Creative Cardmaking Day 1: Merry Layered Cards with Amanda Baldwin

Hello friends! It’s official! December is here, and the time to share handmade kindness is upon us. With all of the things we have to do to prepare for the holiday season, you may think that you don’t have enough time to create a handmade card, but today our design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is here to prove you wrong! Let’s take a look at how she created beautiful, layered cards in no time with our newest metal dies!

Hi Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here, and boy oh boy do I have the most beautiful Christmas Cards to share with you! 

And, the best part? 

They’re super quick & easy to re-create! Thanks to the new Layered Card Metal Die you’ll be able to whip them up in a matter of minutes! This new die is game changer! But enough chatter, here’s the clean & simple cards for you:

Supplies | Document December 2020 Kit, Very Merry Chipboard Stickers, Wonder Wood Veneer, Fa La La 6 x 8.5inch Paper StackChristmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Layered Card Metal Die, Pocket Frame & Flip Up Metal Die

To create these cards, I simply trimmed my first sheet of cardstock into two  5″ x 8″ pieces, scored and folded at the 4″ mark to create to white card bases. For my two larger cards, I trimmed the cardstock into two 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  pieces, and then scored and folded at the 4 1/4″ mark.

Elle’s Studio suggests that you, “use the dies to cut your layers, then add your sentiment and you have a beautiful card created in no time! You could also use this die to create shaker cards, add wood veneer or stamped sentiments, and MORE!” That’s exactly how I made my sweet and simple cards! No fancy tricks, or time wasting with measurements—the amazing Layered Card Metal Dies did all the hard work for me!

The fabulous  Layered Card Metal Die made cutting a mix of pattern paper layers for my cards a dream! The dies cut so quickly, and with such precision! Between you & me, I’m partial to the faux stitched metal dies—no more machine stitching, but the same authentic look! Yay! Time (and maybe even a little patience) saving at it’s best! I just loved the combination of the Fa La La and Christmas Basics Paper Stack papers together, and when layered with the Document December 2020 Kit tags, well, I think the results speak for themselves! SO pretty!

The super cute Pocket Frame & Flip Up Metal Die was perfect for adding tabs to my slightly larger cards, and those polaroid style frames to my smaller ones.

To add more interest, I foam-mounted a couple of my card layers, and then added a few carefully chosen embellishments for finishing touches. I loved the pink and red cards, but I couldn’t resist a lil Christmas green too…

The same card design, just a mint and forest green color palette. So elegant! 

Doesn’t that faux stitching look amazing?! And let’s not forget that scallop die—so intricate and yet it still cut through the paper like butter! LOVE!

Very crisp & elegant for Christmas!

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself the Layered Card Metal Die, Pocket Frame & Flip Up Metal Die and Document December products from the Elle’s Studio shop HERE, and make one, or several Christmas cards in a matter of minutes! Happy crafting & Happy Holidays! 

We’d love to see what card designs you create with our newest dies! Share with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag! Create a card and share some happiness today!