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The Serenades: Lisa’s View

Mistletoe and Holly
Frank Sinatra

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size:  4.75" x 6"

Tilda With Mistletoe (Magnolia)
Free Digital Tree Image (The Graphics Fairy)
Free Digital Vintage Advertisement Image (The Graphics Fairy)
Free Digital Music Souvenir Image (The Graphics Fairy)
Free Digital Sheet Music (The Graphics Fairy)
Mistletoe and Holly Sentiment (Typed on PC)
Burnt Orange, Olive Green and Cream (Unknown Origin)
Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Really Rust (Stampin' Up!)
Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up!)
Copic Markers (.Too corp.)
Chocolate Chip Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)
Silver Fraying Twine (Unknown)
Bird Punch (Stampin' Up!)
Swirls Sizzlet (Sizzix)
Nestabilities Labels 4 (Spellbinders)
Pearls (Stampin' Up!)
Adhesive Foam Dots (Recollections)
Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!)
Embossing/Cutting Machine (BigShot)
Adhesive (Tombo)
Paper Cutter (Fiskar)
Paper Piercer (Stampin' Up!)
Foam Pad (Unknown)
Stylus (Stampin' Up!)
Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
Merry Christmas Silver Pen (Stash)
Silver eyelets (Close To My Heart)
Eyelet Setting Kit (Close To My Heart)


  1. Begin by making your easel card.  I followed the tutorial from here and altered the size to 4.75" x 6."
  2. Stamp and color the image with Copic markers or other media of choice, and when finished, cut it out using the Nestabilities die.  When image is cut, leave the die around the image and sponge with Blush Blossom ink for some definition.  Set this aside for now.
  3. Take the burnt orange paper and cut out two (2) pieces measuring 4.5" x 5.75."  Place these cardstock into an embossing folder and run through the embossing machine.  Sponge Really Rust around the perimeter of the cardstock, darkening the edges and then darkening sporadic embossed images in the center as well.  Set one piece aside for the inside of the card and adhere the other to the front of the card.
  4. Print out the free digital images, located at the Graphic Fairy, according to the size you wish to display on the card bases.   The images shown here are approximately 3.37" x 4.5" each.  Cut the images out and set aside all but the tree.
  5. Using Microsoft Word, insert a shape, select the ribbon shape, select the green color, and change shape to approximately 1.25" x 4."  Insert a text box onto this and type in the sentiment as shown in your desired font.  Print, cut and sponge the edges with Old Olive ink.
  6. Using the Spellbinder die again, cut and emboss the tree using the embossing machine.
  7. Next, take the eyelet setting kit, mark three (3) holes on the right side of the tree and place three (3) silver eyelets into the holes, making sure to securely adhere them.
  8. Cut two (2) strands of silver fraying twine, approximately 4" long and thread them through the eyelets.  Tie knots and then fray the ends for decorative flare.
  9. Now take the vintage image of the advertisement and sponge the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.  Once finished, arrange the vintage advertisement, Tilda, and the tree together onto the burnt orange embossed cardstock.  NOTE: Tilda is applied with double layers of adhesive foam dots for more depth.
  10. Taking your olive green cardstock, cut eight (8) squares at 2" x 3."  Use four (4) of the squares for the sizzix swirls and set aside four (4) others for making the holly.   When you've finished making the swirls, sponge them sporadically with Old Olive Ink.  Then adhere them to the card front as shown in the picture.
  11. With your bird punch, take the free sheet music image and punch out six (6) leaves.  Place four (4) onto the card front and set two (2) aside for the inside of the card.
  12. Grab the remaining four (4) olive green squares and hand draw a holly leaf.  Cut this one out and use it as a template, trace 6 more leaves and cut them all out.  Once cut, fold the leaves in half to form a crease.  While creased, take your sponge and ink with Old Olive ink.  Unfold the holly leaf and sponge the exterior with old olive ink as well.
  13. Now take the pearls and color six (6) of them with Copic R39.  Allow them to dry.
  14. While the pearls are drying, adhere the holly leaves to the card front as shown in the picture.   Once the leaves are in place, position the dried pearls (berries) as well.
  15. Moving on to the inside of the card.  Position the free musical souvenir image and the bow sentiment onto the burnt orange cardstock.  This will allow you to decide where you want the Merry Christmas silver pin to be placed as a stopper for the easel card.  With a pencil, mark the spot where you will paper pierce a hole.  Once doing this, adhere all the image layers together.  The bow sentiment is secured using adhesive foam dots.  Place the pin and secure.  Apply adhesive to the back of the orange cardstock and now secure onto the inside of the card.
  16. Finish up by placing your two (2) remaining leaf punches around the "Mistletoe and Holly" sentiment and the four (4) holly leaves atop of the bow sentiment and then adhere your final three (3) pearl berries.
  17. Final touches are to add the star dust stickles to the tree image and then a bow at the top of the card front.

You've now completed the Mistletoe and Holly card and I hope you had a wonderful time getting into the festive mood of the holidays.  Put on those old Frank Sinatra Christmas records, kick back and enjoy your beautiful card. 

Happy Stamping and Creating,
Lisa xx

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2 Responses »

  1. Fabulous job Lisa! Great Copic coloring!!! Love the image and everything you did with it!