Today’s creation uses elements from THE GIFT OF GIVING papercraft collection from Couture Creations. As an added bonus, for this post I have created a card layout template that you can use to recreated the background.  More on that in a minute…..

Stuff Used

  • CO727895 – The Gift Of Giving Patterned Papers, Postcards and Stickers
  • CO727929 – Mini Stamp – The Gift of Giving – Ribbon & Holly
  • A4 sheet of cream cardstock. 300gsm or above is best as this will be the card base.
  • A5 sheet of coloured cardstock to coordinate with your choice of patterned paper.
  • Pigment inkpad to coordinate with your choice of patterned paper.
  • CO723973 – Paper Trimmer
  • CO726752 – Mini Scoreboard
  • CO724389 – Turbo Glue Pen
  • Assorted gems/dies/embellishments to coordinate with your choice of patterned paper and core cardstock.


First, cut the A4 sheet of cream cardstock down to 11.5 inches. Then cut this in half at 5.75 inches. Next, score at 4 and 1/8th inch on your scoreboard. Although we have used the imperial measurements from these tools, this will form a greeting card that measures 105mm x 145mm.

This is awesome as I can now switch to millimetres for the layering measurements. Hope I didn’t confuse you!

Next, download the card layout sketch, and print/open it and cut the coloured cardstock and patterned paper according to the design. The large 95mm x 135mm piece are cut from the A5 sheet of coloured cardstock. The smaller pieces were are cut from the remaining cream cardstock. The pigment inkpad was then used to stamp out the holly design randomly on these smaller pieces.Glue all of these in place on the card front as per the layout.  Next, utilise your stash to create a focal embellishment cluster. In the example shown,  I have used a selection of smaller dies, dress making pins, adhesive gems and a sentiment banner from CO727895 – The Gift Of Giving Patterned Papers, Postcards and Stickers.
As ever, this doesn’t have to just be for Christmas, keep the layout on hand and try it when the next big event comes around.

Hope you enjoyed this little overview. If you would like to see more of my design team explorations for Couture Creations and more of those of my team mates, you can visit the archive here.