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, 16 July 2022

Rustic Background for a Tree

Peace on Earth has a great mood board for their new challenge.  I chose the image on the bottom left to inspire me.  I didn't have any gingham or plaid dp but created something using the red and black for my background.

Using a stencil, I sponged Black Soot ink over it, leaving a lighter area at the bottom for my sentiment.  I really like the irregular edges on the other three sides.  The sentiment is heat embossed in a darker black.

I die cut the tree three times and glued them together for dimension.  The top one is cut from mixed media cs and smooshed in various green Distress inks.  Finished off with red gemstones to match the red baubles on the tree in the mood board image.

We'd love to have you join us at Peace on Earth.  It's an "anything Christmas goes" challenge but here's the mood board if you need some inspiration.  Check out what it inspired the rest of the Design Team to create!


Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Distress Black Soot, Iced Spruce, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough;  Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - red, white, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Textured Mesh stencil, black embossing powder, Impression Obsession tree die


  1. FABULOUS card my friend and great take on the mood board! Hope you have a wonderful day ahead and thanks for another inspiring creation!

  2. Your tree is really pretty Susan, but boy oh boy do I love, LOVE your background!! It is so bold and beautiful, and really does make your tree pop! FABULOUS card my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  3. awesome card Susan, I love the red and black background for your tree :)

  4. Great take on the mood board to inspire us, Susan! I love the background you created for your stately tree and how you gave it irregular borders and space for the sediment! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Oh my...Love your stenciled background with irregular edges, Susan. Perfect background for your beautiful smooshed die cut tree. TFS mf. Hugs..Nancy

  6. Love the background created to highlight the tree!

  7. This is a great Christmas tree, Susan! Love the stenciled background!

  8. Great solution to make a red & black gingham background, Susan! I love the irregular edges too! The style of your tree is perfect for the rustic background, and the smooshed greens are beautiful!
    Hideko xx

  9. LOVE how you've created an artsy plaid using the grid stencil over coloured card stock. So very clever and creative, Susan! So pretty with your layered Christmas tree. xx

  10. Beautiful. Very creative solution to your no plaid dilemma.

  11. Great project and fantastic colours and technique ♥

  12. That is a clever take on the background. Very inventive and a pretty decorated tree.


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