Snowman Christmas Cards – Slimline Style!

Snowman Christmas cards are pretty popular, even for people who aren’t in areas that get snow. They are a fun and cheerful symbol of the season and are great cards to send to “kids” of all ages!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Squares Frame, Snowman, Evergreen Trees, Cardinals, Deckle Hills, Tiny Leaves, Globe Tree (star) and Splatter Background.

one of my snowman Christmas cards with a die cut snowman holding a Christmas tree in a snowy scene on a slimline card

The Slimline Card Base and Snow Layers

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 white card base and sore down the center.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive. 
  • Cut the slimline layer using light blue cardstock. 
  • Apply white pigment ink to the splatter background stamp, stamp the top half of the slimline and emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Attach the blue snowy slimline layer to the red card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the deckle hill layers.
  • Use the slimline die to cut the borders of the deckle hills snow layers.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the snow layers and attach to them then to the slimline layer.

slimline snowman Christmas cards with a die cut snowman holding a Christmas tree in a snowy scene

The Snowman and Evergreen Tree

  • Cut the Snowman body using white cardstock and attach them together using glossy accents..
  • Cut the accessory pieces using red, black, brown and orange cardstock.
  • Attach the hat sections together using glossy accents and attach to the head using glossy accents.
  • Attach the facial features and scarf to the snowman using glossy accents.
  • Embellish the snowman hat with two tiny leaves and a red 1/8″ punched circle.
  • Cut a small evergreen tree and attach the 1/8″ red circles and a star to the tree using glossy accents. Note:  I always use my reverse tweezers to pick up small pieces like the holly leaves and punched circles.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the embellished tree and attach it to the snowman body.
  • Attach the brown twig arms to the snowman body and tree using glossy accents.

Assemble the Scene

  • Use green cardstock to cut a set of the evergreen trees.
  • Stamp the trees using the splatter background and white pigment ink.
  • Sprinkle the trees with white embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the cardinals and color their beaks with a black marker
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the three trees, tuck them in behind the top snow layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Tuck the snowman in behind the front snow layer and attach it using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the cardinals and attach them to the scene base.

snowman Christmas cards

 
5330-02D Slimline Squares Frame Die
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5162-13D Snowman Die Cut
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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5217-02D Cardinals Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5177-03D Globe Tree #1 Die Cut
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1231 Splatter Background
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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There are so many fun themes to choose from when you are thinking about your own Christmas – or holiday – cards. Not everyone celebrates Christmas from a perspective of faith and motifs like all of my snowman Christmas cards are nice ways to make a nod to the season for everyone. What kinds of cards are YOU making this year? I’d love to hear!

How To Alter A Die Cut

Have you ever wondered how to alter a die cut that you love but maybe doesn’t fit on the card you have planned? Today I am going to show you a couple of tips on how to do this and all of a sudden you will see your collection of dies with new eyes!  For this card I wanted to show off Rubbernecker’s newly released Slimline Clouds and Slimline Waves.  I paired the new dies with the Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun, Small Birds and Grass #2.

how to alter a die cut is shown in three different examples on this beach scene greeting card handmade from die cuts

The Card Base

  • Cut the 7.00″ x 8.50″ slimline card base using white cardstock.
  • Score the card base down the center at 3.50″.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.

The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers

  • Cut the cloud layer using white cardstock and attach it to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut two wave layers and attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
  • Cut the sand layer using one of the wave dies and Kraft cardstock.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape. 
  • Note:  Using the wave die for sand shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.

Examples of how to alter a die cut are shown on this handmade greeting card depicting a scene at the seashore

The Lighthouse

  • Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Shorten the lighthouse to fit the height of the card base by altering the placement of the top light portion and cutting a small portion off the bottom. Note:  Altering the height of the lighthouse allows me to use it on several different sized cards.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.

The Palm Trees

  • Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.

Sun, Grass and Bird

  • Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape. 
  • Use white cardstock to cut the bird, apply a touch of gray ink to the wings and attach it to the card base using a small piece of mounting tape.

how to alter a die cut is shown in several examples on this handmade greeting card

You can see how easy it was for me to alter a die cut to fit my card size and how to use a die meant for one thing and using it for another.  Take a look at your dies and let me know how you may extended the ways to use them. Check back tomorrow to see how I used these new slimline dies on an A2 sized card.

 
5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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5202-05D Light House Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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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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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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Cute Halloween Cards with Owls!

Cute Halloween Cards with Owls IN COSTUME!

Oh my gosh – when I saw this new set of die cuts I just knew I was going to make some cute Halloween cards that would make us ALL crack up! Each of these adorable owls were made using the new Rubbernecker Build an Owl set and sports one of the complete owl costumes available in the Owl Halloween add-ons set. Now, I DID make this as a slimline Halloween card using the new Slimline Squares Frame so you could see all three owls at once, but imagine the possibilities of popping just ONE of these cuties on a regular card! They are so cute and they don’t need a whole lot more with them and everyone from the smallest Halloween fan to someone who is glad they don’t have to get up every ten seconds to hand out candy will be tickled!

one of my cute Halloween cards on a slimline base to show off three adorable owls in their own little die cut Halloween costumes

The Slimline Base

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 orange card base and sore down the center.
  • Use purple cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.  Note:  I ended up trimming off a little of the purple so plenty of the orange would show.
  • Cut the slimline layer using white cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the white slimline layer and attach it to the purple layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the layers and attach them to the orange card base.

