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








Those open tab dies have lots of potential! Your card is gorgeous, too.

Super fun and creative. Love it!

Fantastic card! Love the tabs! So many awesome things you can hide behind them ;)


Wow!!! Fabulous ancient Egyptian feel with the Art Deco die and your marbled background! So vibrant!

I like you background and the frames is beautiful!!!

I love the art deco elements in your card. So clever in the design. I'm thinking bookmarks with these tabs!

Love all the shine and sparkle of this card!

Lovely card and love
the little window cut.
Carla from Utah

Beautiful card, love the deco trend. And the open tab dies are so great!

Wow so clever, love it x

Beautiful card, love the hidden element.

Fabulous and fun card! Love the clever little tabs.

Great card, I love art deco!

Love this!!! So elegant. And the element of surprise with the tab in the middle!

Love your art deco style! And what a beautiful color combination of green. Well done!

T=Your alcohol background is so pretty and I love all the frames done in gold. So elegant. Cute little window!

These tabs are such a clever idea for the large Art Deco dies. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Stunning card! Your background makes 6our card stand out. Using gold on the gorgeous die makes everything POP! Would love to receive your card!

Hermosisima. Me encanta el Deco Víctor.

Love the idea to open the tab for a wonderful surprise. Beautiful card - thanks for sharing!

I love how these dies instantly make the card interactive! Beautiful and elegant card.

This deco die is sooooooo cool! You did a great job , love the coloring tech as well. beautifully done!

Really like your background and I think the new Deco Victor squre die is my favorite. Very nice!

Very pretty background. I think the Deco Victor Square die is my favorite die in this new release, very nice!

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