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Wed 24

Valley Deer Trio and the Holly Swirl Oval Frame
by Jean Okimoto


The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves.  Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors!  


Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer Trio.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension to the trio.  Attach label paper to red and moss green felt and diecut three of the small bow from the Truly Gifted set.  



Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle collage from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots!  Try the other collage patterns too - they're all great with metallic paper, glittered cardstock and velvet paper.  I love multi-tasking products - and the collage sets create artsy dry-embossed backgrounds and accents too!

Stamp "merry christmas" - from the Open Studio Scribble Christmas Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink.  Diecut the greeting using a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim off the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer to create a greeting block to match the stitched holly frame.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.


There are so many ways to use the Open Studio Rectangle Dies - for layering, dry-embossing, frames and greeting blocks.  They save time - and cardstock - because they're always straight and instantly add a crisp, professional look to any design.  

I used them to trim the  leafprints for the Garden Greetings samples for the August 28th class at Impress.  We'll use fresh leaves from my backyard to print and emboss a set of notecards and a matching portfolio.  You can bring your dies, plates and machine to trim your prints - or I'll provide an Open Studio  template to use with your paper trimmer.  It's a refreshing, relaxing class and I'll have extra leaves for you to take home to make more notecards later.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!




Gorgeous! Love the Holly Swirl Oval Frame die! Elegant!

Lovely elegant feel to it!

Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots? You are so clever! Love that the oval frame provides a background for those adorable deer--with scarves!

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