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".

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Blue and White Christmas

It's time for January's second Peace on Earth Christmas challenge.  I went with one of my favourite Christmas colour combinations - blue and white.

I created the background by swiping various blue Distress stains across some watercolour paper that I'd lightly spritzed with water to help the colours blend.  When dry, I stencilled some tiny snowflakes with white embossing paste.

I layered the Delicate Pine Frame die over it and added it to a panel stamped with a right angle sentiment.  Then popped that panel up on fun foam on the card base.

I was inspired by the white tree and blue and white colour scheme of the lower left image on Peace on Earth's mood board (although the challenge is an "anything goes" Christmas challenge so you don't have to use the mood board).

Head on over to the Peace on Earth challenge blog for more inspiration!

I used up a little off-cut from the background and created this mini slimline:

I ran a piece of white cs through a dotted embossing folder.  Because the mini slimline size is 6.25", the embossing folder left an unembossed strip at the bottom - perfect for stamping the sentiment.

I layered a deer / tree die over the background piece and assembled the card.

I really like the mini slimline format - a great way to use up little scraps!  

I'm also entering the following:

Colorful Options "Winter Blue" challenge


The Sisterhood of Crafters "The Color Blue" challenge 

The Four Seasons "Anything Goes Winter" challenge

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - unknown corner sentiment
Ink - Distress Faded Jeans
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - various blue Distress stains, Memory Box tiny snowflake stencil, white embossing paste, Memory Box Delicate Pine Frame die, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Distress Faded Jeans
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - 6.25x3.25"
Accessories - unknown deer / tree die, various blue Distress stains, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Memory Box tiny snowflake stencil, white embossing paste


  1. Beautiful design, love those goreous colours. Have a lovely Sunday. xx

  2. Gorgeous cards Susan, both beautifully designed! You can enter them in our challenges at Colorful Options, Four Seasons and The sisterhood as they both fit the themes!
    Diane {Nellies Nest}
    {Peace On Earth}

  3. I love both these cards, Susan! The rich blue background with white die cuts is such an elegant combination! Gorgeous work on that background with perfect blending!

  4. Oh Susan these are both just beautiful! And, like Diane said, they also fit the following challenges and I hope you'll share them there too. Too pretty not to be seen by as many as possible ... awesome inspiration!

  5. You had me at "Blue". It's my favorite color and these cards are both awesome. Beautiful scenes and I love how you did the blue backgrounds.

  6. Both cards are beautiful and the crisp white looks fabulous against the shades of blues...love them Susan x.

  7. 💙💙💙 these cards! You have created such gorgeous, peaceful scenes. Thank you for joining us over at Colorful Options Challenge! Cheers, Makira CO DT

  8. Me again ... you already know how much I LOVE these two cards! I'm so glad you've come to share with us over on Four Seasons and Colorful Options! Good Luck!!

  9. Blue and white is one of my favorite winter color combos. I love these cards. What an excellent job you did on these. Thank you for joining us at Four Seasons. [Bunny]

  10. What a beautiful inked background for these snowflakes and beautiful framed tree! I love how that corner sentiment fits so perfectly! The second card is as delightful as the first! The snowfall is perfect for adding a sentiment!

  11. Both cards are stunning Susan, I love the depth of colour you got and the white really pops against the background :)

  12. Love the white against the dark background and how you framed focal images.

  13. I LOVE both your Gorgeous Blue and White Christmas cards, Susan:-) Every detail for both cards is stunning and perfect for your cards, my friend. TFS your description and supplies...I loved everything....TFS and always inspiring me! Love and Hugs....

  14. Wow, these white silhouettes are so nice on the blue background. Great work!
    Lia DT TSOC

  15. I m so pleased you entered your beautiful cards into our Colorful Options and Four Seasons challenges!
    Diane CO DT and FS DT
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Colorful Options}
    {Four Seasons}

  16. Love your gorgeous blue backgrounds, Susan! The white die-cuts look amazing against the blue shades. The emboss pasted tiny snowflakes are so pretty! The design of the first card using the corner sentiment is brilliant!
    Hideko xx

  17. WOW! LOVE the background with the different shades of blue. What a fun and easy way to create your background. I think I have tried this before, but didn't get the amazing depth of colour as you did above. Two beautiful cards, my friend! xx


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