For the front cover of this card, I used one of Dustin Pike's digital images. Every once in a while he holds a special to purchase a bunch of his images at one time. I was lucky enough to catch a big one - all of his images up until that date on CDs. I printed the caroling bear and penguin on pearl paper then used watercolor pencils to color the image. I fussy cut around it so I could pop it up from a the background. To create the snowy nighttime background, I used an old random dots rubber stamp I had with Powdered Sugar White pigment ink by Color Box/Stephanie Barnard on black card stock. I also edged the black card stock to give it a frosted look and make a nice border. The fancy red frame was cut using Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Rectangles Nestabilities.
The three enamel dots were created with a red Viva Decor Pearl Pen. I made a bunch by squirting out dots in different sizes on my Ranger Nonstick Craft Sheet. The nonstick surface is perfect for creating these dots; it doesn't take much effort to get them off. I used Glossy Accents to glue them to the card.
The date in the top right corner date was stamped with Perfect Fit Holidays by Close to My Heart in VersaFine Satin Red ink. VersaFine is my favorite ink for stamping solids. The circle can be cut out using the coordinating Cricut cartridge but I just used my favorite circle punch along with the slightly larger scalloped punch, both by EK Success. I love these punches - not only do they work really well, but they store flat and even have a little button to keep them closed when not being used. The metal star and rhinestone embellishments were purchased from my local craft store. The striped paper was from the 6x6 City Sidewalks pad (Recollections, Michaels). The white strip of glittered paper was cut from a 12x12 sheet (Recollections, Michaels).
The card was cut with the Sizzix A2 base and Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Phrase, Noel 3-D. I used the matching decorator Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Noel to add the red Noel title (fits nicely inside the pop up) and create the poinsettia.
Below is a close up of the poinsettia. I cut the leaves and center from green card stock and 3 poinsettias out of red card stock to make the layered flower. With two of the poinsettia die cuts, I used my scissors to separate the petals so I could shape them individually. With the third, I both cut the petals apart and made them smaller for the middle layers. I used Prismacolor pencils for veining on both the petals and leaves. Using a die pick and rubber mouse pad, I rubbed along the petals/leaves, using the round back end of die pick, to crinkle them, then drew lines down the centers using tip of die pick. I also curled the petals along the edge of the die pick using my thumb (you could easily do this with a thin paintbrush handle too). I added Liquid Pearls to the center die cut (green with red dots).
I used Glossy Accents to glue the layers together, offsetting the first two poinsettia layers then adding the smaller petals individually with tweezers. Finally, I added the green center piece and leaves.
Here is a final photo showing the layers and pop up greeting.