking at the little substitutions you can make. We recently shared this card and this one, both of which would make terrific winter cards with some little swaps. Start looking at Christmas projects through this lens and watch your winter card ideas file overflow!

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