Two of this card were also included in the gift bag that I shred here. I dropped the gift bag off at the church on Tuesday, because they are starting to collect the items for the Silent Auction. I hope that it is a good fund raiser at the event. If you are local to Vermont, you are very welcome to come to the Craft Fest. You can check out the information about it here.

I titled this post “Next Level” because it is a bit more involved that the previous 2 cards that I’ve shared. The first card was super simple and easily reproduced for mass production, the second card was a tiny bit more involved, and now this one is the most involved of the whole collection. It is still not too complicated, but there are a couple of additional steps to assemble it which is why I called it “Next Level”. I think that it shows off the beautiful holly pattern of the Shining Christmas patterned paper wonderfully.

I used this really old sketch as the inspiration for my card design. You can totally see that they changed up their sketch design tool over time. I really like this layout and I have used something like this many times. It is great for featuring patterned paper and other elements like embossed paper. Here are the cutting measurements that I used:

  • Basic White Thick – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Real Red – 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Copy Paper – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Holly patterned paper – 3/4″ x 5″ (2)
  • Pecan Pie – 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (will be trimmed – see tip below)
  • More Dazzle – 1/8″ x 6″ (will be trimmed – see tip below)
  • Mossy Meadow – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
  • Basic White – 3″ x 3″

One tip that I’m happy to share is how I put together the layer behind the circle diecut. I cut a piece of used printer paper (I was re-using rather than recycling đŸ™‚) the size of the layer that I was building. I used this as a building layer which allowed me to be thrifty with the patterned paper and is a little less bulky. I glued the pattern paper on the two sides aligning with the edges of the copy paper. Then I glued down the Pecan Pie embossed cardstock and the two pieces of More Dazzle paper on the edges. I cut those pieces a little longer than the finished layer so after I glued them down I trimmed them to be even with the copy paper building layer. There you have it – one of my tricks to conserve paper and get even, clean edged layers!

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