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By: Nola J. Burkhard, Artistic Guide

 Finsished Card  size:  5.5"  x 4.25"  or 135mm x 105 mm

This month's theme is supposed to be based around music. Since I am in the midst of making Christmas cards for sale and to send out myself, I thought I'd come up with a couple based on this theme.  I really like the first card I did (shown above),  and hope you will too.

Noel (Stampin' Up!)
All by: (Stampin' Up!)
Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, Pattern paper: Deck the Halls.
 Always Artichoke ( Stampin' Up!)
Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)
Cherry Cobbler seam binding (Stampin' Up!)
Scallop circle punch (Paper Shapers)
Decorative Label punch (Paper Shapers)
Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)
Mulitpurpose glue (Tombo)
Double sided sticky strip (Stampin' Up!)


  1. Fold Very Vanilla cardstock in half for card base.Cut musical note paper at 100 X 70 mm and mount it with glue to Cherry Cobbler which is cut at 135 x 103 mm.
  2. Cut bell paper at 105 x 103 mm. Punch out scallop circle "window" at the far right so more of the music shows through. Mount on top of the Cherry Cobbler and musical notes with tombo glue.
  3. Wrap seam binding around these layers and tie your bow. Put a piece of sticky strip along the back part of the seam binding so that it will stick well to the back of the Cherry cobbler paper. Apply Tombo glue to the other 3 sides of the bell and musical notes paper.  Take off the top red part of the sticky tape and mount all of this to the base of the Very Vanilla card.
  4. Stamp Noel with Always Artichoke onto a scrap of Crumb Cake paper. Punch it out with the designer label.  Punch out 2 more labels with scraps of Cherry Cobbler. Cut one in half lenghtwise and one in half widthwise.  Trim the edges so that it can mount under the Noel so that it gives Noel an extra punched layer.  Mount these to the middle right of the card with dimensionals.

Since I had some left over paper, I added a few other papers and made a second card.  It uses only Stampin' Up! paper, no stamps, and no inks, but was easy to make.  It is the same size as the first card and uses many of the same supplies as the first card with a couple of different punches, both by Paper Shapers.


  1. Fold Cherry Cobbler paper in half to make your card.
  2. Cut "x" pattern paper a hair smaller than your card: 137 x 105 mm.
  3. Cut pattern paper with the words to Silent Night at: 129 mm x 98 mm and mount it on top of the "xes" pattern paper. Cutting it at this measurement will make it so that it fits really nicely with a wonderful border of the "x".
  4. Take seam binding and measure 2 1/2 times the lenght of the "x" paper. Fray one edge so that you can gently pull 2 strands of thread. Continue to pull, GENTLY, so that you gather your binding to the lenght and a bit more of the front of the paper and to the extent that YOU want it gathered.  Take a piece of sticky tape the lenght of the pattern papers and lay it across the middle.  Rub a bit with your finger so that you can peal off the top part of the tape so that it is now sticky on top too.  Lay your seam binding across the tape and then use some snail to wrap it around to the back.
  5. Using a bit more sticky tape to adhere the ribbon to the back of the "x" paper along the edge of the left over seam binding.
  6. Using either sticky tape or snail run it along the edges of the paper and adhere it to your card base. I use the snail as it's much more cost effective then the sticky tape.

Take some scraps of the pattern paper from the Deck The Halls set and punch out your hearts.  Punch out the word love with the smallest oval shape punch. Punch out some more ovals from this same collection of pattern papers. Mount the top two ovals with snail. Mount those to the scallop oval with Deminsionals. Mount them all with snail to the far left, middle of the card. Mount 2 small hearts together with a small glue dot and then use more glue dots or snail to mount that above the Love ovals right about in the middle.  Mount the last small heart from the 3 heart punch to the middle of the largest heart you punched with either snail or small glue dots.  Use snail to mount that to the bottom right of the card.

Even without any rubber stamping, I thought it turned out nicely, and any hand made card will be kept by those you give them to three times longer then a store bought card.

Stamp, Create, Play . . . Everyday!
Hugs, Nola

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3 Responses »

  1. They both turned out very nice. The ribbon is great that really ties it all together and it blends right into the cards and the paper is beautiful.

  2. Great image, layout and tutorial Nola! Thank you!


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