Vellum Christmas Photo Card + Giveaway!

Today I have a Christmas photo card using Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz products.

Yep. You heard that right. Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz. Together on one card. 🙂

I’ll be honest – I love holiday photo cards. They are my favorite. And this is a design I am considering for my family card this year – with a photo behind an embossed vellum panel.

I used the Tim Holtz Starry Night embossing folder for the fun texture on the vellum. (This folder works for everything from birthday to Christmas. Awesome.)

I then added a new die cut greeting from Paper Smooches. Isn’t that handwriting fantastic?!

So if you lift the vellum (that is attached with a quick line of sewing from my machine), you can see the family photo. (Yes, I am shorter than Kay and Audrey.)

And if you lift the matted photo, you see the greeting behind. I can add a personal message there, too.

Here is a closer look at the Paper Smooches die set I used. I love detailed die cut greetings…

(By the way, there are some other great new products from Paper Smooches that just came out. You can find them HERE.)

What do you think? Think this would be a good family card for this year?


Giveaway time! A lucky winner will get the Paper Smooches Christmas Words Dies I used above. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 10/7/13.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Paper Smooches Christmas Words Dies (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Starry Night Embossing Folder (SSS|EH)



Paper Smooches Bitty Bungalows Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


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394 thoughts on “Vellum Christmas Photo Card + Giveaway!”

  1. What a great holiday card! Love the embossed vellum layer! Thanks for a chance to win that awesome die!!!

  2. You are very creative in your cardmaking and so generous with that creativity. Thanks also for the opportunity of winning the prize.

  3. What a fantastic idea! I love the vellum over the photo, softens the whole look and nice to see different colours used too.

  4. You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Christmas cards. You are such a talented person. I love all you do.

  5. I absolutely love this card! It so reminds me of our Wedding Invitations. I actually think I have now found our Christmas card this year! Thank you soooo much for the wonderful idea!!!

  6. I really love word dies and these are fantastic! Would love to win! Thanks for the chance! Love how you used the vellum on your card!

  7. Beautiful card, and I obviously haven’t been keeping up w/ the times, because I didn’t know Paper Smooches had dies, and these are fantastic.

  8. I absolutely love your card, I love photo cards too but the embossed Velum and word die make it extra special.

  9. Love the card! the diecut greetings are wonderful and attaching everything with a line of stitching is awesome…no glue!
    I vote yes for the card…love the non traditional color too…my wedding color!

  10. WOW, LOVE that Christmas Words die! How versatile, and gorgeous ON your card. I also, love the photo cards, it’s just a cool way to see the families grow, and what could be better than that? Jen, you have a lovely family, and thanks for sharing them with me, and all of us.
    Your card is simply gorgeous, as I already said, and now I have GOT to have this die!
    I am looking forward to Christmas, and all the pretty cards, I love that part. I surround us with the cards that we receive, and I almost hate to take them down, but, well, you kind of have to………LOL
    Thanks for sharing the card, and the instructions, and introducing those lovely words!
    OMGosh, I feel a buying spree, coming on! LOL Oh well, it’s worth it! LOL

  11. Love the card! What a great way to use a photo with the vellum over it. And all the stars just add so much to this card. Love watching your videos. So easy to follow……..always cost me money because I buy the products you, but I love it.

  12. I love receiving family photos at Christmas. Lot of times, that is the only time that we correspond and it is nice to watch how the family changes. I also enjoy getting the annual letters filling in the yrar’s adventures. I will keep both in an album. The letter and pictures mean more than just a signature on a store bought card. Why bother sending that?

  13. Saw these dies during the PS release & put them on my shopping list. It would be fabulous to win them instead- thanks for the chance. And as a side note- yours’ is a beautiful family.

  14. Amazing card – just love how you combined all those different elements and the colors are perfect. Now if I could just download a sliver of your talent…
    Thanks for a lovely idea!

  15. Sweet and soft card using the vellum. Need to check out Paper Smooches. I like their choice of handwriting better than some others I’ve seen lately. Nice work as always. Becky Johnson

  16. Absolutely love this card – the colors are just lovely. The greetings die is also wonderful – I must purchase! – thanks for a chance to win

  17. Your card is so awesome. Gosh I’ve never seen a card made this way before and I just think it’s so clever. Your directions are so fantastic and easy to understand so thanks for this.
    I loved everything you used and how you used it Again, I love your idea for the card and the clever way you went about doing it. You are just so talented and creative.

  18. Fantastic Christmas card! I love the Paper Smooches fonts, to have dies in cool handwriting fonts in terrific!

  19. Beautiful card! Your family and friends will love it if you pick that one! The kids are all getting so big and the older girls are so grown up!

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