Thursday, 4 May 2017

Penny Black Christmas Card

Hello everyone,

I'm back with a card for the new Happy Little Stamper's Christmas Challenge which starts today.

Our optional twist this time is 'mask' and as usual, our generous Leader, Kylie, is offering a prize

I came up with this card which was lots of fun to make!

1) Die cut some white card with a pierced square die.

2) Take a piece of masking paper and die cut a circle from the centre. Put the circle somewhere safe for another project. Attach the mask to the square card making sure the circle is in the centre. Die cut a smaller circle mask for the moon and cut a snowbank mask as well.

3) With the moon and snowbank mask in place, begin inking with blue ink and a Clarity Stencil brush. This gives a light cover of colour which you can build up slowly. Once you are happy with the light colour, take a darker blue ink and sponge in from the outside of the circle to darken the edges. Remove the moon mask and ink it lightly.

4) Remove the snow mask and ink with the brush, replacing the mask at different angles to create a snowbank.

3) Stamp the tree from the Penny Black Wonder Collection Transparent set. I used my Misti for this, stamping once in a lighter green ink, then I inked parts of the stamp with a dark green ink and stamped again to give it a bit more interest.

4) Remove the circle mask and stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #21 in dark blue ink so it is partly over the circle.

5) Mat the square onto some dark blue card and raise it on the base card with fun foam.

6) To finish it off add dots of glue pen all over the tree and add a microfine glitter. It's hard to see this step in the photographs but the small one at the top gives you an idea and it does look lovely IRL!

My little pile of Christmas cards is growing quite nicely thanks to these challenges. How about yours? If you fancy adding to it, or even making your first Christmas card of the year, why not pop over to the HLS blog to see some great inspiration from the team and you can link your card up there to play along with us. Don't forget that our twist is optional and any kind of Christmas card can be entered!

I'd like to take my card to play at

Christmas Card Challenges #11 - anything goes + colour

Winter Wonderland Challenge - add some sparkle or bling

Merry Monday Challenge - the night before Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


Nonni said...

This card is absolutely stunning, I love everything about it -the CAS look, the way you masked your scene, that glorious tree... This is a piece of art!

Camille Short said...

Fabulous design!

Linda said...

This is so beautiful ..... the wintry scene looks so peaceful xx

Birgit said...

What a stunning card this is Carol! The soft blending on the sky and moon are amazing and that perfectly stamped tree... Just gorgeous!!

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Carol, a stunning CAS design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Verna Angerhofer said...

A very beautiful and peaceful scene indeed! I really love it!

Jane said...

Stunning! Love that scene and the colours are divine, rocked it Carol.

Susan said...

Truly beautiful CAS card! Wonderful masking and sponging with great shading in the blue.

Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

I love how subtle this card is with the sponging and white layers. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing Merry Monday this week!

Notes by Nina said...

Elegant and so beautiful, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

BożenA said...

This card looks really awesome !! As if the tree was in a snowball. You did it well.

Zora said...

Love your tree stamp and your work with the ink.

Ros Crawford said...

Pure elegance! Love this Carol!

Nora Noll said...

This is so lovely!! Elegant, sparkly-everything beautiful in a design!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

WOW, Carol!! Your card is a true work of art!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Karen Dunbrook said...

this is stunning the look, peaceful.
happy stamping,


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