Hello, Elle’s Studio friends and happy World Cardmaking Day! It’s Patricia, and I am really excited to be on the blog today. Once I start making cards, I usually make a few, so today’s post is all about keeping the cards simple using the new Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Metal Dies so we can make several at a time. The holidays are coming and for some of us that means sending Christmas cards. We need to get busy making them!
I started out by using the metal die plates to create the Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays sentiments as inMerry Christmas Metal Die. To add a simple, but beautiful detail to the card panel, I used a bold, red pattern from the Wonder Paper Stack with the Layered Card Metal Die to add a stitched look around the edge. The pale green upper with bold red under the die cut really pops. The dies and the paper do all the work. To make the ‘Christmas’ die cut stand out, I used a darker green pattern from the Wonder Paper Stack, and adhered it to the banner die cut from plain black cardstock.
These dies do not have to be used as a full card panel. Staying with all the same colors, I used the exact same products, but instead created a landscape card. I trimmed one “merry” off of the three after die cutting using the green paper, then created a cluster with the same “Christmas” die cut and papers I did on the first. To add another layer of texture, I added the Holiday Magic Gold Puffy Stickers to both cards.
Like the first two cards, these next two cards use the same patterned papers from the Wonder Paper Stack, but this time with more pattern. I purposely chose the lined graphic paper as the card panel using a die from the Layered Card Metal Die, and then chose the diagonal pattern to use with the Happy Holidays Metal Die. The only thing I had to add was another layer of bold pattern under the die for it to stand out.
For each card, I used the same green patterned paper for the banner using the Happy Holidays Metal Die and the “holidays” word using plain black cardstock. I left the sentiments without using the dot for the ‘I’ which makes it easier when creating several cards at once. If you have the time, use a tiny bit of glue to attach each dot. To finish, I added die cuts from the Document December 2021 Kit to both cards.
Just a few products with the Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Layered Card Metal Dies can make so many varied cards by just making simple changes! Take a look at how these came together in my process video:
I hope you are inspired and ready to start creating your holiday cards using these easy-to-use products! Happy creating!