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".

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

A Christmas Tree and A White House

I seem to always be doing "twofers" these days!

The first one for today is for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown's colour challenge "Red, Green, & Brown".

I put the stamp in my MISTI, inked it up with various mini Distress inkpads, spritzed lightly, and stamped on watercolour paper, repeating in areas I wasn't happy with.  I added a brown sentiment, then trimmed the panel, mounted it on a cream card base, and added red gemstones to the tree.

The Paper Players want to see a house on the card.

I created a smooshed background with two shades of blue.  Then die cut the house twice out of white cs, once out yellow cs.  I glued the two white ones together, mounted it on my background, and inserted just the yellow windows from the yellow die cut.  Added a navy sentiment and a navy border, and popped it up on fun foam on the card base.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown

The Paper Players

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - various green and brown mini Distress inks
Paper - watercolour paper, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - red and gold gemstones

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - Distress Broken China and Tumbled Glass, Memento Nautical Blue
Paper - white, yellow, and navy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - unknown house die


  1. Beautiful cards, Susan! The smooshed background on your second card is the perfect backdrop for the house. I LOVE the yellow windows. It is clean and simple perfection. Thank you for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  2. Who doesn't love "twofers"??!! There's so much more to love!! Your potted Christmas tree card is SO pretty Susan, and I love the added red gems!! And your house card is so simple, but really packs a punch with its soft beauty! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  3. Two great cards, thanks for the reminder about the potted Christmas tree. I haven't used that stamp in a long time :).

  4. Two beautiful cards! I love the tree. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation at 52CCT. Stay safe and keep crafting! xx

  5. Hi Susan! Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players! Your lovely background sets off the bright house beautifully. I love how you centered it on a smaller panel, it just pops!

  6. Two awesome Christmas cards Susan. LOVE that big tree with the pretty lights. Great way to use the colours of the challenge. And your snowy covered house is pretty with the gorgeous smooshed background. xx

  7. Two fabulous cards and extra loving the water colour effect on the first card Susan x.

  8. I love the watery movement of the tree and the pretty red ornaments, Susan! Great sentiment too! The house is so welcoming with the lighted windows and pretty smooshed background!

  9. Love the colors and the watercolor-look of the Christmas tree, Susan!
    The smooshed sky for the second card is so pretty and the white die-cut house beautifully pops.
    Hideko xx


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