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".

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Christmas Challenges

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you probably know that I love Christmas card challenges!  Here are two cards for a couple of current challenges.

First up for Merry Monday and 52 Christmas Card Throwdown:

I made this card:

I placed the Penny Black Sparkler Poinsettia stamp in my MISTI and used red and green mini Distress inks to ink it up.  Once stamped, I used a variety of Distress inks in reds and greens to watercolour the poinsettia. 

When dry, I roughly masked the flower and splattered with a couple of the greens.

I added a gold heat embossed sentiment, three gold gemstones in the centre, and a gold shimmer cs mat.

And then my second card is for the AAA Card Challenge:

I chose a peace theme for this challenge and made this card:

The dove is die cut in the same gold as the card base, and the sentiment is stamped in gold. The white panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle and popped up on fun foam.

I hope you'll join me tomorrow as it's the start of the new CAS Mix Up challenge and I'll be hosting it.  And it's CAS Mix Up's 2nd birthday so we'll be offering some prizes!

Card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black Sparkler Poinsettia, Paper Smooches sentiment
Ink - various red and green Distress inks, ColorBox gold
Paper - watercolour paper, gold shimmer cs, PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - gold gemstones, gold embossing powder

Card 2:
Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Delicata Golden Glitz
Paper - gold shimmer and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Penny Black dove die, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam


  1. two beautiful cards, love that poinsettia so vibrant and your awesome CAS peace dove.

  2. Love the translucency of the watercoloured poinsettia, Susan. Very pretty! And the dove is gorgeous cut from gold. xx

  3. Great effect on the poinsettia card and loving the script stamp too x Such an elegant and classy second card x

  4. I love your poinsettia, Susan! The petals look almost transparent! A lovely look for them! Love that gorgeous gold dove too! Very elegant!

  5. Your water colored Poinsettia is just lovely Susan and I really like your gold dove too! Two lovely, lovely cards! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

  6. wonderful coloring, great choice of colors

  7. Beautiful poinsettia card. Love the splatter background and your coloring looks great. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

  8. The watercolored poinsettia is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lovely watercolouring, stamping in the same colour gives a great effect which I have yet to master. Bright and beautiful and the dove is very elegant. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

  10. Gorgeous golden dove, thanks for joining us at AAA Cards!

  11. Lovely card. Well done. Thank you for taking part in our 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Myrna DT

  12. Love the simple golden dove, very beautiful. Thanks for joining in with the challenge at AAA Cards.

  13. Gorgeous poinsettia card, Susan! Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday xoxoox

  14. What a vibrant card! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!


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