Want to know how holiday cards are easy to make with die cut shapes? And not too many shapes at all! Just one set of Stitched Triangle Dies is all you need for this fun card!

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes
Mix Up Some Patterns for a Cool Christmas Card

I have to say, when the Stitched Triangle Dies first came out in the Annual Catalogue, I was, well a bit…MEH!

After all, if I have squares, rectangles, circles, ovals and hearts, I should be good right?

Then I saw the Tree Angle stamps in the Holiday mini (on page 22) and I was instantly sold! Four different sizes and shapes of patterned trees for my holiday cards! SU! even shows us how to make three different cards each a bit more involved on that page!

So then I really couldn’t resist! And the first thing I did was make this set of three also showing how to step them up!

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes
How to Step It Up with Tree Angle

Then after I played with those three, I wanted to try a design that really focussed mainly on the triangle shapes. That’s how I came up with today’s card. It’s a stepped up card in a number of ways.

Let me tell you about it.

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes

Jo’s Design Tips

Let the shapes do the talking!

The stamps are intended for various sizes and shapes of the Stitched Triangle Dies. Even when you’re not stamping first, mixing up the shapes creates visual interest.

Play with patterns!

The Heartwarming Hugs DSP has such an awesome variety of patterns, I had to play around with a few here. The bold houndstooth immediately catches your eye. And offset it with a striped strip down the book fold section of the card. (yes this is a fun fold card too!)

Make them want to touch it!

Add some texture to your cardstock BEFORE cropping the triangles with your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. I used the Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing folder since I thought it coordinated well with the houndstooth background. And why not mix up the pattern a bit too? I changed the orientation between the small Real Red and the Mossy Meadow shapes for variety. And even though you can’t see it here, the white triangle is also embossed!

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes
Add Dry Embossing to Tree Shapes for a Christmas Card

Add some shine!

The party banner die is such a cute addition to the large white Christmas tree. Cropped in Brass Foil, it adds a touch of glitz to catch the light.

Minimize the sentiment

Since there’s so many patterns and textures happening already, I didn’t want to have my greeting compete. So I simply stamped Merry once and cropped it with a Stitched Banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies. (YES these dies are my absolute favourite dies and should be on your Christmas List! You can see them on this card too.)

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes
Repeat Stamped Greetings for a Fun Inside Border

Amp up the inside!

I always like to have the inside of my cards have a bit of a surprise. So on this one, although I could have put a matching strip of DSP, I played around with my Stamparatus and the same greeting I used on the front to get this strip!

Give It a Try!

If you’re like me and think the Stitched Triangle Dies can be left off your shopping list, maybe give it another look. For extra versatility in your paper crafting, they get a WIN in my book!

Add them to your own stash by clicking on them here.

Supplies I Used

Thanks a Bunch

I think it’s super when you stop by and check out what I’m working on. I hope my design starts the creative process working in your head and you can take a few elements to make into a card of your own.

Holiday Cards are Easy to Make with Die Cut Shapes
Make a Fun Book Card Fold

I hope you can see holiday cards are easy to make with die cut shapes – try adding one like the Stitched Triangle dies for added versatility in your card making!

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