Like many of you, I love making cards for my family and friends at the holidays. And because I send them cards each year, I try to make cards that are unique in some interesting and different way. So this year, I’ve decided to make some unexpected, circle-shaped Christmas cards using the new Circle Infinity Dies.
For each card, I’ve used four sizes of the Circle Infinity dies. My favorite thing about these circle dies is that they make it so easy to create narrow mats for your circle panels. To create my card bases, I used the largest circle die to cut two circles from both red and green layering paper. I scored a line on each back piece, about three-fourths of an inch from the circle’s edge, and applied adhesive above the line. Then, I simply aligned the front and back pieces together, creating a pair of hinged, circle cards.
For my first card, I cut a circle of white layering paper, slightly smaller than my card base. Then, I cut a smaller circle from a piece of masking paper and applied the masking paper, minus the circle, to the panel. I die cut three holly branches from masking paper and layered them over the circle mask. I inked the masked circle with distress ink and splattered with water. I removed the masks and stamped holly branches with Intense Black ink and then colored the images with colored pencils. I also embossed a Christmas sentiment onto the panel. To add dimension, I used another circle die to cut the center from the panel, leaving a narrow white border around the circle. I secured the outer circle frame to the card base and then added the center panel with foam adhesive. To finish the card, I added a button, a twine bow, and a few pearls.
For my second card, I used the same techniques to create a similar but simpler design. This time, I only masked and stamped one holly branch in the center of the inked circle. After cutting the inked panel with a white border, I matted the stamped panel with a red circle and then added the matted panel to the card with foam tape. I embossed a different Christmas sentiment onto the card and added the same embellishments.
Don’t forget about the current Holiday Cardmaking Challenge! You still have a few days to enter your cards by November 15th for a chance to win one of five $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees!
I hope that you are inspired to make a few shaped cards this season! Wishing you a wonderful day! Happy crafting,