I started by embossing a 3-3/4" by 5" Crumb Cake Card Stock panel with the Woodland Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a 3-3/8" by 5-1/8" Early Espresso Card Stock mat. Next, I stamped the "Buffalo Check" Background stamp in Early Espresso Ink onto a 1-1/2" by 3-3/4" Real Red Card Stock strip. I adhered this to the bottom of the Crumb Cake panel. I wrapped a length of Braided Linen Trim around the checked background, tied on a little bow, and adhered everything to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base.
See the two trees poking out behind the panel on the card base? Well, I accidentally got my card base into the open Early Espresso Ink and it left a smudge. So, since there are no stampin' mistakes, only stampin' opportunities, I inked up the double tree stamp from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and stamped over my smudge...and then I added a second, on purpose, tree to the other side!
I also stamped these double trees in Early Espresso Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and cut them out with their matching Nature's Roots Die. I stamped the word "Christmas" from the "Merry Christmas to All" stamp set in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake and cut it out with a Stitched Rectangles Die. I adhered these pieces to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used the Merry Christmas Dies to cut out the word "Merry" from a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock. (Bonus Protip: Cut it out of the center of the Early Espresso mat.) I adhered this to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. (See yesterday's Protip for instructions on unclogging a clogged Fine-Tip Glue Pen.)
Finally, I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the trees and to the word "Merry" because even on my rustic cards, I like some shimmer and shine!