Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial for the November Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November Alumni Hop!  With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve created a Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial to share with you today.

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This  5 1/8″ x 7 1/8 x 1/2″ card folio is adorned with handmade poinsettias and holly leaves.  Here’s what you’ll need to create this card:

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Card Base

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Begin by cutting one sheet of red cardstock into (2) 5 1/8″ x 8 1/2″ panels.  Place 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the 5 1/8″ end of one panel.  Remove the liner tape and overlap the second panel to create one long 16 1/2″ panel.  Score on the long side at 7 1/8″, 7 5/8″ and 14 1/4″.  Fold and burnish to create a top fold card with a 1/2″ spine at the top.

Now cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the blue snowflake paper from the collection.  Use the small standard circle die to cut the cardinal image from one of the 4″ x 6″ card fronts.  Cut a second circle using the companion large circle die and mat.

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Trim a second 4″ x 6″ card front so that just the white border shows.  Mat on red cardstock.

Die cut the 5″ and 7″ leafy borders from white cardstock.  Adhere to the 5″ x 7″ panel of designer paper.  Now place foam adhesive or waste chipboard on the back of the rectangular card front and adhere as seen.  Next, adhere the cardinal circle as seen in the photo.  You will need to add some foam tape to the top of the circle to make it sit evenly.  I tapped the snowy areas with Diamond Stickles to mimic the look of sparkling snow.

Die cut the lace border and adhere as seen in the photo.

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Poinsettia and Holly Clusters

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Locate a piece of the red patterned paper from the collection.  Then use Embossing Ink to stamp two sets of both Poinsettia Cluster Stamps.  Heat emboss with fine gold embossing powder, then die cut with the matching die.  Repeat this process with the holly leaves, only stamp onto green patterned paper.

TIP: Using patterned paper is a a real time saver!  The paper is already colored, so all you have to do is stamp, emboss, die cut and shape.  Plus, the paper will always be a perfect match for your card, as it comes from the collection.

To shape the flowers and leaves, place each die cut face down in the 3-D mold.  Spritz lightly with a water, then run through your machine.  The flowers and leaves will be ready to use, which is another huge time-saver.

Place the leaves on the foam mat from the Tool Kit and press into the center using the 3mm stylus tip.  Then use the piercing tool to create a small hole in the center of each flower layer.  Thread the flower layers onto a gold stamen, placing a small dab of hot glue between the layers.

When the flowers are all assembled, snip off the extra stamen.  Wrap these pieces around the end of a paint brush to coil, then insert them into your floral arrangement.   Then arrange the flowers in clusters around the cardinal image.

Use your finger to tap on a bit of grit paste to look like snow.

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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I’ve added a gift card holder and tag/pocket combo to the inside of this card.

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The gift card holder measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and is made from a 9″ x 3 1/4″ scrap of red cardstock.  Simply score at 4 1/4″ and again at 8 1/2″.  Then line the inside panels, secure the 1/2″ flap with a little adhesive on the top and bottom and you are all set!

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Die cut the tag base from white cardstock, then line it with patterned paper.  This is super easy to do, as Heartfelt Creations designed the dies to do this perfectly.  I stitched around the edges of my tag.  Then I matted a panel from the cut apart page on red cardstock and created a treat pocket on the tag front.

On With the Hop!

This hop begins on Friday, November 30th at 8AM EST and ends at 11:55PM on Monday, December 3rd.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, December 5th.  I’ll also post the winner at the top of this blog post at that time.

We have a wonderful line up of inspirational projects for you in this month’s hop.  Be sure to visit each blog and leave a lovely comment behind.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

Here’s the hop list for this month:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki Amarilys ♥ Martine ♥  Pam  ♥  Joann  ♥  Sandy  ♥  Susan  ♥

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your own craft adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!



24 thoughts on “Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

  1. Sandi B.

    what an amazing card. Love all the detaiils and your tutorial is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Glenda Brooks

    Oh girl, this is one gorgeous card! The paper you chose is one of my favorites; I just love those birds! Also your flowers are stunning!

  3. Denise Evans

    Spectacular folio as always Kathy. I think I need to get this paper. Love the poinsettias! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is just so gorgeous! i LOVE those cardinals…they always say to me that winter is coming. We have so many at our farm around this time of year. Those leafy borders are just lovely and of course your embellishments are perfect! How cute are those little silver balls with that button and bow! Thank you for sharing this beautiful card! Hugs!

  5. Martie Rollin

    I am so enjoying the ultra closeup photo of this card front…beautiful! Love your detailed tutorial…easy to follow and understand. Well done!

  6. Brian Poteraj

    The Poinsettias look great. And the birds and berries with snow is a great look. I think that I need that paper.

  7. Sue D

    So pretty and festive. Love the flowers and ornaments and I always think of my mother when I see cardinals–they were her favorite.

  8. Helen

    What a delightful holiday folio card, Kathy! This is a great gift idea for those “something more than a card” greetings for friends this Christmas. I suspect that I’ll be trying something like this with the first HC set I purchased…the poinsettia set. How lucky I was that HC had an exhibit at the first crafting convention I attended. This blog hop is always one of my favorites. tfs–especially the tip about die cutting from the patterned/colored paper. It’s a great time saver for this busy month to come.

  9. Sherry

    Just beautiful. I love the way your poinsettias turned out. That shabby look is right up my alley. Very unique and really makes this card a show stopper.

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