A trio of holly cards

A friend asked me to make her Christmas cards this year, a task I happily took on. She does not want a huge amount but enough that I am definitely doing some mass production. I found this weekend when I started to make numerous versions of the holly card above it wasn’t long before I had adapted it a little. I actually prefer the one below, my second version.

I had created quite a few of the version above when I accidentally scored the white cardstock in the wrong direction, hence version three below.

I created the tiles first by inking the holly stamp with red and green markers and stamping it on white card. I then added the music background stamp in grey ink which had been stamped off on scrap first to make it lighter. I used a punch to cut out as many tiles as possible then a larger punch for the mats. I sponged the tiles after they were punched. The background holly on the base was just stamped in green.


Stamps: Winter Bough, Joy.HopeFlourish Christmas (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Rose Garden and Sea Breeze
Inks:  Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Cottage Ivy, London fog, Lady bug(Tsukineko)
Also:  Grosgrain ribbon

31 Comments on “A trio of holly cards”

  1. Chrissie says:

    Are these for our challenge Heather…it looks like our sketch this week. They are all fabulous cards and have given me an idea to use holly this year for my Christmas cards.

  2. kathymarsh0 says:

    Your cards are just lovely. I just started card making about six months ago and have tried experimenting with quite a few designs. I love your style the best and will be trying a few soon. Thank you!

  3. Debbie (aka swldebbie) says:

    Heather, these are lovely! I agree, that middle one my most favorite. I have that sentiment and still have cards to make. I may have to try and CASE this!

  4. jmhave44 says:

    It would be a difficult challenge to pick one of these to say “I like this one best”. These are all just awesome. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, and your friend is sure to love these. I love the use of traditional colors with the little subtle gray shading on the music background. Stunning. TFS

  5. Sue says:

    All beautiful cards, Heather – the holly stamp is lovely.

  6. valerie says:

    A fabulous variation on a theme Heather I think I have been inspired for my Christmas cards:)
    Val x

  7. I cannot choose a favourite, the are all gorgeous! I love the addition of the pale grey music stamping. Your friend will love them. xx

  8. Euphoria says:

    Lovely cards! Best Idea!

  9. Vicki B says:

    These cards are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Dinahsoar says:

    I really like these!

  11. Bastelengel says:

    Three wonderful ideas, dear Heather. I like especially the second and third card. I love the colors beeing so christamsy.

  12. shirley-bee says:

    Fabulous cards, Heather! I love how the background holly winds through the panels on the second card. I will be attempting to CASE!

  13. GinaA says:

    What a beautiful set of cards, that holly stamp is just gorgeous and I think the way you have linked the three tiles by using the same stamp is superb.

  14. Agnoyul says:

    Love Your cards
    Very elegant with something more….
    Is it stylish or unique?
    Is it newer or maybe so simple…??
    It works
    Loooove it

  15. pattisj says:

    So pretty!

  16. Jan Castle says:

    Amazing how different they all look – Wonderful work Heather!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  17. More eyeball-popping cards, Heather! My favorite of all is the same as yours, the second one. Love, love, love!!

  18. Elaine says:

    Stunning cards – love the christmassy colours and the background stamping!

  19. I like each one. In the morning, I look forward to seeing your next beautiful creation — it’s a lovely way to start the day. In the evening, I try to adapt the techniques to stamps and inks I have — it is a relaxing way to end the day. Thank you so very much for the thought, time, and skills your share.

  20. Debbie V says:

    Your cards are just beautiful I love that holly stamp with the touch of music notes just gorgeous

  21. Lindsey says:

    I adore all three versions of this, Heather! I hope you won’t mind if a version of at least one shows up on my blog sometime before the last week of December. 😉

  22. Vicky says:

    These are wonderful Heather – just my kind of card! I love the way you made different versions of the card too.

  23. ggnurse says:

    I’m pinning the last 2 cards–can’t stop looking at them!

  24. Linda W says:

    All three cards are fabulous Heather, love how you’ve changed them all slightly. The middle one is my favourite. xx

  25. […] same stamps and technique (emboss resist) as the last. I revisited a layout I did a few weeks ago here. I stamped the rectangular panel with the music background stamp (I don’t know what I would […]

  26. Edna Burgess says:

    Each of your cards are beautiful. Great job with each of them. The music and holly are just right. Edna

  27. […] are a few using the left hand side layout: holly cards, […]

  28. Robin Loiselle says:

    Love all of them.

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