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Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

Ready for a simple two step stamping Christmas card?  One notecard, one stamp set, three colours. 

And if you want to really be fancy, add three rhinestones. 😄

Elegant & OH SO Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

My 2018 Christmas set of the year has got to be Stylish Christmas.  For quick and gorgeous stamping, it can’t be beat.  I especially  loved it on this embossed vellum design.  Not only are the poinsettia and leaves pretty, the greetings can take centre stage like on this plaid card.  

You know it’s Keep It Simple Sunday right?  So that means super duper easy!  YOU can do this!  In about 5 minutes.  Or less!  (I’m really not pulling your leg!) 


A Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card


Cuttin’ It Up

  • Whisper White notecard – 1 including the envelope

That’s IT!!  WOW! 

Let’s Make It

Why Not Try Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

  1. Stamp poinsettia in Fresh Fig ink on right hand side of the notecard.  TIP: Leave notecard lying flat to stamp.  TIP: Don’t go off the edge.  Leave a little space around the flower.
  2. Next stamp leaves two or three times to the right of poinsettia in Pear Pizzazz ink.
  3. Then stamp swirl to left of flower in Smoky Slate ink.  TIP: It’s OK if you get some swirl on the poinsettia!
  4. Lastly, stamp the words on the bottom right in Smoky Slate ink.

TIP:  I stamped the swirl again on the left side of the envelope to dress it up a tad too.

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

Now if you want to jazz this same card up just a tad, take a look at this version.

What's not to LOVE about Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

Same colours, same stamp.  Can you spot the differences?

  • a swirl the same colour as my poinsettia
  • larger piece of Whisper White cardstock
  • coloured layers  (three of ‘em)
  • three Sheer Fig ribbons wrapped side-by-side on the left
  • a fancy Petal Pink rhinestone gem

Grab your supplies now!  There’s still time to have the little UPS truck zip to your house with a fun delivery so you can make these for the holidays.

Are you a minimalist or do you like something a bit fussier?  Leave me a comment.  Which of these two cards appeals to you more?

QUICK & SIMPLE Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

I LOVE Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards!

If you prefer simple styles, you might like these other designs.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to check back as I post easily duplicatable designs every Sunday.  Ones that don’t look simple at all. 

So you can WOW your friends with a simple two step stamping Christmas card they will marvel at and still have time for eggnog and fruitcake this holiday!

Painted Harvest Handmade Autumn Card

My friend Pat sent me this beautiful Painted Harvest handmade autumn card for Thanksgiving.  I LOVED her card so much, I just had to share it with you so you could Pin it and CASE it. 

Did you know CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything?  And it’s what we stampers love to do!  

So don’t be shy.  Feel free to Pin it to your Pinterest boards.  It’s always a great idea to save fabulous designs like this so you can craft up a handmade autumn card.

Make a classy handmade autumn card

Don’t know how to Pin It?  It just depends where you’re reading this.

A. If you’re on your tablet or phone,

  • press the “Share This ^” at the bottom of your screen
  • select Pinterest and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

B. If you’re on a desktop computer,

  • on the left hand side of your screen you will see some buttons, one red one with the Pinterest P in it
  • click on the P and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

Go ahead, give it a try!

I LOVE this stamped and die-cut handmade autumn card

I’m not sure what appeals to me the most.

  • The simple layout
  • Her colour choices (save my Inkspiration below to keep it in mind)
  • That Buffalo Check stamped background (isn’t that your FAVE new background stamp?)
  • Her punched and die-cut embellishments peeking out from the framed sunflower , or
  • The sunflower (you probably already know, it’s my all-time favourite flower 🌻)

What do you like the best about it?  Leave me a comment.

Let me show you Pat’s colour combo which is just ideal for this time of year.

Painted harvest handmade autumn card

Tips for a Painted Harvest handmade autumn card


I LOVE this handmade autumn card


  1. Pull out your Stamparatus for exact and full-coverage placement of the Buffalo Check background stamp.
  2. Cut your Whisper White panel slightly smaller than the stamp so you get complete coverage with one stamping.  Pat’s is 4” x 5 1/4”.
  3. Pick out two coordinating stamp pad colours to create your sunflower.  Pat use Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Rotate your sunflower stamp just slightly to offset the darker Pumpkin Pie petals.
  5. Sponge Pumpkin Pie ink onto one punched out Daffodil Delight leaf for a rustic and matched feel.
  6. Use a variety of die-cuts and colours to accent your focal point.  Here you can see 2 leaf punches in 2 colours and a leaf embossed and die cut from the In the Woods framelits.


Here are all the supplies Pat used to create her awesome handmade autumn card.  To add these to your own stash of goodies, simply click on the image.

