Simple Handmade Christmas Card

A clean and simple handmade Christmas card is fast and easy to make when you’re going to mass produce holiday greetings for your loved ones. To make this card I used the Stockings in Circle, Nested Circles, Tiny Leaves and Christmas Phrases Large and Small.

This simple handmade Christmas card with the matted circle frame and stockings is fast and easy for everyone on your list.

The Stockings in Circle

  • Cut the Stockings in Circle using red cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the toppers of the stockings.
  • Attach the white toppers to the stockings using rolled up double stick tape.

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  • Cut the tiny holly leaves using green cardstock, form them using the leaf tool and molding pad and attach them to the stocking toppers using glossy accents.
  • Punch out 1/8″ circles and attach one to each of the stockings using glossy accents.
  • Photo tip:  Adding a small touch of red and green to the white stocking toppers makes it pop against the white background. Not only does it draw the eye in but it also helps my camera expose more correctly in auto mode since I’m basically a point and shoot photographer. 

 

A simple handmade Christmas card made using the Stockings in Circle cut with red cardstock pops against the white background.

Finish the Card

  • Cut a white 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer to fit on the front of the card.
  • Place it on the cutting platform, line up the largest circle die and run through the machine.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the white frame layer and attach to the red Stocking in Circle layer.
  • Lay the framed Stockings in Circle in place of the card base to figure out the placement for the sentiment.
  • Remove the framed Stockings in Circle and stamp the sentiment with black ink.
  • Apply double stick tape around the back of the frames and small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the stockings and attach them to the card base.

 

A simple handmade Christmas card made using these framed die cut red stockings really pop against the all-white background.

 
Nested Circle Die Cut Set 5002D
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5336-04D Stocking’s in Circle Die
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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3328 Christmas Phrases Large/Small
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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I hope this inspires you to make a simple handmade Christmas card for a sweet and simple card of your own! I love Christmas stockings and how these are the major focus of the card.

Use Negative Die Cuts To Make Fun Details!

Today I am sharing a clean and simple card that uses negative die cuts to add a level of detail that LOOKS extra fun and takes SECONDS to create! I guarantee you will start seeing all kinds of new creative possibilities when you look at your cardmaking dies after you check this out!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop, Star Burst and Fireworks, Balloons and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1 set.

A handmade greeting card showing Negative Die Cuts used to make see-through windows forming fireworks

The Card Base and Negative Die Cut Layer

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and scallop layer using white cardstock.
  • Place the scallop layer on the cutting platform and lay the Fireworks dies on the layer and run through the machine. Note:  These dies are made without an outer cutting edge and are intended to cut a design out of a solid piece of cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock large enough to fit behind the die cut openings and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

Negative Die Cuts on a handmade greeting card making fireworks

The Balloon and Sentiment

  • Cut a white strip of cardstock about an inch tall and cut the edges using the rectangle scallop die.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment piece and attach it to the card front.
  • Cut the balloon using red cardstock.
  • Create a small gold bow using metallic gold string and attach it to the balloon using glossy accents.  Note:  The gold string doesn’t like adhesive very much so I apply a good amount of glossy accents and allow several minutes for it to dry well to make sure the bow has adhered to the balloon.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the balloon and attach it to the card front.

A handmade birthday card showing the use of Negative Die Cuts to create a design element

Here are the products used for this card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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5319-04D Star Bursts/Fireworks Die
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5319-03D Balloons Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
[ ELH ]
 

Does this give you some ideas on how you can use negative die cuts in your cardmaking? Are you seeing all kinds of new possibilities? Let me know – I LOVE to hear what you think!

A CAS Slimline Nautical Card

Today I am sharing something that is a little different for me – a clean and simple slimline nautical card using one of the NEW dies from Rubbernecker. As much as those adorable sail boats are detailed with all the little bits and pieces, keeping this to just three colors and leaving the new slimline die panel pure white lets those boats really stand out.  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Circle Dash and Boats #1.

Today I am sharing a CAS slimline nautical card using one of the new dies from Rubbernecker - come see the details!

