Mistletoe & Holly Card Ideas

alternative project November PP1Just the other day I shared some of the projects made with the November Paper Pumpkin kit which was called Mistletoe & Holly. Today, I want to share some fun ways in which you can use the stamps and some of your own materials to continue creating cards.

This first project I have to share with you, showcases the holly stamp image that came in the set but it also showcases some “sponged” holly images.  Now the sponged images came from using the “cut out” which was left over after I punched out the holly pieces for the card.  One of my favorite things to do with paper pumpkin kits is to punch out all of the shapes that come in each kit and then use the sheet as a template to do some sponging. I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the caralternative project November PPd. First, I stamped a holiday sentiment on the bottom of the card using cherry cobbler ink. I took one of the templates leftover from the November Paper Pumpkin kit (after punching out all of the holly leaves) and began using it as a stencil to sponge some holly leaves into the center of the card. I sponged about 3 leaves randomly. Next I stamped some holly images, in between the sponged ones, using old olive ink and next to the sentiment on the bottom. Next, I cut a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamped the JOY sentiment on it. I cut a 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inch piece of cherry cobbler cardstock to matte out the JOY image and secured it to the center of the holly leaves. For the finishing touch, I embellished all of the little holly leaves with a few red colors pearls that came in the kit.

alternative project November PP2The second card I created is a quick and simple one.  So if you have a lot of Christmas cards to send out this year, this is a great design!  Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp a Christmas sentiment on the bottom, in the center.  Stamp a few holly leaves on each side of the sentiment. If you don’t have holly leaves, find another small Christmas stamp image like a bell or snowflake. For the finishing touch, use a small embossing folder designed for edges. I used one of my favorite retired edgelit type folders. You can also recreate this card with a regular embossing folder.  Simply stamp everything at the top of the card and emboss only the lower half of the card.  The possibilities are endless so get creative with it! Enjoy!

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