I bought some brass stencils a long time ago but hadn't really used them. I played around with Golden's Light Molding Paste with stencils on multi-media projects; I really like the dimensional look. This was the perfect opportunity to combine the two. Liquitex makes a 48 color set of their Basics, which I found at my local JoAnn's. I was able to use a 50% off coupon (great deal!). I found a green and red in the set to perfectly match the colors of my card stock and patterned paper (6x6 pad, City Sidewalks, Recollections from Michaels). Just mix a small amount of paint with the molding paste until you get the desired color. Very little is required to fill in the stencil. I both mix color and apply the paste with a palette knife.
After the paste has been applied, quickly remove the stencil and wash everything. It is difficult to impossible to remove once it has dried. The moulding paste takes a while to completely dry so I set these aside. The white glitter paper background (12x12 glitter pad, Recollections, Michaels) doesn't show up very well in the photos but looks really beautiful in person - very sparkly. This is what I used as the base for my stenciled sentiments.
The cards bases were cut from smooth card stock (Recollections) using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Card, Square Flip-its #2 by Stephanie Bernard. These clever framelits come with several dies that make it really easy to cut the exact shapes needed to decorate your cards. This one is also a Flip-its die; the card center flips when the card is opened. For my cards, I wrote a notes to the recipients on the back sides (not pictured).
Once the molding paste had dried, I added Christmas Red Stickles to the holly berries and a drop of green Liquid Pearls on each of the centers of the poinsettias. Dimensional tape was used to pop up the sentiments.
Below is a view from the top showing dimension, with the centers starting to flip. When the sides are pulled all the way open, the middle flips completely to the other side.