The delicate pine branch die from Diemond Dies are so fun to emboss and layer to make lush holiday swags for cards or layouts. I made these four cards for senior center residents for my friend Kim’s (YT: KimboKreations) nursing home challenge, and I hope the seniors (whether men or women) will enjoy these gender neutral cards this coming holiday season.

20150922_194646For the card bases I used a large 12×12 sheet of holiday patterned paper (sorry I don’t recall the name–I’ve had it for years!) from my stash. On one of the plainer backgrounds, I embossed “Happy Holidays” (from My Sentiments Exactly “Holiday Sentiments” stamps set) repeatedly at a diagonal. On another plain background card, I made cut out a little banner and embossed the sentiment on a piece of vellum. For the other two cards, I just let the dimensional swags I made top the white and silver foil backgrounds.

20150922_195233To create the swags, I die cut a lot of branches with the Diemond Dies Pine Branch Die (which is one of the first Diemond Dies).  I used Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder and Sparkle N Sprinkle Platinum Extra Fine Embossing Powder to add sparkle, shine and dimension haphazardly to the pine needle leaves–thinking of the way snow might land here and there on a branch but not coat it completely.  I varied the heights and lengths of a few pine branches and gathered them together at the bases with a bow.

20150922_195147For the paper bows, I used the medium size die set from the Diemond Dies Bows Die Set to create a whimsical 3D paper bow. TIP: If you curl the loop sections and the center section with the edge of a bone folder (or any sharp edge like a scissors or the side of your desk), the bow will look more realistic and less flat.  To add a little detail, I also embossed the tail edges of the bows to match the pine branches they topped.  For the satin ribbon bows, I used my Craft-Dee-BowZ tool to make a double or triple loop bow with 1/4″ wide red ribbon.

Lastly for some cute little accents, I used the berries from the Diemond Dies Holly Leaves Die Set to cut out faux enamel dots from red card stock.  To give them a nice shine, I coated them with Glossy Accents and adhered them to the card bases in clusters of three or in one case to cover the Art Glitter Glue that I used to adhere the vellum banner.

The following is a process video of how I created two of these cards:

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These Christmas cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday STAMPtember Use A Stamp Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Die Crazy Challenge
jingle belles rock: Shopping Our Jingly Stash Challenge
Shopping Our Stash Jingle Belles Bonus Challenge

The card with Happy Holidays subtly embossed repeatedly on the background with the red satin ribbon bow is being entered into the following challenges
Addicted to CAS Leaves Challenge
Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great crafty day! WOOF

 

 

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