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".

Friday, 13 December 2019

Back to Christmas

I'm back to Christmas cards today.

First up, for the Addicted to CAS "Tree" challenge:

Stamped, watercoloured (including a shiny copper watercolour paint for the stars), trimmed with a wonky stitched rectangle die), bordered with copper cs, and added to a base made of a rustic cardstock flecked with copper.

Next up, for Christmas Cards All Year Round "Santa".  I did two slightly different versions.

I watercoloured the stamped image, changing the colours of the sleigh and house in the two versions.  I used two different sentiments and two different border treatments.  To both cards, I added glitter to the snow line, tree, rooftop, and the trim on Santa's robe.  I went over the snowflakes with a Stardust gel pen.

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Jofy tree
Ink - Archival Potting Soil
Paper - watercolour paper, copper cs, natural copper flecked cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, copper watercolour paint, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die

Supplies for card 2 & 3:
Stamps -
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper; white, red, and gold cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, glitter, Stardust gel pen


  1. I still love that fun Christmas tree, Susan! A great idea to make the stars shimmery! And what a lovely old fashioned looking Santa! Love both ways of framing him!

  2. Both cards with Santa are great. Beautifully colored. Thanks for playing along at CCAYR!

  3. You've made three lovely Christmas cards, Susan! That tree is so much fun and I love the coppery stars! Your Santa winter scenes are both colored beautifully. I adore a vintage Santa in a fur-edged robe! Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell

  4. What lovely cards Susan! I especially like the water coloured tree with the perfectly matched card stocks and the shiny copper stars. Vicky x

  5. wonderful selection of Christmas Cards Susan, I especially like the wonky tree :)

  6. What a cute tree and wonderful Santa in the village scene - sweet cards for Christmas Susan!

  7. I knew you couldn’t stay away too long from making more Christmas cards. 😉 Wonderful trio of Christmas cards. Still love that whimsical tree.

  8. LOVE that wonky tree image, especially done in these wonderful colours with the gorgeous copper framing. Great work Susan! And your sweet old fashioned Santa winter scene is so lovely ... I bet it shimmers A LOT! xx

  9. I love your folky tree, the shiny watercolor, and the speckled base. Perfect for our TREE challenge at Addicted To CAS. Thanks so much for playing with us.

  10. Beautiful creations!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  11. I am playing catch up after being away Susan. Your contemporary tree card is fabulous and your traditional second one is so pretty x.

  12. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Christmas Crafts All Year Challenge this time and good luck :)


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