A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Poinsettias, Stencilled and Die Cut

A couple of cards today using a poinsettia stencil and a poinsettia die cut (and a poinsettia sentiment).

I created the background with a poinsettia stencil and various red and pink Distress inks, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in copper. I set it behind a pierced die cut frame and added two small die cut poinsettias and copper stickles in the centres of the die cut and stencilled poinsettias for embellishment.

The second one uses stencilling inside stencilling.  See this tutorial on SCS for instructions.

I used red and pink Distress inks again through the same poinsettia stencil, dried the ink with my heat tool, then put the poinsettia stencil back in place and laid a star stencil over top of it and used an orange ink through the star stencil.

Trimmed the panel, bordered with a gold panel, then a white panel, and added it to a gold card base.  I added the "joy" die on top of its accompanying shadow die and embellished the centres of the poinsettias with tiny gold stick-on dots. 


Tic Tac Toe - I used the top horizontal row.

Stencil Fun Challenge

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Rudolph Days November Challenge

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - use a stencil

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - ColorBox copper, various Distress red and pink inks
Paper - red and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Dee's Distinctively small poinsettia dies, copper embossing powder, poinsettia stencil, copper stickles, pierced frame die

Supplies for card 2:
Ink - various Distress red, pink, and orange inks
Paper - gold and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - poinsettia and star stencils, joy shadow die set, small gold stick-on embellishments

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Hedgehogs and Stars

I would love to use up some of decorative / patterned paper I've had for many years but my card making style has changed a lot so it's no longer the go-to supply it used to be.  I'm challenging myself to try and use it a few times a month even if it's only to border a focal image like I did in today's card:

I stamped and watercoloured the image, using metallic gold paint for the stars.  I bordered with a decorative paper covered in metallic gold stars and embellished with Fun Flock on the brims and pom poms of the hats.

It's being linked up at:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - "Anything Goes - Optional Embellishment" - I'm not sure if Fun Flock counts as an embellishment but it's great to use on Santa hats.

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper - watercolour paper, off white cs, Bazzill dp
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, Fun Flock

Monday, 21 November 2022

Stars and a Tree, and a Dog and a Present

A couple of simple Christmas cards today.

I inked up the tree stamp with green Distress mini inkpads, spritzed lightly with water, and stamped on watercolour paper. When dry, I stamped the stars and sentiment. I popped that panel up on fun foam on gold shimmer cs and added that to a red shimmer card base.

Stamped and watercoloured, matted with red cs, and popped up on fun foam on the card base.

Challenge for card 1:

Christmas Kickstart "Trees, Trees, Trees"

Challenges for card 2:

Addicted to CAS "Present"

Do-All Kreatives "Animals and Christmas"

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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Art Impressions tree, PTI sentiment, SU star cluster
Ink - Distress Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough, Delicata Golden Glitz, Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Paper - watercolour paper, gold and red shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - SSS sentiment, ? dog
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper - watercolour paper, red and cream cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, fun foam

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Cocoa, Candy Cane, and Marshmallows

For the new Peace on Earth challenge, I was inspired by the images of cups of cocoa with candy canes and marshmallows.

I stamped and watercoloured the image, and then laid a stencil over it and lightly stencilled the leaves in green Distress Oxide ink.  I bordered it with a similar green cs and used off white cs for the card base.

Here's the Peace on Earth mood board in case you want to be inspired by it, but if not, feel free to enter an "anything Christmas" card.  And be sure to check out the other cards by the rest of the Design Team.

I'm also adding it to the Stencil Fun Challenge.

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And to Double D "Hot Beverages"

Stamps - Stamping Bella
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Rustic Wilderness
Paper - watercolour paper, green and off-white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, leaf stencil