Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & Tutorial

 Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Hop November 2015

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the November 2015 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Hop!  You should be coming here from the glorious artwork found on Glenda’s BLOGIf so, you are right on track.  You can find a complete list of the blogs on this hop below.  Be sure to visit each stop along the way, and leave a sweet comment on each blog,  as one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from one of these blogs to receive a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  The hop closes at midnight on November 27th, and the winner will be announced on all the participating blogs at noon on Saturday, November 28th.

Here’s the hop lineup for November 2015

Gini CagleEmilia van den Heuvel ♥  Glenda Brooks ♥  Kathy Clement (You are here)                    ♥ Vicki DutcherCaroline Duncan ♥  Mary Faus ♥  Regina Hamilton Amy Doria ♥                   Gloria Stengel Alissa Wells  ♥ Sarah MillerLisa Allen

With Christmas creeping ever closer, I decided to create this Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & tutorial to share with you this month. You can find the linked supply list and full tutorial below.

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 01Gold embossing adds just the right touch of elegance on this traditional styled card.  (Sadly, when I was spritzing one of my flowers, the gold spray fell onto the “w” in wishes…which was already glued onto the card.  So that’s where that little “splotch” came from.  Sigh….)

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 02These poinsettias are so realistic, and fun to shape.  I just love them.

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 03I used the lace corner from the Cut, Mat Create die, and I can’t believe how much it looks like a filigree metal corner.  Also, the red berries are fun tucked in behind the sentiment, don’t you think?

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 05The inside uses one of the pre-designed 5″ x 7″ card fronts and a pre-designed sentiment.  So handy when you are making a big batch of cards.

From here, hop on over and get inspired by the beautiful work of Vicki Dutcher.

Don’t forget to check back on Saturday for the announcement of the winner.  The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize.

If you’d like to purchase this card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

I hope you all have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card Tutorial


HCPC 3624 Festive Christmas Background Cling Stamp
HCPC 3679 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp
HCPC 3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp
HCD 765 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD 766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die
Cut, Mat, Create 2B Die (lace corner)
HCDP1 249 Garden Romantique Paper Collection
HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit
Pearlized cream cardstock (Core’dinations)
Gold Cardstock (Colorbok)
Versamark Ink Pad
Gold Embossing Powder
Picket Fence Distress Stain
Festive Berries Distress Stain
Aged Mahogany Distress Stain
Fired Brick Distress Stain
Peeled Paint Distress Stain
Gold Glimmer Mist
Antique Gold Sheer Iridescent Organza Ribbon
Topaz Mix Czech Beads
Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die Set
80# white cardstock
sewing machine
gold metallic thread
1/2″ Scor-tape
Foam Dots


Create a 5.5″ x 7.5″ side fold card base from one sheet of Pearlized Cream Cardstock
Use the Versamark Ink Pad to stamp the Large Sparkling Poinsettia stamp and the Sparkling Poinsettia stamps onto 80# white cardstock. Heat Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.
Die cut with Sparkling Poinsettia Dies.
Color front and back of die cut layers with a mix of the red Distress Stains. Color the holly leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Let dry slightly and shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit.
Stack the layers to create 2 poinsettia blooms. Dab with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then spritz with Gold Glimmer Mist.
Fill the centers with hot glue and Czech beads. Set aside to dry.

From Garden Romantique paper collection, cut a 5″ x 7″ rectangle from the black and white script/etched image page. Mat onto gold cardstock and machine stitch with gold thread, if desired. Wrap the left hand side of this panel with a strip of 1/2″ wide Scor-tape and secure the Antique Gold Ribbon. Center onto the card base and glue down.

Cut the 6″ x 6″ holly print from Festive Christmas to measure 4″ x 6″. Mat with gold cardstock, stitching with gold thread, if desired. Glue approximately 1″ down from top edge of the card, and 1″ over from the left.

Die cut the Heirloom Oval from Pearlized Cream Cardstock. Center over the red holly paper and glue down.

Stamp the Festive Christmas Background onto Pearlized Cream Cardstock using Versamark Ink. Heat Emboss with Gold embossing powder. Trim out just the “warmest wishes” portion of the sentiment, as seen on the card front. Mat onto Gold Cardstock. Stitch with gold metallic thread if desired. Back with Foam Dots and center over the Heirloom Oval.

Die cut 2 of the lace corners from gold cardstock and glue down as seen on the card.

Arrange the prepared leaves and flowers as seen in the photo.

Tie 2 triple loop bows and tuck into the floral arrangements as seen in the photo.

For the card interior, Cut a 5″ x 7″ card front from Festive Christmas. Use the salvage edge of the small holly print as a belly band and glue down. Cut sentiment panel from the paper collection, mat with gold cardstock and glue over the belly band, as shown. Glue this entire panel inside the prepared card base.







30 thoughts on “Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & Tutorial

    1. Karen L K

      Hopefully this is not a repeat comment from me. You card is so pretty! I love the traditional color of the poinsettia and the beads in the center look great.

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I’ve had this post open on my computer for 2 days now, waiting for time to actually sit down and read it! I instantly fell in love with that corner filigree, and yes! It does look like a metal piece! Everything about this card says Christmas to me, in a traditional sense! I can almost smell the cookies baking and hear the carols playing! Well done! Big hugs!

  2. D.Ann C

    Love the yummy bead-filled centers and I would not have seen that little spot had you not mentioned it and sent me hunting for it! : )

  3. Margie Malone

    Beautiful card. What is the coloring secret? Emboss with gold and then spritz with what? If you hadn’t mentioned it, I would have never seen the extra gold.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hi, Margie! I actually colored these leaves with the Ranger Distress stains, using a trio of red colors. The supplies are listed in the tutorial. It’s a really fast way to color, and makes for a vibrant flower! Thanks for the sweet comment!

  4. Candy Colwell

    Stunning card, Kathy. I absolutely adore that gorgeous poinsettia. I need to study your step by step. Gorgeous card and great blog post! Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.

  5. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, a beautiful card. so festive. I looked an commented on the sites you listed. but some have your joining a social media, and I don’t care to do that, just like to comment on the creativity without that stuff. I don’t belong to any of them. an maybe there are others who don’t as well. just mentioning this to pass on an maybe send information to be considered.Beautiful creations.

  6. Marilyn

    Wow this is absolutely stunning so much detail , love all the layers and that flower is gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial on how you created this beauty .

  7. smithgfb

    This is stunning my friend. I love the poinsettia die but have resisted so far. You make me want to splurge! I also love the gold corner piece!

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