Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy Fold Cards

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September is the perfect time to get a head-start on those Christmas cards!  My annual Countdown To Christmas class series will help you create your cards a little at a time, so you're not trying to get them all done at the last minute.  You know how stressful it will be then. My monthly kits have all the prep work done for you—just stamp & assemble!  Plus, you'll have stamps & leftover embellishments that you can use for many more holiday projects!  Come to my local class on September 20, or order a Class-To-Go kit!  Register today to get started! 

Today, I'm sharing one of the three Carols of Christmas card designs from my September Countdown To Christmas class! The kit makes 12 cards total: 4 each of 3 styles! 

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  Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - 4 cool

Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy Fold Cards

The extra-large phrases from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the beautiful Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers lend themselves to the fun, joy-fold card style!  I had so much fun mixing & matching the papers and stamped accents!  I kept with the Old Olive, Basic Black & Whisper White color scheme, but you could very easily add in some Cherry Cobbler ribbon or accents to create a more traditional Christmas look!

Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - snowflake dots
Background Basics—The base of this "joy-fold" card style is two separate pieces.  The first larger Basic Black card base measures 9" x 4-1/4" and is scored along the 9" side at the 3-1/2" mark.  The second smaller Basic Black card base is 8" x 3" and is scored at the 4" mark and is mounted on the first card base opening in the opposite direction. 
Card Base Décor—I decorated the front flap of the smaller card with a 3-1/4" x 4" piece of Merry Little Christmas polka dot paper, and I added a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of the snowflake pattern from the same pack on the inside card.
Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - snowflake dots 3
Sentiment Focal PointI stamped the Carols of Christmas phrase in Memento Black ink onto a 3-3/4" x 2-3/4" piece of Whisper White for the focal point.  Next, I used an Old Olive and Black marker to color two of the hanging ornament images on the rubber, then stamp the two-color image on the side of the words.  I used a second hanging ornament image for the other side. 
Finishing Touches—I added some of the Black Rhinestones around the ornaments for some sparkly goodness.  I finished by mounting the stamped layer onto the smaller card base with fold opening to the right this time.
Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - snowflake dots 4
Mounting The Joy Card—The smaller card was then mounted to the center of the inside of the larger card base with some Tear & Tape.  I added a 3-3/4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White writing layer, also stamped with the hanging ornaments.  This fold is so easy & fun!
Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - snowflake stripes
Two Cool—I switched up the Merry Little Christmas paper patterns on this second version.
Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - trees stripes
Three Cool—This version uses more patterns from the Designer Series Paper pack and I stamped poinsettias for the decoration.
Carols of Christmas Deck The Halls Joy - stripes trees
Four Cool—The final card has holly leaves for the accents, colored with Old Olive & Real Red markers.  This time, I added the Black Rhinestones at the bottom.
This is a fantastic card design for stamping multiples!  There's minimal stamping, lots of pretty papers and it has an interesting opening that recipients love!  Come & make these cards with me this month!

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