The A Way With Words die sets are perfect for creating elegant holiday cards. This is Selma Stevenson today and I designed a card using Suzanne Cannon’s Warm Thoughts and Flourish Candle die sets. For additional embellishment, Garden Notes die sets were used.
Step 1 Begin with a 6-inch square card base. Cover the front with gold metallic cardstock. Add a piece of white card stock cut 5 3/4 inches square. Layer a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects design paper on top for the background.
Step 2. Use the A Way With Words Warm Thoughts die set and die cut the sentiment from gold metallic cardstock. Attach to the top of the card as shown.
Step 3. Use the A Way With Words Flourish Candle die set and die cut the candle once from gold metallic cardstock. Use the same die and die cut the candle, extra flame, and melting wax from ivory cardstock. Color the flame using yellow and orange markers. Add a small amount of Kids Choice glue to the flame with a fingertip and sprinkle with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Allow to dry. Attach the ivory candle and flame on top of the gold metallic candle. Spread clear glaze over the candle to give it a waxy appearance. Allow to dry.
Step 4. Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone die set to cut 8 green pine branches.
Step 5. Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone die set to die cut pieces to create two pine cones. Die cut 4 oval pieces and 6 plates of the pine cone petals. To assemble, shape the oval pieces with the large ball stylus. Glue two oval pieces together, adding glue to only the edges of the oval. By using two oval pieces, it will help hold the rounded shape of the pine cone.
Step 6. Use the small loop tool and shape all the pine cone petals – pull down from one end to the next and it will slightly cup each one.
Step 7. There are two ways you can create the pine cone. Susan shows in her Facebook Susan’s Garden Club video to glue the petals on the oval with the cupped side down and you will have a pinecone that hasn’t yet opened. She pulls the tips of the petals back once they are glued, for a more open pinecone.
Step 8. For an open pinecone I prefer to add the petals with the curved sides facing up. Add the first couple of petals at the tip of the oval with the curved petals down, then start gluing the petals with the curve facing up. Alternate all the petals going across in rows.
Step 9. Use the Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch die set and die cut two branches, using a very light brown card stock. Shape the leaves using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Tweezers. Place the point of the tweezers on the end of the leaf and pinch up. This will give the leaves dimension. Add red Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries. Allow to dry before assembling the centerpiece.
Step 10. Glue four pine boughs on the lower left side of the card and four boughs on the right. Glue the longest branch from the Leafy Berry Branches on each side, over the pine boughs. Save the shorter branches for another project.
Step 11. Attach the assembled Candle Flourish, with dimensional tape, in the center between the pine boughs and berries.
Step 12. Use the Garden Notes Poinsettia die set and assemble one white poinsettia. Use the very pale yellow PanPastel from Set #3 to shade the lower half of each petal then use the light yellow green PanPastel from Set #1 to shade over the the light yellow, just at the base. Shape the poinsettia using the Flower Tool Kit. Attach the poinsettia at the base of the candle. Use yellow green Nuvo Crystal Drops to make 5 dots in the center of the poinsettia. While the Nuvo Drops are still wet, drop in a few yellow Prills.
Step 13. Add the pine cones on each side of the poinsettia, as shown.
This card will mail nicely in one of the large clear acrylic boxes.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Markers: Yellow, Orange
Nuvo Crystal Drops: Red, Yellow Green, and Clear Glaze
Card Stock: Gold Metallic, Ivory, Brown, Green