An example of cute Halloween cards made using owl die cuts and additional die cuts to create tiny adorable owl costumes!

The Owls and Costumes

  • Cut the owl bodies using light gray cardstock and the body parts using white and dark gray cardstock.
  • Mix and match the body parts and attach them to the owls using glossy accents.
  • Cut the witch hat, bat wings and Dracula cape using black cardstock .
  • Cut the the hat border using orange cardstock and the cape collar and ties using red cardstock.
  • Attach the pieces to the owls using glossy accents.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the mummy costume. 
  • Use red and purple cardstock to cut the lollipop.
  • Apply touches of light gray ink to the edges of the mummy using a mini applicator.
  • Attach the mummy costume to the owl using pieces of mounting tape.

Super cute Halloween cards made with owl die cuts and additional die cuts to create three different adorable owl Halloween costumes

 
5330-02D Slimline Squares Frame Die
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5335-01D Build an Owl Die
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5335-02D Owl Halloween add on’s Die
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5335-03D Owl Christmas add on’s Die
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Color Fuse Set #12
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So, are you a fan of CUTE Halloween cards or the spookier type like my Owl and Halloween Tree card.  Either way, don’t these little fellas just crack you up? I’d love to hear what you think when you get your hands on these new dies and try them out for yourself! Oh, by the way, if you love the Halloween costumes then you will want to check out the Owl Christmas add-ons as well. You can find all the new dies in the What’s New category.

Slimline Winter Scene Christmas Cards

Sometimes I make a card that I truly just love and this one of my slimline winter scene Christmas cards is a winner, I think! I just love the falling snow, the trees in the background and the way that lamp offers what feels like a warm glow. Isn’t this just PERFECT to send to those people for whom you have a lot of holiday news to share?

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Bubble Scallop, Winter Lamp Post, Deckle Hills, Greenery #1, 3 Pine Trees and Splatter Background.  The Enjoy the Magic sentiment is a retired.

A sample of DIY Winter Scene Christmas Cards slimline style with a snowy background and a vintage black iron lamp post

The Scene Layer and Card Base

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 white card base and sore down the center.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the slimline layer using white cardstock.
  • Apply masking tape around all the edges of the slimline, apply a blue sky background using a blender brush and Beachside ink.
  • Stamp the trees using Shady Lane ink and heat dry using a heat gun.
  • Apply embossing magic over the trees and sky area.
  • Stamp the falling snow using white pigment ink , sprinkle white embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Remove the masking tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene layer and attach to the card base.

The Lamp Post and Snow Layers

  • Cut two deckle snow layers using white cardstock.
  • Cut the snow layers a second time using the slimline die to create matching borders.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Shady Lane ink.
  • Attach the snow layers to the scene base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the lamp post sections using black, white and yellow cardstock.
  • Attach the snow layers  and the yellow lamp shades to the lamp post using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the lamp post, tuck it in behind the snow layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Apply sparkle to the lam shade using a clear shimmer pen.

The Tiny Wreath

  • Use snips to cut a small circle and cut the center of the circle out to create a wreath base.

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  • Attach tiny green sprigs to the wreath base using glossy accents.
  • Attach 1/8″ red circles to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Cut thin strips of red cardstock and create the tiny bow for the wreath.
  • Attach the bow to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the wrath to the lamp post.
  • Apply red stickles to the red circles to add sparkle.

 

An example of Slimline Winter Scene Christmas Cards featuring a lampost against a background of snowy evergreen trees

Check out my Snowy Christmas Card if you would like to see another example of a winter Christmas card using the same dies and stamps.

Here are the supplies used for this card.

 
5322-04D Slimline Solid Bubble…
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5217-05D Winter Lamp Post Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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3 Pine Tree Set – 689690694SO
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1231 Splatter Background
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Color Fuse Set #9
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Shady Lane
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Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Fiskars – Hole Punch – One Eighth…
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Ranger Stickles, Christmas Red
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk
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Scotch Safe-Release Masking Painter’s…
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
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…
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Does this inspire you to try making your own slimline winter scene Christmas cards? What variations would you do? I would LOVE to know! 

One of My Christmas Card Making Ideas

If you are looking for Christmas card making ideas, I think you might get a kick out of this one. I don’t know what it is about Christmas trains, but they are so charming and fun and at the same time can be pleasantly nostalgic. ALL of the gorgeous detail you see here is thanks to Rubbernecker! And do you spot that cool slimline insert die?

