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Today's criss cross card is a special birthday gift for Erin.  The monogram "e" is from Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, stamped using Close to Cocoa Craft Ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  TIP:  One of the advantages of Craft Ink over Classic (dye) ink is that it's embossable.  I added some clear embossing powder to give this "e" some glamour.   The monogram is punched out with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch, mounted on a 1 3/8" Close to Cocoa Circle and a layer of apricot, punched with a Scallop Circle Punch (and I couldn't resist a little paper piercing).  The band (which slides off) wraps around the entire card and uses Apricot Appeal Textured card stock with a scalloped rectangle of Cameo Coral (also textured) to anchor the monogram.

The card is a variation on a criss cross card . . . made a bit wider (and, frankly, I scored the reverse of the directions . . . oh, my).  If you are a Splitcoaststamper member (and if you aren't, it's free), please click here for a criss cross tutorial by Beate Johns.  I'm often available at my Live Help button if you have an "engineering" question along the way.

The designer paper is Stampin' Up!'s Linen Prints (now retired).  However, any 2 sided paper works perfectly.  I used Cameo Coral Textured card stock for the base (delicious stuff).  The insert is a computer generated gift certificate, matted on Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla and Apricot Appeal card stock (the last two had their top corners lopped off with a Corner Rounder Punch).  I added "for you" from Fundamental Phrases to an apricot scrap (inked in Close to Cocoa Craft and embossed like the "e"). It received new meaning when a Round Tab Punch was called in to play.  I had a little brown flower brad from eons ago, that seemed like it needed a home.   Ah, the final touch.

Hugs and Happy Birthday, Erin! . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Cameo Coral Textured, Apricot Appeal Textured, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla, Linen Prints
Ink:  Close to Cocoa Craft
Cool Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Round Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Marvy Giga Rectangle Punch, Paper Piercer (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Clear Embossing Powder, Non SU Brown Flower Brad


  1. Joe Entwistle

    To my Love at Christmas at our new home. Pretty soon it will be 57 years and counting, may they NEVER end ! Joey

  2. oh, i love that paper!! great job on that tab punch!;)

  3. Mary, this card is so pretty!! Love the design…I may have to try that! And your blog looks great…love the new colors!!

  4. Wow, Mary, that is really nice! I have not tried one of these criss cross cards yet, so it is now on my list!!! Since finding your blog, you have inspired me alot!!! And guess what? I finally got a blog! Stop by when you can and tell me what you think! Hugs,

  5. Grace Lange-Way

    Hi Mary:

    Criss Cross cards are one of my favorites to do. Sometimes I will make up six or seven of them and then, when a special occassion arises I just have to make the insert piece. Saves time, saves stress and they are so much fun to do. You did a beautiful job.

  6. colleen kramer

    Very Pretty! I’ve never tried one of these cards….but I might have to break out the directions and give one a go!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Beautiful card mary, love the colors and I myself have had some scoring/cutting issuess with these!! Got it down now though!Kelly

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