Category: Christmas Cards

Snowflake Christmas Celebration Card

As Christmas day approaches, I have another last minute Christmas celebration card. I’m quite glad I needed a few extra cards, as I got to use a new snowflake Sweet Dixie die!

Snowflake Christmas Celebration Card

I used a sheet of printed paper that I received for free with a crafting magazine recently, which I backed with black card. I then die cut the large snowflake in red card, which I mounted and then added red and light blue gems as accents. Finally I stamped the sentiment on red card, mounted this using 3D foam and then added four teardrop red gems in the corner of the red card.

I will be entering this card into the anything goes challenges over at Through the Craft Room Door, the Lemon Shortbread Challenge. Plus, I am entering this into the pick a previous challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where I have picked the sketch challenge from October.

Bringing joy with this Angel Christmas Card

As the festive period is well and truly under way, what better way to prepare than to continue making Christmas cards? This angel Christmas Card will be winging its way off to a colleague, who I hope will appreciate the modern twist of kraft and red, rather than red and gold.

Red and kraft angel Christmas card


I used a kraft card blank and added some great printed paper with Christmas sentiments included all over, and then topped with an angel die cut (using 3D foam), with a little gem peeping out from underneath. The sentiment is stamped in Tsukineko’s Brilliance ink pad in Rocket Red and I edged the card with ink before also adding this using 3D foam for extra dimension.

I will be entering this into the anything goes card challenge over at Lemon Shortbread.

Feeling festive with a snowman Christmas card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at the Tuesday Throwdown (below), and I am also entering this snowman Christmas card into the anything goes challenges over at Through the Craft Room Door and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Blue and red snowman with mittens Christmas Card

I started with a clear Jolly Santa snowman stamp from Docrafts, which I stamped using a graphite black brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then using a small water colour palette I painted the stamped image and then let this dry. I created two back panels using what I think is papers by DCWV and layered these with block colours of blue and red to match the pattern. In line with the sketch I secured the long panel with double sided tape and the square panel with the stamped image using foam tape.

Then underneath this I added the Noel red and white ribbon, which I bought in the last few week and love the design of! I was having a look for snowflake gems and couldn’t find any so used these blue gems which I think are flowers but as they are quite pointy they almost look like snowflakes.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Dovecraft which I stamped using another Brilliance ink pad, but this time in Rocket Red. I mounted this on the same red and blue card to match the rest of the panels. Finally I added a few little pearlescent white gems as snow behind the snowman.


Snow People Family Christmas Card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the theme challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which is Snow People, so here we have a Snow People Family Christmas Card.

Snowmen Family Christmas Card

I started with a clear snowman stamp from Hobbycraft which I stamped three times with a brilliance dewdrop ink pad in graphite black. The stamp has a top hat in the design which I left on one of the snowmen and cut off the other two. I then hand drew a santa hat for one of the other snow people. I then water coloured the snowman, woman and boy – a little family!

I added white opal liquid pearls from Ranger to the santa hat, back glitter glue to the rim of the top hat and orange glitter glue on the carrot nose and black glitter glue on the coal on the snow boy in the middle of the group. I mounted all these on the snowflake paper which I believe I received free with a crafting magazine. Finally I added the sentiment with foam tape over the wide satin blue ribon.

ppa-318-sep15 sketch


Technique challenge: watercolour Christmas card

Over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown there is a technique challenge this week: watercolouring. So here is my watercolour Christmas card…

Forever Friends Watercolour Christmas Card: diagonal stripes

I started with a Forever Friends Christmas stamp with a little bear decorating the Christmas tree – so cute! I stamped this in graphite black using a Brilliance Dew Drop Pigment Ink Pad. After waiting for this to dry I used watercolour pencils and a paintbrush and water to colour the image.

I had some really tiny star gems which I never thought I would use, but they were the perfect size for the stars on the tree. I added round gems from the same set to the corner on the card the image is stamped on and then mounted this on striped paper from a Me To You set.

Finally I stamped the sentiment using another brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy and added the same small round gems in the corners to match the rest of the card.

