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Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish Cards
by Anne Thompson

I've been getting into that holiday spirit and created more cards this week, this time using the WRAPPED HOLLY CIRCLE FRAME 94040, the HOLLY FLOURISH 94023, and some unexpected cardstock colors.


These 5 1/2 inch square cards are quick and easy to put together.  I cut some 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock to 5 1/2" wide  by 11" , folded them in half, and creased each one with a bone folder.  (I plan to use them as top-fold cards but they could easily be side-fold ones.)  I used pieces of cardstock in the same colors to die cut the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and the Holly Flourish which I adhered to crisp white paper doilies.  I added pieces of coordinating papers from my scrap bins to the inside of each card as spaces for stamping greetings and writing messages.


On this bright purple one, I used all three layers of the Holly Circle for a wide edge against the white doily.  I added the little sprig (a part of the die that cuts separately) in the center and popped on a large pearl at that junction and then added the two smaller pearls.  


For the other two cards, I used the center Holly Circle and the largest stitched circle.  I glued the two circles abutting each other in one spot and then let the larger circle swoop out from that point.  I decided not to use the sprig but to add the Holly Flourish for each center.  I glued it down only at the curled end before adding a glue-dotted bow and a few small pearls. 


Love these dies!  And who wouldn't love to receive a lime green, kelly green, or bright purple holiday card!!!   I have lots more interesting colors to audition and a stack of paper doilies on my work table.   It'll be easy to mass produce a bunch of these.  

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are soooo many great products in the Holiday 2018 Collection.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

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The solid colors against the white background really brings out the beauty of the die-cut. Nicely done and love the colors you picked for these cards! Is it true that square cards will require additional postage?

Good morning, Cynthia. Yes, I do believe that square cards cost an additional few cents to mail them. Think it might be worth it, though, if I add a pocket inside and tuck in a gift card or paper gift certificate. Then I'm mailing the gift as well! And for less than $1. I tried background papers behind the doilies but ended up not using them--put them inside the card instead. Next I'm going to look for some metallic cardstock and glitter paper for the dies against colored doilies. We'll see. I think the possibilities are endless! Thanks for your comments! Good to hear from you! Anne

Square cards cost an additional 21 cents to mail (total 71 cents)...that really adds up if you're doing a large mailing. So I don't see 21 cents as "a few extra cents".
If I happen to do a square card, I try to find a larger envelope to put it in that meets regulation.

I think square cards are special looking, especially these.
I agree these are probably not for mass mailing but for that special someone. That is a good idea about a gift card/certificate inside too.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

Hi, Marilyn. Thanks for your suggestion about using a larger envelope to get around the extra postage issue. Anne

These are gorgeous Anne and yes, I have my cards made for the upcoming holiday season. I don't fare well under pressure so I find it easier to just do it and forget about it. LOL

These cards are awesome. I have my cards done for this year but next year would be great. I tend to stay away from square cards because of the cost but I have been doing them and putting them in larger envelope. This works out great.

Hello, Teresa. Congrats on having your cards all done! I probably won't finish until mid-November--that's when I have to have 40 or more for the holiday fair, plus 30 or so more that my parents request, and the ones I want to send out myself. I do have several crafting days planned with friends just to work on our holiday cards. Thanks for commenting on my post! Anne

Hi, Debbie. Congrats to yet another person who plans ahead and has her cards all done! Maybe for next year I'll start in January! Thanks for your comment! Anne

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