Elegant Paisleys and Posies Christmas Card

Fancy fold Christmas card with Paisleys and Posies stamp set from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Paisleys and Posies Christmas for an Elegant Christmas Card

My Pretty Pines card from yesterday was posted very late in the day. If you missed it, go check it out!

I want to give a special thank you to Pals Paper Arts for selecting my Vintage Leaves card from last week as the winner of their challenge. It is an honor to be chosen! It is especially bittersweet, though, because the Pals Paper Arts challenge for this week is the final one. I will really miss this challenge! The design team is made up of really talented and really friendly individuals. Good luck to all of you in whatever you do next!

This is a type of fancy fold that I’ve never tried before. I was completely making it up as I went along. It’s a tall skinny card, or rather a short extra-wide card. It fits in a standard envelope.

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #324!


*sniff, sniff*

I turned this design on its side so I could make a card that split open in the middle. When it is closed, the slanted sides tuck underneath the sentiment in the center, which is propped up on a double stack of dimensionals.

Christmas card with Paisleys and Posies stamp set by Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Fancy Fold Card Directions

  1. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ (8.9 cm by 14 cm). Decorate this piece with Paisley and Posies stamps, using the masking technique to overlap shapes if desired. Add polka dots to fill the spaces between shapes.
  2. On the back of this piece, make a mark on the long side at 2-1/2″ (6.4 cm) from the left. Rotate it 180 degrees and again make a mark at 2-1/2″ (6.4 cm) from the left. Cut a straight line between these two marks, creating a slanted divide between the two sides.
  3. Cut Basic Black panels to fit behind the two Paisley and Posies panels. Start with a piece that is 3-5/8″ by 3-5/8″ (9.2 x 9.2 cm). Trim the slanted side to match the angle of the Paisleys and Posies panel.
  4. Cut two Whisper White panels 3-7/8″ by 11″ (9.8 by 28 cm). Crease these at 3-7/8″(9.8 cm). Position the Paisley and Posies panel on the short end, then cut the ends to match the angles.
  5. Adhere the Paisley and Posies panels to the Basic Black panels.
  6. Adhere the ribbon around the Paisley and Posies panels. (I used lots of snail on the back side to hold these in place.) Then, adhere these panels to the Whisper White panels
  7. Overlap the long ends of the two white panels so there is approximately a 1″ (2.5 cm) gap between the slanted ends. Adhere the two back panels together.
  8. Stamp the sentiment from Christmas Pines onto Whisper White cardstock. Cut it out using a oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits. Cut out the corresponding scalloped oval in Basic Black cardstock.
  9. Adhere the sentiment and scalloped oval together, then attach them to the center of the card using a double layer of dimensionals.

Lessons Learned

As I said, this was my first attempt at making a card that opens like this. This one has three layers of cardstock on the front layers, which makes them a little stiff. Next time, I would either put fewer layers on the front panels so they are more flexible (more wiggly) OR make the center oval smaller so there is less of an overlap between the center piece and the front panels (more wiggle room).

Fancy fold Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Paisleys and Posies from Stampin' Up!

Black and White with a Splash of Color

This card was going to be a black and white card, but it needed a little something. A little color and a little sparkle did just the trick to put the finishing touch on this elegant Christmas card.

Color combo: Basic Black, Whisper White, Blushing Bride

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Paisleys and Posies, Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layered Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Blushing Bride ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

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