Perhaps picked right out of a movie, this classic Christmas scene on a handmade card is unmistakably festive!

I recently sort of challenged myself to recreate classic Christmas scene on a handmade card. My vision was of those stately homes from the movies, with their ornate wrought iron fences and classic lamp posts. I just love the way this looks and thanks to the intricate dies, this card was easier to make than it looks. I used the Rubbernecker Fancy Fence, Outside Scallop Frame, Slimline Christmas Tree, Winter Lamp Post, Deckle Hills, Small Birds, Tiny Leaves #1 and Splatter Background. Let me show you the steps so you can try out the different elements individually or, as I did here, all on one card.

A classic Christmas scene on a handmade card with twin old fashioned lamp posts, an ornate wrought iron fence and a beautiful Christmas tree, all made with card making dies from Rubbernecker.

NOTE: There are so many different segments to this scene so I am posting a description for each one separately and then I will list the steps to put it all together.

Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and light blue cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer.
  • Secure the blue layer and Splatter background stamp in the MISTI, apply white pigment ink to the stamp and stamp the image.
  • Apply white embossing powder to the blue layer and heat with the heat gun.
  • Attach the blue layer to the white card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the star and attach it to the top of the tree using glossy accents.

Slime Christmas Tree

  • Cut the Slimline Christmas Tree sections using green cardstock.
  • Stamp each tree section using the Splatter Background and white pigment ink.
  • Apply white embossing powder to the tree sections and heat with a heat gun.
  • Assemble the tree sections and attach them together using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  I attached the tree layers flat together so they would fit well behind the fence.  I normally attach them loosely so I can fluff out the bottoms of each branch.

Ornate Fence

  • Cut the Fence sections using black and white cardstock.
  • Apply Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge  to the brick fence sections using mini applicators.
    • Begin by applying a layer of Fired Brick over the whole section.
    • Cover the red layer with Rusty Hinge ink.
    • Finish by applying touches of Vintage Photo ink over several random bricks to create the natural looking brick fence.
  • Attach the white fence sections over the black using Connect glue.  Note:  I was attempting to make the black wrought iron fence appear to be covered with snow but it sort of backfired and the black barely shows.  Live and learn!
  • Attach the fence sections to the brick sections using glossy accents.
  • Cut the Tiny Leaves using green cardstock and create a tiny wreath to fit on the front of the fence. 
  • Note:  The pictures below show steps to make the tiny wreath using evergreen branches instead of holly leaves but they both use the same steps.  


Punch out a small 3/4″ circle, cut the inside out to form a tiny wreath base and glued the ends together.

Mini Wreath 2 Jpeg

Begin attaching the leaves to the base using glossy accents.

Continue around until the whole base is covered.  Add additional leaves to fill in as needed.

Attach the round circles using glossy accents.

  • Attach the finished wreath to the fence using glossy accents.

Classic Winter Styled Lamp Posts

  • Cut the Winter Lamp sections using black cardstock and the snow sections using white cardstock.
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut out the back window sections of the lamps and attach them using glossy accents. 
  • Attach the snow sections to the lamps using glossy accents.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the Tiny Leaves, gentle form them and attach them to the lamp posts. 
  • Finish by attaching a tiny red punched out circles to the leaves using glossy accents.

Frame and Snow Layer

  • Use red cardstock to cut the Outside Scallop Frame and white cardstock to cut the Deckle Hills snow layer.
  • Cut the small birds using red cardstock.

Easy to use card making dies from Rubbernecker created the beautiful ornate details on this classic Christmas scene on a handmade card.

Build Your Classic Christmas Scene

  • Begin by attaching the fence sections to the back of the red frame using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it and the fence to the card base.
  • Tuck the Christmas tree in behind the fence and attach to the card base using strips of mounting tape.
  • Apply thins strips of mounting tape to the back of the lamp posts, tuck them in behind the fence sections and attach to the card base.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the snow layer and attach it to the frame.
  • Finish by attaching the three birds to the scene using small pieces of mounting tape.

A beautifully detailed classic Christmas scene on a handmade card with an oversized festive tree, twin vintage lamp posts and an ornate fence all made from dies for card making from Rubbernecker.

Here are the items from Rubbernecker that I used to put this together:

5500-02D Outside Scallop Frame Die
[ RBB ]
5517-02D Fancy Fence Die
[ RBB ]
5416-01D Slimline Christmas Tree Die
[ RBB ]
5217-05D Winter Lamp Post Die
[ RBB ]
5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
[ RBB ]
Small Birds Die 5147-06D
[ RBB ]
5162-04D Tiny Leaves
[ RBB ]
3461 Splatter Background
[ RBB ]

And here are the items from my stash in case you want to use the same things I did:

Rusty Hinge, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH | SBC | BLIC ]
Fired Brick, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH | BLIC | SBC ]
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink…
[ SBC | BLIC | ELH ]
PanPastel Sofft Tools – Mini…
[ BLIC ]
Hero Arts – Hero Hues – Pigment Ink…
[ SBC | ELH ]
Ranger Ink – Basics Embossing Powder…
[ SBC | BLIC ]
We R Memory Keepers – Heat Gun – Lilac
[ SBC ]
Uni-ball Signo UM-153 White Gel Pen
[ BLIC ] – Magic Mat – Standard…
[ SBC ] – Magic Mat – Standard…
[ SBC ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ] : Dahle 550 Professional…
Susan’s Garden Ultimate Tool Kit
[ SPL ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC | BLIC ]
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
[ RBB ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Connect Glue, Gina K Designs
[ ELH ] 1000 Pieces Foam Sticky…
[ AMZUS ] Mini Foam Dots…
[ AMZUS ] Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
Teflon Bone Folder, Bonefolder
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
[ ELH ] : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…
New & Improved MISTI Laser Etched…
[ ELH | SBC ]
Scor-Tape 1/8′ (3mm), Scor-Pal Tape
[ ELH ]
Scor-Tape 1/4″ (5mm), Scor-Pal Tape
[ ELH ]

I love how this traditional, classic Christmas scene on a handmade card comes to life with all the little details. How would you use these elements on your own cards? Let me know – I love to hear!