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Carols of Christmas Poinsettia Border Cards

I love the traditional festive look and intricately cut borders on this last stack of cards featured in my September Countdown To Christmas class.  Let's take a closer look!

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Background Basics—The Card Front Builder Thinlits come with two intricate poinsettia corner dies for creating beautiful decorative borders on cards!  I ran my 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Very Vanilla through the Big Shot twice to get all four corners die-cut.  You'll want to use the Precision Base Plate on this one for nice cuts and easier release of the paper from the die-cut holes.  TIP: I positioned the edges of the thinlit die flush with the edges of my card stock to prevent any unsightly indentations from the edge of the die.
After making sure I had all the little pieces out with my Paper Piercing Tool, I layered it onto a piece of 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Tranquil Tide card stock and mounted it onto a Cherry Cobbler card base.
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Poinsettia Décor—I stamped the small poinsettia flower from Carols of Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla.  I used one of the corner dies to die-cut the flower.  The other corner die does not fit the flower shape, so you'll find that two of your corner flowers will not exactly line up with the die-cut window underneath when you go to pop them up with Dimensionals. 
Ribbon—Before adding my focal point, I wrapped some Gold & Vanilla Metallic Edge Satin Ribbon around the entire card front and tied into a double-knot. 
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Sweet SentimentI stamped the Carols of Christmas greeting in Cherry Cobbler onto Very Vanilla, then die-cut it with a scallop oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I cut out an Old Olive oval to layer underneath it, then mounted it onto over the ribbon with Dimensionals. 
Next, I stamped the sentiment again in Tranquil Tide ink and trimmed out the center "THE" by hand.  I know it looks like it's cut with the Classic Label Punch, but It's a bit longer and skinnier than that shape. You could use the punch to trim the ends of that piece, but I thought it was easier to trim by hand.
Holly Accent—I finished the card by coloring onto the holly leaf with an Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler Marker, then stamping onto Very Vanilla.  There's a die for that shape in the Card Front Builder Thinlits to make it easy to cut out.  I adhered it with a Glue Dot.
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Two Cool—You know I like to mix it up a little bit, so for two of the cards, I used the "Peace On Earth" sentiment. 
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This time, I colored directly onto the rubber stamp with my Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide markers for a tri-color look!  I REALLY love that Christmas color combo!  What do you think of it?

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