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".

Thursday 21 December 2017

Tic Tac Toe Christmas

The new Merry Monday challenge is a Tic Tac Toe game:

I chose the left hand vertical column - stamping, die cut, and red.

I also wanted to play along with SCS's Inspiration challenge to be inspired by something on the Dept. 56 site.  I chose this ornament here.

Here's my card:

I used a never-before-used birch tree die cutting it from white cs and a tiny cardinals die cutting them from red cs.

I created a background for it by sprinkling black Brushos on coated cs and spritzing with water.

When dry, I stamped the sentiment with Staz-on, glued down the trees and cardinals, and popped it up with fun foam on a red card base.

I'm also going to link it up at CAS Mix Up, where the challenge is stamping and at least two other things from the CAS Mix Up list.  I have stamping, die cuts, and brushos. 

And also CAS Watercolour, as the Brushos are watercolour.  The theme is Anything Goes.

Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - Staz-on black
Paper - white and red cs, glossy white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - black Brushos, Impression Obsession birch trees die, Memory Box tiny cardinals die, fun foam


  1. WOW! How gorgeous is that snow sky in the background??!! So perfect to show off your birch trees and red cardinals. Fantastic design Susan!! xx

  2. Your Brusho background is perfect with the birch trees and pretty cardinals, Susan! I love this!

  3. WOW...FABULOUS card Susan! Absolutely LOVE your background...truly lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

  4. I love how you confined your Brushos and were still able to maintain white space- not easy to do! This looks fabulous with the birch tree die and red cardinals. This one looks like it was so fun to do too!

  5. Fab card! I love cardinals.

  6. Such an awesome inky background and gorgeous layering of dies. Stunning design! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Autumn

  7. Great background with the birch trees. The red cardinals are just the right touch. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

  8. Wow...loving this card. The background is amazing and the die cut birch tree and the pop of red are fabulous. Merry Christmas to you and your familyx

  9. That vibrant red is so striking, Susan ... gorgeous with the dreamy background ... and the cardinals are wonderful in the birch trees! Joyeux Noël! Anita :)

  10. Amazing, Susan. The red cardinals and red border pop beautifully against that gorgeous background. Love this.

  11. Beautiful card and fantastic design, Susan.

    Merry Christmas

  12. This is beautiful, Susan!!I love it! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

  13. Just fabulous Susan - your watercolour background is perfect for the white tree trunks and red birds

  14. Love this card. It is so clean and the red birds give it a really great pop!!!


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