This is NOT your average handmade autumn card

Did you Pin it to save for later?

If you love the Painted Harvest set as much as I do here’s another vellum card idea you might want to pin.  

Inspiration for our card making comes from so many places.  And imitation is the gosh-darn BEST form of flattery.

Don’t be afraid to completely copy a design you love.  Or use it as a jumping-off point.  Or just take elements you can’t live without and incorporate them into your own layout.

Give it a try.  Take little pieces of Pat’s design and add them to your own handmade autumn card this year and see what you can come up with.

What is Two Step Stamping?

One of the questions I get asked regularly is “What is Two Step Stamping?So I’ve got a photo tutorial to show you exactly what it is!  

In a nutshell, it’s

  • a great way to create dimension and interest in your card making
  • ultra forgiving if we happen to make little “oopses”
  • where COLOUR is your bestest friend, and
  • one of the MOST simple techniques to learn

But first, let’s take a peek at this autumn card made with the two step stamping technique.

Everybody NEEDS to know what is two step stamping?

See how the different colours add depth and appeal to the leaves?  Let’s see how easy this is to create.


What is Two Step Stamping?


Step One

What is two step stamping and why should you give it a try?

Stamp your tree base in Early Espresso ink

Step Three

Everybody NEEDS to know what is two step stamping?

Stamp leaves again in Cajun Craze offsetting the placement just a titch to the left or right of first leaf image

Step Two

Everybody NEEDS to know what is two step stamping?

Stamp leaves in Mango Melody

Step Four

Everybody NEEDS to know what is two step stamping?

Stamp leaves once again in Poppy Parade moving the stamp just slightly to left or right of first and second leaf image

I also added the ground in my card with Crumb Cake ink. It’s two times, once right side up and second upside down without re-inking.  Then I sprinkled a few leaves around the base of the tree in my three leaf colours.  Last I added my greeting at the top.  It probably took me only about 5 minutes to create!

OK, technically I know that’s more than two steps 😬, but I think you get the idea.  You’re creating your picture with more than one stamp, more than one colour and more than one impression.

How about I show you the stamps I used?  Here’s the order I used them in to create this fall foliage card.

what is two step stamping?


And let’s see the finished design again.


Just What IS Two Step Stamping?


Get inspired by these colours just like me!What is Two Step Stamping? What do you need for two step stamping?

  • a two step stamp set
  • different colours of stamp pads (my fall colours are Early Espresso, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze and Poppy Parade)
  • card stock
  • stamp cleaner

What are my best TIPS for two step stamping?

  • use lighter colours of cardstock so the colours of your inks shine!
  • don’t be afraid to stamp directly over top of another image. Here I stamped the leaves right on top but just slightly offset them for interest.
  • make your FIRST stamped impression with a lighter ink and gradually work to darker ones
  • use dye-based inks, like Stampin’ Up!’s Classic inks which dry almost immediately
  • try out different colours to see which ones you like best…some show off better than others
  • clean your stamp between inkings of different colours
  • keep the rest of your card simple so the created image gets noticed!

A few other details of this easy card?

I LOVE to answer what is two step stamping?

  • I mixed up some Real Red coloured Wink of Stella and dabbed it on for a subtle sparkly effect.  Never tried this before?  Let me show you how in my short video.

See my TIPS and photo tutorial for what is two step stamping?

  • I am in LOVE with the Braided Trim especially when I can curl the ends for a pretty look
  • A small strip of the Wood Textures DSP totally ties in with the nature theme.
  • Adhesive foam strips are perfect to adds sturdy dimension that won’t be crushed in the mail.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn.  Do you have any two step stamp images already?  I’ll bet you do.  Pull them out, along with some fall coloured stamp pads and see what you can come up with!

And if you’d like to recreate this card, here are all the supplies I used.  Remember if your order is over $75, I’ll send you absolutely FREE the Swirls and Curls embossing folder in November!  Just make sure to use host code VWQ3RYAN when placing your order.

Ever wondered what is two step stamping?

What are your favourite stamp sets for two step stamping?  See some of the ones I love to play with:

And there are lots more…  Something for everyone I’d say.  So if you or a friend have ever wondered “what is two step stamping” now you need wonder no more – get out and play!

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards | VIDEO

Is it time to start rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards?  It just might be if you like to get them well done ahead of time.  And if a super short video with all the how to’s is right up your alley, you’re in the right place!

Spectacular cards don’t need to take forever to make.  And rubber stamping mixed with heat embossing makes spectacular cards. 

Let’s have a little lookey-see.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

This Stylish Christmas stamp set is from the Annual Catalogue and it caught my eye way back in May.  As one of the Distinktive stamp sets developed by Stampin’ Up! it’s bold yet soft at the same time.  They call it photo-realistic and it really is unique. 

