Fallen Leaves for Christmas with Melissa

CatherineChristmas, Die Cutting, Projects

Hi everyone! It's Melissa here today.   I'm honored to be a guest here on Catherine's blog. Like many of you, when I initially saw the products in the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection, it just screamed Autumn to me.  As I looked a little closer at the products, a different holiday came to mind … Christmas! Yes, that's right. An idea for a Christmas card immediately came to me, so I thought I would share it here today.

Card with Christmas blessings

I started this card by creating my poinsettia. I cut the smaller die from the Fallen Leaves die set four times from a piece of red card stock. Be sure to save both the positive and negative pieces because we'll use both to create the poinsettia flower. Trim the little stem part off the positive piece. Next, I used the other die from the same set and cut it out twice from green card stock. You won't need any of the little negative bits from this leaf, so you can discard those.

On a scrap of the green card stock, stamp one of the flower centers from the Bloomin' Bouquet stamp set in VersaMark ink then heat emboss it using gold embossing powder. Use the coordinating die to cut it out then set aside.

Cut out a small circle (about 1/2″ in diameter) using scissors or a circle punch. Using liquid glue, adhere the four positive pieces to the circle. Next, adhere the four negative pieces offsetting them from the positive pieces. Finally, adhere the two green leaves to the back of the circle. Set aside to let the glue dry.

Christmas Blessings

Create a top-folding card base from a piece of white card stock. Using Rockin' Red ink, stamp the blessings sentiment from the Autumn Blessings stamp set near the bottom of the card. I used the Christmas sentiment from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set to add the word Christmas just above “blessings”. I masked off the extra words in the sentiment with some sticky notes then inked up the word Christmas in Rockin' Red then removed the sticky notes and stamped the sentiment. If you don't feel comfortable masking off the sentiment, you could use the Christmas sentiment from the Merry and Bright Boughs stamp set. It's a little bit smaller font, but would still work fine for this card.

Adhere the poinsettia flower to the card base with your favorite dimensional adhesive. I used the Thin Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives. I used the large square on the back of the main poinsettia, then used the mini square to adhere the gold embossed center and that completed the card.

I hope you've enjoyed this holiday card I've shared with you today. I hope it will inspire you to take take a look at the products in your stash through new eyes and find creative ways to use them in unexpected ways. If you've like to see more of my work,  follow me on Instagram.

Thanks for having me today Catherine!

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