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Paper Ornament Cards

Welcome back! Today I am sharing fun ways to include paper ornaments on your cards. These ornaments can be removed by the recipient and used year after year. After all, there is nothing better than a handmade gift!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I love to make ornaments from paper! You can use many different shaped dies and even combine different ones together to create little masterpieces. Today I focused mostly on using Birch Press layering dies since they are a favorite of mine. I also show how to incorporate paper ornaments onto cards so the recipient can easily remove them. (Be sure to check out my Related Video suggestions below for more ornament ideas.)

My first card is actually an ornament itself. Using the Birch Press Aurora Layering Dies with cardstock and a bit of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Cardstock, I created two flowers. I punched a hole in the top of them and added a ribbon. I also added Memory Box Mod Poinsettias Die Cuts for leaves and a stacked Birch Press Big Peace Sugar Script die cut.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

When you open the two flowers, there is a message inside. The recipient will be able to see this for years to come as it hangs on their tree!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This ornament/card is about 4″ wide, so it can be mailed or tied to a gift to make it extra special.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next up are a few projects that are more traditional cards with paper ornaments attached in various ways.

One very simple way to add an ornament to a card is to hold it with washi tape. Here, I created a bright ornament with the Birch Press Radiant Ornament Dies and added a stacked Birch Press Sugar Script Believe die cut. I also created a notecard and added a panel embossed with a Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds Embossing Folder. (Swoon!) To attach the ornament to the card, I folded the ornament string over the top of the notecard and attached it there with washi tape. The ornament does swing and move around, but that helps to make it clear to the recipient that it can be removed and kept.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a closer look at the beautiful detail of these die cuts! I also added shimmer with a few mists of Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I find you can use any scraps of cardstock for these layered ornaments. Any color combo seems to work!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card holds an ornament in place with the help of a vellum strip. This ornament was created with the Birch Press Trina Layering Dies. The vellum is just folded around the front panel of the card. The sentiment is from the Birch Press Merry and Christmas Sugar Script dies.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another fun way to make paper ornaments even more eye-catching and sparkly is with gems…

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that you can see through parts of this ornament!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another way to add an ornament to a card is by cutting slits at the top of the card to hook the ornament’s string through. This works really well and is easy to do.

I also found that you can make your paper ornaments extra sparkly by using glitter cardstock. This card features the Birch Press Issa Snowflake Layering Dies and a background using the Memory Box Typewriter Holiday Elements Stamp set.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a close look at all the sparkle. This looks especially good when there are lights on the tree. I also added lots of purple gems.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using the leftover pieces from the last card with the Birch Press Issa Snowflake Layering Dies, I created another example of using vellum to hold the ornament on the front of a card. That background is amazing – I used the Avery Elle Hatch Mat Die.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Concord & 9th Holiday Cheer Tag Stamp Set on the vellum strip. I hope to make more cards like this one!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

A small tree covered in these would be fun!

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another way to add a paper ornament to a card is with a couple of stitches with clear thread. When the recipient gets the card, they simply snip the thread on the inside of the card to remove the ornament. This ornament features the Birch Press Calen Layer Dies and shiny Crafters Companion Flutterby Mirror Cardstock.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see the fun shine you get with mirror cardstock! I also added a stacked Birch Press Big Joy Sugar Script die cut.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next project is a stand alone ornament. Instead of putting this on a card, I plan to add it to a gift to make it extra special. I layered together many Birch Press Delia Layering Dies and circle die cut layers. To give a nice finishing touch, I wrapped velvet ribbon around the edges.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created the “wish” using the new Memory Jotted Wishing Dies.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last card shows that you can create paper ornaments using non-layering dies. This ornament was created by stacking together four white Memory Box Pine Candle Oval Frame die cuts. I then added color to the top layer with markers… and a gold glitter frame. To the back I added shimmer vellum. This will look pretty on a tree with lights! I added the ornament to the card by cutting two slits at the top. The background features the Gina K Music Medley Stamp with Tsukineko Golden Glitz Delicata Ink.

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added a Memory Box Jotted Peace red glitter stacked die cut…

Paper Ornament Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will give these ornaments a try!

