For the Love of Poinsettias | Christmas Card Inspiration

So I have a confession to make. I'm a Poinsettia Die Addict. I didn't realize it, but just recently as I was going through my stash to pull together products to put into my Holiday Maker Station I came across not one, but seven different poinsettia dies. I mean seriously...how many does one need?! Some of them had been used, but I had 4 of them that were brand new and had never been used. That's when I decided to challenge myself to create at least one card with each of the unused dies. I'm happy to say, I created 5 cards using the dies and today I'm going to walk you quickly through each card. I'm not going to go into too much detail, so as not to bore you, but if you do have a question about any of them please feel free to reach out and ask me.

Happy Holidays Christmas Card | Waffle Flower Crafts Layering Poinsettia Die

The first card features the Layering Poinsettia Die by Waffle Flower Crafts. I love the uniqueness of this die with the little holes cut into the petals. I die cut each layer using the Scrapbook.com Jewels A2 Paper Pad and then inked the edges to add some contrast.

Happy Holidays Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Waffle Flower Crafts Layering Poinsettia Die

The center of each flower are Gold Matte Pearls from Pink Fresh Studio. On the background, I used the Scrapbook.com Winter Floral Stencil and die cut it using the Pink Fresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles. The "splatters" were created using the splatter stamp from the Tim Holtz The Poinsettia Stamp Set (yet another poinsettia in my stash!) and Picket Fence Distress Ink.


For the sentiment I used the Scrapbook.com Wordfetti December Stamp Set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.


Tis The Season Christmas Card | Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Die

On this card I used the Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Die. I love the cut details on this die set and that it includes a leaf and center piece that have the same lovely texture and details. For the die cutting on this card, I used the Scrapbook.com Christmas A2 Paper Pad. I can't say enough about how easy these paper pads make selecting your color palette. All the colors coordinate perfectly!

Tis The Season Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Die

Once again I inked the edges of the flowers and leaves. For the centers on these poinsettias I used Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stock in gold. The background on this card was created using the Scrapbook.com Wordfetti December Stamp Set. I laid out several rows of the words onto my background paper and then picked them up using my stamping tool. I stamped the words in Picket Fence Distress Ink and then slid the paper down and added another row of stamping. I repeated this until the entire background was filled. A super easy and fun way to create your own custom paper design.


I then finished off the card by adding a heat embossed sentiment from the Scrapbook.com Merry Sentiments Stamp Set.


Poinsettia Christmas Card | Tim Holtz Layered Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die

This die was on my wish list forever and then I got it and it just sat there. Thank goodness I went through my stash to create my Holiday Maker Station and found it! This die set is unique in that it includes both the die and an embossing folder that adds all of that gorgeous textured detail. For this card, I used papers from the Tim Holtz Kraft Stock Warm and Cool Paper Pack to do the die cutting because they are a bit thicker and able to handle the use of an embossing folder without tearing. I ended up with 2 cards, because I wanted to alternate the colors of the petals. Bigz dies are all in one dies so it's not easy to just cut one shape. But you can also use these dies to cut through really thick material such as chipboard and fabric!

Poinsettia Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring the  Tim Holtz Layered Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die

Once the embossing was completed, I inked the edges and then applied a bit of Sizzix Gold Luster Wax to bring out the textural details even more. The center is those gorgeous Pink Fresh Gold Matte Pearls again. They add such a great vintage vibe!


The sentiment is die cut from Gold Metallic Kraft Stock using the Tim Holtz Christmas 2021 Vault Series Thinlits. To create the background I used the Scrapbook.com Dotted Stencil and the Tim Holtz Polka Dot Layering Stencil with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I then added the stitching detail by die cutting the panel using the stitched rectangle die from the Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Quatrefoil Die Set. This card is just slightly larger than your standard A2 size at 4.5 x 5.25 inches.


Merry and Bright Christmas Card | Tim Holtz Seasonal Sketch Poinsettia Thinlits Die

Last but not least is this gorgeous intricate poinsettia die called Seasonal Sketch by Tim Holtz. Another die that I was drooling over from the day it was released and then never took the time to play with it until now. The die cutting on this card was done using the Scrapbook.com Peppermint A2 Paper Pad and Tim Holtz Gold Metallic Kraft Stock.

