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Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

Want a quick and lovely idea for rubber stamping Christmas cards?  One that uses some of the oh-so pretty Frosted Florals designer series paper? (Which you can get FREE simply by purchasing the First Frost bundle until the end of the day today?)

Well, it IS Keep it Simple Sunday.  So how about this one?

Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards for Elegant Greetings

Blackberry Bliss has to be one of my favourite colours.  Deep, rich, classy and simply beautiful with the Grey Granite.  

Pssst… I have to say I didn’t really like Grey Granite when I first got it.  Too brown.  Now I LOVE it!  Yes, it’s a more “earthy” grey but it pairs so so well with other rich colours.  Colours like Blackberry Bliss, Night of Navy, or Tranquil Tide.  It just goes to show, you shouldn’t necessarily go with your first impression 🙃.

OK, let’s dive in.

Favourite Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards


What You’ll Need:

  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock: 1- 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3 3/4” x 2 3/4”, 1 – 2 1/2” x 3”
  • Gray Granite cardstock: 1 – 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Designer Series paper: 1 – 4” x 5 1/4”, 1 contrasting pattern – 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”
  • Whisper White cardstock: 1 – 2 x 2 3/4”, 1 – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Polka dot tulle ribbon: 1 – about 5”, 1 – about 8”

Create It:


I LOVE Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

  1. Stamp branch in Grey Granite ink in middle of Whisper White cardstock. TIP1: Stamp off onto scrap paper once before stamping on the white.  
  2. Ink greeting with Blackberry Bliss ink and stamp on top of branch.  Glue to smallest piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.
  3. Adhere largest piece of designer series paper to piece of Grey Granite.  Adhere smaller contrasting piece to remaining Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Glue to left front of grey panel.  TIP2:  Don’t glue this down yet – we need to get the ribbon on there!
  4. Put two strips of SNAIL on back of Grey Granite near bottom and wrap smaller piece of ribbon around it in the front.  Glue entire panel to front of folded card.
  5. Attach greeting to middle front with dimensionals, overlapping the panel.
  6. Form a bow with the remaining piece of ribbon and attach to the left of the greeting with a glue dot.  TIP3:  Here’s a quick way to make the perfect bow every time.
  7. Adhere the leaf embellishment to bottom left with a glue dot.  TIP4: scrunch up the dot with your Paper Piercing tool so you can’t see the adhesive showing.  TIP5: have the leaf peeking out from under the tulle ribbon for a pretty look.

Don’t forget about the inside of your card.


Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards


  1. Stamp the berry on the bottom right in Grey Granite ink.
  2. Overstamp the rose with Blackberry Bliss ink.
  3. Place your greeting in middle in Blackberry Bliss ink.
  4. Glue piece inside card.

TIP5: I also stamped the bottom right of my Whisper White envelope to coordinate with my card.  This is such an easy way to make the post office look twice!

Ok, time for you to get in your craft rooms.  Here are all the supplies I used and I would LUVH it if you CASED this idea. 

(And if you want to get in on my Steal of a Deal offer and get a 1/4 package of the Frosted Florals specialty designer series paper, make sure you pop that First Frost bundle onto your order by the end of the day today!)

Get Started Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

My Keep it Simple Sunday series is all about making your paper crafting fun – and fast!  Want more fast and fun rubber stamping Christmas cards?  These ones will take you no time to make up a batch.

Check out this gorgeous embossed wreath.  Or maybe something a bit cuter is what you’re looking for for the holidays?  How about this super sweet Rudolph?

No matter what your style, your card making should be fun – and not tie you down to your craft room for hours on end.

Why not get your paper crafting mojo on with this pretty Frosted Florals card?  And check back here often. I’ll be sharing lots more rubber stamping Christmas cards over the next few months.



Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween Card

Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween Card

I’m so excited to share my friend Cathie’s over-the-top twist and pop Halloween card with you!  There are SOOOO many cool elements to make this a boo-tifully fun card.

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

Our sweet little Halloween Heidi is a fun witch brewing up some magic for you.

You know, every time I look at it I notice something new.

  • the glittery ribbon edging on the card corners 
  • a creepy silver spider on the shiny black web
  • the fun star designer series paper panel
  • her perfect label die-cut background (from the beautiful Stitched Seasons framelits set) now retired 🙁

…and we haven’t even opened it up yet!

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

Isn’t it fun?  I LOVE how these cards fold flat and then pop out at you when you open them.  

Cathie gave her Stampin’ Blends to a workout.  Did you notice all her colouring?

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

And you know what else?  She used every single stamp in the Cauldron Bubble stamp set for her dynamite design.  She knows how to get her money’s worth!

Cathie’s a huge Halloween fan.  And she loves interactive types of cards.  She found the original twist and pop idea on Pinterest and went to town designing this fun card.  Here’s a few of her words of wisdom as you are making one…

The hardest part is making sure the mechanism is scored correctly and then positioned correctly on the inside.  I have since made other twist and pops and found that the stronger the outside of the card is the better it works.  

So the last one I did, has a regular layer of card stock then another layer of thick card stock with a final layer of designer series paper and the embellishments.  This way the card stands better and when opening it seems to open better as well.

Here’s a few more ideas for the fun Halloween bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween card

Love this suite too like Cathie? There’s still time to have it arrive to make Halloween cards and fun treats! 

Just click on the bundled image below to get it at 10% off.   (And remember to use my October host code VWQ3RYAN and I’ll send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November with a $75 order).

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

For an awesome WOW card, take a leaf out of Cathie’s book.  Make an over-the-top twist and pop Halloween card and you’ll have no shortage of treats this spooky holiday season.