Card Base and Slimline Solid and Insert Die

  • Cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base using white cardstock and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ rectangle layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the OPC slimline using white cardstock.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the slimline and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the negative circle cut outs and replace them inside the circle frames and attach to the card base.

A slimline nautical card like this is the perfect thing to send to someone to celebrate the summer - come see how I made it!

The Sailboats

  • Cut the sailboats using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the sailboat pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting to the back of the boat and sail sections and attach them inside the circle frames.

I kept the colors for this slimline nautical card to just three to keep it crisp and summery - come check it out!

Here are the supplies used to make this card.

 
5325-02D Slimline OPC circle dash Die
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5202-06D Boats #1 Die Cut
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

It’s summer, it’s hot and the sea calls to many of us at this time of year. If you have friends who are missing their oceanic adventures, try your hand at a slimline card like this and bring the sea to them!

Clean and Simple Card with Cats

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for almost any subject or occasion. When I saw this background, Wrapped String, I instantly thought of Cats playing with a ball of string or yarn.  The simple pattern creates interest while allowing the cats and sentiment to be front and center.  I used the Inside Scallop Nested for the background layer and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for almost any subject or occasion.

The Clean and Simple Layer

  • Cut the Inside Scallop Layer using white cardstock.
  • Secure white layer and Wrapped String background stamp in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the image.
  • Sprinkle super fine clear embossing powder on the stamped layer and heat emboss.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the stamped layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for any occasion.

The Sentiment and Cats

  • Cut black and white strips of cardstock.
  • Use the Inside Scallop die to cut the black and white strips to create matching decorative borders to line up over the background layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink, sprinkle with super fine clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Attach the black and white layers together using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to stamped layer.
  • Cut the cats using black cardstock.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each cat and attach them to the sentiment layer and card base.

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for any subject..

This clean and simple card with the “Just Because” would be perfect to send to your cat lover friend.  Recently I have been having lots of fun using background images to add another element of interest to my cards.  Check out my Black and White Background Card to see another example of a clean and simple card layout with a fun background image.  You can find so much clean and simple card inspiration over on Pinterest. I sure do appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great upcoming weekend.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for my card.

 
5305D Inside Scallop Nested Dies
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Cats Die Cut 5142-09D
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1332 Wrapped String
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
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Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
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MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
 

A clean and simple card is easy to make.

 

Random Pattern Backgrounds on Clean and Simple Cards

Random pattern backgrounds will add interest to your cards and can be just the right touch to highlight your main focal image.  My black and white base sets off the colorful flowers and foliage and the random polka dots creates another element of interest for this simple card layout.  For this project I used the Rubbernecker Not So Many Random Dots.  Rubbernecker also has a background called Lots of Random Dots with a more dense pattern that would have been pretty on this card as well.  My flower arrangement was made using the Mixable Flower Stack 5109, Small Flowers #1,  Tiny Flower Buds and Large Ivy.  The decorative layer was made using Borders #3

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your cards and highlights your focal image.

The Random Pattern Background

  • Secure the background stamp and white cardstock in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the cardstock.
  • Apply super fine clear embossing powder to the cardstock and heat it with heat gun.  Note:  the Versafine Clair inks can be used with embossing powder but I find you need to move fairly quick before it dries.  Embossing with clear powder makes the black dots more pronounced.  You can also use black embossing powder but I find it harder to use since it sticks to the cardstock even when using a embossing magic bag.
  • Cut the cardstock to 5.25″ x 4.00″.

The Decorative Layer

  • Cut pieces of white and black cardstock 5.25″ x 2.50″.
  • Use the eyelet die from the Borders #3 set to cut the white piece and the stitched die from the set to cut the black piece.
  • Attach the pieces together using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the decorative layer and attach it to the pattern background layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the two layers and attach to the white A2 sized card base.

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your clean and simple cards and highlights your focal image.

