10 November 2017

Magic of Christmas - die cuts, embossing, watercolour

The warmth of family, peace, love, and joy are all the magic of Christmas.

This card features stamps by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, die cuts, embossing, and a touch of watercolour painting with Finetec micas.

Putting It Together

It's been a pretty busy week so I wanted to make a quick and easy card. Or at least relatively quick.

I decided to do a die cut card with an embossed sentiment focus. I did a dry fit with the card base and the dies and stamp I wanted to use.

I chose my papers, some of them scrap from other projects, and die cut all the pieces before dry fitting them again with the stamp. When I did the first dry fit, I didn't think about the deer being cut the opposite direction. I later did decide I liked the deer better on the right with the tree on the left.

I adhered the thin holly paper on the heavier mercury glass cardstock and then placed the tree and reindeer on that panel. I added foam mounting tape to the back of the panel and a few spots on the tree and deer where they extend from it. This gives the card a bit of dimension and holds the die cut bits up, too.

I added a bit of sparkly red and green ribbon that was part of packaging on a gift I got last year. I embellished the tree and the reindeer with gold cardstock scrap that I punched for a star and die cut just for the antlers. These I added with glue. The reindeer's scarf was part of the die set and I used scrap to cut it, too. I embossed the sentiment in gold on the holly paper. I used a textured gold cardstock to matte the plaid cardstock for a hint of sparkle.

Inside, I stamped the wreath and sentiment with black. I decided it looked a bit plain so added mica watercolouring to the wreath. I love how these two sentiments tie together.



Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Saturday: Magic
Crafty Addicts: Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges: Layer It Up
Tic-Tac-Toe: Diagonal - Sentiment, Free, Tree
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers with dies: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra: Anything Goes


  1. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moment.

  2. Stunning holiday card and the die cuts that you used were perfect!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  3. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Penny’s challenge 354, Hazel DT - and also for all of my Craftyhazelnut challenges - hope to see you again soon x

  4. Such a great holiday card
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Extra Challenge
    Julie T

  5. http://scrappers-delights-challenge-blog.blogspot.co.uk/
    Hi and welcome to are Challenge this month.Thank you for sharing your project with us good luck with your entry hope to see you again soon hugs Sue DT xx

  6. This is a lovely Christmas card. Thank you for sharing with us at The Crafty Addicts and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT


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