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".

Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Reindeer and Jingle Bells

The Twelve Months of Christmas have an "Anything Goes - Optional Twist Santa challenge" - I don't have an image of Santa, but my card does mention Santa!

And the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is asking for "Smooshing".

The reindeer stamp has "Believe in Santa" as part of the image, and I added a sentiment that says "Believe in the Magic.

The background is smooshed with various blue Oxide inks on watercolour paper. The reindeer is stamped and heat embossed in copper, then fussy cut. The sentiment is heat embossed and cut out with a SU sentiment punch.

Today you get a second card as I've been working hard at building my Christmas stash.  This one is for The Christmas Kickstart Challenge "Jingle All the Way".

I started by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment in gold on white shimmer cs, then trimmed the panel.  I die cut the bells out of gold shimmer cs, attached them to the white panel with gold cord and foam tape, and glued on a few of the tiny stars that came out of the bells.  The white panel is popped up on fun foam on a matching gold card base.

Be back soon with more Christmas cards!!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - unknown reindeer, Make an Impression "Believe in the Magic"
Ink - various blue Distress Oxide inks, ColorBox copper
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - TH detail copper embossing powder, Lil Inker stitched square, fun foam, SU sentiment punch

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - ColorBox gold
Paper - gold and cream shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Lil Inker bell die, gold cord, Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, foam tape, fun foam


  1. Two gorgeous cards, Susan - love that stag. Your Jingle Bells card is stunning and I love that you used the stars form the bells as decoration. Thanks for playing along again at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

  2. Wonderful Christmas cards, both of them. Well done you getting in the Santa theme for the first card with the sentiment on the fabulous stag. Striking jingle bells card and so very pretty x.

  3. This deer is so graceful and I love the sentiment on him! The jingle bells are so elegant with all the gold! Perfect sentiment for them!

  4. Clever take on the Santa theme... beautiful ink smooshed background.
    And you nailed the jingle bells challenge... the bells are so pretty and classy in gold and white.

  5. I like both your cards, Susan! Love the texture on your reindeer and love the brilliant gold for the bells. These are both so festive. I also love the color combination on the first card.

  6. Two beautiful Christmas cards Susan. Your stash must be pretty big at this point. Love the smooshed background and your sweet reindeer with the built in sentiment. Isn't it great to have these images that work perfectly for a challenge??!! Love the golden sleigh bells with all the glitter and sparkled. Another perfect sentiment to go with them. xx

  7. Lovely cards! Love the background on the first!
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