Ok, so truthfully it’s not quite holly jolly vibes over here just yet, but fake it till you make it, right? While the gray rainy Vancouver fall weather might leave a LOT to be desired, I’ve been distracting myself with some fun holiday crafting. Most recently, it involved a few brand new goodies from The Stamp Market’s latest release.
Today I’ve got 3 cards to share, all of which use this super fun Holly Jolly Die, Holly Jolly Stamp Set, and the coordinating Holly Jolly Greenery dies. There are so many gorgeous possibilities with this trio, and if I’d had a bit more time, many more cards would have been made! For the first design, I went with a pink and green scheme – specifically, the new Cotton Candy and Jade in the Color Crush lineup, plus one of the OG greens, Emerald.
To begin, I made a subtle background using Cotton Candy ink and the Criss Cross background stamp. Next, I stamped and die cut a whole bunch of the greenery and berries from the Holly Jolly Stamp Set. I knew I’d need them this card and the other’s we’ll get to in a minute, so I prepared more than I needed in order to save time later. As for the sentiment, this is a 2-piece die so I chose Emerald cardstock for the back layer and glitter cardstock for the thinner letters.
After arranging (and re-arranging) everything on the card, I finalized all of the placements and adhered my greenery pieces. Finally, for dimension, I backed the sentiment with skinny foam strips and placed it right in the middle.
For the next 2 cards, I dug deep into my card making stash and pulled out some embossing folders. I don’t know about you, but I forget about these all the time – maybe I need to rearrange my tools so that they come to mind more easily! I love how embossing folders add interesting texture to cards, especially since I’m a big fan of clean backgrounds.
Rather than plain white card bases, I used a woodgrain embossing folder on one card and a dotted one on the other. It’s tricky to capture the texture that embossing folders create with a camera (or perhaps I just need to work on my photography skills!) but if you look really closely in these photos, it’s there!
Since I’d already die cut a bunch of holly berries and greenery when making the first card, assembly here was really quick and easy. Unlike the first card, this time I adhered the Holly Jolly sentiments straight to the white dry embossed panels, then backed the panels with craft foam before sticking them to my card bases.
Even though the initial stamping and die cutting took a while, I think you could absolutely use this trio of products to mass produce holiday cards. Just throw on Netflix, then stamp and die cut your little heart out until you’ve got a big batch of greenery and berries to choose from. Next time you’re ready to make cards, it’ll just be a matter of arranging a few pieces under the Holly Jolly sentiment and adding whatever little extras you need to finish them off. Speaking of Netflix, I know it’s October but I’m in the mood to get a head start on the holiday movies. I’d love to hear about some of your favourites!