Merry and Bright Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring the  Tim Holtz Seasonal Sketch Poinsettia Thinlits Die

To create the background I used the Scrapbook.com Winter Cottage Stencil with Iced Spruce Distress Ink for the first layer and then for the second I used Picket Fence Distress Ink. I then randomly stamped some of the phrases from the Scrapbook.com December Wordfetti Stamp Set.


I finished off the card by heat embossing the sentiment with white embossing powder using the Scrapbook.com Merry Sentiments Stamp Set and die cut it using the banner die included in the Scrapbook.com Snowflake Winter Wishes Die Set.


Just in case you wanted to see them all in one place, here is a peak at my collection of Poinsettia Dies.


I also realized that my love for poinsettias goes beyond dies. I have a stamp, stencil and embossing folder in my stash as well! So....if you are looking for more Poinsettia inspiration you can check out the following blog posts that feature the other poinsettia products in my crafty stash. Below I've shared some of these makes. You can click on the link to visit the blog post that includes the details to create the project along with a complete supply list. If you click on the photo you will be taken directly to the supply list.


Festive Bouquet Christmas Gift Bags and Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Festive Bouquet Thinlits

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Funky Festive Thinlits


Christmas Greetings Slimline Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz The Poinsettia Stamp Set


Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Concord & 9th Fresh Cut Florals 4


Poinsettia Christmas Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Poinsettia Duo Layering Stencil


Greetings of Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Poinsettia Stamp Set


Season's Greetings Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder

And if that's not enough poinsettia inspiration for you, Scrapbook.com has you covered with loads of Poinsettia products!

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create these cards along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Heat Emboss Resist and Distress Ink Smooshing | Slimline Christmas Card Backgrounds

Happy Holidays Friends! It's not too late to start making some cards. Even if you just make a couple for those extra special people in your life, there is still plenty of time. Today, I'm sharing a couple of slimline Christmas cards that feature a fun but easy background technique that involves Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing. All you need is a stamp, white embossing powder and some of your favorite Distress Ink colors.

Joy Slimline Christmas Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing with the Scrapbook.com Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp and Slimline Snowflake Stamp

To create the background on this first card, I used the Scrapbook.com Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp. Also, keep in mind that this technique can be used with any background stamp, so you aren't limited to just slimline cards here! 

I stamped the image using Versamark Embossing Ink onto a piece of Distress Watercolor paper trimmed to 3.5 x 8.5 inches. I covered it with white embossing powder, tapped off the excess and then heat embossed it. Now it's time for the Distress Inks. The colors I used here are Chipped Sapphire, Prized Ribbon, Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen. I smooshed each ink pad onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water. I then spritzed my paper with some water and then smoosed it into the ink. Next, I used a heat gun to dry the ink and then repeated the ink smooshing until I was pleased with the look of things.

Joy Slimline Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing with the Scrapbook.com Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp

With the background completed, I layered it onto a piece of white cardstock die cut using the largest die from the Scrapbook.com Nested Stitched Scalloped Rectangles. I then trimmed my background paper to fit just inside the stitched area of the die cut. To complete the card base, I layered everything onto a piece of dark blue paper from the Scrapbook.com Slimline Jewels Paper Pad.


The sentiment on this card is from the Waffleflower Oversized Joy Die and Stamp Set. I die cut the word from gold metallic paper, then layered it onto a piece of white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with embossing ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For the final touch, I adhered some gold pearls from Pinkfresh Studio using Distress Collage Medium.


Now onto the second card. Here I used the Scrapbook.com Slimline Snowflakes Stamp Set and the exact same technique that I used on the first card. The only thing I changed up was the color combination I used for the Distress Inks. On this card, I used Peacock Feathers, Salvaged Patina, Iced Spruce and Rustic Wilderness.

Joy Slimline Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing with the Scrapbook.com Slimline Snowflake Stamp

For the base I used a piece of paper from the Scrapbook.com Slimline Cools Paper Pad. I love that I was able to just flip through my various pads and find just the right color to coordinate with the inked background!


