Simple Merry Christmas

Stampin up four the holidays christmas card

Are you tempted to share the personalized touch of handmade cards this holiday season but concerned about finding the time?  With Stampin' Up!'s beautiful holiday Designer Series Paper and the Four the Holidays sentiment stamp set (below), you can send off plenty of "wow" for the holidays lickety split!

Four the Holidays


  • My simple layout today lets the patterned Merry Moments Designer Series Paper steal the show.
  • Scoring your card at the top makes tying your bow around the center easy and a pretty touch for the interior.
  • Stampin up playground designer buttons "Thread" your buttons.  These snazzy Real Red buttons from Stampin' Up!'s Playground Designer Buttons, get dressed up with a skinny strip of Garden Green card stock threaded and tied.
  • Stampin' Dimensionals make this crisp sentiment really pop.  No second layer required 🙂
  • For added polish (and if you have the time), add designer paper to the envelope flap.  Simply adhere patterned paper to the flap, flip over and cut away the excess. 
  • Card Base:  4 1/4" x 5.5" (scored on top), Merry Moments 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" layered over Real Red 4 1/2" x 2 3/4".

Stampin up four the holidays merry christmas card Stamp Set:  Four the Holidays (116921, Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog)
Paper:  Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Garden Green (102272)
The Perfect Touch:  Real Red 3/4" Polka ot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608), Playground Designer Buttons (116313), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Envelope:  Very Vanilla Medium Envelope (107300), Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672)


  1. Gorgeous card – and I thank your commenter Christine for the idea of including a family photo too!

  2. What a simple yet elegant card. I think the buttons are a great addition to the card. What did you tie the buttons with?

    Hi Jeni: Thank you for your sweet sentiment. The buttons are “tied” with a skinny piece of coordinating card stock. Hugs, Mary

  3. Linda Callahan

    I’m with Stephanie – I have got to practice and learn how to tie a bow. Yours are perfect and snappy! Is this the same as the stay put bow? Love the card!

    Hi Linda:

    It’s different that the Stay Put Bow, which I use for 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon . . . you actually thread it through a hole so that it “stays put.” For the ribbon in this post, the only trick (I know of) is to hold the right side firm and only pull on the left when you are tightening the knot. Works for me!

    Hugs, M

  4. Who wouldn’t love getting that card? Love it. Red and green, my favorite for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love how pretty this is, Mary! I’m realizing how little Christmas paper I have…I’ll have to order some!

  6. Very elegant looking. Love the look of the Designer Paper highlighted by the classic red paper. The ribbon and buttons add a great touch to the card.

  7. Very elegant looking. Love the look of the Designer Paper highlighted by the classic red paper. The ribbon and buttons add a great touch to the card.

  8. I love this, Mary! So simple, so clean, so festive!

  9. This is so festive! I love the traditional green and red. The buttons are great too. 🙂

  10. Perfect. Simple. Clean. Creative. Always love to read your suggestions and see your artwork. TFS

  11. Fresh and crisp! I just love your style Mary. Once again you’ve taught me another lesson. Thank you!

  12. Clean and bright! Merry!

  13. What a beautiful card…it took my breath away!!

  14. Classy and gorgeous. Hugs,

  15. Lickity split! And gorgeous too!!

  16. Stephanie Daughtrey

    Mary, I still can’t tie a bow like this! Love it (as usual). Your “pal” Stephanie D.

    Hi Steph:

    I’m right handed. Before pulling the bow tight, I hold the right side steady (the key) and then pull on the left. Works like a charm 🙂 Hugs, M

  17. Love it, Mary! Certainly a card that I will use at my next workshop!

  18. Merry and bright! Beautiful Christmas card.

  19. Colleen Kramer

    Simply stunning! Love the classic colors and gorgeous sentiment.

  20. Beautiful! Love the simplicty…that DSP doesn’t really need much else! {SMILES}

  21. Tying your ribbon like this also gives you a great place to slide that family photo so it doesn’t slide out when your recipent opens their beautiful card! I love this card and will be making a few of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Christine: The photo is a fantastic idea that hadn’t occurred to me. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, M

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