Season’s Greetings with Pretty Poinsettias

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I am so excited to share my very first blog post with you! I created this Christmas card with the new Avery Elle Christmas Florals stamps and dies. I saw a beautiful tag Melania Deasy created with this set a few weeks ago, and I knew that I had to buy it.

Melania’s colors first captured my eye, but then I noticed the intricate individual poinsettias. That’s what sold me. I’d never used small dies before, and I was a little intimated when these first arrived. It’s not difficult at all though. I stamped all of the flowers, holly, and leaves first. Then I added dimension with colored pencils. Finally, I held the dies in place with photo tape to cut them out.

I am obsessed right now with Crafter’s Companion shimmering card stock. It is heavyweight and all of the colors have a lovely, pearly shimmer. I think the white and silver are the perfect background for this card. Another must have that I finally bought are the stitched fishtail flag stax dies from My Favorite Things. I used lots of foam tape to add dimension to all of the individual pieces. The finishing touches were Wink of Stella and buttercup Liquid Pearls on the poinsettias.

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Let me tell you! I almost ruined the entire card with the Liquid Pearls. (And that is the story of my card-making life! I get to the very end and something starts to go wrong.) I don’t know what was going on, but I couldn’t get it to come out in perfect, pointy drops. I got my hands in it and touched the card – several times… Ugh! So this is the perfect time to post a favorite quote I found on Pinterest:

      Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke

What do you think? I am soooooo thrilled with this set! I’m sure there will be several more cards and tags posted soon. I can’t wait to see your creations with this set too. Thanks so much for visiting!

Erin

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