Simply Sketched – Delicate Ornament Photo Frame Card

Thank you for joining us today for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge, I am really excited to be taking part in the blog hop.  Please use the ‘next’ or ‘previous’ button at the bottom of this post to continue hopping.  This month it was Mandy Barton’s turn to set the challenge and she chose ‘Anything Goes’. 

All the products used to create my card can be found in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and Autumn/Winter Catalogue.  You can find a list of all the products I used to create my Delicate Ornaments Photo Frame Card at the bottom of this blog post.

Front of the Christmas Ornament

When we make our cards we put a lot of thought and time into creating them. I make quite a lot of Christmas cards for my family and close friends which takes a lot of time and to be honest it can be quite costly, especially when you include the cost of postage.  

I don’t like the thought of handmade cards ending up in the recycling bin when Christmas is over so this year I created my Christmas cards with a removable Christmas ornament that has a photo frame on the back of it.

Photo frame on the back of the Christmas Ornament

I was going to order the Merry Tags Framelits Dies to make this card but I thought they were too small.  I’m a firm believer in use what you have and last year I bought the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and I didn’t use them very much (it took too long to remove all the little pieces with a paper piercer but now I have the Big Shot Die Brush it is so quick and easy, if you haven’t bought one yet you really should try it).



To make the ornament I die-cut 2 solid ornament shapes (I used the 2nd die-cut to cut the aperture for the photo) and 2 ornament toppers in Real Red cardstock.  I used Emerald Envy cardstock for the detailed ornament die and adhered this piece using the fine tip glue pen.  I dyed a piece of Whisper White Solid Bakers twine using 2 drops of Real Red Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and some Rubbing alcohol.
Photo Frame
I ordered the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies when they were on special offer and was waiting for them to arrive so that I could cut the aperture for the photo. The dies wouldn’t arrive in time so I had to use my extra large oval punch, which is now retired.  Once the aperture was cut I adhered a piece of window sheet to the back of it and then adhered the photo.

The Layering Oval Framelits Dies arrived yesterday and either the 2nd smallest oval or 2nd smallest scalloped oval would be ideal to cut the aperture for the photo.
Ornament Aperture
I used a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock that measured 5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ to make the aperture for the ornament to sit in.  I embossed the cardstock using the ‘Dots’ mask from the Seasonal Decorative masks and then die-cut the aperture. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals around the edge of the aperture and 1 in each corner.

Embossed using the ‘Dots’ mask from the Seasonal Decorative Masks
For the card base I cut a sheet of A4 Thick Whisper White cardstock in half and scored it at 4 1/8″, the Real Red matting layer measures 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.  
The photo below show a close up of another card I made with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies but this time I embossed the panel using the ‘Stripes’ mask. I used the 1 1/2″ circle punch for the aperture on this ornament.

I am really pleased with the way my card turned out and I hope you like it too.  If you have any questions about my project please leave them in a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

I love to get comments giving feedback on my projects, if you could spare a few minutes to leave a comment I would really appreciate it. 


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Happy Hopping and have yourself some crafting fun.

Dee x





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