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, 23 January 2019

A Night Sky and Stenciled Holly

Yesterday was a horrible rainy day and I got to spend some of it in my craft room and got pieces made for several cards.  This evening I put two cards together.

The first one is for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge:

I have a sentiment stamp of the second line of "Silent Night" - it seemed the perfect place to start when planning my card.

I made a night sky background by sponging four colours of Distress Inks, then flicking some drops of water onto it.  I die cut the little landscape and two small stars and a small Christmas star.  Put it all together with a stitched border and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Then I wanted to do another card for Loll Thompson's new CAS Stencil challenge - an easy challenge to start with:

And, since I was in Christmas card mode, I chose a holly stencil and created this:

I sponged with Distress inks, then trimmed with an inverted scallop die, and bordered in red glitter cs cut with the next size up of inverted scallop die.  I embellished with red glitter domes and heat embossed the sentiment in sparkly red embossing powder.

Two more for the Christmas card stash!

Supplies for Card 1:
Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black;  Distress Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord
Paper - white and gold cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Memory Box Country Landscape and Star of Wonder dies, Simon Says Stamp mini stars die, Lil Inkers stitched square die, fun foam

Supplies for Card 2:
Stamps - Hero Arts sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Chianti; Distress Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, and Brushed Corduroy
Paper - red glitter and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz holly stencil, Spellbinders inverted scallop dies, red glitter domes, Old Island Red Dragon embossing powder


  1. A lovely winter sky and a sweet little village nestled beneath it, Susan! Love your stenciled holly and the way you've framed it! The red berries and bit of red in the framing give the holly a very festive feel!

  2. Gorgeous night sky on your first card and love the layout and sponging on the second. Both cards are really pretty x.

  3. Beautiful night sky Susan, the perfect background for you die cut houses. Love the soft colours in your stenciling. Two great Christmas cards.

  4. What a lovely scene with a bright star. I adore the red sparkly inverted scallop die. It really highlights the sponged holly and made it so elegant.

  5. The sparkly inverted scallops make a beautiful frame for the softly sponged holly. A lovely CAS design, Susan. Thank you for sharing it at CAS Stencil!

  6. I've always loved that little village die cut scene and how perfect for your gorgeous night sky. Love the die cut framing the stenciling in your second card too. I would love to be able to create cards as quickly as you do!

  7. Beautiful night sky with your sweet village below, Susan. The flicks of water add lots of texture to the pretty colours. Your stenciled holly is so pretty with the reverse scalloped edging in red glitter paper. Adding berries gives the stenciled holly a special detail. Two beauties! xx

  8. Two beautiful Christmas designs Susan! Love the watery night sky on the first and the lovely stenciled holly on the 2nd! xx

  9. Gorgeous stencil sponging Susan, your holly panel looks lovely edged with glittery red. Love your soft sky on your first card too - two lovely cards thanks for sharing with CAS Stencil

  10. Beautiful night sky and I love how you stenciled the holly leaves, Susan! Two really lovely Christmas cards! So happy you joined us over at CAS Stencil!

  11. Two more beautiful Christmas cards. You are going to be all set at the end of the year. Gorgeous night sky on your first. Beautiful stencilling on your second. xx

  12. What a wonderful winter night scene! I love this drawing full of serenity and calm! It's really beautiful!
    Thank you for joining us at 52 Christmas Cards Throwdown.
    Rosi x


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