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, 29 May 2019

Cards for Two Christmas Challenges

As busy as ever making Christmas cards!

First up, one for Christmas Cards All Year Round - "Christmas Ornaments".

I stamped and watercoloured, bordered the image with gold cs and used a red card base,
and then went over the ornament with Crystal Glaze and the star and ribbon with a Stardust pen - can't see the shine and sparkle in this photo but I've taken a close-up.

And the second card is for The 12 Months of Christmas - "Creature Feature".

I started by making the tag:

I inked up a white tag with two shades of Distress stains. I then darkened the edges with a matching Distress ink. Then stamped the text stamp after wiping off some of the ink. I added a spritz of homemade gold spray.

I die cut two layers of the "joy" sentiment and three of the reindeer from a copper shimmer cs, glued them together and glued to the tag. I decided the upper left corner needed something so used embossing paste over a small sprig of a holly stencil, then searched all my glitters for a green that would work - none would so I had fun blending green, blue, and graphite glitters together.

I embellished with a bit of ribbon and one gemstone for the dot over the "joy".

To make the card:

I cut two narrow strips of the same copper shimmer cs and ran them down the left hand edge to make the lines for the challenge. And then taped down my tag on the right hand side.

Thanks for stopping by and please come back tomorrow for a special post about the craft retreat I went to last week!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Jofy
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red and gold cs
Size - A2
Accessories -  Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Crystal Glaze, Sakura Stardut pen

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Inkadinkado text stamp
Ink - Distress Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint
Paper - premade white cs tag, copper shimmer cs, white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress Stains (Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage), Tim Holtz holly bough stencil, embossing paste, glitter, dark green ribbon, copper gemstone, Tim Holtz joy die, Dee's Distinctively deer die, homemade gold spray


  1. FABulous Susan, love your ornaments and gorgeous card.
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Your card with the Jofy stamp is wonderful! The stardust pen added so much to the strings to embellish it. I have that one and have not used it yet so thanks for the inspiration. Your tag card is outstanding! Love that fabulous background, the fact that you mixed your glitters and all that wonderful texture. Great mixed media work.

  3. Two beautiful Christmas cards, Susan. I really must start making more cards for the holiday season. I think I maybe making duplicates this year. TFS and always inspiring me, my friend. Hugs...

  4. Beautiful ornaments with the shiny bow and strings! I love the combination of rustic and glitz! The tag is beautiful! I'm impressed with your mixing of the glitters to make the perfect color!

  5. Another two fantastic Christmas cards Susan. You are on a roll!! I bet your stash is getting really big. Love the pretty ornaments with the sparkle and shine. Your tag card is amazing with all the layering of elements. Great work, my friend! xx

  6. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  7. Love that ornament stamp, I might have to borrow it from you. I can't wait to see this one IRL especially with the glossy accents on the bauble.
    your second card is a stunner, I love your background with the text. The image invokes such a vintage feel :)

  8. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

    Helen x


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