The Flowers

  • Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the flowers and brown cardstock to cut the tiny flower buds.
  • Squish the Citrus and Pumpkin ink pads on a palette and use the inks to watercolor the flowers.
  • Lightly mist the images with water to prepare for coloring.
  • Use a water brush to paint the flower sections and heat set.
  • Form the flowers using a round stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the flower sections together using small pieces of mounting tape. Note:  I usually attach flower sections together using glossy accents but I wanted these layers to have more separation.
  • Form the tiny flower buds to the flower center using glossy accents.
  • Check out my Flower Shaping Video Tutorials to see how I form my flowers.

The Ivy Branches

  • Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the ivy sections.
  • Lightly mist the ivy sections with water.
  • Squish the Fern and Juniper ink pads on a palette.
  • Watercolor the ivy sections using a light layer Fern ink. and add darker shading using the Juniper ink.
  • Heat dry the ivy sections.
  • Place the ivy sections face up on the molding pad and form the leaves using the leaf tool.

Arrange the Flowers and Ivy

  • Attach the the large flower to the card base using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the ivy sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents. 
  • Use glossy accents to attach the small flowers to the ivy.

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your simple cards and highlights your focal image.

Clean and simple cards can be enhanced using random pattern backgrounds. I love how my black and white card base allowed my flowers and foliage to pop.  Check out my Dimensional Paper Flowers card to see the same flower color combination but on a all white card base. You can see lot of inspiration for random pattern cards on Pinterest.  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable day.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
1338 Not So Many Random Dots
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5109D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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5160-03D Borders #3
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Here are the other tools and supplies used.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Peanut…
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Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12,…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Long Broad, ZIG Watercolor BrusH20
[ ELH ]
Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SZZ ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
Ranger Mini Mister, Individual
[ ELH ]
 

 

Simple Birthday Card

I don;t know about you but I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand when an “emergent” need arises.  Those emergent needs happen to me more often than I would like to admit.  Since I have gotten a little older birthdays seem to slip up one me.  Ugh!  I hate to miss my loved ones birthdays.  This clean and simple card took just a few minutes to make.  Rubbernecker released several new background stamps recently and I couldn’t wait to get a few.  For this card I used the Birthday Background and the sentiment from the It’s Spring Time set.  The picture doesn’t show off the pretty gold embossing used for the images but I love the vibrant colors of the balloons water colored with Color Fuse inks. Oh……and don’t die of shock that there are no die cuts on this card.  LOL!

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family.  This birthday background is perfect for fast and easy cards.

The Birthday Background and Balloons

  • Secure the white cardstock and Birthday Background stamp in the MISTI.
  • Dust the cardstock with the Embossing Magic Bag. Note:  Gold embossing powder sticks all over the cardstock if not well dusted.
  • Apply Versamark to the stamp and stamp the image. Repeat the stamping process to make sure you get a good crisp image.
  • Apply Superfine Gold Embossing Powder and tap off excess powder.
  • Use a heat gun to heat the embossing powder.
  • Stamp the balloon section of the background a second time and emboss.
  • Watercolor the balloons with Color Fuse inks and a water brush.
  • Fussy cut the balloons out. and set aside.

The Sentiment and Gold Embossed Layer

  • Stamp the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and emboss with gold powder.
  • Cut a strip of cardstock to fit behind the sentiment layer.
  • Apply Versa to both edges of the cardstock, apply gold embossing powder and emboss.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the gold layer using double stick tape.

Assemble the Card

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birthday background layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the birthday background using double stick tape.
  • Use glue dots to attach the gold string to the back of the balloons.
  • Tie the three strings together with bow made using a separate piece of gold strings.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the balloons and attach them to the card base.
  • Finish by securing the gold bow and strings to the sentiment layer using a rolled up glue dot.

 

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family.  This birthday background is perfect for fast, simple and easy cards.

A simple birthday card is always nice to have on hand but I like making fancier ones as well.  Check out my Die Cut Birthday Cake and Birthday Card with Alphabet and Number Dies to see more birthday cards. And when in doubt, you can always count on getting inspiration from Pinterest.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great Wednesday. 

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
1330 Birthday Background
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3309 It’s Spring time
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #8
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Color Fuse Set #6
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Here are the tools and supplies.

 
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
[ ELH ]
VersaMark Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
[ ELH ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
[ ELH ]
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]