Sparkly Merry Christmas Card Tutorial

Hi everyone! Gretchen here with a new tutorial featuring Hero Arts Merry Christmas Tree Stamp & Die Cut set and the Noel Pop `n Cuts insert.

I had such a good time making this card. I love how fun, bright, and festive it turned out.

To start, insert your Noel PNC insert into your PNC card base and line up the tick marks. Add your cardstock over the die cutting surface, sandwich everything up with your extended plates and run through your Big Shot Machine. Fold PNC insert according to package directions.
Cut a piece of cardstock to 4-1/4” x 6” using the same color of paper as the Noel PNC card base. Working with the 6” portion, score your card front 2” in. This piece will cover the opening of the PNC.
Using the two small snowflakes and circle stamps from the Merry Christmas Tree set, stamp randomly, using various colors, onto the inside of the Noel PNC card base and what will be the front portion of your card (the 4-1/4” x 4” section on your piece of cardstock you scored).
Adhere second piece of paper to your PNC Noel base. Line up the folds and glue down the bottom portion first and then the top portion, being careful not to get adhesive in any openings. This card is a 90 degree card when opened.
die cutting
To create your tree, stamp using the Merry Christmas Tree large tree stamp onto patterned paper.  Die cut the tree using the matching tree Framelits die. Stamp ornaments and solid circles from this same set in various colors.  Die cut using the matching circle framelits that come with the set.
Add your ornaments to your tree using pop dots. Add the solid circles you created directly to the tree. Add various gems to the rest of the circle openings from the stamped image. Use a marker to outline your tree edge in black.
Stamp Merry Christmas from the Merry Christmas Tree set and die cut using the matching Framelits.
Die cut a 4-1/4” x 2” piece of coordinating pattered paper, round the edges using your PNC base (just lay the paper on the end of the cut area and when you run it through your machine, the two points will be rounded off). Adhere to the card front. Cut a thin red strip that is 4-1/4” x 1/4” and glue down over the patterned paper. Add your tree and sentiment. Use a marker to outline your card front edge in black.
For the inside of your card, cut out Noel using the Noel Sizzlits Set. It is made to fit inside the Noel PNC insert perfectly! Also stamp three small ornaments and one larger ornament from the Merry Christmas set and cut out using the matching framelits.
Cut another 4-1/4” x 2” piece of coordinating pattered paper and round the edges using your PNC base. Glue down to the bottom portion of your card. Cut a thin red strip that is 4-1/4” x 1/4” and glue down over the patterned paper. Add an ornament on the red strip, towards the right hand side.
Glue down the Noel phrase on top of the Noel PNC portion. Adhere the three ornaments to the top portion of your card, on the upper right hand side as shown, use a black pen to create the look of string. Use a marker to outline your inside card edges in black.
You know have a very sparkly and merry card to give a friend or loved one!
Happy Holidays!

cardstock: Bazzill- Kraft and Straw; American Crafts Rouge- Weave
pattern paper: My Mind’s Eye Joy Paper, 12 Days of Christmas Collection
inks: ColorBox- Licorice, Strawberry, Cornflower, Artichoke, and Banana
other supplies: gems, black marker, black pen, adhesive, pop dots

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4 thoughts on “Sparkly Merry Christmas Card Tutorial”

  • contadinak

    I love the shapes and colors in this card! Especially your bejeweled tree. TFS!

  • Karen B

    So sparkly! I love how you created the patterns for this card using the stamps and your great tip for using a shorter backing card. That tree is perfection!

  • Ro

    I was so determined to comment, I had to make it from my phone. Can't do it from PC. Love love love this tree. The colors r great. Makes me feel merry and bright! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to u and ur family!

    • Rosetta Jenkins
      Rosetta Jenkins Nov 25, 2013 at 07:26 am

      Gretchen: I know I'm replying to my own comment, but gotta tell you that I have bought everything you used to make this pop n cuts card. I bought the tree first when I had a little money to spend and the rest followed. Thank you once again for the inspiration.

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