Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card

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Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!   This Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card is my inspiration project for the Heartfelt Creations December 2020 Alumni Hop.  Decked out in frosty blues and glittering die cut layers, adorned with vibrant poinsettias and a jolly jingle bell, it’s very merry, indeed!

This 5″ x 7″ shaped card is made with the Scalloped Flourish Gateway Die and the Festive Winterscapes Paper Collection.  Although it may look complicated, it is actually a very simple card to make.

How to Make a Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card

Here’s how to create the 5″ x 7″ shaped card base:

  • First, fold a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock in half.  The fold should be on the left hand side.
  • Next, place the largest Scalloped Flourish die on the folded paper.  The cutting edge of the die should hang slightly over the fold so that it will not cut the paper.
  • Now run the die and the paper through your cutting machine.  You will end up with a side fold card base.
  • Then cut patterned paper with the same die and adhere to the card base.
  • Next, Die cut the scallop and inserts from silver glitter paper.  Remove the center panel and save it for use elsewhere. Adhere the die cuts to the card base.
  • Now die cut the cardinal image from patterned paper using the center frame die without the insert in place.  Pop this up on foam tape and adhere as seen and adhere in the center of the card.

Die cut a tag from the paper collection.  Attach it to a white glittered clothespin and decorate with novelty buttons.

Festive Poinsettias

Make the poinsettias like this:

  • First, use Versamark Ink to stamp the poinsettia layers on red glimmer paper.
  • Next, heat emboss the petals with white embossing powder.
  • Stamp a second set of poinsettia layers with green ink.
  • Die cut all the layers with the matching Poinsettia die.
  • Then shape the layers in the 3-D Poinsettia Mold.
  • Layer together , offsetting the petals.
  • Now punch a small hole in the center of the white stamped poinsettia.  I use a Crop-a-Dile punch to do this.
  • Insert stamens in the center of the white poinsettias.
  • Fill the centers of the other flowers with Prills.

Here’s a video tutorial I made a while ago showing you how to  make several different styles of poinsettias.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with  a pair of pockets.  Adhere 3 sides of a card front to make a little tea bag pocket.  Tuck a gift card wallet in the pocket on the left.

Create a shaped gift card wallet for the larger pocket.  Simply die cut cardstock with the large frame die.  Then fold to form a pocket on the back side.

On With the Hop!

This hop is open until 11:55PM on Monday, December 21st.  A random comment from a mystery blog will be selected to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card .  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog and on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, December 23rd.  If you are the lucky winner, contact within 72 hours.  Please write “Winner of the December 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your message.

Now let’s hop!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥  Kerry ♥  Vicki  ♥  Amarilys  ♥  Candy  ♥

Alissa  ♥ EmilyOksana   ♥  Carole 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure!

Thanks for hopping by!





20 thoughts on “Christmas Cardinals Elegant Gateway Card

  1. sandi03gkds

    Simply gorgeous. Such vibrant colors using the blue, red and white colors. Beautiful design. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Martie Rollin

    Beautiful use of red, white and blue! LOVE red cardinals…one of the things I miss from the Mid-west. Sadly, they don’t exist in the Pacific NW. The shape of this card provides such drama…HC does have many gorgeous dies from which to choose! Illness has prevented me from creating holiday cards this year…really bad timing. On the other hand…”Little Christmas” is January 6th…there is still time!!!

  3. Claire Gagne

    Love the card Kathy. Great idea to show us the Heartfelt dies/stamps & molds and how to use them. May have to get one set & see how it goes. Be safe & TYFS

  4. Mary Holshouser

    Love the cardinals against the blue needles.
    the poinsettias are gorgeous. If I received
    this card I’d have it on display all the time.
    thanks for sharing

  5. 1sassy1Sandra Smith

    I love your tutorials and this one is no exception. While I’m not new to creating handmade flowers, I still learned new ideas to use in the future. I would love to see more flower making tutorials from you. To be honest, I have pointsettia dies from other companies but I’m reminded that you get so much more with the Heartfelt Creations collections. There isn’t another company that gives you stamps, dies and moulds and as a result, give you so much variety. I have struggled getting the stamins with the thread through the petals so I really like your idea of putting a dab of hot glue on the ends to create a point. FYI…if you take a 2-3 inch thin wire and fold it over the fold in the stamins and twist the ends of the wire together, you will have a wire attached to the stamins that you can pull through the petals. Sometimes I might not have a wire handy so adding hot glue to the ends is a great alternative. I also like your idea of adding a small mound of hot glue under the glue to add Prills. This is an idea I will use on many different flowers. I can’t believe I never thought of that! It’s the small details that enhance our creativity and why we learn from watching your videos and videos from others.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and for the inspiration. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

    Sandra Smith
    Queen Creek

  6. Helen Budz

    Kathy, what a wonderful card. You’ve inspired me with the use of this new die set from HC. The cardinals again snow bring back happy memories of a time when these brightly colored birds would flock around our feeder and perch on the bare branches of a nearby bush after a snowfall. Thanks for sharing it and the flower making video. I must have made about 100 of these poinsettias for a Christmas card project this year…85 cards using an earlier HC holiday paper set in teals, purples and pinks (forgot the collection name). Your tutorial gave me a few new ideas for all the ones I’ll be creating during 2021 for the next set. Wishing you Christmas Joy and New Year Blessings…stay well. Hugs.

  7. Patty Bible

    Wow!! and I thought I was spending a lot of time with MY Christmas cards. But I love making beautiful cards regardless of the time required (and usually the time spent is reflected in the quality of the card). This is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful keepsake; plus, you “had me at cardinals.”

  8. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what an elegant card! If that doesn’t say winter, I don’t know what does. Love the cardinal images and those cute little mittens. And what a gorgeous die that is! I am quite partial to cardinals. I have 3 bird feeders outside my breakfast table window and every morning we get dozens of them flitting around. It’s a joy to have breakfast and watch the birdies. Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a beautiful and Blessed Christmas! Hugs!

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