Hello! Today I’m sharing my eighth card in my Personal Christmas Card Challenge, a challenge to see how many different ways I can use a seasonal looking background to create my Christmas cards.

I had cut a panel of red cardstock, backed with wide double sided adhesive using Time For Tea Designs Nordic Star Slimline Die for an earlier card (card 2 below) and decided to retain all the negative cut out pieces to piece onto another panel. I cut a template from scrap card to assist me with placement and set to work adding all the little pieces to a plain white panel. Although it was time consuming, I found things moved quicker once I got into a rhythm. The individual pieces gave a unique look that I couldn’t replicate any other way but it was a process that required time, something we may not necessarily have in the mad dash to Christmas Day. Overlaying a white die cut panel over a red backing panel would work just as well in this design.

Once all the pattern pieces had been transferred across, I trimmed the panel down and added it to a 8.5″×3.5″ card base with some acid free liquid PVA glue. I set it aside to dry while I worked on the remainder of the embellishments.

I chose to create two floral arrangements for the main focus of my design. I used the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Poinsettia Garland Craft Die Set to cut pieces from red and green cardstock. I assembled all the pieces and added some die cut dots to the centre of each flower that had been cut from gold glitter card. I arranged the foliage a little differently for each piece so each arrangement looked unique. I’ve always found creating identical pieces look too artificial for my liking, probably because nature doesn’t create its arrangements identically either.

For the greeting, I stamped the greeting using a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Cutting Edge Trees stamp set and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then die cut it and a red frame using Phil Martin Charming Dies Collection – Charmed Ovals. I finished off by gluing them together and adding them to the centre of the card.

To see the earlier card made for my Personal Christmas Card Challenge, made with this background die, please click on the image below. Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time! 😊

Card 1
Card 2
Card 3
Card 4
Card 5
Card 6
Card 7

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