Dec 08 2009

Christmas Poinsettia Table Decor – Place Card


I’m so thrilled you’re here today.  I want to share the matching place cards that I made for my Christmas series with you.  These are a snap to make, truly!  I have provided a tutorial below illustrating how easy and quick these place cards are to make.  Your family and guests will be thrilled to take home your beautiful works of art! The open passe partouts stencil EH 1822 is so beautiful and was perfect for these Christmas designs.


I’ve utilized the octagonal nesties for the centers of the place cards.  If you don’t have the dies, it’s no problem, I’ll show you how to make them using a clear grid ruler in the tutorial below.


I used my Bow Easy to make matching May Arts silk ribbon bows in the 1/4″ size for the placecards.  I placed Joy! Craft Yellow Pearls in the centers of the poinsettias and on the stems of the embossed vines.  I used Holiday Garden and Holly Border tapestry stamp sets for the stamped images.


The gold is very elegant.  The place cards are a beautiful compliment to the prayer cards.  As you can see, I’ve turned the stencil over for the place cards so that the embossed vines are running horizontally.  This gives a bit of contrast between the two designs and, most importantly, ensures a flat surface for the place cards to stand without wobbling. 


I stamped the holly leaves and berries on a piece of scrap Carnation White embossing paper.  Using a craft knife, I cut them out and adhered them to the smaller octagons.  The octogons were placed on the place cards on Joy! Craft 2mm foam pads.  I used Zip Dry Adhesive to adhere the bows and leave to the panels.


I couldn’t be more pleased with the close match of the Iris Blue embossing paper with the sapphire silk ribbon.  I’ve placed poinsettias on my table to compliment the poinsettias in the designs. 


The gold edging on the place cards and name tags adds elegance to the designs.  My Krylon 18Kt. Gold pen is never far from reach.


Green is my favorite color, I couldn’t be more pleased with how beautiful the green place card and prayer card are.  The silk ribbon is a shimmery emerald color.  The Christmas Green embossing paper is the same hue, but several shades darker.

Place Card Tutorial:

Before I begin with the tutorial I’d like to advise how I prepare the tutorials.  I never take pictures as I design.  For me it kills my creativity and a lot of the time I change aspects of the design before it’s finished.  Once I’ve completed a design that I’m happy with, I go back and recreate it in the tutorial.  The embossing paper I use comes in two thicknesses, 205 gms and 105 grams.  The embossing paper I sell in my store is the heavy embossing paper (205 gms).  The paper I’m using in the tutorials is the 105 grams and that’s why it’s thinner and you can see through it.  The lighter paper is not a cardstock, it’s the same thickness as stationary paper.  It’s half the price and more economical for me to play with and prepare tutorials with.  It’s a gorgeous paper and I have discovered a way to emboss it in the Wizard without the paper cracking.  I’ll share that with you in the coming months.  I want to play with it some more.  So while it will be an excellent paper to use for embossed stationary, it’s not a good choice for cards.  I want to work with some stationary designs and when I’m ready with those in the late winter/early spring, I’ll share those designs with you.


You’re going to see how easy this place card is to make in this tutorial.  

Cut a piece of embossing paper a little wider than the stencil, 5″ x 9 1/2″.  Make sure you use the flat side of the stencil for the top and bottom, ensuring that your score line and bottom line will be straight.  As you can see in the picture, I’ve run the stencil through the Wizard laying the stencil and embossing paper on the embossing plates in the position shown above.  Score across the top of the stencil.  Place the stencil on the embossed lines and lightly trace your cutting lines. There’s no need to trace across the scored line. 


Using a craft knife, cut as shown above.  Tip:  For perfectly straight lines, lay the stencil over the embossed image and cut along the edge of the stencil.  This is a little tricky as you don’t want to scratch your stencil, practice a bit on inexpensive cardstock, it’s similar to using a craft knife with a ruler.  After you’ve finished cutting as shown above, close the place card and then cut around the outer edges only of the back side as shown below. 


The cutting is complete.  The process of embossing, tracing, and cutting will take 10 to 15 minutes, quicker once you get the hang of it.


Using the Holiday Garden tapestry stamps, stamp around the four corners as shown.  I’ve used Adirondack Pesto, Bottle and Cranberry inks. This step takes about 5 minutes or less.


Apply glitter using a Quickie Glue Pen.  I used Martha Stewart Garnet, Malachite, and Yellow Gold glitter as well as Art Glitter Mustard.  (I forgot to take a picture of this step and have borrowed this picture from the prayer card tutorial, ignore the template and initial panel).  Draw around the edges of the place card with a Krylon 18Kt. Gold pen.


