November 25, 2017


Before the November Stamp-In workshop, I warned the girls that one of the cards they would be making incorporated a nontraditional element.

This is the card with the weird element:

A little bit of a close-up of the area where the nontraditional element is used:

Another preview of the card:

Not a lot of dimensionality in this card, which makes it so easy to mail. I love when that happens!

A photo of the nontraditional material. Any guesses?

Still wondering?

Following are the supply list and the instructions for making this card.

Always Artichoke cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Always Artichoke ink

Retired "Peace" stamp

Big Shot
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Sizzix tree dies
Paper Snips
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Fibrous material
Elmers Glue
Flat paintbrush
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Glue stick
Tombow Multi Adhesive 

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. (I put the lesser amount of dots at the top; maybe you'd like to switch that around. I think I would the next time I make this card.)

Using the 3" x 3" piece of white cardstock, add glue stick all over one side, being careful to cover it completely with glue. Take the fibrous material, and carefully center it atop the gluey cardstock. You can either force in wrinkles, as I did, or leave it smooth. Your choice. Press this down so it adheres nicely to the glued square. Carefully fold the excess edges of the fiber to the back of the square and adhere it in place so you have neat and even edges. Lay this piece on top of scrap paper and paint watered-down Elmers glue all over the surface. Then, holding the glued piece over a container of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, drop the glitter all over it. Tap the excess glitter back into the container and close it. (Spilled glitter makes a humongous mess!) Set this piece aside to dry completely.

Cut the two trees out of Always Artichoke cardstock with the dies in the Big Shot. With a fine pointed scissors, trim out all of the straight line that runs up the center of both of the trees. It is way easier to do than you probably think it will be. NOTE: Several of my girls chose to leave the straight lines in their trees. It is a personal preference. I simply think the trees look more natural without that straight line going through the center.

Go back to your glittery piece. By now, it should be dried. Adhere it to a 3 1/4" square of Whisper White cardstock. Glue this over the embossed piece.

With tiny drops of glue in a few key places, add the trees, so one meets the top of the card and the other meets the bottom, with the trees overlapping each other. 

Add a few sequins/star to the sparkly background.

Stamp "PEACE" in Always Artichoke ink onto a 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Use a few Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this to the bottom alongside the trees.

Now is the time for the big reveal. The fibrous material I keep referring to is simply the wrapper from a women's sanitary product. Why throw valuable items away when they can be used as art supplies? Have you ever saved for a project what others would consider garbage?



  1. So Beautiful....great job!

    Blessings, Nellie

  2. thanks for the details on making that beautiful card. My daughter in law and one of my Grands love craft projects. I'm going to send this to them, with the hope I'll get a card in return.

  3. lol... 'fibrous' or not, the textures and lines of this card are lovely! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  4. This is just lovely and I really do appreciate the texture!

  5. Linda your card is wonderful with all the textures and the tree is really pretty.
    Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Features Linkup this week!!
    Hope you are enjoying the Holiday preparations, Im about to get started.
    Have a great week!

  6. Beautiful as always. I so enjoy your creations!

  7. I never would have thought you could you the wrapper to make a beautiful Christmas card. Good work! Thanks for sharing on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

  8. What good ideas. These cards are inspiring. Thank you for sharing on The Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared on social media.