Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas 2015

I make lots of different designs for my Christmas cards, but because I send so many cards I usually spend some time on one design that I like and make several duplicate cards.The only problem with this is that by the time I am done making cards I am not as fond of the design as I was in the beginning. 


I started with this fabulous cover plate from Frantic Stamper.  Even though it is very intricate, it cut through with one pass.  Amazing!!!!  I knew I wanted a frame around it so I used my 5x7 Spellbinders Matting Stacks to create a frame.

 I wanted  the door of the church to be black and the windows yellow to imitate light.  I tried several methods but the one that I liked best is gluing small pieces of yellow and black paper in the appropriate spots.

I knew I wanted and evening scene so I used a circle mask for the moon and sponged blues and violets around it.

Next, I used and ink brayer and spotted  roller covered with versa mark over the panel and then heat embossed white embossing powder to imitate snow.

 Next I die cut my sentiment using an IO die.

I wanted snow for the bottom portion of the panel so I cut out some white glitter paper, and glued  the sponged panel and white glitter paper to the back of the cover plate. Next I glued the frame on top of the scene and then added the sentiment to the bottom of the frame. Then I decided to emboss the frame with a Swiss dot embossing folder.

This panel was layered on some lilac or blue card a then onto a white card base.

I added some deer, trees or snow flakes to finish the card.


I will enter the following challenges
Simon Says Die Crazy

Simon Says Winter Wonder Land

Simon Says Work It Wednesday Holiday Card

Dies R Us Winter Use Snowflakes


  1. Oh my gosh, Kathy, they are amazing!! I absolutely love the design!! I so have to get that die!! You showcased it perfectly!! I love the backgrounds and the details you added!! Absolutely stunning my friend!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. What beautiful scene you have created using the die cut? Thanks for the tutorial as well. Love both of them. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Die Crazy Challenge. Gayatri xx

  3. Thanks for the tutorial, my Tom will be interested as I think I told you he almost tore your card apart looking to see how the heck you made it. I love my cards from you and they are always on my bulletin board just over my head. That way I can look at them when I am crafting. Remember to keep me up to date on the new beginnings for you this year. Merry Christmas, Kathy!

  4. Oh, That ink brayer technique for snow was amazing. Where in the world did you learn that?

    1. My daughter used to scrap book and she had the brayer and two rollers she gave me. One has lots of different spots and is great for creating a quick background. The other has a whole bunch of leaves.

  5. I think you chose a beautiful design for your cards this year Kathy! I love making sponged background such as this ... gives such a unique/beautiful look! GREAT job on them all! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘WINTER’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  6. Stunning cards. Love the die cuts sceneries. The deers are so cute. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Goodness, Kathy, these are gorgeous! Love seeing step by step how you created them. The way you did the sky is very cool! Absolutely beautiful Christmas cards! So good to see these in our Winter Challenge at Dies R Us!

  8. Very pretty cards and I love the die cuts you've used, they look fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  9. So THAT'S how you made the card. I tell ya, I stared at it for the longest time trying to figure it out. That cover plate is fantastic, so intricate. I don't know why I missed this post, but I'm so happy I stumbled upon it. Now I'm going to go back and look at my card again. I just adore it......XOXO