I will also be entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Through The Craft Room Door.

Clean and simple Christmas Card

This card is inspired by the themes over at Tuesday Throwdown which this week is ‘clean and simple’ and ‘anything goes’ over at Through the Craft Room Door.

Clean and Simple Christmas Card - Red and green baubles

I really love the simplicity of this design – this might just be a contender to make multiples for Christmas this year. It’s clean and simple after all and one of the guidelines for the style is that it can be easy replicated!

I started with die cut baubles, which I didn’t die cut myself, but that I had leftover from a Christmas crafting set. I stamped the snowflakes in brilliance dew drop ink pads in Rocket Red and Pearlescent Ivy. After leaving them to dry I added gems to the centre of the snowflakes. I added these with a thin silver ribbon attached to the top. I did consider adding bows but it made the design a little fussy so left it just as a linear line.

Then I stamped the sentiment on more white card and added this with 3D foam to add dimension as I chose not to layer this with a surround as I would normally be tempted to – it keeps it nice and clean. I also made sure the card was not textured so that it would stand out against the textured card blank underneath.

A handmade Christmas card – a real gift

With less than four months until Christmas I am now very happy to be completing more Christmas challenges and making more handmade Christmas cards, so that I will be prepared when the festive season comes. Although I normally get into the swing of festive cheer quite early in the year, we have a birthday and then a holiday in September this year, so I think when we get back the next big event will be Christmas!

Pink, green and red Christmas card featuring a gift and snowflakes

This card is inspired by the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which this week is: gifts. I started with one of my favourite dies from Sweet Dixie – a gift box with elaborate bow details. I cut this using my Big Shot Plus in a pink card and a green card with gold glitter and then cut the ribbon section from the pink card and decoupaged this.

Then I stamped the sentiment with a Hobbycraft clear stamp (which I picked up for a bargain 85p!) using a brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy. The papers are from a set with no branding, but I really like the unusual colour combination on these. After adding the ribbon in pink I added a final gem to the centre of the bow in red.

I am also entering this card into the ‘holiday’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Christmas in August? Bring on the mince pies!

I had a little trouble with the sketch over at Mojo Monday as although I am really enjoying playing with my new Big Shot Plus, all the dies I ordered haven’t quite arrived yet and I am still waiting on circles and scalloped circles. So instead I have flipped the layers so my circles are at the front and the squares are behind.

Square red Merry Christmas snowflake card

The tartan paper is from a Christmas Me to You pack, but I’m not sure about the striped paper, as it was in my ‘off-cut’ drawer, but I do recall it was from a 12 inch Christmas set. I stamped the topper using a Rocket Red dew drop Ink pad, and layered this over a large snowflake. Finally I added gems in the corner to add the finishing touches.

I will also be entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Craft Challenges.

Christmas has come early – die cutting fun!

I am so excited – my Big Shot plus has finally arrived! Today I was so tempted to just die-cut over and over with my new machine and dies, but then I remembered the great challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which is a colour challenge: red, black and kraft, which of course I had to incorporate a bit of die cutting into….

Red, black, kraft Christmas box card

Obviously I had to use my new machine, so I started with the Sweet Dixie gift die using red card, and found a matching background paper by Me To You, to layer with the same red card. The card blank I used is a little unusual as it was a sample I was sent with my most recent card order, and it is a gloss black, which although it looks lovely I have noticed it is quite easy to scratch the surface, so I’m not sure I would order these in future, it was great to have a couple to try working with though.

I then stamped the sentiment from Papermania using the brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearl beige onto black card (which strangely looks a little more white than beige in the above image), which I cut out, layered with red card and then cut this out by hand again. I then used another new Sweet Dixie die to cut the corner flourish in black and then layered the sentiment on top using foam pads. I added a large red gem on the bow of the gift to finish it off.

I am also entering this as my third entry to the ‘anything goes’ theme over at Crafty Friends, where this week I have managed to enter a clean and simple card, a card with stamping, and now a card with die cutting – a real variety for me!