Like a Christmas printers trayI love the look of a card or scrapbook page that has squares and rectangles that are laid out to create a larger rectangle (or square) overall design. It kind of reminds me of a printers type case. The Sharp family has several printers in their lineage, so I have an affinity for the look. A really great friend of mine thinks that these types of designs are too fussy, but I think she likes to look, too. Am I right Heather?

I designed this when I was creating several different cards that featured the More Merry Messages stamp set. This set is not in any of the catalogs, but it is on the "carry-over" list of Christmas stamps from last year. The same is true for the ornament die cut – it was created with the ornaments Framelit set from the 2012 Holiday mini and it's still available.  This design is also great for incorporating different designs of patterned paper without using up loads of it. I confess that I'm a DSP hoarder, so using smaller pieces is right up my alley. I embossed a couple elements to add some texture, and the bow at the top of the ornament was just the finishing touch that I needed.

I'll share the dimensions and colors here in case you are interested in creating your very own printers type tray style card:

  • Card base: 4 1/4 x 11" (Old Olive)
  • Mat: 4 x 5 1/4" (Chocolate Chip)
  • Upper left corner: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8" (Whisper White)
  • Lower left corner: 1 3/8 x 2 1/4" (Baked Brown Sugar)
  • Vertical center: 2 3/4 x 1 1/8" (plaid DSP)
  • Upper right corner: 2 1/4 x 1 3/8" (Crumb Cake)
  • Center right edge: 2 1/4 x 1 1/4" (Whisper White)
  • Bottom edge: 3 1/2 x 7/8" (dotted DSP)

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: More Merry Messages
  • Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Stampin' Sponges