The sentiment is once again from the Waffleflower Oversized Joy Die and Stamp Set, but this time I die cut if from silver metallic paper. I then finished the card off with some silver pearls from Pinkfresh Studio.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my Joy Slimline Christmas Cards featuring Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing with the Scrapbook.com Slimline Christmas Foliage and Slimline Snowflake Stamps.

Joy Slimline Christmas Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Heat Embossing and Distress Ink Smooshing with the Scrapbook.com Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp and Slimline Snowflake Stamp

Finished Card Size: 3.5 x 8.5 inches

Supplies

You can find the products I used to create these Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags below along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2021

Hey crafty friends! The holidays are upon us and for many of this involves some gift giving. Today I'm sharing a set of handmade Festive Bouquet gift bags and tags featuring the gorgeous Tim Holtz Festive Bouquet Thinlits that were part of his 2021 Sizzix release. These are a perfect way to add a touch of handmade cheer as you wrap gifts for all the special people in your life!

Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits

I began by die cutting multiples of the poinsettia and greenery from Distress Heavystock. I then used a foam ink blending tool to apply Distress Ink to the various pieces. Here are the colors I used to create the two flowers:
Pink flowers - Kitsch Flamingo, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs
Red Flowers - Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs

Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits

Once the flowers were assembled I adhered them to a die cut created using the Seal Switchlets Embossing Folder and Dies. This products puts a new twist on die cutting because the embossing folder uses embedded magnets to hold 3 different Framelits (die) in place. The designs are interchangeable and can be switched out to create 3 different looks.


The Seals, were die cut and embossed from Distress Heavystock. Using my finger, I lightly applied Sizzix Gold Luster Wax over the raised areas on the paper.


For the center part of each seal and the strips across each gift bag I took a piece of Distress Heavystock and stamped the music note stamp from the Tim Holtz Music and Advert Stamp Set with embossing ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then either cut a strip to fit across the bag or used the largest of the Stacked Circle Thinlits to die cut a circle.

Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits

To create the tag, I simply punched a hole in the top of the seal and tied it to the gift bag using a piece of hand dyed seam binding. This was dyed using Spun Sugar Distress Spray.

For the sentiments on each piece, I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Tiny Text Stamp Set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I then trimmed them to size and adhered them to the seals.


I hope you enjoyed this bit of gift bag and tag inspiration featuring the Tim Holtz Festive Bouquet Thinlits.

Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits

Finished Sizes: Tags 3x3 inches, Gift Bags 4x5.25 inches

Supplies

You can find the products I used to create these Festive Bouquet Gift Bags and Tags below along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas Review 2020

You may or may not know, but last year I did a 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas. It was a daunting challenge I made for myself, but I was quite proud of myself for seeing it through. I created and shared 12 Christmas cards right here on my blog for 12 days in a row. I had hoped to repeat this series, but I've had multiple health issues to deal with and I'll be having surgery at the beginning of December. Because of this, I decided I would instead share a review of the ones I did last year. This takes a bit of stress off of me AND it gives you a one stop shop for some Christmas Card inspiration! So without further ado here is my 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas Review. I've linked to each of the individual blog posts above each image. There you will find all the details and products I used to create each card. If you click on the image you'll be taken directly to my supply list using an affiliate link to Scrapbook.com. Enjoy!

Vintage Santa Christmas Card

Vintage Santa Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Vintage Holiday

Joy To The World Card

Joy To The World Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bold Tidings

Santa Paws Christmas Card

Santa Paws Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Scrapbook.com Little Paws Stencil

Joy Santa Christmas Card

Joy Santa Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring an alcohol ink background, Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays Stamp Set and Scrapbook.com Exclusive Classic Alphabet Dies

Poinsettia Christmas Gift Tags

Poinsettia Christmas Gift Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring the Tim Holtz Poinsettia Duo Layering Stencil, The Poinsettia Stamp Set and Christmas Time Number Three

Poinsettia Christmas Card

Poinsettia Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring  Scrapbook.com Cardstock Paper Pads

A Merry Christmas Vintage Holiday Card

A Merry Christmas Vintage Holiday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Vintage Holiday and The Poinsettia Stamp Set

Santa Christmas Tags

Santa Christmas Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays and Scrapbook.com Wordfetti Holly Jolly Stamp Set

Peace On Earth Christmas Card

Peace On Earth Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Bold Tidings Stamp Set

Special Delivery Christmas Card

Special Delivery Christmas Card Alcohol Lift Ink Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Forest Floor Stamp Set

Jingle All The Way Snowflake Tag

Jingle All The Say Snowflake Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Snowflake Winter Wishes Die

Merry Merry Christmas Shaker Card

Merry Merry Christmas Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix Shaker Domes

And if you are looking for even more Christmas inspiration, you can use the search feature on my blog and just type in Christmas!

