Art Deco Holiday
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you could join us today, and play along in our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Every day, from October 11-21, our amazing Poppystamps designers will share beautiful holiday inspiration and ideas! All you have to do is leave a comment on each post that offers a prize that you'd like to win! If this is your first time here, be sure to check back and leave comments on the posts you may have missed. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps Blog October 24th.


Take a look at our new release, and you will find beautiful Art Deco frames and shapes. Art Deco is decorative style that first came into vogue right before before WWI. One of its earliest influences came from the luxurious and exotic patterns of ancient Egypt. Over the years, Art Deco evolved into many forms, sometimes contrasting, sometimes harmonious. My favorite, however, is Art Deco at its earliest, reflecting high style and the finest materials.


I began my Art Deco Holiday card by first creating a rich, faux marble background out of alcohol inks and YUPO paper. I used shades of green and dripped and blended the wet inks until they looked like my artsy version of Connemara marble, known for its "40 shades of green." Then I cut the Deco Victor Square, and the Stitchwork Square Frame out of shiny gold foil paper.



Once my card base was dry and cut, I lined up the adorable and versatile Mixed Open Tab right in the center of my "marble" panel, and held it in place with a little blue tape before sending it through the die cutting machine. These little tabs cut on 3 sides, and score on the fourth, allowing you to create little windows and doors that open to reveal a surprise inside. My surprise was the gold embossed Art Deco Celebrate Christmas stamped sentiment. In order for the door to open and reveal the JOY, I needed to trim the inside lines of the center square. Before I cut the center square, I carefully measured the Mixed Open Tab to fit right right in the middle, but it still shifted to the left. A good tip to remember is just how slippery and slide YUPO paper can be when you put it through your die cutter. I finished the design with red foil Poinsettia Minis, and pearl centers.


The Mixed Open Tabs come in 3 different shapes, and they work so well with all of the new shapes and frames in the Art Deco designs. Today's Mixed Open tabs reveal a little surprise just for you! You can win these versatile little tabs just by leaving a comment at the end of this post! Winners will be announced October 24th!


We are so happy you could join us today, and be a part of our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Check back all week long for more beautiful inspiration and ideas from our design team!

Michele Floral Signature copy








Fabulous design and colors!!!

Ooh who doesn't love a surprise! These mixed open tabs are perfect to add an interactive element! I just love your emerald marble technique and how this color really adds richness to your design!

Stunning background for this gorgeous card. Love those tabs! xxx

I like that background and the surprise tab too! Nice work TFS

Cute surprise and the background goes very well with the Art Deco and gold.

Beautiful card! Love your background and the little surprise! 🙂

Your mixed open tab couldn’t be any cuter !!! What a cute and unique die- I will be putting that on my wish list!

Beautiful framing. The gold is so elegant. the pull tab is a fun element. Great
that the art deco piece can
be taken apart for use as
you want. thanks for sharing txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

so artsy and elegant. I like the opening for the sentiment.

STUNNING, Michelle!!!! LOVE the Alcohol Inks on this with the gold & the red poinsettia's! GORGEOUS!!!! AND I am SO GLAD you've shown us how the Mixed Open Tabs work! I saw those in the store & wasn't sure how they worked! I LOVE IT! I LOVE the little surprise of the sentiment (or other image) hidden inside! GORGEOUS WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

This is so beautiful!! The gold of the die cuts really pop against that fabulous background!

Love the art deco dies.

What a cool card, love the background and the different shape tabs are a cool idea.

The background effect is amazing. Nice job--so artsy!

Your alcohol ink background is so beautiful!!! I really like the Art Deco style products in this new release!! Everything works together to create a gorgeous card!!!

First of all, love the alcohol ink background! Second love the use of shiny gold to layer the die cuts. Absolutely gorgeous!

Fabulous background for the die. Love the surprise sentiment.

Your background is gorgeous and I love the art deco frame and the cute little door. Hugz

Stunning card! I love all the dies you've used and the alcohol inked background is beautiful. xx

That beautiful alcohol ink background with the deco touches in gold foil makes for a stunning card. And those tabs look like so much fun. I'm thinking of all kinds of things to put behind one of those. Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful card! I love the colors and details! The tab die set is really fun.... lots of possibilities!

Great card. Makes me want to get out my alcohol inks. I love interactive cards, so those tabs would be so much fun.

Hi Michele, I absolutely love your marble background on Yupo paper, I still haven't tried this technique yet, and your Art Deco die-cuts look stunning, as does the centre, it looks like a 'secret' flap, I love it.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

So beautiful! Love the gorgeous greens & the awesome frames!


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