If you follow my YouTube channel or this blog, you may already know how obsessed I am with the kaleidoscope series of dies from Spellbinders. I have serious full-set syndrome with them. I am also obsessed with Christmas so it made sense to combine these two loves to show you how to create a Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Plaid Christmas card. This set is super versatile, much like their Kaleidoscope Tile Die set that I talk about here. Just changing the colors of card stock you use with the die layers creates an entirely different look so this set can be used for any type of occasion; I have a photo of a fall version below. Plaid is also a huge home decor and Christmas trend again this year, so I couldn’t resist making this very easy but adorable Christmas card featuring it.
Check out the video tutorial below or scroll down for instructions with photos:
Die cut four of each of the dies in the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Plaid die set – four of the base layer using white cardstock, four of the middle layer using gold mirror card stock and four of the top layer using dark green cardstock. The cardstock colors I used are linked below. To assemble, flip one of the gold middle layer die cuts over and add liquid glue in small dots to the very center and all around the outer frame edge. Flip it over and while lining up the outside frames of both die cuts, adhere it on top of the white base layer die cut. Then, flip over the dark green top layer die cut and add liquid glue dots all around the frame edge of the dark green die cut. Flip over and again, lining up the edges of the frames, adhere on top of the gold layer. This will create one section of the final plaid. Repeat for the remaining three sets of die cuts so you have a total four layered sections in the end.
Create a side folding A2-sized card base by cutting a piece of kraft card stock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ and folding in half at the 4.25″ mark on the 8.5″ side. Form a large rectangle with the layered plaid pieces from Step One by matching up two of the plaid sections next to each other along their longer sides. Repeat with the second set of plaid rectangles. Now match those two sections along their shorter sides to create one large plaid rectangle.. Using some low tack temporary tape, tape the four sections together across the front so they hold their larger rectangular shape and flip over. Add dots of liquid glue all over the white parts of the back of the large plaid rectangle, flip over and adhere in the center of the kraft card base making sure to leave an even border around all four sides of the plaid rectangle. Set aside to dry.
Step Three – Make the Card Embellishments
Using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Hearts die set, die cut the second from the smallest heart out of white cardstock. Using red ink, stamp the “Merry Christmas to You” sentiment from the Gina K Designs Holiday Wreath Builder stamp set in the center of the heart.
Using the Spellbinders Geometric Floral Frames die set, die cut out two of the smaller round leaf shapes out of lighter green card stock and two sets of the small flower dies out of white cardstock. You will need 2 large and 1 small flower die cut for the card. Using a mouse pad for cushion and a small ball stylus, press down into the centers of the three flower die cuts and rub in a circular motion to add a bit of dimension to the flowers. Use the straight edge of your stylus (if you have one) or the edge of a pencil, a gift card or your fingers to curl the petals on the flowers slightly outward. Press again in the centers if needed. Add a drop of Nuvo Glitter Drops in Holiday Cheer to the centers of each flower and set aside to dry.
Once the glue is dry, carefully remove the temporary low tack tape from the plaid on the card base. Add foam dots to the back of the heart die cut with the greeting stamped on it and adhere in the center of the large plaid rectangle. Use liquid glue to adhere the two green leaf die cuts around the heart; one above the right side of the heart and one below the left side of the heart as shown in the photo. After the glitter drops are dry from Step Three, adhere one of the larger white flower die cuts over the leaf in the upper right and adhere the two remaining flowers grouped together over the leaf in the lower left. Enjoy!
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