Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 – Shaped Christmas Card

Hello everyone! This is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me! This blog post and video is a part of a monthly feature I’m hosting on Spellbinders blog and Youtube channel called “Layered Dimensional Die Cutting”. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two episode, in case you missed them you can find them here and here.

What is “Layered Dimensional Die Cutting Series”? Once a month I’m sharing a card project along with a detailed video tutorial showcasing traditional Spellbinders style with lots of die-cut layers and dimension!

It’s never too early to start making Holiday projects so today I’m going to show you how to make a shaped Christmas card. Keep in mind, if you aren’t making Holiday cards just yet you can use this idea to create a project for many other occasions. I’m only going to use Holiday dies as accents, so by switching those up to flower dies or any other kind of dies you can change the entire theme of the card.

I started working on my card by creating a shaped card base using Crest Frame die from the Victoriana Crest set out of pearlescent white cardstock. The thicker the cardstock you use the better as it will make the base of your card and you’ll want it to be sturdy.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card

Next, I trimmed about ¼” off the bottom of one of the die cuts to create a flat edge. This helps the card base stand upright and prevents it from falling to the side. I also scored the same panel at about 1” at the top to create a hinge and adhere the two together to create a card base.

It’s easy to make shaped card bases like this using a variety of Spellbinders dies. I find dies that have an outer edge and a decorative insert to them work better for this task rather than just decorative edge dies, but you can experiment with different designs to see what might work for you.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card

Next, I die-cut and embossed Crest Frame and Crest dies from the Victoriana Crest set out of gold mirror cardstock and foam mounted onto the card for a pop of dimension. I also die-cut an oval using oval Insert die from the Victoriana Crest set out of patterned paper. I chose a tiny polka dot paper from the Snow Fun paper pad from Carta Bella and foam mounted it onto the card.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card - Christmas Blessings

To dress this oval up I adhered pearls around the edge of the oval. I used self adhesive pearl strings, that made it much easier to adhere them as I didn’t have to space each pearl individually on my card.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card

To create embellishment for my project I die-cut 4 stocking using Stocking die from the Build a Stocking set out of patterned paper (cut 2 pc) and white glitter paper (cut 2 pc). I cut white stocking into pieces  and adhered onto patterned paper die cuts. Next, I die-cut bells out of gold mirror cardstock and adhere onto the stocking.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card

I also added a bow out of gold mirror cardstock and foam mounted it onto the stocking. Finally, I foam mounted stockings onto the card and added little die candy canes tucked inside.

One last thing I added was a die cut number 25 and a simple Christmas Blessings sentiment.

Layered Dimensional Die Cutting. Episode #3 - Shaped Christmas Card

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other supplies: Carta Bella Snow Fun 6×6 paper pad, Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, My Colors Cardstock Red Cherry 12×12 cardstock, White pearlescent cardstock, White Glitter Cardstock, Gold Mirror Cardstock; Red 1” Grosgrain Double Stitched Ribbon; Self Adhesive White Pearls; White Fun Foam; Scrapbook Adhesives Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Hot Glue Gun; Hero Arts Holiday Messages and Tags Clear Stamp; Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Watch video tutorial below to learn how to make this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have fun die cutting! Check out more in the Die Cutting Essentials magazine.

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Yana Smakula

My name is Yana Smakula, I’m 20-smth years old from a town Ternopil in western Ukraine. I enjoy scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook). My other passion is cardmaking – I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I’m very much into stamping and die cutting and I enjoy creating Clean & Simple and well as heavily layered cards!

3 Comments

  1. I love this tutorial! Thank you for sharing this! The card is gorgeous and so versatile. What is the name brand of the gold and white paper that you used? Thank you

    1. hello, Lori!
      Thank you so much!
      The gold paper is gold poster board you can find in Hobby Lobby and white paper is Neenah Solar White 110 LB.

  2. What a beautiful card! I love all the layers and the pearls.

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