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Christmas Card Advent Calendar #4 – Merry Christmas die-cut and Swiss Scherenschnitte paper cutting

Merry Christmas card made with single large die-cut, by Paperesse.

Today's #4 card is made with an inexpensive large Merry Christmas die (the shape is Merry Christmas 9.5x11.5cm) I purchased several months ago on These dies are sold under a variety of names on both eBay and Amazon and come from China (does that surprise anyone?). I purchased a few on a whim, thinking if they didn't cut well I wasn't out much, but by golly, they cut great! Better than some of my expensive dies.

This was a very easy and quick card to put together. I did spend a little extra time in running the die through twice – once to cut and once to emboss – as there's a nice little bit of embossing on the top banner, but – alas – that doesn't show up in the photo. Embellishment is a few well placed pearls.

It's a nice look, it reminds me of the Swiss traditional paper cutting art called Scherenschnitte. There's a gallery in Geneva that specializes in these and every time I pass I stand mesmerized, staring in the window. They are simply gorgeous. They're very expensive, but worth every centime. I can only imagine the time it takes to complete one. The contemporary Scherenschnitte artist Beatrice Straubhaar has some stunning work displayed in her online gallery. Give it a click, you'll be amazed.

Scherenschnitte by Beatrice Straubhaar
Supply List
Paper – cardstock
Dies – Merry Christmas 9.5x11.5cm die
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: AAA Cards CAS Game #104 – Christmas, Dragonfly Dreams December – Non-Traditional Christmas, Glitter -n- Sparkle #268 – ATG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #71 – ATG, and 613 Ave. Create #204 – ATG with Option/Twist Christmas/Winter.


  1. This is a very striking card! Love the color combo! Thanks for sharing it with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!
    Sandy DT

  2. So pretty! Love the colors, die cut, and pearls.

  3. Your new dies cut cleanly it looks like - and there is a whole bunch of intricate going on! I usually end up using my craft knife on die cuts like those. Nice finish with those red pearls Shani! Consider that a good purchase my friend.

  4. Beautiful Christmas die! Love the graphic look. Thanks for joining AAA Cards! Hugs Åsa

  5. Love the look of your card, so eye catching. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.


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