Ornamental Slimline Christmas Card

I promised you the skinny on how to make a slimline card. And here I am, back with all the details. Slimline cards come in all kinds of sizes, but this is what I’m using. The card I’m sharing with you today uses two stamp sets: Ornamental Envelopes and the matching dies and Christmas Gleaming for the sentiments. The colors are Real Red and Just Jade.

Slimline Card Instructions

Slimline Christmas card in Real Red and Just Jade using Stampin' Up! Ornamental Envelopes and Christmas Gleaming.

The base of this card is 8-1/2″ x 7″. I scored the 7″ at the midpoint so I end up with a card base that is 8-1/2″ by 3-1/2″. Next I cut two pieces of Whisper White at 8-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. One is for the inside.

Using scrap paper, I stamped the ornaments in Just Jade. Then I did two heat embossed versions in Gold and Silver. After I die cut them out I had plenty of ornaments to make multiple cards with slightly different configurations.

I stamped the corners to add more framing to the layout, there is a lot of white space to work with on a slimline. Then I stamped the branch. I stamped the ornament cluster in Real Red. Then I layered three of my previously die-cut ornaments on with Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut the Just Jade. I stamped the Christmas Gleaming sentiment and punched it with a circle punch. That is popped up on Dimensionals as well. The final touch for this card is a few basic rhinestones for the mandatory sparkle.

The Envelope

For this one, I’m crediting https://jennycards.blogspot.com/ Her March 26, 2020 blog post not only has the graphic for the vertical envelope I used but she also has instructions for a horizontal envelope. Basically, it’s going to take one sheet of card stock. On the 11″ side of the page, score at 1.5″ and 10.5″. The second score is basically 1/2″ from the bottom and this will be the bottom of your envelope. Then on the 8-1/2″ side, score at 2.5″ and 6.5″—these are your side flaps. Cut out the rectangles created at the top and bottom. Next, trim the side flaps with an angle cut at the top of the envelope so that when you glue these flaps together you have a little V at the top to insert/remove your card easily. Once you have those sides trimmed and glued, you can glue the half-inch bottom flap up and you basically have an envelope. You can see in the picture that I use a corner rounder to finish off the top flap. And again, I highly recommend checking out Jenny’s blog for the amazing graphic she has that will make all these words coherent.

But if you don’t want to create a custom envelope, the good news is that these cards fit in a standard business-sized envelope with room to spare. You have options!

Let me know if you try a slimline or if you have questions. It’s fun to mix it up occasionally and stretch our crafty wings. Happy crafting!

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