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The first cards I made were the last two shown here. I used DMC Coton Perlé, Size 5, on the first card, #5, and I couldn't understand why the holes broke open so that the threads didn't stay put. A friend pointed out that the Size 5 thread might be too thick. I grabbed what I thought were Size 8 balls of thread and tried them on Card #4, but it still didn't work. When I double-checked, Id used Size 5 balls. (I thought all the balls were size 8!)

I liked the colors of the DMC Coton Perlé Variations floss so I bought some regular DMC Variations 6-ply floss. I used three strands on Cards #2 and #3. I also used DMC Coton Perlé, Size 8, on Card #3. You can see that made a huge difference. BTW, Spellbinders recommends using two strands of 6-ply floss on its die-cuts.

All Cards:
4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110-lb. cardstock (card bases and die-cuts)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Merry Christmas die

1. Springer Marlitt 4-ply floss (2 strands used)
837 (blue)
898 (yellow)
The glitter paper came from the packaging of a party popper-type of
gift package. It's a champagne color
(both the border and the sentiment).
Flat-back pearls

2. DMC 6-ply Variations (3 strands used)
4047, Emerald Isle
4210, Radiant Ruby
Dark Red glossy cardstock (border and die-cut sentiment)
Want 2 Scrap Baby Bling (tiny red adhesive flat-back pearls)

3. DMC Coton Perlé, Size 8, 498, Garnet
DMC 6-ply Variations (3 strands used), 4212, Mixed Berries
Dark Red glossy cardstock (border and die-cut sentiment)
Flat-back pearls

4. DMC Coton Perlé, size 5 floss
498, Dark Red
98, Medium Emerald Green
Die Cuts with a View Glitzy Glitter Pack, Gold(borders)
Glossy Red Cardstock (sentiment)
Gold flat-back pearls

DMC Coton Perlé Variations, size 5 floss
4047, Emerald Isle
4210, Radiant Ruby
Gold mirror card stock (border and sentiment die-cut)
Gold flat-back pearls