I am usually not one to push product, but seriously. You need this die! I am in love. This is one die in a new line of Darice dies that cut AND emboss. The detail is amazing. Today I created three different DIY Christmas card designs using the same die. I am trying to decide which card will make the cut for my Christmas cards this year.
This die can be elegant, rustic, traditional or whimsical. The size of the die fits (and fills!) the front of an A2 card base, making it quick and easy to make beautiful cards! It would also be adorable to decorate the top of a gift, or the front of a gift bag. Plus, I feel like the white on white wreath would be pretty for winter weddings. I also think a non-traditional palette would be cute- a lime green wreath on a pink card base? Can you picture it? I think I need to make that one too.I will show you how I whipped up these DIY Christmas card designs- with a couple of important tips.
Here are the supplies I used to make all three cards. It seems like a big list because I am including what I used with all three options. You can customize your supplies when you choose which card fits your style, or do your own thing altogether.
Supplies needed to create your own DIY Christmas Card:
- Darice Wreath Die Cut Stencil with Bow
- Darice Banner Label Craft Dies
- Embossing Mat for Die Cuts<—this is IMPORTANT
- Core’dinations Core Basics 6×6 White Cardstock
- Sakura Pigma Micron Pen
- Core’dinations Sand It Set
- Pencil and Eraser
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection Cardstock Pack
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection A2 Cards & Envelopes
- Darice Gold Glitter Adhesive Gem Stickers
- Staz-on Black Ink Pad
- Core’dinations Polka Dot Pearl A2 Blank Cards and Envelopes
- Darice Flatback Ivory Pearl Adhesive Pearls
- Core’dinations Kraft Polka Dot Pop A2 Blank Cards and Envelopes
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Darks 6 x 6 Paper Pack (Green)
- Darice Flatback Red Adhesive Pearls
To begin each DIY Christmas card, choose the cardstock that you want to use for the wreath, and run the die and cardstock through a die cutting machine following the manufacturers recommendations on settings.
You will notice at this point that the die cut the cardstock, but did not emboss it. This is where the embossing mat comes into play.
Do not remove the cardstock from the die. Lay the embossing mat over the top of the die, and run it back through your machine.
The embossing mat is a thin rubber material. Here is my scientific explanation of the process- the mat will squish the cardstock into the nooks and crannies of the die without cutting the rubber mat. You will be left with a beautifully embossed and perfectly cut shape. Now. I know that this is a two part process, and you may be wondering why you don’t just layer the embossing mat on top of the die on the first pass through the machine? Well, you can. I tried it. But the cuts were not as clean- they were a little ragged. Cutting first, and then running it back through the machine to emboss is way better for the end result.
If you are making the elegant white cards- you are finished with the embossed and cut image. For this traditional DIY Christmas card, in green, you will want to sand the surface of the Core’dinations cardstock.
For the Gold cards, I manipulated the cardstock as well.
Cover the whole wreath with a light sweep of black Staz-On ink. You will want to use Staz-On, or another solvent ink on this cardstock. Other formulations (pigment ink, etc) do not dry on this cardstock.
Choose a matching self-adhesive pearl to go with your wreath. You will notice on the wreath die that there are embossed “berries.”
Cover the berries with the pearls of your choice.
Adhere the wreath, and the paper strip to the front of your chosen A2 card base.
Adhere the bow to the bottom of the paper strip.
Adhere your banner to the wreath.
Here are some individual shots of each of the cards I made.
Rustic Gold DIY Christmas Card:
Either way, I hope I have sold you on this gorgeous wreath die. If you’re looking for other DIY Christmas card ideas, check out these Merry and Bright DIY Christmas cards.