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Postage, Slimline Inside Diagonal, Train and Tiny Leaves.

If you are looking for Christmas card making ideas you might want to click through to learn more about this Christmas train slimline card.

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 a 2.00″ x 7.00″ strip of light blue cardstock and attach it to the red layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the solid slimline using white cardstock, place it back on the cutting platform, line up the inside slimline die and run though the machine a second time.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

I love coming up with new Christmas card making ideas and you just have to see this one - click through to learn more!

The Train

  • Cut the train pieces out in the colors of your choice.
  • Follow the step by step directions below. These directions will live on the Rubbernecker store site with the train link.
  • I used glossy accents, rolled glue dots and mounting tape to assemble and attach all the pieces.
  • I modified one of the train cars by using the top roof portion of the engine housing to create a caboose.

  • Cut three sections of trace, attach them together using glossy accents and then attach them to the card front using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the train sections and attach to the card front.
  • Embellish the train with small holly leaves and red holly berries.

Check out my Christmas Train Z Fold Card to see another fun way to use the train set. 

It's never too early to start looking at Christmas card making ideas - come see how I made this adorable Christmas train slimline card!

Here are the Rubbernecker products ts used for this card.

 
5322-02D Slimline Solid Postage Die
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5327-06D Slimline Inside Diagonal Die
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5202-07D Train Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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Fiskars – Hole Punch – One Eighth…
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Ranger Stickles, Christmas Red
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
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…
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If you are going to be doing your own holiday cards this year, I suggest you make a board on Pinterest and save all the Christmas card making ideas you like in there so when you are ready to get creating, you will have all your inspiration waiting for you in one place!

A Slimline Fall Card To Welcome The Season

Hi there – today I am sharing a slimline fall card that can be used for any occasion. The simplicity of the tree and pumpkins allows you to add any message and the extra details make it something truly special. Read more to get the details!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Deckle, Winter Tree, Picket Fence, Pumpkins and Ivy, Grass, Grass #2 and Small Birds.

A vertical slimline fall card featuring a tall tree with shaped leaves and a pumpkin patch all created using die cuts

The Card Base, Deckle Layer and Grass

  • Use white cardstock to cut an 8.50″ x 7.00″ card base and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Cut a teal layer 3.25″ x 8.24″ and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the deckle layer.
  • Apply masking tape around the edges of the deckle layer.
  • Use a blender brush andblue ink to apply the cloudy blue sky background to the scene base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the deckle layer and attach to the teal card base.
  • Cut four strips of grass using green cardstock and cut them using the deckle die to create matching edges.
  • Attach the first grass layer about one third the way up the scene layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Continue adding the grass layers using ATG adhesive to cover the bottom of the scene.

A slimline fall card showing off a die cut tree with shaped paper leaves and hand colored die cut pumpkins

The Tree and Leaves

  • Cut the tree using Kraft cardstock and the leaves using white cardstock.
  • Color the tree by swiping the brown ink pad directly over the cardstock and then wipe with a wet baby wipe to smooth the color. 
  • Use mini applicators to apply green, red and orange ink to each tiny leaf.  Note:  It may seem like coloring each leaf is a tedious step but I think it is well worth the effort.  I could have cut the leaves out using red, orange and green cardstock but it never looks as natural as the multi colored leaves.
  • Form the leaves by placing them face up on a molding pad and gently push down in the center of each leaf with the leaf tool.
  • Attach several leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents. 

The Pumpkins, Fence and Birds

  • Cut the pumpkins using yellow cardstock and the foliage using green cardstock.
  • Use mini applicators to apply orange ink and touches of brown ink to the pumpkins.
  • Cut the picket fence using Kraft cardstock and color using brown ink applied with a wet baby wipe.
  • Cut the small birds using yellow cardstock and color them using a mini applicator and orange ink.

Assemble the Slimline Fall Card

  • Cut the pickets off the fence, apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the fence, turn the bottom side up and attach it to the scene base.  Note:  I wanted the fence to look like an old country fence so I used the bottom of the fence instead of the top picket edge.
  • Attach a rope of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the tree trunk and large branches and attach it to the scene.

rolled double stick tape 2

  • Gently form the pumpkins with your fingers, apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each and tuck them in behind the grass layers.
  • Tuck the grass sprigs and pumpkin shoots around the pumpkins and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach a few falling leaves to the sky area and several to the ground area using glossy accents.
  • Apply tiny pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach to the scene.

using all die cuts, a slimline fall card featuring a paper tree with shaped leaves and inked pumpkins

Be sure and check out the Rubbernecker Slimline Pre-Sale and get first dibs on the 15 new slimline dies.

Here are the Rubbernecker products I used to make this card.

 
5322-05D Slimline Solid Deckle Die
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Winter Tree Die Cut 5170D
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Picket Fence Die Cut 5152-01D
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5215-05D Pumpkins and Ivy Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #9
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
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…
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I invite to come back often because whenever I come up with a new slimline fall card idea, you know I will share it!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.