Wednesday 9 September 2020


Good Morning
Thanks to so many of you that replied that you weren't getting sick of seeing all my Christmas cards.
If you don't already know, I have a very busy life with 5 little daycare kiddos.  I try and get ahead of the game and with this extra time off, I thought I should take advantage of it so I'm less rushed when holiday time arrives.

This card was inspired by a very talented lady on FB.  Eileen Godwin does some work for Lavinia Stamps and her cards are very clean and simple.  I do enjoy her inking techniques.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4" square piece of cardstock.  I was making a 5x5" card when finished.
  • I used some ScorTape to mask the edges of my card so I would have a crisp, white border when finished.
  • Using some Distress Oxide inks, (Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold) and my Stencil Pal (or you could use any flat edge), I rubbed the inks across my card panel with my TH inking Tool, being sure to criss-cross them as I went along.  I also did a circle outline just using a circle die cut, right where I knew I wanted the reindeer to be. 
  • Next, I laid the Lavinia Pods stencil over the panel and did some light stenciling in the background just to add some interest.
  • I placed the inky panel into my Misti and stamped the Reindeer also from Lavinia Stamps, the sentiment and trees. 
  • I added a bit of shading under the reindeer to help ground him with a gray watercolour pencil.
  • Using my white and black Posca pens, I added splatters to my bkg.
  • I mounted the piece onto a coordinating piece of cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP IT
Time Out- SEASON
International Art and Soul- INCLUDE AN ANIMAL

Stamps- Sentiment (Studio Light); Small Reindeer (Lavinia); Three Pine Trees (Nellie's Choice)
Inks- DOX (TH); Versafine
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Pods stencil (Lavinia); 
Stencil Pal; ScorTape; Inking Tool (TH); Posca pens


aussie aNNie said...

Loving your techniques and your kindness of posting how you do things, I plan to try some

Marcia Hill said...

Incredibly BEAUTIFUL card Karen, and I never get tired of seeing Christmas cards! Your background is just amazing and the black silhouettes on top are so striking! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

cuilliesocks said...

This is so beautiful Karen, beautifully designed and coloured, as I always the background is fabulous, Kate x x

sandie said...

Gosh you do sound busy but pleased you got time to craft and ae getting ahead on Xmas cards. This is stunning. I adore the mix of colours you have used for the background, love you used the pink. The silhouettes are perfect with this. The grunge touches you added also are a unique touch and one I always like to see! Thanks for joining Time Out x

I Card Everyone said...

Brings my mind to Aurora Borealis, Karen - so fabulous! and I love the bold black against all these pastels!
[especially those gorgeous trees!!!]

nancy littrell said...

Wow..Love your sponged softly colorful background for your stamped images, Karen. Wonderful bit of light stenciling over your background. I just watched Eileen's You Tube Video. I would love to try this background. You have me inspired...Again, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Lucille K said...

You have done an amazing job with this card, love the technique you used to make your background. Just love this :)

Ruth said...

When I saw your card, my first reaction was, “it looks like Eileen Godwin!” I follow her and love her cards and techniques. You did a great job with this one.

Susan said...

Love all your Christmas cards, Karen, so keep on posting them! Beautiful mix of colours in your background, wonderful stamps to create your scene.

Mac Mable said...

Eileen is so inspirational Karen and you sure have made this glorious card your own. Absolutely beautiful x. You just keep these coming my friend x.

Pat said...

This is stunning Karen, and I saw Eileen do this background inking technique and said I would give it a go but haven't yet so I will be rectifying that shortly. I love the silhouette roaring stag, trees and ornate sentment which all look wonderful over the top, and the background colours are so pretty too. x

Claire said...

Just beautiful
Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh my, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! What a wonderful inking technique, great choice of colors, wonderful images, and a perfect card for our challenge at Time Out. Thanks so much for playing with us!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful colors on the background and I love the silhouettes used on it.

Bonnie said...

I love this technique and have used it but not shown yet! It makes a another beautiful Christmas card! Love these colors and the reindeer and trees! The sentiment gives even more of a mixed media feel!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful card Karen, love the masking effect and the colours :)

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning colours Karen, love how you have designed the background and love the silhouette stamps.
Faith x

Jennie - The Crafty Wife said...

loving your colour work and the pop of pink, nice stamp and sentiment too. Thank you for joining us at INTAAS. Jennie DT xx

Loll said...

Your background is amazing Karen. I LOVE the criss-cross design with stenciling. The colours are so pretty together. The silhouette images are such a great contrast and really pop against the light coloured background. Very cool technique, very beautiful card! xx