Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

Modern Clean and Simple Holiday Cards using EBE Essential Rectangle and Circle Die Cut Shapes

Are you ready for more Holiday Cardmaking Inspiration?! Design Ambassador Emily Mydlowski is with us today sharing a trio of Modern Clean and Simple Cards by turning our Essentials Rectangles & Circles Die Shapes and Frames into Holiday Card Elements.

Hi Friends, Emily @popsofpaper here with you today to share how you can take your Essential Shape Designer Dies and turn them into modern holiday elements. Squares into presents and circles into wreaths and Jolly-Os. I combined all of the Essential Shapes with the EBE Retro Holiday Greetings & EBE Holiday Characters by Julie Ebersole for the holiday finishing touches.

Cardmaking Prep:

All the Shapes: When I’m working with die cuts as my main card feature, I like to have multiple colors of the same shapes on hand so I can place and layer as I go. For this project, I ran the Essential Rectangles and Essential Circles through my die cutting machining several times to create multiple Red, Green and White frames and shapes of different sizes. 

Coloring: All of my images from the EBE Holiday Characters were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. When I use watercolor brush markers, I always prep my images by stamping with VersaFine Clair Ink and heat setting with clear embossing powder. 

Holly Colors: 022-Carmine Red, 029-Geranium Red, 040-Green, 041-Light Green, 047-May Green

Santa Colors: 022-Carmine Red, 029-Geranium Red, 900-Warm Gray, 028-Pale Pink

Pretty Packages Card

For my first card, I created a collection of packages using several Essential Rectangles shapes and frames in red, white and green. For the box toppers, I used bow dies that I had in my stash and then added a sprig of holly on the largest package. The large package was also the perfect size to fit the “Happy Holly Days” sentiment which I heat embossed with white embossing powder. All of the presents were stacked and layered with foam tape. For the finishing touch, I added black star embellishments in the extra white spaces.

Boughs & Holly Wreath Card

For my second card, I created a modern red wreath using the Essential Circles Frames. I really love the simplicity of this card which makes it perfect for mass producing and you could easily change up the red circles to a green wreath. For the green boughs, I stamped the images with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis Ink (my favorite holiday green ink color), heat embossed with clear embossing powder and attached to the wreath with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. The “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” sentiment was the perfect fit which I stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and added black star embellishments for the finishing touch.

Whimsical Joy Card

For my last card, I used an Essential Circles shape and large circle frame as the “O” in joy and added the Santa Character for extra holiday whimsy. Creating a large circle frame is as simple as layering two nesting Essential Circle dies together and running through the die cut machine. I used the Trinity Stamps Marshmallow Alphabet Die set for the “J” and “Y” —stacking them three times each for extra height. For the finishing touch, I added black star embellishments to help ground the word art to the card panel. 

So there we are friends, three modern-clean & simple holiday cards using the Essential Shape Dies. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and it inspires you to stretch your die shape sets in fun new ways. Happy Holly Days! 


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  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik September 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Such creative cards and such a clever idea! those shapes are great and perfect for the occasion!

  • Reply Kathy Mc September 12, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Love how you created these from simple shapes and pops of color!

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