Border dies; thinking outside the edge of the paper.

I won this gorgeous pine needle border die by Simon Says Stamp in a giveaway over on Instagram. But there was a problem. I had no ideas when it came to incorporating it into a card. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

So here I was with this Ah-maze-ing die and not a single idea. Until last night when, during my late night crafting session while watching YouTube (more like just listening to random videos that popped up 😉) I happened upon a Youtube video by Cards & Coffee Time that detailed a very creative way to use this particular border die. I was so inspired by her fabulous design that I decided to CASE it and make a card of my own.

I used 130# cardstock by CutCardStock for the card base. If you guys haven’t checked them out yet you really should! They have some of THE BEST prices around.

The patterned paper was from a Michael’s Hot Buy paper pad (I LOVE those paper pads. Especially when they’re on sale and you get a coupon to use on top of it!) called Peachy Evergreen. I love this one in particular because it has some great holiday papers as well as some that can be used for any occasion.

I used that beautiful border die and cut it about a dozen times from white glitter paper. I trimmed the die cuts into fourths and thirds. Then I took a bit of the same cardstock that I used for my base and, using two nesting circle dies, created a round frame.

I layered the pine needle die cuts behind the frame about three times around total to get a nice, full look.

After adhering a bit of patterned paper to my card base I popped the pine needle framed circle up on dimensional foam adhesive and placed it near the top of my card.

I used black cardstock to die cut the word ‘friend’ and glued that across the frame, applying dimensional foam behind it as needed.

I cut a strip from my card base cardstock to 3/8″ by 4 1/2″. Using Versafine Ink in Onyx Black and Ranger Ultra Fine Detail embossing powder in Clear I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the adorable Winter Plushies stamp set by Clearly Besotted.

Finally I glued the sentiment strip to the lower portion of the card.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I truly appreciate it. Please be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of my card and what color combos you like for your holiday cards.

Season’s blessings to you and yours!

~Samantha

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