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, 20 January 2022

Three Shades of Brown in a Christmas Card

I'm just totally in a Christmas card making mood!  Or maybe it's that the January challenges are all really appealing to me. 

52 Christmas Card Throwdown wants three shades of brown, not what I'd normally pick for a Christmas card but it can work!

I've got three shades of brown in the reindeer, with the darkest one repeated for the sentiment.

My reindeer was created by first stencilling through a reindeer stencil with light brown Distress ink, then laying a star stencil over top of the reindeer stencil and stencilling through that with a darker colour.  I then took a dark brown and added it to the antlers and a bit to the feet, back, and tail.

I wasn't happy with where I'd positioned the reindeer on my cs, so I fussy cut it.

I stamped the sentiment in the dark brown on a square of cream cs, then popped the reindeer up with dimensional tape.

I added some tone on tone die cut stars around the reindeer.

I love the sentiment - it says: "On Christmas Eve a long time ago, my sister swore she heard reindeer hooves on the roof. I believed her then and I believe her still today. We can all use a little extra magic in our lives I always say."

52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Stamps - Kay Foley sentiment
Ink - various brown Distress inks
Paper - cream cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer stencil, star stencil, SSS small star die, dimensional tape


  1. What a beautiful way to use three shades of brown. This is great and the sentiment is wonderful. Sometimes we need a reminder to add magic to our lives.

  2. OMG...Stunning Christmas card with your brown tones of ink, Susan! I loved your sponging and stamping on your stenciled reindeer, but your fussy cutting leaving a narrow white border was even more impressive, my friend. Loved your choice of sentiment and die cut stars too. An amazingly beautiful Christmas card, my dear friend. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

  3. I love the clean, crisp look of this along with that wonderful sentiment on the front! What a fun card, Susan! And of course I'm fond of the neutral colors too.

  4. What a fabulous tonal card and I love how you did the reindeer. What a great sentiment too Susan....And yes I believe.......lol x.

  5. This is an awesome card, my friend! Love this reindeer and that sentiment is wonderful!

  6. I am totally in love with your card, Susan! A really awesome take on the color scheme and such a great sentiment too!! Thank you so much for playing along with 52CCT. Rosi x

  7. I love this card, especially your design, Susan! Your brown shade deer looks fantastic, and fussy-cutting it and popping it up worked better to make him stand out. I love the sentiment too.
    Hideko xx

  8. What a beautiful card you made :-)) I like how you use brown colours.
    Thank you for playing with us at 52CCT. I hope we see you next week, too.

  9. your reindeer looks perfect fussy cut and layered on the card. Great sentiment :0

  10. WOW WOW your card is so beautiful, Susan. I love this reindeer and the wonderful sentiment.

    Greetings from Germany


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