One simple way to kick your cardmaking up a notch is to frame your focal points in a way that really makes them pop, so we have some simple and creative ways to do that today.
A framed shaker is a real wow on any of your pretty backgrounds, and this one is a super simple way to create a shaker. Sandwich acetate or packaging between two frames created with dies and add sparkly elements between the layers. That can then be adhered to a beautiful and simple emboss resist with the Snowflake Flurry Background. The sentiment floats on top of the shaker, made with Mixed Holiday Greetings.
Simple shape dies make great frames, especially when the shape mimics the cute round Awareness Cats. The level of contrast in color between the background and foreground make the images pop even more.
One super creative way to frame a focal point is with geometry! The angled background makes a sharp contrast with the strong horizontal focal point. She used Festive Borders, and carefully coordinated the colors of the stockings with the colors of her glitter paper strips in the background.
If we could give prizes here, we'd definitely give one for this adorable DIY tree Lara created with Holiday Times Sentiments. She masked and splattered the background and finished the masterpiece with a simple die cut frame. The subtle ink blending at the edges frames the tree visually as well. Once you have the sentiments set up on your MISTI - this is a great candidate for duplicatable holiday cards.