Nov 27, 2017

Warm Winter Thoughts

Hi Dies R Us Friends,

 It's S@ndy here, Thanksgiving is behind us for another year and now it's time to get all that decorating and shopping done.  Once in awhile it's nice to just kick back and take a break from all the madness.  My card today is a good reminder to do just that, breath!

What makes this card fun is that it's an easel card.  When open, a battery operated tea light fits behind the flames and makes them flicker.

This is a 5.5" square easel card.
Cut card base 11" X 5.5".  Placing long edge at top of scoring board, score at 5.5" and 2.75".
Cut another panel that is 5.5" square. (shown in gray strips)
Cut one piece of black cardstock that is 3.5" square.
Cut one piece of vellum that is 3.5" square.
Cut one piece of coordinating paper for the words.

Using the Hang the Christmas Stockings die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs(ECD) - cut all pieces.
Using the ECD Stitched Rectangles cut - cut one rectangle that is 4.75" X 3.5".
Using the ECD Dotted Scallop Rectangle die - cut the coordinating size to fit the larger rectangle.

Place double sided adhesive to back of panel that will be used for the words, ECD clear double sided adhesive was used here.

Using the ECD Warm Thoughts die - cut by placing die on paper side.  When you remove the adhesive from the back, it will be a sticker.

Layer the panels together as shown above and add words.  Set aside.

Add the 5.5" (gray) panel to the bottom section of the card making sure not to cross over the first score line.  It should look like the photo on the left, above.

Lay the card out flat and place a rectangle die as shown above - run through die cutting machine cutting through 2 panels.  Be sure that this cut out a little wider than the fireplace mantel but not taller.

Assemble mantel by gluing decorative piece in place.

Glue the black panel on the back of the mantel making sure it is even along the bottom.
Using the larger flame in the die set, place in center of black panel and run through die cutting machine.
Trim away any excess on the bottom so it is open.

Place mantel on front panel of the card. The die set comes with a narrow strip to add to the bottom but I later changed that for a longer one that went across the entire card.

Using the vellum panel, cut smaller flame and color with ink or markers.  Using the same colors - color the remaining vellum panel.  It doesn't have to be neat.

Place vellum panel on the back so the color shows through the flame opening.

Add small flame to the front.

Assemble stockings.

Hang stocking on the mantel.

Using the ECD Berry Branch die, cut one branch and add berries.  Nuvo drops were used here but use what ever you have in your stash.

Cut branch into smaller sections and add to top of mantel.

Don't forget to take a break from all those holiday activities and BREATH!!


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  1. What an adorable and sweet scene!

  2. WOW this is fun and festive!! Thanks for all the amazing details ... what fabulous helpful hints! I'm still in the middle of whole house decorating for our neighborhood party on Dec 10th ... ugh ... rest will come on the 11th! LOL

  3. Clever card with the twinkling fireplace. This is so relaxing and one that I will try to duplicate. Since we don'e have a fireplace. Lol Thanks for the instructions.

  4. What a fun and great card. You gave some great tips as well.

  5. Lots of work and thought went into this and it paid off. Super cool card, love all your elements!

  6. Such a pretty and peaceful scene, sitting by the fire place and listening to it crackle. Your card is lovely and I love the idea of putting a battery operated candle behind it to light up the fire. Clever and sweet!

  7. Awesome !!! Love these Dies , great design !

  8. perfect sentiment for a wonderful card! love it!



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