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Quick and Easy Holiday Cards

Quick and Easy Card

Hi All!

Wow, we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas! I can’t wait for Christmas Break… I’m in the middle of finals right now. Today I thought I would make a card that could easily be put together for those of you who don’t have a lot of time to spend on cards this year. I created a burgundy card and a black card. I think it would also look good in a dark purple – any warm/rich color to coordinate with gold will work. Or, if you have silver paper, use a dark blue. Here is the black card:

Quick and Easy Card

As you know, I love using black on my cards, so my preference would be the black one. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Center panel 2 3/4 x 4 inches 7.3 x 10.2 cm
White panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.5 x 13.7 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Maryanne Snowflake
Maryanne Snowflake
Kate Snowflake
Kate Snowflake
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Dies
Snowflake Dies
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
Holiday Sayings
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Gold Glitter Paper
Gold Glitter Paper
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Merry Merlot
Merry Merlot Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 1:08 pm


    Very simple yet elegant cards! Great one to mass produce.

  2. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 1:09 pm


    WOW, for once I’m awake and up when your video came in YIPEEEEE (its just a little after 5am 13th December here in Brisbane Australia).

    I really love love love this card Darlene, it just looks kinda regal to me. Especially those colours together just look amazing I can see a green and gold would look wonderful too.
    Thank you for your wonderful inspiration and have a very Merry Christmas xx

  3. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 1:12 pm


    Love this card design. I made one already this morning for a Black and White challenge on Stamp TV. I really like the gold. I may give it a try again with gold. Thanks for the inspiration and such an easy card that can look elegant.

  4. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 1:55 pm


    I love the simplistic elegance of this card. You really could make lots of these in a short amount of time. I think the black one is awesome. Excellent once again, Darlene!

  5. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 2:16 pm


    Beautiful & Elegant Cards Darlene. Thanks for sharing.

  6. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hahaha…figures you would prefer the black card! I like both and dark purple or navy card stock would look good too! 😎

  7. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 3:07 pm


    I personally prefer the burgundy one. I love the simplicity of the design, and the colors are so rich & elegant together. I’m nearing the end of making my holiday cards–FINALLY!!!! I think I only have 9 more to go, assuming my counting & math skills are correct. I can do this! LOL My first goal for completion was actually yesterday. Now it’s whenever I can get them done. Thankfully, I found some premade toppers that I’d gotten last year as a “free gift” with a magazine, that I’m using for the final cards. Anyway, I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Darlene! Good luck with your exams! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 10:21 pm


      Thank you Andrea – 2 more to go!

  8. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Laura Y

    Yes, I’m that last minute holiday card maker and sender. Love the simple and elegant look and will definitely be at my work table tonight making cards in this direction. Thanks for the creative inspiration. Good luck with getting through finals. Happy holidays and warm wishes for a happy new year!

  9. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    Yes I agree Dayse. It does look regal. Love the card Darlene. A great way to use the Snowflakes and yes very simple for those last minute cards. Thanks for the idea.

  10. wrote on December 12th, 2018 at 8:01 pm


    Just posted off my last Christmas cards for the year yesterday before this card design cane in. It would be a great card to make for those last minute card makers as well as for newbies to the hobby with few supplies. I think the burgundy and gold is my favourite. Sorry but black and gold just doesn’t say Christmas to me. I’m sure you won’t need any luck with your exams. You are sure to do well without it!

  11. wrote on December 13th, 2018 at 12:18 pm


    Very elegant looking. I’m a black fan also. 🙂🎄

  12. wrote on December 13th, 2018 at 9:09 pm


    Thanks for reminding me that simple can still be really elegant and pack a wow. I always feel like my simple cards are too “blah.” But this is lovely. I like the merlot, tho’. 🙂

  13. wrote on December 14th, 2018 at 12:08 am


    Love this card Darlene. I love the simplicity and elegance. I will be using this one to finish off the making of this year’s cards. I have struggled with the making of them this year. All the best with your final exams. I am sure you will manage a great result. hugs, Glenis

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