The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without some fresh winter greenery. Holly, pine, red berries—all look gorgeous and festive decorating the doors and store fronts around town. For today’s project, I’m using paper “greens’ to frame a simple sentiment for a cheerful Christmas greeting card.
I’m using the Sizzix Mini Holiday Greens die set which has a great variety of branches and berries. Using different colors of green and red cardstock, I die cut multiple pieces so I would have plenty to work with when framing my card sentiment.
I first created a 4 1/4x 5 ½ notecard using white cardstock, then took another panel the same size in gray and die cut a square into the middle. Any type of square die is useful for this. I adhered the gray panel onto the white card with repositionable adhesive so I could line up the sentiment to stamp in the middle. Using my Precision Press, I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts’ Poster Christmas Carols stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx Ink. For shine and texture, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
After the stamping, I popped up the gray frame with Scotch Foam Tape and added a few white heat embossed snowflakes and some Nuvo Drops in Red Berry. I used snowflake stamps from Hero Arts’ Stamp and Cut Wishes and Avery Elle’s Corner Sentiments-Holiday.
To add the branches, I clustered a few of the die cuts on top of each other and added dots of Tombow Mono Liquid glue to keep them together. I then glued the clusters to the top and bottom of the gray card panel frame.
I like how the neutral gray looks against the red and green branches. It almost seems to make them brighter.
Here’s a close-up of the layered branches. Varying the colors of green definitely gives them more depth. You could even add silver or gold branches for a more elegant effect.
Thanks so much for joining me today!