After a vacation month, I am back creating. We have a Designer Series Paper (DSP) Sale going on NOW thru August 2, 2021. I decided to take advantage of the sale and purchase several packages of the Tidings of Christmas DSP and create fun holiday thank you notes that are easy to assemble.

But first, a little commercial break to tell you about the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale

You can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of our most popular paper designs! You can download the flyer HERE for quick access. PLEASE Select ME (Ann Murray, Crystal Lake, IL) as your DEMONSTRATOR or click on the links below for a no-fuss way to shop with me.

Are you ready to create? Here is today’s card using the Tidings of Christmas DSP to create the fun holiday thank you notes.

Holiday Thank You card using patterned paper background


    • Thick Basic White:4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for card base
      • 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ for message insert
      • scraps for stamping
    • Tidings of Christmas DSP
      • darker pattern: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
      • lighter stripe pattern: 1/4″ x 4-3/4″
      • reserve remaining strip 2-1/2″ x 6″ for envelope flap
    • Cherry Cobbler cardstock:
      • frame: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
      • scraps for berry branches
    • Soft Succulent: scraps for holly leaves
    • Evening Evergreen: scrap for stamping sentiment
    • Poinsettia Petals
    • Poinsettia dies
    • Tailored Tag punch
    • White Craft Ink pad
    • Evening Evergreen ink pad
    • Cherry Cobbler braided linen trim (retired)
    • OPTIONS: any Cherry Cobbler ribbon
    • White embossing powder
    • Black Dimensionals
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
    • Glue Dots
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips
    • Bone Folder
    • Heat Tool
    • Cut & Emboss Machine (Mini is good for this project)


I planned on making several different designs using the same basic parts. So I set about cutting several of the Cherry Cobbler berry branches. Stamped and die-cut the holly leaves and the larger white berry branches. Doing all this in advance makes designing easy. Just use the pieces and parts in the pile!

Adhere the 1/4″ strips to the outer edges of the darker panel. OPTION: You could cut the striped paper to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and the darker paper to 3″ x 4-3/4″. TIP: To make aligning the edges of the strips easier, use the inside corner of the Stamparatus. Lay the darker panel flat in the corner. Put a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the strip and nudge it straight along the long edge of the panel.

Stamp the holly leaves on So Succulent with Evening Evergreen ink. Crease the holly leaf in half. Add a mini black Dimensional to the outside of the leaf. Use a glue dot on the bottom tip and adhere to the background panel. Layer the remaining branches.

Stamp the sentiment with white craft ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Punch out with the Tailored Tag punch. To create the ‘chalkboard look, drag the white ink pad gently over the edges (from the edge to the center). Let dry. Add Dimensionals and layer onto the foliage cluster.

Add a Cherry Cobbler bow using a glue dot to adhere.

details of berry, holly and sentiment cluster

Customize the envelope with a strip of Tidings of Christmas DSP. Add some personalizing on the message insert and you are good to go.

Now here is the super fun part of this card design. It is very portable thanks to the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. You can have all your pieces die-cut and assemble while having coffee or tea with friends. You will have a nice stack of holiday thank you notes.


Here is another card created from the pile of pieces & parts. I added a little bit of Simply Elegant Trim and die-cut the sentiment using the Give it a Whirl dies.

Holiday Thank you note using holly leaves a little silver cording

Now, I know you will want the Tidings of Christmas DSP and the Poinsettia Petals & dies to create your set of fun holiday thank you notes. So head on over to my shop and order it today white the DSP is on SALE. ORDER by JULY 31 and I will send you one of these cards.