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, 5 January 2018

A New Holly Die

All of my favourite Christmas card challenges are starting up again to help inspire me to make Christmas cards all through the year.

Today I've made one for the Jingle Belles challenge "Look What Santa Brought Me" (use something new).  I got a new "Holly Triptych" die that I think I'll be using a lot as it's perfect to overlay all sorts of different backgrounds.  For this card, I made a background with alcohol inks on Yupo.

I created the background by dropping alcohol inks onto Yupo and moving them around a bit with blending solution. Then I die cut the holly triptych and trimmed that panel down with a stitched square die. The sentiment is heat embossed. The panel is popped up on fun foam on a red cardbase and I added matching red gemstones to the holly berries.

I need to make Christmas cards throughout the year for my fundraiser at the end of November, so forgive me for posting so many of them out of season!

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Evergreen, various green alcohol inks
Paper - red and white cs, Yupo
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Holly Triptych die, Lil Inkers stitched square die, alcohol ink blending solution, red gemstones, fun foam


  1. WOW! What an incredible alcohol ink background! How vibrant that is. Love that die! I also do Christmas cards starting now so I love seeing your cards all year round! They are such an inspiration and are very conducive to shopping too (grin).

  2. No wonder this is one of your favourite new Christmas gifts. This die is so beautiful. AMAZING with the AI background. Gorgeous card Susan!! xx

  3. your background is amazing, it really pops against the white :)

  4. Absolutely gorgeous alcohol ink background for your die cut holly, Susan. I love your colors and your red frame and berries. All so beautiful. I never tire of your Christmas creations, my friend. TFS Hugs..

  5. After having to play catch for sending out Christmas cards, I think it's a good idea to keep on making them. Especially since you have the sale, you need lots!

    Love this new holly die and the background is beautiful! Love the movement of the alcohol inks!

  6. Love that gorgeous green inky background ... and what a fun die ... so very glad you joined our first prompt of 2018 at Jingle Belles.

  7. Wow, Susan... that green AI background is so striking. Your new holly die pops beautifully against it. Love the cool triple panel layout. xx

  8. You just keep these Christmas cards coming....Such a stunner. Love the Alcohol ink vibrant background and that holy die cut is special. Loving this one Susan x

  9. Susan, your card is a work of art! So pretty on the alcohol background.

  10. what a gorgeous, artful card and a brilliant use of that beautiful holly... not to mention the alcohol inks, which you're making me want to try this with! so pleased you could join our JINGLE BELLES fun! ♥

  11. Wow! This is gorgeous! Love how you created the background, and the branch die looks fabulous over it!


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