If you don’t have octagon nesties, it’s not a problem.  Use a clear grid ruler to draw an octagon template.  Use a craft knife to cut.  You can use scissors, but a craft knife will give you straighter lines if you use it with the ruler.  The distance between the lines (north/south; east/west) is 1 3/8″.  Once you have the inner lines drawn, use the grid on the ruler to draw the outer lines (1/8″ from the inner lines).  You now have a template for the octagons.  You can write the names of your family/guests on your place cards or use a computer.  I chose to use a computer since I have terrible handwriting.  If you’re using a template that you’ve drawn, for perfect centering of the name, place the name on a light box, place the template over it and draw lines around the outer edges of the template on your cardstock with the name printed on it.  If you’re writing the names by hand, you won’t need to do this.  If you’re using a nestie, simply place it over the name and center it.  Use Scotch Removable Tape to keep it in place so that it doesn’t slip when you cut it in the Wizard or Cuttlebug.   Draw around the edge of the octagons with a Krylon 18Kt. gold pen.


Place Joy! Craft Yellow Pearls in the centers of the poinsettias as well as on the embossed vines.  Using the Holly Borders tapestry stamps, stamp two leaves and berries on scrap Carnation White embossing paper, add glitter.  Adhere the holly leaves to the name panel.  Center it on the place card and adhere with Joy! Craft 2mm foam pads.  Adhere bows with Zip Dry Adhesive.


Voila!  You’re finished!  Now wasn’t that easy!


A Touch of Grace:     Stencils:  EH 1822; AS 0703; Embossing PaperCarnation White, Iris Blue, Mustard, Christmas Red, Christmas Green; StampsHolly Border, Holiday Garden; InkEncore Ultimate Metallic Gold; AdhesivesZip Dry Adhesive, Quickie Glue Pen, Scotch Removable Tape; Accessories: Christmas Fairies; Joy! Craft 2mm Foam Pads, Joy! Craft Pearls Yellow, Joy! Craft Pearl Pale Yellow, Craft Knife, Craft Knife Refills, Mini Daubers, Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold, Mini Butterfly Punch, Krylon 18Kt. Gold Pen, Stylus, Perga Soft, Starform Gold Stickers (1021)

JustRite Stampers:     Deluxe Round Monogram Kit; Decorative 2″ Square Monogram Kit

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:     Bow Easy, May Arts Ribbon:  1.25:  SK33 Gold, SK15 Emerald, SK25 Ruby, SK03 Sapphire; 1/4″; SK33 Gold, SK15 Emerald, SK25 Ruby, SK03 Sapphire; 5/8″ GH09 Gold Edge Ivory; 1/4″ GC30 Gold WIre Metallic Ribbon, Fiskars Scissors

Bonnie’s Best:      Genesis Paper Trimmer


Stamps: Holly Borders, Holiday Garden; Deluxe Round Monogram Kit; Deluxe Square Monogram Kit

Paper:  Embossing Paper:  Carnation White, Christmas Red, Christmas Green, Iris Blue, Mustard; SU:  Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured

Ink:  Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold; Adirondack:  Pesto, Cranberry, Bottle

Accessories:  MS Glitter (Garnet, Malachite, Yellow Gold), AG (Mustard); Joy! Craft Pearls (Yellow, Light Yellow); Joy! Craft 2mm Foam Pads, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Computer, Craft Knife, Scor It, Scor It Mini Metric, Mini Daubers, Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold, Mini Butterfly Punch; Christmas Fairies, Genesis Paper Trimmer, Zip Dry Adhesive, Quickie Glue Pen, Tim Holtz Clear Grid Ruler, May Arts Ribbons, Ornament Placecard Holders, Graph Paper, Stylus, Light Box, PergaSoft, Starform Gold Stickers (1021), Oval Ornaments (Michael’s), Red Berries and Gold Swirls (Silk Warehouse), Fiskars Scissors, Scotch Removable Tape, Stencils (AS 0703, EH1822), Wizard, Nestibilities Large and Small Squares; Large and Small Octagons, Krylon 18Kt. Gold Pen, Bow Easy,

Thank you so much for visiting, I truly appreciate you taking time to stop by.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!


25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Christmas Poinsettia Table Decor – Place Card”

  1. WOW . . . WOW!!!! Jerri these are absolutely GORGEOUS!

  2. Sandra says:

    amazing, no other word – although Sherry did sum it up very well!

