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".

Friday, 15 December 2017

Peace on Earth

I know everyone is really busy getting ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., but it's time for a bit more inspiration from the CAS Mix Up Design Team.  You have until December 24 to get a card made for our challenge.

I went with a stamped sentiment, brushos, and die cuts for my card:

The background was made using various blue brushos and spray starch.  I sprayed the starch on mixed media cs, sprinkled the brushos over it, and then placed cling wrap on top and scrunched it up.  When dry, I had this beautiful background.

I trimmed the piece down, and added a die cut dove and branch to it, and a simple stamped sentiment beneath it.

This might well be my favourite of all the Christmas cards I've made this year!

Head over to CAS Mix Up for more inspiration and ideas of what the Design Team and Guest Designer, Ina (of Little Bits of Craft) chose for their stamping and optional items combinations.

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Cobalt
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Impression Obsession dove die, various blue Brushos, spray starch, cling wrap, Spellbinders rectangle die


  1. Wow! That gorgeous background is perfect for the dove diecut! I wouldn't be able to give this card away if I made it, just spend time looking at it! Cathy x

  2. WOW!! LOVE that amazing background for your beautiful dove! Fantastic card Susan! xx

  3. OMG, Susan...absolutely Stunning Brushos, spray starch and Cling Wrap background!! I thought it was alcohol inks. All your different shades of blue and the Cling Wrap effect really make your background special for your elegant Peace Dove. Your card is definitely one of my top favorites of all your beauties this year. TFS and Happy Holidays my friend. Hugs

    1. P.S. Susan, I agree with Cathy..you should keep this beauty. It would make a beautiful holiday decoration each Christmas.

  4. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeutiful card Susan. Stunning background - perfect for that dove and wonderful sentiment.

  5. Exceptional, what a gorgeous background, it is definitely windy outside LOL. The colours you chose create such beautiful night sky. The cling wrap was brilliant! Merry Christmas dear friend xxx

  6. Absolutely GORGEOUS Susan! What an incredible background...I can see why it is your favorite card to date and I would be hard pressed to not keep it too! Will have to try this technique with the spray starch and cling wrap as it sounds like FUN!! Lovely, lovely card Susan!! :0)

  7. This is one the best Brusho backgrounds I have seen, my friend! So perfect for the die cut dove! Definitely a keeper!

  8. And very well it may be your favourite! The technique of the background is really glorious and the white against it is perfect. One stand out card x

  9. the colours are stunning, this is one of my favorite techniques. I love the stark contrast of the white on your deep blues :)

  10. A beautiful background created with your technique Susan - your dove of peace is so lovely layered over the blues! Julia xx

  11. Beautiful card, especially the blue colour. 😉 Your Brusho/starch/cling wrap background is so pretty as us that dove die. Adding that to my list. 😊

  12. A great technique Susan and the colours are gorgeous against the white dove. x

  13. love...love and love!! amazing results!!
    xx Karen


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