Retro Holiday Scene + Simon’s Believe in the Season Release

Hi friends! I am really excited to share some fun inspiration with you today that features the newest release from Simon Says Stamp called Believe in the Season!


This new release is PERFECT for all your holiday crafting projects; many of these products are among some of my new favorites, including the gorgeous Winter Flowers stamp and die set, the Believe script die and the new Merlot ink color!

Also! I am really excited to share that I designed the Happy Christmas stamp set included in this release! Here’s a look at the set; I have all the other products included in the new released listed at the bottom of the post.


So how about some cards using these new products???


My first card features the Northern Lights die, the Holiday Background cling and the Holiday Message Strip stamp set. These all paired really well together and I love the bold, striking result!

The Northern Lights die is cut from both white and red cardstock; I layered the pieces slightly offset to create a subtle drop shadow, which makes the snowflakes appear more dimensional.


I layered the snowflakes onto a square card base that I stamped the Holiday Background onto using two shades of red ink; I applied a lighter red towards the top of the background stamp and darker red towards the bottom, which created an nice ombré look.


For embellishments I used Pretty Pink Posh snowflakes and Blue Lagoon Nuvo Glitter Drops scattered about the left side of the card. I LOVE the effect of the iridescent snowflakes! They add the perfect subtle amount of bling to the card without overpowering the intricate design of the Northern Lights snowflake die.

My next bit of inspiration is the opposite of the bold snowflake card and carries a more elegant feel…


The lovely poinsettias from the aptly named set, are simply beautiful. I love that there is both an outline and a solid of each image in this set too, giving many options for how this can be used. I of course love to color, so I chose to work with the outlines.


I stamped and masked the poinsettias and leaves to create two clusters. I colored the poinsettias with Copic markers and then fussy cut the entire cluster set out with fine tip scissors.

I added sparkle to the pointsettias with the Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen, and popped the cluster up off of a white A2 card base that I scored a frame onto (I scored the frame using a scoring board and a stylus).


My sentiment is created with the Merry Christmas script die; I cut it from both gold glitter paper and red cardstock. Because this die cuts both words together (the words are joined), I trimmed the “merry” and “Christmas” words apart and adhered them together to create the single die once again.

And yes, I did lose the tittle of the letter “I” during the creating of this card; I couldn’t find it and settled for finishing the card without it! I think the card looks fine despite the missing dot over the “I”.


Finally I have one more card to share with you, yet again completely different than the other cards I’ve shown you so far! This one carries a more “retro” feel to it, which I really love!

I used both the Color Me Tree stamp and die set, and the Happy Christmas stamp set. I think the style of the sentiment matches the look of the tree I used in this card; the combo really creates a fun effect.


I created a video for you featuring this fun retro-styled card! I’ll be sharing a look at the Color Me Trees stamp and die set, as well as all the details on how I brought this card together!

Also remember that tomorrow Simon Says Stamp has a FABULOUS blog hop in store for you! I will be one of the stops in the hop, so make sure you come back tomorrow to see more inspiration featuring the Believe in the Season release!



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Check out all the products included in the new Believe in the Season release; or start shopping at Simon Says Stamp HERE.

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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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42 Responses

  1. Darlene Fellows says:

    Beautiful cards! Such a great mix, but the poinsettia card is definitely my favourite. A poinsettia stamp has been on my wish list for awhile and I think I have just found the perfect one.

  2. Cassie D says:

    Awesome cards! I’m loving this Simon release !

  3. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    Oh my gosh, your cards are so amazing! Everyone on this hop so far has done something different, every one. Their have not been 2 of the same cards like 2 shaker cards or 2 poinsettia cards. I love that about all of you. Your first card is so cool with the snowflakes and the die cuts. I don’t have a die cutter so I can’t do that on my card but you do and you did! LOL The Merry Christmas card is so traditional Christmas and I like that sometimes and sometimes I don’t. I love the glitter words. The last card is so colorful and so not a traditional Christmas card and uses my favorite color, yellow. I love it! Great job!

  4. Judy Hendrix says:

    Nina Marie, you amaze me! Your cards are fabulous, as always. You inspire me!!!

  5. Sandy D says:

    Your poinsettia card is very pretty – they almost look real!

  6. Louanne Collins says:

    what fun and festive cards!

  7. GrammyP says:

    Nina–as always, you put great thought and inspiration in all the cards you share! Thank you for the great ideas!

  8. Rita Z says:

    Love this release. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards

  9. Martina says:

    beautiful cards

  10. Valerie says:

    lovely cards, I would use watercolor markers because thats what I have but thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Purvi says:

    beautiful cards! love copic coloring!

  12. Dottie says:

    Love your cards 😊

  13. Brenda says:

    The way you colored the poinsettias is so stunning and so realistic!

  14. Nancy says:

    3 very diffierent cards, all beautiful

  15. Nancy says:

    3 very different cards, all beautiful

  16. Marianne says:

    Such a lovely set of cards.

  17. Desmar King says:

    Lovely cards.

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