  3. Elaine says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing these – it’s still so amazing to think that you made these, Jerri Kay!

  4. A stunning addition to your table. I said it before but I’ll say it again – I would LOVE to see the faces of everyone as they enter your dining room for dinner — Oh MY!!! What a treat!!!

  5. Robbie says:

    I can’t believe how beautiful these are! These are not outstanding, they are amazing!! And, by the way, what dinner?? Who wants to eat when they have one of these gorgeous place cards in front of them. I’d focus my attention on it, the details and beauty. And, of course, I’d touch and feel it until I couldn’t sense it any more (does anyone else do this?). Aaaaahhhhhh!!! TFS!!!!

  6. ValerieC says:

    Beyond beautiful!!!! Your holiday table must be amazing! I’m so glad I found your blog. I enjoy your creativity and talent so much!!!

  7. Maggie says:

    You definitely have the touch Jerri. What a gift!

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  9. Pam P says:

    Absolutely stunning Jerri, you are truly an artist.

  10. velta says:

    I wish you could hear me when I open up your blog….I sound like a giddy little girl going….ooooohhhh….aaaaahhhh. Your blog is like a present to me every time I come here! Thank you so much for the tutorial…I am quite certain that I will be back again and again…maybe I can “try” to do this for my next Christmas.

    Question….Zip Dry glue…how do you keep the tip clean? I use it and really like it, then I take the tip off and put the cap back on. To clean the tip I cannot think of any other way but to use alcohol…just wondering if you do it a different easier way.

  11. Lenoria says:

    Wow! I always associate you site with “elegance” and this is certainly over the top!! I love your designs – and yes you make them look easy but you and your craft knife must be best friends. Thank you for sharing such beautiful works of art.

  12. Cathy says:

    Jerri, The entire set is breathtaking, the poinsettias are exquisite, and every image just dazzles!

  13. Pinky says:

    Jerri,k the place cards are such a wonderful addition to your gorgeous ensemble! This is a true work of art and this will complete your beautiful Christmas table display.

  14. Linda Ellington says:

    Jerri, the place card is just as gorgeous as the prayer card. Everything you do looks so elegant. thanks for sharing your talent and caring spirit.

  15. Rosie Waldt says:

    Jerri: Love, love, love both the prayer and place card you made. You add so much elegance to the pieces you create. I have the Holiday Garden Border Tapestry set and love it – you’ve been an inspiration to dig them out again and put them to use. Will this elegant dinner you will use these for include children? How lucky they are to receive these. Thank you, this will go in my favorites. Rosie

  16. Peggy Sue says:

    The place cards are very a very nice addition to your table setting. Thank you for the tutorial. God bless!

  17. Elaine Allen says:

    Jerri –

    Just beautiful! I don’t know where you get your ideas, but keep them coming. I’m just happy to log on to your blog each day and see what lovely pieces of art you’ve created. Thank you for taking the time to show us how to make these, I really appreciate it, because, Lord knows you must be busy – LOL!

    Elaine Allen

  18. Carolen says:

    Always an inspiration! These are especially

  19. diane says:

    You are amazing. I thought the thanksgiving ideas were fantastic. Now you have gone and done it again. It makes me want to throw a nice dinner just so I can use them. However, we are pretty casual around here. Maybe in the future!

  20. Tosh says:

    Love how your framed the names on your place cards Jerri!! And your little bows are just the sweetest!! Gorgeous!!

  21. Lori M says:

    I so wished you lived closer to me. . . I would love to spend the day with you and your talent!


  22. Candy says:

    Stunning Jerri, love how you pay attention to all the little details in everything you make…that’s talent girl!!!

  23. I love how the place cards go so beautifully with the prayer cards…and hmm are those some girls names I see along with your boys’ names?????

    Such beautiful details Jerri. I so love the prayer cards in the ornaments. Really gives the parts of the setting a lovely sense of height.

  24. Vicky Gould says:

    Jerri – there are no adjectives left! Thank you for taking the time (and it must have taken so much time) to share a tutorial with us. You are one of the nicest, most gifted people I have the cyber pleasure of knowing. God bless!

  25. Debe says:

    Hi Jerri. I have been so taken with your place cards. They are simply gorgeous. I have purchased everything you mention to try to make them, but my problem is I have a Big Shot not a Wizard. I’m having trouble doing the embossing. Are you possibly familiar with the Big Shot enough to tell me the sandwich components? I’d appreciate any assistance/advice you have to offer. Thanks so much.

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