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12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas Review 2020 by Juliana Michaels


Handmade Holiday Parade 2021 | Scrapbook.com

Ho ho ho friends and welcome! I'm super excited to be participating with the Scrapbook.com Handmade Holiday Parade 2021. I created a slimline and A2 size version of the same card using some of my favorite new Scrapbook.com products. Initially, I started with the idea of creating a slimline card, however when I realized how many leftover die cuts I had, I didn't want them to go to waste!

One Design 2 Card Sizes

Merry Christmas Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Christmas Block Word Dies, Winter Floral Stencil, Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp Set, Sprigs Decorative Die Set, and Peppermint Paper Pad

Before I began, I had pulled out some Christmas themed supplies from Scrapbook.com that I wanted to play with. This included the Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp Set, Winter Floral Stencil, Sprigs Decorative Dies, Christmas Block Words Decorative Dies and Peppermint Paper Pads in both slimline and A2 sizes.

Merry Christmas Slimline Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Christmas Block Word Dies, Winter Floral Stencil, Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp Set, Sprigs Decorative Die Set, and Peppermint Paper Pad

To get started, I selected a sheet of the dark blue paper from the Peppermint Slimline Paper Pad. I placed it inside my stamping tool and stamped it using the large background image from Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp Set using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I then trimmed this down to 3.25 x 8.25 inches and layered it onto a piece of the lighter blue paper from the same paper pad. Just a fun side note...I actually ended up using all of the colors in this paper pad to create these cards!


Next, I grabbed the three green shades of paper and die cut multiples of some of the shapes from the Sprigs Decorative Dies. I knew I wanted to use several of them on the card, I just wasn't sure how many.


For the sentiment, I used the Merry die from the Christmas Block Words Decorative Dies and cut it once from the pink and once from the red paper so I could mix and match them. This is when I came up with the idea of making a second, but smaller card since I had all these leftovers and I didn't want them to go to waste.


I took several of the sprigs and layered them together and attached them to the top and bottom of the slimline card. I then took the Merry die cut and adhered that using double sided foam tape to the center of the card. This covered up where the sprigs overlapped and created a pretty transition. I then finished it off by stamping the word Christmas using the Christmas Expressions Stamp Set.

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Christmas Block Word Dies, Winter Floral Stencil, Slimline Christmas Foliage Stamp Set, Sprigs Decorative Die Set, and Peppermint Paper Pad

To use up the extra die cuts I then made a background for an A2 size card. Here I took the dark blue paper and the Winter Floral Stencil. I applied Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink through the stencil using a blending tool.


 I trimmed the paper down to 4 x 5.25 inches and layered it onto a piece of the lighter blue paper from the same paper pad. I then layered on the die cuts in a similar design as the slimline card and placed them toward the bottom of the card.


For a touch of shine, I finished off both cards by adding some Pinkfresh Studio Gold Pearls which I adhered with Distress Collage Medium. Just a tiny bit of this adhesive is all you need and I love that it dries clear so you don't see the adhesive if you get a tiny bit extra on things.


Thanks so much for stopping by today for the Scrapbook.com Handmade Holiday Parade! Make sure you head over to my Instagram where you can check out the rest of the stops along the parade route! Each one will be filled with holiday inspiration!


Also, make sure you check out the Scrapbook.com Instagram post as they will be giving away a $25 gift certificate. There are also some AMAZING Cyber Monday Sales and freebies going on as well!


For even more scoop about the Scrapbook.com Handmade Holiday Parade you can also check out this article!

Supplies

You can find the products I used to create these cards along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.