Let’s see why I’m enjoying using it with my copper embossing powder.


Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards   



Do you like that pebbly kind of texture too you get with embossing the Distinktive stamps too?  If you do, you might also think this one on vellum and designer series paper I did as a Facebook Live is pretty.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

OK, here’s everything you need for rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards just like this!


  • Whisper White 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Old Olive – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Real Red cotton ribbon – about 10”



The video has it all for you!

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

So now it’s your turn to get busy with your embossing powder and heat tool.  If they haven’t seen the light of day for a bit, take ‘em out and dust ‘em off!  

And if you need any of the supplies I used, here they are.  Remember, when you place a $75 order now until September 13th, I’ll enter your name in my Holiday Catalogue Raffle.  Plus I’ll automatically send you my Santa’s Workshop Bonus Gift too!  Just my way of thanking you for choosing to shop with me.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Do you remember the first time you saw heat embossing?  How those teeny dots of plastic melted into a glorious shine and glossy finish?  Almost like magic wasn’t it? 

Well, why not recreate some magic all on your own and get a jump start on rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards today?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

My friend Pat made Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards and shared them with me.  And it’s so pretty I knew you’d want to see it too.  She’s got all kinds of fun things going on with this card. 

  • dry AND heat embossing
  • a fun fold
  • a peek through opening
  • punches
  • framelits
  • Wink of Stella and
  • three-step stamping! 

Whew!  And they work together wonderfully.  See for yourself!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Isn’t it lovely?  Her colour combination is Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, with Pear Pizzazz for her tulip stems.  

Now although you may have seen a card like this before, what makes Pat’s so special is that front panel cutout to turn this into a peek through card!  She fully embossed her front panel with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder (which is available to purchase June 1st!).  The dynamic textured embossing folders are ONE-derful!  Such deep impressions you don’t really need any more embellishment to WOW up a card! 

Then she used the second largest layering oval to cut out the peek through with her Big Shot.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

You might think Pat stamped the stems many times.  Nope.  That’s one stamp with spots for 11 different blooms.  Makes your bouquet SUPER easy!  

Now you might be thinking “I don’t need a-NU-ther flower set”.  But take a look at these gorgeous greetings!

beautiful bouquet stampin up fun fold cards

With 37 photopolymer stamps in the full set, there are 15(!) oh-so pretty sentiments and 22 pieces for creating gorgeous bouquets for only $33. So even if you NEVER use ONE flower, you get lovely script sayings you can mix and match for only just over $2 a stamp!

What’s even better?  You can save 10% with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and get 21 framleits (Pat’s sweet little bow is one of them)…but only until May 31st!  Here’s the whole kit’n caboodle!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The even MORE fabulous news? This set and framelits aren’t going anywhere – they’re sticking around for the new catalogue!  But you don’t want to miss out on the bundled savings.  (Ya know IF you decide the flowers are too pretty to pass up and you don’t want to fussy cut!😉)

Let’s take a closer look at Pat’s Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards.  Have you figured out where the fun fold is?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

It’s the fun little card inside the card!  Take a gander at this shot, which shows it off much better.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The tulip bouquet card opens from the left for you to add your greeting and a handwritten message. And even with the smaller inside card, it stands up wonderfully.  

Make Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Here are the measurements to make a card just like Pat’s.

  • Night of Navy – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick – 5” x 7”, scored at 3 1/2”

Fold and glue the inside “card” in the centre of the navy card.  Perfect placement to showcase a lovely bouquet.

What are some of the extra special touches Pat’s included in her design?

  • one of the banners from the Suet Banner punch used upside down to frame the oval cutout and popped up with Stampin’ dimensionals 
  • a navy embossed greeting (check out my video to see how to do this!)
  • Wink of Stella whisked over the cute navy bow on the bouquet and glueing the bow where you can see it through the peek through oval
  • two-step stamping for the tulips to create dimension and realism

You know, it never fails – unfortunately.  I have one or two customers who fall in love with a stamp set and see there’s a coordinating framelit – AFTER the bundle is retired and they miss out on the 10% savings☹️.  So get in on this one and save $7.50 before it’s gone for good in a week! 

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Like the little surprise of the fun fold in Pat’s card?  Then this other bright and cheerful birthday card might be a fun way to send your wishes.  Or this unique twist fold one for the guys (with a video tutorial) could be up your alley too.

Pat will be the first one to tell you her favourite stamp sets are flowers.  Big ones, small ones, solid images or detailed, she’s like a magpie with a pretty set of flowers.  So this bundle was one she couldn’t pass up.  And I think you can see why.  Her Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards are gorgeous – and so easy to make yourself!


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