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Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the stamps and dies which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Birch Press Aurora Layering Dies
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Birch Press Delia Layering Dies
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Birch Press Radiant Ornament Dies
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Birch Press Trina Layering Dies
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Birch Press Issa Snowflake Layering Dies
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Birch Press Calen Layer Dies
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Memory Box Mod Poinsettias Dies
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Memory Box Pine Candle Oval Frame Die
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Avery Elle Hatch Mat Die
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Birch Press Big Peace Sugar Script Dies
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Birch Press Merry Sugar Script Dies
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Birch Press Christmas Sugar Script Die
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Birch Press Sugar Script Believe Die
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Birch Press Big Joy Sugar Script Dies
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Memory Jotted Wishing Dies
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Memory Box Jotted Peace Dies
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Gina K Music Medley Stamp
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Memory Box Typewriter Holiday…
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Concord & 9th Holiday Cheer Tags…
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Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds…
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Tsukineko Golden Glitz Delicata Ink
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Stick It Adhesive Sheets
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Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Your Next Die Wire Cutters
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Handvac
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Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz
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Simon Says Stamp Glitter Cardstock
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Crafters Companion Flutterby Mirror…
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Heavyweight Vellum
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Grafix Vellum Assortment
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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31 thoughts on “Paper Ornament Cards”

  1. WOW, Jennifer, your cards are lovely but those ornaments are stunning! Hard to pick a favorite, but the Issa Snowflake in purple and silver is right up near the top.

  2. Great ideas, Jennifer! I love making paper ornaments, too, and you’ve given me some great ideas for delivering them. Thanks!

  3. Oh my gosh! These are the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! I don’t have a die cutter so I can’t even begin to make a card even close to yours but I love looking & drooling over what you did. I want some of that Shimmer Spritz that you used because I love how it looked on your ornaments. I love the glitter card stock too. I have some that I used on some Christmas cards for the people in nursing homes & I have more but hey, you can never have to much glitter card stock, I always say.
    You did such a beautiful job & whoever gets those cards is going to love getting them. If they don’t, there really is something wrong with them. You never cease to amaze me.

  4. Gorgeous ornaments and cards Jennifer. Love the layers and the pretty papers you used. The oval candle one is so elegant! Love the delicate look. But I’m also in love with the ornament and snowflakes! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

  5. Jennifer – these are just beautiful. I have been working on cards for Caring Hearts and have made an ornament one to give. Also thanks for showing the info. on your vacuum – this is on my wish list from Santa.

  6. Long half hour!? I was sorry to see it end! I enjoyed watching these beautiful ornaments and cards come together. I think I have a lace die and a couple of snowflake dies that might work. Hoping I have time to give it a try. I love the idea of making a teacher gift this way! Thank you!

  7. So many wonderful ideas and tips, Jennifer. Just seeing the various papers and layering and fastening options was invaluable. Thanks for sharing your ornament card designs and the oh-so-helpful video.

  8. I love every one of these! I love how versatile you showed the dies could be, especially the ability to tuck an ornament under velum on a card. I need to try to pick just ONE to purchase ;-). Wish me luck!

  9. Jennifer, All I can say is that these ornament cards are beautiful and make a beautiful gift for someone you’re thinking of . I just love those Birch Press dies… Thank You.

  10. I notice that you seem to always have the cutting side up when you use thing dies but other times, the cutting side is down. Should I be doing this or is my observation incorrect? When you emboss with a die, you seem to do the cutting side up, also. The purple glitter Birch Press ornament using the center and outside is GORGEOUS and on my want/need list.

  11. Hi Jennifer. Your cards are stunning and I love the idea of making ornaments out of dies and am going to do that for my “special” people this Christmas, so thanks so much for the idea. I don’t have any of those triple layering dies, but the ornaments you made out of ordinary dies were just as beautiful, in fact I think the candle one was my favourite. Thanks as always for your wonderful ideas and tips. BTW, the half hour with you goes very quickly and doesn’t seem that long. You make everything so interesting.

  12. Beautiful!! Gorgeous! Stunning!! I might never be able to afford those fantastic birch press dies, but I LOVE watching you use them just the same and it helps me look at the things I do have in different ways and invent new ways of using them. Thanks!

  13. THANK YOU so much for this wonderful video! I’ve been making plans for paper ornaments this year….I have two new kittens and I don’t want to have anything breakable on the tree! =P This video gave me so many great ideas and I will definitely be taking a second look at many of my dies. Thanks again! =)

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