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, 24 July 2018

Splats for a Non-Traditional Christmas Card

I think of traditional Christmas cards having themes like Santa, reindeer, snow, stars, trees, doves, etc.  And they are the kinds of themes I like to use. So when I saw the latest 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge "Non-Traditional Christmas Card", I was going to skip it, but then I decided on this card:

I kept the colours traditional, but went with the rather strange theme of splats!

You take Distress Stains and prime them by pressing down on your craft mat or scrap paper to get the stain flowing. Then on mixed media cs (you get richer colour than on regular cs), you press down really hard and simply splat the Distress Stain on your mixed media cs with the sponge dauber.

I used red and quite an olive green shade of green. Then between them, I stamped my sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with gold.

I die cut it with an oval die and popped it up on fun foam on a gold card base. a

Hope this counts as non-traditional!

Stamps - PTI sentiment
Ink - Versamark
Paper - gold cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress Stains (Peeled Paint, Festive Berries), Spellbinders oval die, gold embossing powder, fun foam


  1. Well done for tackling the challenge head on with this creative idea. The result looks smart and stylish against the gold. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

  2. Love your bright splats of color, Susan! What a fun Christmas card!

  3. Looks like a Holiday Celebration kind of card, especially with your holiday colors. Very clever, Susan. TFS Hugs...

  4. Very fun, modern design Susan!! LOVE this ... the splats really make a statement ... and love it all on the gold card stock. Great non-traditional design, my friend! xx

  5. What a fun and creative idea, Susan! Great splats and take on the challenge! xx

  6. c'est très original Susan, je pense effectivement que ce n'est pas du tout traditionnel comme idée, j'aime que tu ais gardé les couleurs classiques, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52cCT, biz

  7. I love this unique Christmas card, Susan! Very refreshing to see the splats of holiday colors in a Christmas card. And the gold card base especially goes well with olive green. Hideko xx

  8. great splats, so perfect for a non traditional Christmas card

  9. That's a great technique, I got some distress stains at a sale, but never really know what to do with them. I love my messy backgrounds though so will have to try this! Thanks for joining in at the 52CCT.


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