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VIDEO: What To Do When There Is No Coordinating Die: Christmas In July!

Welcome friends! You know you’ve run into this before. You find a stamp set that you love but wait! There’s no coordinating die! Or you purchased the stamp set and maybe the coordinating die was out of stock. Now what? Well, today I’m sharing what I do when I don’t have a coordinating die and that’s to just keep it simple and stamp.


I have a video walking you through how I created this card that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Now I’m keeping this super simple today (odd for me I know) but another option is to fussy cut your image. I, personally, am not a huge fan of fussy cutting. I do not find it relaxing like most do lol. I actually get very stressed out because I like my edges to be even and I feel I don’t fussy cut very well.

So this is the Deck The Halls stamp set from Gina K Designs. It is a small 4″ x 4″ stamp set so it’s very affordable and has everything you need on it to create a card.

The first thing I do is take the stamps and layout a design on my card.

Once I figure out the layout of the card, I use my Misti stamping tool to stamp the images in Cherry Red ink. I’m stamping on Layering Weight cardstock because I thought I might ink blend (which I didn’t end up doing) but Heavy Weight would probably be best.

Using a variety of colors would also punch up this design a little. I stuck to a very monochromatic look. By going monochromatic I took the stress off of myself of having to choose colors and this type of color is also very soothing in my opinion.

After the ink from stamping the ornaments is dry, I can heat emboss the little ornament decorations.

I used a copic liner and ruler from the Misti corners to draw in the strings of the ornament.

Gina’s inks are amazing for many reasons including they match the cardstock perfectly. I trimmed this panel down using the Master Layouts 2 die set and added a few extra pieces of cardstock behind it to add dimension.

Then I added my panel to a card base created from Cherry Red cardstock.

Simple yet very effective.

So tell me, do you like super simple?

I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t post this video because it was so simple but I think sometimes we need to go back to basics. Am I right?

I hope you found this card and video inspirational and helpful.


Gina is having a Christmas in July sale starting now and this set is on that sale!

Here are a few of my favorite stamps/stencils on sale right now!

Winter Hugs

Snowflake Trio Die

Stellar Snowflake Stencil

Folk Art Snowflakes

Holiday Hexagons

Peaceful Christmas

Seasons of Joy

Winter Cheer

And if you are ever looking for more inspiration, I have an entire playlist with Gina’s products.


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  1. Mari says:

    Glad you posted this! šŸ™‚ It is very pretty and something that can be ā€˜sprucedā€™ up with glittery touches if desired quite easily if thatā€™s oneā€™s thing!! And simplicity often has great elegance. It is good to be reminded that we can create beautiful cards that donā€™t have a ton of steps to them. Especially if creating a large number of them as holidays sometimes need. Thanks for another great inspiration!! I am

  2. Judy Inukai says:

    Beautiful card. I tend to go with clean and simple cards for Christmas that can be easily mass produced. This is a great design and I will definitely keep it in mind when I start my Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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