Handmade Wonder of Christmas Card

If you’re always on the lookout for unusual handmade card designs, this Wonder of Christmas card will inspire you.  I call it the Suspended Angel card, because “hanging angel” just doesn’t sound right.  You can do the same thing with a Christmas ornament or snowflake.  For other occasions, try it with a flower or other shape.

Suspended Angel card from Stamping Madly, made with the Wonder of Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up!

You can see other cards made with the Wonder of Christmas stamp set in these posts: Easel Card and Christmas Angel.

Remember, Wonder of Christmas and several other sets from the Holiday Catalog retire January 3rd.  Check out all the retiring products as well as Clearance Rack items in the Year-End Closeouts section of the Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Click on the image below.

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Here are some tips I learned for making a hanging or suspended shape card:

  1. The card base needs to be made of more sturdy cardstock than our regular Whisper White, so I chose Thick Whisper White.  Stampin’ Up!’s colored cardstock should be sturdy enough as well.
  2. You need a background layer so you can hide the ends of the ribbons.
  3. I tried Baker’s Twine first, and the angel wouldn’t hang straight.  The Baker’s Twine has a twist to it that tended to un-twist, so the artwork hung in the opening at an angle.  I chose to use a flat ribbon, which avoided the problem.
  4. It took some experimenting to cut the circles so they would match up.  Here’s the process that worked best for me.

First center the Layering Circle Framelits from side to side on the background layer, and run it through the Big Shot.

First step for cutting circles for hanging or suspended shape card from Stamping Madly

Next, temporarily adhere the background layer to the card front, aligning it with even margins all the way around.  Don’t turn the background over, or adhere it to the back side of the card front, as the circle cuts won’t necessarily line up right.  Then add the die inside the circle cut-out of the background.

Step two when cutting circles for hanging or suspended shape cards from Stamping Madly

Now you can run it through the Big Shot.  Framelits and Thinlits are designed to cut only one layer of cardstock at a time.  When the die sits in the cut-out made in the top layer, it only has to cut through one layer.

Step three for cutting circles in hanging or suspended shape cards from Stamping Madly

This gives you a precise window for your shape to hang in, as the layers line up perfectly.  Remember to add your ribbon before adhering the background to the card front.  This photo shows how the artwork piece is nice and flat when you look at it straight on, without the angle of the first photo.

Suspended Angel card from Stamping Madly made with the Wonder of Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up!

When you finish with all the Christmas uproar, take some time to try one of these impressive cards.  It may be too late for a handmade Wonder of Christmas card version this year, but the spring Occasions Catalog will give you plenty of options to play with!

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