Card made with the Slimline Mantel Dies. Brick hearth, gold mirror and festive details

Slimline Mantel Dies - Made Easy

Hi Griffinites,

With Christmas just over a month away, it is time to crank out those Christmas cards! We love to create scenes on our cards, and the Slimline Mantel Dies do just that! This versatile die set makes mantels to suit anyone's liking and even decor! If you don't have these, you can get them on sale on our website this week!

Let's create a gorgeous Merry Christmas card together! 

First we create the mirror, fire, sconces and candles using matte gold cardstock.

There are lots of ways to make your mantel come to life, add brick texture with the Door Dies, Decorations and Folders. Try sanding them with a sanding block to add interest, or even watercolor them.

A rectangle cut out this pretty background from the Vignette Papers and Embellishments.

Texture was added to the top of the background layer with an embossing folder from the Christmas Slimline Embossing Folders.

Add the embossed background layer onto a slimline card of your choice. This one is from Vintage Christmas Slimline Cards and Envelopes.

Add your brick layer with foam adhesive.

Top it with the mantel. Add fun details like the gold shown here.

A mirror was made with the gold that we cut and some shiny silver foil cardstock.

Add another layer of the gold for added dimension.

Sconces and a pretty Christmas wreath decorate the wall above the mantel.

Add two holly corner stickers to the top corners of your card.

A fussy cut fireplace adds warmth to your card.

Garlands and candles complete the scene.

Use real jewels or create paper ones to adorn your garland. Send your festive card on its merry way!

There are so many different types of cards that you can make with this dieset. It is a fun one for paper piecing!
Red and gold are always in fashion for the holidays!
Mix patterns for an extra holly jolly card.
Get really fancy with the items from your craft room.
Enjoy and share this tutorial for the next week here on the blog, and access it again and again with your AG Membership (along with many other benefits!). We look forward to seeing your Slimline Mantel Dies Cards on social media, or email us at
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Just beautiful! Of course it is! It’s Anna Griffin. Everything is beautiful!

Miriam Robinson

Wonderful mantel designs! When are we going to be able to purchase the Vignette papers and embellihments? It would be great to have the papers for Christmas cards. I have the Vignette dies and would Love to have the papers instead of trying to create them. Thank you Anna and Staff love all your products, Monica from Milwaukee😃

Monica Yohann

I do hope that the vignette paper comes back…there is nothing else quite like it, anywhere. Such a unique product, and so versatile.

Mary Drew

I do hope you will make more Vignette Backgrounds. As so many of your dies work with these backgrounds. You could use the slim line door die and make the scene on the inside of your card. The ideas are endless.
Thank you for another inspiring tutorial.
Happy Crafting!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Leslie Ramsey

Loving all of your miniatures dies. Especially these with the 3D & intricately embossed dreamy details. So much beauty in just one pass through your Heavenly Empress machine. I am SMITTEN! This dies set looks like it would be a perfect companion to your Vignette dies set. I have had my eye on this set since you first released it. I know I will use that fancy flourished frame every day for so many things. Perfect embellishment for the school & small sized photos. Thank you for the quick class & for all of the inspiring examples. Nice that you put the set on sale too. HUGS! YOU ARE LOVED!🧚‍♀️💐💖💎

Jennifer White

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