Friday, October 12, 2012

Stamping Scrapping - Layered Noel Card With Card Creator Dies

Today's tutorial is very easy to do.  And it really works best with a large image or background stamp with lots of detail.  

My apologies for using an image that I believe is retired.  But I really love this image and have wanted to make this card for a long time.  

Supplies Used:

Holiday Pear Collage by Rubber Stampede 
Red Cardstock
White Cardstock for stamped images (I used X-Press Blending Sheets)
White Cardstock for card base - 8 1/4" x 5 3/8" folded in half
Black Ink Pad - I used a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad but you can use Ranger Black Archival or Memento Tuxedo Black also.  
Tombow Red Marker No. 885
Double Sided Tape

Step by Step:

1.  Stamp your image 3 times on white cardstock.  I used Versafine in Onyx Black but you can use any ink pad.  But, if you are planning to use copics to color, make sure the ink pad you use a Memento or Marvy ink pad.

2.  If you used a full sheet of cardstock as I did, cut them apart as below so that you will be able to put them through your die cut machine.

3.  Using your die cut machine, cut and emboss the 3 largest dies from the Matting Basics A set with red cardstock.

4.  Cut and emboss each of the images using the 3 largest dies from from Matting Basics B set.  Lay the largest die over one of the images, cut and emboss.  Then take the 2nd largest die and lay it over the medium size image.  Cut and emboss.  Last, take the 3rd largest die and cut and emboss the smallest image.  You will lose more and more of the image as you cut them.

Largest die from Set B on the one of the images.

2nd largest die on the next image.

Embossing all 3 at the same time using the Grand Calibur by Spellbinders.
The way your card is going to be layered is: largest red piece, then largest image, then medium red piece, then medium image, then smallest red piece, then smallest image.  

But, before you start to put down the layers, you need to color in the images.  I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Markers.  I love these markers.  They are very affordable, the glitter goes on beautifully and they are perfect for this image.

Because of the way these dies work, we know that there is a 1/8" difference between each of the layers.  And because you embossed each of the pieces, there is a 1/8" embossed border around each of the pieces.  You will need to color any part of the image that is sitting in this 1/8" embossed border.

Coloring in only on about 1/8" inside the image.
Remember that a piece of red cardstock will be layered in the center of both the large and medium stamped images.  After you color, you can lay the corresponding piece of red cardstock on top of the piece you just colored to make sure you did not leave any areas undone.

The layer of red cardstock will cover the image where it  was not colored.
The smallest image will need to be colored in fully as there is no red layer on top of it.

Smallest image (also your top image) colored in full.
5.  Adhere the largest piece of the red cardstock to the card front using double sided tape or a glue of your choice.

Largest red cardstock glued to card front.

6.  Then adhere the largest stamped image to the red cardstock.  You will start to now build your layers.

Largest image glued to red cardstock on card front.
7.  Then glue the medium red cardstock to the largest image.

8.  Glue medium image to red cardstock.

9.  Glue smallest red cardstock to medium image.

10.  Glue smallest image (the one fully colored) to the smallest red cardstock.

11.  I applied some Ruby Glitter Liner to the berries on the holly branch.  You can also use red glitter or stickles.

Ruby Glitter Liner on berries.
Your finished card.
12.  Make sure you sign the back of your card and send it to someone!!


  1. I LOVE IT!
    Great Project and THANKS so so much
    for your step by step awesome directions!

  2. Totally gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I love this layering!
    All beautiful!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  3. Beautiful card, Michael! As always, you do fantastic work!