Good Sunday morning.  I have a clean and simple holiday card to share with you today that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  Penni, better known on SCS as razldazl is our featured stamper this week and my card was inspired by her Early Fall card found here. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge the goal is to pick a card out of the artist’s gallery and use the basic design but change it up in some way.  I used Penni’s negative die cut, layout  and embossing but changed my theme to Christmas. My project was made using the Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine, Taylored Expressions Bead Board embossing folder and Nesting Card Templates.  The gingham background paper is out of the My Favorite Things Tiny Check pad. Essentials by Ellen also has a coordinating stamp set that works with the Poinsettia and Pine called Mistletoe and Holly.  

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 left

Since I can never get a card layer cut straight with my paper trimmer I used the Nesting Card Templates to cut the embossed layer. I laid a piece of waxed paper of top of the white layer, lined up the rectangle die and pine die and ran them through my Big Shot Express all at once (have I told you how much I love my power Big Shot Express).  I left the pine die cut in place on the card base, placed it in the embossing folder and ran through my Big Shot. Hint:  l like to use waxed paper or even printer paper to layer between my cardstock and dies when using light paper so there are no marks left from the die.  They also protect the front of the cardstock when using an open die like the rectangle I used today to keep the cardstock from getting imprints from the plate. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 center

I cut a small piece of the gingham paper and attached it on the card base with ATG adhesive. I removed the pine die cut, applied mounting tape on the back of the embossed layer and attached it to the card base. I attached the pine piece to the top edge of the opening with glossy accents. I made a multi loop bow using red and white gingham to match the paper inside and attached it with glue dots.  I had planned to use only the white and red gingham but couldn’t resist adding the green holly leaves from the set to add one more Christmas element. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”