How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies | VIDEO

How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies | VIDEO

Today I want to show you in my video how to use stamp sets with matching dies.  They’re the cat’s pyjamas for making fabulous cards – even quickly!  What can you expect with this card?

  • Gorgeous and unexpected holiday colours.
  • Classic design. 
  • A touch of vintage.

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

Did you see I’m using my Product of the Week, the First Frost bundle?  One of the things I LOVE about it? Its versatility.  How different is it from this thank you card 

Even with these colours, can you see Christmas?  But also, how great would it be for a birthday or thinking of you?  Or switch out the greeting for wedding or congratulations. 

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

So you hear about bundles all the time right?  Have you taken the plunge and ordered one yet?

If you’re unsure, read on to see why you will fall in love with them.

In every catalogue, you’ll see several sprinkled throughout.  Either a set of stamps complemented with a punch or a set of framelits / thinlits.  

What are the benefits to bundles?

  • a 10% savings – yippee!!
  • your completely coordinated paper crafting tool
  • generally no, or very limited fussy cutting around shapes
  • usually a mix of outline framelits and detailed framelits to add interest to your designs
  • most often words are included in this particular set so it functions as a total

But just how can bundles make your projects come to life?  Well, just like this!


How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies



Bonus!  A miniscule number of supplies!

  • Pool Party cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock – piece about 2 1/2” x 8”
  • 1/2″ Lace trim – about 6”

A word of caution about bundles.  They’re available ONLY during the life of the catalogue they first appear in.  So if First Frost shows up in the 2019 catalogue, there won’t be a bundle.  And it won’t be 10% off.  So you don’t want to miss out on the savings.  Get your First Frost bundle today.

And when you order by October 21st, I’ll send you a 1/4 package of the Frosted Floral designer series paper!

So now I need you to weigh in.  Leave me a comment.  Which is your favourite card?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

They all have the same colour combination.

how to use stamp sets with matching diesIt’s only the card base and greeting colours that are different.  See how easy it is to change things up?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

You know, I don’t think roses, pretty leaves or berries are likely to go out of style soon.  So I predict First Frost could become a GO-TO bundle for you.

So now you see how to use stamp sets with matching dies, take a peek at the bundles in the catalogue – and get in on the savings.

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Let’s see how to make cards with zentangle designs that are over-the-top WOW! 

I pulled out all the stops for this classy – and fun, layered card.  But shocker! There’s not a stitch of stamping on it!

So you’re going to want to pull out those framelits and get busy along with me!

STUNNINGcards with zentangle designs

Before we get to the details on this bold card, did you see yesterday’s post?  I announced my NEW features you can get in on in my Facebook Group.

  • Weekly showcased products
  • Steals of a Deal
  • Regular Facebook Lives (Wednesdays at 4:30 MST)
  • Friday Flashes (a quick tip)

So over in my VIP-ers Facebook Group you’ll find this week’s Product of the Week, the fabulous First Frost bundle.  


I love how easy this beautiful bundle is to play with.  Not just for Christmas…it’s for all occasions!  Just like on today’s project.

Let’s take another peek and see where I’ve used it here.

USE UP your zentangle designs with framelits

So is this what you’re thinking right now?

…well, it’s not the die-cut words…

…I don’t see any stamping…

…the ribbon isn’t from that suite…

…those colours are not what I was expecting…

Where is it?

zentangle designs make card making EASY!


It’s ALL in the embellished layers.

  • the zentangle leaves are a framelit from the set of Frosted Bouquet Framelits
  • my background tag, also from the framelits is cut out of the Tin Tile embossed silver foil (isn’t that TO DIE for?)
  • don’t miss the mat shadowing the silver tag either!
  • the silver berries are the detailed thinlit in the dies
  • my two black flower buds are peeking out too

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

I’ve shown you lots of ideas for how to make cards with zentangle designs.  Like these fun Christmas ones I started with, to this pretty butterfly card to these ho-ho-holiday gift tags.

But in each one of those, the zentangle was the MAIN part of the design.  On my card today, it’s an accent piece.  And I think is an ideal fit for the rest of the card.

After all, black and white is always right, isn’t it?  Classy, cool, contemporary and perfect for all occasions.

What do you think?

Want some details to make cards with zentangle designs like this one?

  1. Create your zentangle
  2. Then copy it onto Whisper White cardstock (yup, cheat like I do and get lots of mileage from one design 😉)
  3. Select a framelit and place it on top, moving it around until you like what you’re going to cut out.
  4. Add it to your card design.

Here’s the back of the tag.  See how I cut the black label in half and glued it on? 

make cards with zentangle designs

Then I glued down all my Frosted Bouquet die cuts.  Last, I added Stampin’ dimensionals on top both to anchor the dies and to affix the element to my card.

This is what it looked like before I added my words.  (I had to think twice on whether I really needed them! LOL!)

I LOVE to make cards with zentangle designs

Want another idea?

This was a birthday card for my friend Karen.  Much the same idea but just a tad different.

Zentangle designs for cards? YES! Gorgeous cards!

So pull out some of your zentangle pieces.  See which framelits fit perfectly on top.  You might be surprised!  

And if you’re not a tangler, pull out your designer paper and use it for accent pieces too!

Here are all the supplies I used on today’s card.  

Zentangle Designs make AWESOME cards

So the next time, you get a bit stumped for ideas, look at your framelits from a new angle.  Grab a completed tangle and just maybe you can make cards with zentangle designs too!

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