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Good morning and welcome back to the second week of my Christmas in July video tutorial series! You can find week 1 here! This week I wanted to focus on using dies to create dimension and texture and my cards use very little stamping (only the sentiment). This is another design that would be easy to mass produce and there are endless color possibilities.
I made a similar card last year and I really liked the way it turned out so I thought it would be a good card to recreate with a video tutorial. You can watch the video below or in HD at my YouTube channel!
To start I die-cut the deer from gold shimmer cardstock. I wanted a little shimmer but not the effect of glitter paper and this metallic cardstock from PTI is perfect! The deer die has a cut edge on the bottom (to create the ground) and can be extended on either side by fussy-cutting the edge. I cut a softly arching hill for my deer to stand on. Next I ran the coverplate die through my BigShot to create that faux stitched texture. It reminds me of wind!
Then I cut two hills from white cardstock using the hillside borders dies. I trimmed the stitched background to an 1/8″ of an inch short of an A2 size and then adhered it to a white card base. Next I adhered the largest hill. I applied ATG gun tape and two way zig glue to my deer and set it aside to let the glue dry. The two way glue is permanent when wet but repositionable when dry. I used enough of the ATG gun tape to securely adhere the deer to my card but the zig glue is perfect for adhering the delicate antlers. Allowing it to dry slightly means that no glue will squish out around the sides of the antlers.
Finally I stamped the sentiment with versamark on the smaller white hill, heat-embossed it with gold or silver embossing powder, and adhered it to my card. In the video I mentioned trying different color combinations and after I finished the video I decided to try those colors. I really like the hot pink and navy combination you can see in one of the above photos and I also tried mint and peach!
I really like unexpected colors combinations for holiday cards but, of course, gold and silver are classics, too! 😉
P.S. Fun fact, the music on my video today is performed by yours truly on my harp! This month I’ll be using tracks off of my solo Christmas album on my holiday card tutorial videos and I hope you enjoy them! ?
To help get you in the holiday spirit I have a crafty package of a few supplies that I’ve used to create each card this month. The total contents of the package will be a surprise for the recipient but is valued over $30 (technically it’s $45 now…I found a few interesting things to add in)! To enter leave a comment on each of my Christmas in July posts and this week, let me know your favorite holiday tradition (if you don’t celebrate Christmas, let me know your favorite seasonal tradition)! ? US and international entries welcome!
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Jean Marmo says
What lovely cards!!!
Jennifer T says
Love the simplicity of these cards! And that gold cardstock…
We go to the children’s mass on Christmas Eve and come to have posole for dinner. My kids have enjoyed this for as long as they remember and we all look forward to it. Now my grandkids are enjoying it too.
Michael Bakeler says
The QUILTED SWIRL STITCHED PATTERN DIE is so neat in this card and helps bring your eye to the deer. This is a great concept! Christmas, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, music playing on the stereo, and my dad making his infamous Egg Nog with a bottle of rum and vodka both in the punch. It is a wonder I remembered anything. 🙂
KT Fit Kitty says
Very pretty card and I like that it’s easy to reproduce! I like all the different colour variations you’ve made! I’m enjoying your Christmas in July series! A favourite tradition here is our big family Boxing Day dinner at my brother’s place!
ava gavloski says
Great presentation and inspiration. Fav holiday tradition you ask…. smile, rock’in the christmas music while cleaning and cooking during the month of December….
Sandi Pressley says
This card is stunning in it’s simplicity….totally perfect for mass producing. I am really loving this series on Christmas cards this month, Jessica. My favorite holiday tradition is taking the week off between Christmas and New Year but sadly we are not able to do so this year.
Sue D says
Beautiful and peaceful deer cards. Love your music too.
My favorite holiday tradition is a birthday party for Jesus before we head to our church’s Christmas Eve service.
Holly Flores says
Fabulous! My favorite holiday tradition is to leave cookies and milk out for Santa in the morning. There is always a bite taken out of the cookie when the kids wake up in the morning and they get the biggest kick out of it. Thanks for the chance to win.
Hi Jess, so pretty, that’s my favorite deer die! I love all the different color combos, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Melissa Friedrich says
Wow, love these Christmas cards and the mass producing potential in all these pretty color combos too! Love your harp music too, such a nice bonus to your videos!
Melissa Friedrich says
I was so into the harp music, I forgot to say one of my favorite holiday traditions is going to pick a Christmas tree.
Carla Hundley says
Such pretty cards
and make me want
to start on my
Carla from Utah
Wow! This is a terrific card for mass production. And versatile with the options of colors available
Jennifer K says
Gorgeous card Jessica and so elegant, I just love it! My favourite is the silver, I might just have to attempt to recreate your card in purple and silver if I can find that die…thats how much I like it.
Lovely cards! I make clay ornaments each year for our tree as well as an ornament for each of my grandchildren.
Amy McCue says
What a pretty card! I need to get started on my cards!!
Christy Q says
Just stunning, Jessica!! I love the simplicity and elegance of the die cuts. Thank you for the inspiration and impetus to get started on my own Christmas cards. 🙂 My favorite tradition at Christmas is picking out our wreaths at the local tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Amy Cooley says
This is such a pretty die and I like your design!
Patt H. says
Beautiful cards! love all the gorgeous colors, especially the peach & mint. my favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas dinner with the family. All the cooking with everyone bringing their favorite specialty to share & the sense of family being all together is a big part of Christmas for our family.
Gilda (McStamper) says
Beautiful cards. Love the gold. My favorite Christmas tradition is being with children and grandchildren, no matter what day.
I love the way you can switch the colors for a new look, while using the same stamps and design! My favorite holiday tradition is helping my two girls make special Christmas cards and tags for presents for family members. We also make a handmade ornament every year.
Vinita Jain says
Wow! Love all the versions with great color combo, so impressive!
Although I am not Christian, But love to celebrate this tradition with my kids, family and neighbor by decorating a X-mas tree with traditional lights! Thanks for the chance to win!
These cards would be wonderful to make in bulk for Christmas! The dies are beautiful and I love the faux stitched background! My favorite holiday tradition is making an ornament each year for my granddaughters, and always making handmade cards.
Arianna Barbara says
Oh wow!!!! Love your sweet cards!!!! And the music of the harp is so lovely!!!!