Shining With Holiday Happiness

This holiday card was inspired by three card challenges this week:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge #42-19 which required that you use purple and white to make a card.

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Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe #011 which challenges you to use the techniques/elements in their tic-tac-toe matrix. I chose the right vertical column (heat emboss, fold, punch). My card has heat embossed stars and sentiment, a special fold called "window gatefold", and both stars and circle shapes.

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Retro Rubber Stamp Challenge Blog #123 which gave followers the opportunity to do "anything goes" as long as you used a stamp that was at least a year old. My Stampin' Up! (SU) "Bright & Beautiful" set is from their 2014 holiday catalog... so that makes it 5 years old!
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Jennifer McGuire has a great video tutorial on a technique she calls a "Window Gatefold Card". Her instructions are fantastic, so rather than repeat them here, please visit her blog. Note that the details on measurements and cutting start at about 11 minutes into the video.

Please see the list of supplies I used for my card below.

The star was created by first inking the middle-sized star in the stamp set with Versamark, then inking again with SU Elegant Eggplant before stamping onto white cardstock, then I covered with clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool/gun. I did the same with the smallest star stamp, then die-cut them out with their matching dies.

The smallest star was backed with adhesive foam tape and centered on the larger star. I then used SU rhinestone jewels in 3 sizes to accent the stars' center and tips.

To create the embossed pattern on the front folds of the card, I used the SU embossing folder called "Scattered Sequins". You do this AFTER you cut out the two circles on the card panels (be sure to watch the video for Jennifer's clever way of making sure the two circles line up!).

The inside purple panel was stamped with Versamark using the same stamp set, then dusted with white detail embossing powder and heat set. I put some rhinestones around the sentiment so they would show through the circle when the card is closed.

The final step was to create the "belly band". The main part of the band is a strip of the same purple that's inside the card cut 1-3/4" wide and 8" long. Following Jennifer's instructions, I scored at 2" and 6-1/4", then trimmed off any excess from the long piece so that I had about an inch overlap before I glued it closed. I created the sparkly panel by cutting a strip of purple cardstock that was a bit narrower than the belly-band, and a bit longer than the front of the card is wide. I put double-sided Scor-Tape on this strip, then dusted with transparent micro fine glitter crystals. I attached this glittery panel to the front of the belly-band, trimmed to make it the width as the card, then attached the assembled star element using foam tape to the center of the band.

The card really looks pretty when you hold it in your hand, and will be a great card to send to someone special!

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "3" or "4" out of a possible "5". It's easy to create, but requires several steps that include precise measurements... however, I definitely plan to make more of this type card in the future!!!

Stamps: SU Bright & Beautiful
Paper: SU Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark, SU Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Spellbinders Nested Circle Dies, SU Stars Framelits Dies, SU Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder, Judi-Kins Clear Embossing Powder, Artfully Scribed White Detail Embossing Powder, Crystal Glitter Ritz Transparent Micro Fine Glitter, Scor-Tape, Adhesive Foam Tape, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Die Cutting, Window Gatefold Card


  1. I have that star set - it's a beauty! Love the way you've used it on the band for this card. The purple and white is a stylish combination. Thanks for joining us again at Retro Rubber Challenge.

  2. Thanks for joining in with us at #JOSTTT011. This is the first time I've seen this gorgeous card fold and can't wait to try making one. Thanks for inspiring me with this beautiful card.

  3. Love your card, love the layout and the color. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  4. quelle jolie création Donna, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

  5. A lovely gate fold card Donna and a great take on our grid - glad you had fun playing along - hope to see you next month - Fiona DT

  6. Love this card, I must try something like this myself. Thank you for the inspiration and for joining in with #josttt011.

  7. I adore this retired set and color!!! Love everything about your card. Thanks for participating in the #josttt011 challenge.

  8. Beautiful colours and the star is adorable. Thanks for joining #JOSTTT011 challenge

  9. Very pretty and unique card, Love it! Thanks for joining us at #JOSTTT011


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