Monday, December 12, 2016


I am using this card as a Christmas card but I left off any sentiment just in case the one receiving it would like to keep it displayed all winter long. I think it would make a nice Birthday card for the season too.

I like to use my dies in all kinds of ways and today not only did I use them for their intended purpose but I used them as a stencil.  I wanted to get the look of trees far off in the background.

I started with a piece of transparency the same size of my card, you could use acetate or even old packaging from craft supplies.  If you don't have either you can use cardstock, I just wanted to be able to see through my stencil. I took a scrap piece of the Poppystamps stitched landscape die to give me an idea where I wanted them to be on my finished project and cut out two of the Frantic Stamper small Oregon fir die.

You want the trees to look smaller so only use the top of the trees for the background, here is a picture of both cut out and using a dauber and ink filling in my stencil, I went with an up and down motion for the stenciling since there were so many jagged edges on the tree.  The green tape is just there to hold my stencil to my card base.

To get the blue sky background I used the two pieces I cut out and applied them over the trees I had stenciled and sponged in the blue sky.

I cut two pieces of the stitched landscapes for my background, using foam tape to lift the top piece for dimension. As you can see I have one tall tree and one smaller, I didn't realize that we no longer have the larger tree anymore we just have the small.

I also used the Impression Obsession small deer and inked them up a little bit. HERE is a link to the deer in the store. I used Poppystamps Cheery cardinals, but the store is out of those too but you could use Taylored Expressions birds.

After it was all done I used my glue pen to add glue all over for the snow and added glitter to it.
You can see a little more of the dimension in this picture.

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Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

This is so pretty!! Love it!!

Daniela said...

Happy Monday to you, Darling Connie !

Thanking you so much for your so lovely card,
I'm sending blessings of Joy on your Holiday Season,
may it be filed with Love and Peace

With utmost gratitude

Xx Dany

Unknown said...

Totally Frame Worthy! Love your forest of trees and your snowy slopes, especially with all of that sparkle! The deer set the stage for a pretty winter scene. So serene!

Hussena said...

This is so beautiful. Love the way you used the die as a stencil. Fabulous use of various dies!

Christine said...

This is awesome, Connie! You are so artistic! It looks beautiful to have out all winter!

Esther Asbury said...

I love your sparkly snow!

Leslie Miller said...

This is so serene and beautiful, Connie! All that sparkle would look wonderful under a lamp. Got to put the sparkle under a lamp. It shows up the dimension nicely, too. You've made a frame-worthy scene!

Lowcarb team member said...

I so agree with you, this design works well for a Christmas Card or a 'winter month' birthday.

Enjoy the rest of your week, hope your seasonal preperations are going well.

All the best Jan

Debbie said...

that's a good idea, about leaving the sentiment off - or it could say winter wishes. i hope people leave them out, they are so beautiful. my card is still sitting on the shelf in my office, i need to get a frame for it!!!

Janice said...

Super card Connie, such a fantastic scene. The trees are brilliant with the deer in front. A great tutorial.

Diane said...

What a lovely holiday design Connie and I enjoyed reading your tutorial.

Hugs Diane

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A truly spectacular card Connie, love the masking and dievlayerung it's all so clever. Was going to join in your challenge when worked out my card that had Die cuts wasn't Christmas!! And Christmas one had no Die cuts 😄

BTW you need to fix up your links so they don't take a visitor away from your blog it's very annoying. See this post here

Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Connie, this card is incredible. You sure captured winter so well with your details and snow. Your tutorial is great!!
Wishing you a blessed rest of the week and Merry Christmas. xo

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty card Connie. Love the great scene and the touch of sparkle. Fantastic masking job.