Tall and Skinny Card with Christmas Pines

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Pretty Pines thinlits, Vintage Leaves stamps, and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin' Up!

Tall and Skinny Christmas Card with Pretty Pines

I had a lot of fun making this card, tried a lot of new things, and learned a lot in the process. This card is tall and skinny, breaking the standard sized card mold. I did make sure it would still fit in a regular letter envelope, though! I also added a banner that opens to reveal a sentiment underneath.

Do you recognize the polka dot Designer Series Paper I used? It’s in the holiday catalog, but it isn’t a Christmas paper. It’s Halloween Nights! It normally has Pumpkin Pie spots, but I used Stampin’ Write markers to color over the orange with Cherry Cobbler and Real Red. I also turned some of the Whisper White spots into Bermuda Bay and Pool Party spots. Now this Halloween paper is all dressed up for Christmas!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #260!


I decided to try and make the banner from the sketch into a flap that opens up. When it is open, it reveals a sentiment inside.

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Pretty Pines thinlits and Vintage Leaves stamps from Stampin' Up!

To hold the banner closed, I put a rhinestone on top of a very small dimensional. I’ve never done this before, so I’m not sure if the tiny dimensional will be a strong enough adhesive, or if this rhinestone will eventually fall off. This is an experiment. (So far, so good!)

Christmas card with open banner by Natalie Lapakko features Christmas Pines sentiment from Stampin Up!

Open Banner Card Directions

  1. Card base: Cut a tall skinny card base from Whisper White. I used 7.5″ by 4″ (19 cm x 10 cm). Whatever size you go with, double check that it will still fit in an envelope!
  2. Cut a panel of  Watermelon Wonder 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a panel of Pool Party 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a panel of striped Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base. Adhere these layers together.
  5. Banner: Cut a strip of Bermuda Bay 1″ by 8″ (2.5 cm x 20 cm).
  6. Crease and fold the strip at 4″ (10 cm).
  7. Adhere the back side of the banner to the back side of the card, so the banner wraps around the card to hold it closed.

    I accidentally glued my banner to the inside of the card instead of the back, so it only wraps around from the inside to the front. It doesn’t hold the card closed, but it does stand up easier. Either option works.

  8. Sentiment: Stamp the sentiment from Christmas Pines onto Whisper White. Place a 2-1/4″ (5.7 cm) circle die around it and cut it out.
  9. Die cut a Real Red circle one size larger (2-1/2″ or 6.3 cm).
  10. Designer Series Paper: Cut a small piece of Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (about 2-1/2″ or 6.3 cm square). Use Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, and Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers to color over all the Pumpkin Pie dots. Use Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Markers to color over some of the Whisper White dots.
  11. Adhere the small piece of colored designer series paper to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Cut a 2-1/4″ (5.7 cm) circle out from this layered DSP. The added thickness helps protect the designer series paper from getting bent when the banner opens and closes.
  12. Foliage: Stamp a Vintage Leaf onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut it out using the Leaflet Framelit dies.
  13. Use Pretty Pines Thinlits to cut out 2 pine branches from Pool Party, 1 pine branch from Bermuda Bay, and 2 berry branches from Watermelon Wonder.
  14. Extras: Cut a doily in fourths. Use one fourth and save the other pieces for a later project. Tie a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and a piece of Real Red Baker’s Twine together in a bow.
  15. All the pieces are created! Now you just need to arrange them and glue them down. The doily, leaf, Real Red circle, white sentiment, and one Watermelon Wonder berry branch will be adhered to the card base. The polka dot circle of DSP, the pine branches, one berry branch, and the bow will be adhered to the banner only. When you adhere the pieces, make sure the polka dot DSP is adhered to the banner directly over the white sentiment so the sentiment is hidden.
  16. Finally, add a rhinestone attached by a very tiny dimensional at the very end of the banner shape. This holds the banner shape closed until it is time to reveal the sentiment.

Halloween Nights DSP transformed into a Christmas DSP with Stampin' Write Markers from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

This banner card opens up to reveal a Christmas Pines sentiment from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Modern Christmas Color Combination

I wanted to use an alternate Christmas color scheme, so I replaced the traditional green with blue-greens (Bermuda Bay and Pool Party) instead. I still use red, but I used a range of several reds, including an emphasis on a lighter red (Watermelon Wonder) in several areas.

All the colors are repeated in at least two places in the card, which gives the whole card unity. Repetition is translated by our brains as “deliberate”, so if you put a color on a card once, it looks out of place, like it is accidental. If you put a color twice on a card, it looks deliberate and like it belongs there.

Repetition of colors builds unity.

Color combination: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Rea Red, Watermelon Wonder

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Halloween Night, Irresistibly Floral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Christmas Pines, Vintage Leaves (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle dies, Leaflet Framelit Dies, Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Real Red Baker’s Twine (from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine pack), Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (from the Trio Pack)

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