Saturday 25 April 2020

Oh deer!

Hello crafting friends!

How are you all getting on? I'm on a crafty roll which feels so good - I would much rather have card designs on a loop in my mind than anything Covid-related. Today is the 25th of the month which means it's Rudolph Day, the day lots of us get together (virtually of course!) to make a Christmas card for the 2020 stash. Come and see:

I knew exactly what I was going to do today - use some fabulous die cut Christmas trees that my lovely friend Sarn sent to me to play with! (They're Sissix dies, Woodlands by Tim Holtz and I love them!) I started by taking a card panel, masking off a snowy foreground with a torn sticky note and sponging Weathered Wood distress ink upwards from the horizon so that it faded out nicely. I added snow shadows with a pale blue alcohol marker.

The fir trees are so beautiful and perfect for inlaying, but today I tried two quicker techniques: I used the negative of one of the trees as a stencil and sponged green ink into it, then just sponged the positive of the other tree with the same ink, which showed off all its lovely jigsaw effect. The stag is from Winter Post, a long ago retired Stampin' Up set which I'm so glad I kept. He's stamped onto the snow and I added shading and dapples on his hind quarters.

The panel was cut out with a Heffy Doodles stitched rectangle die and mounted onto a dark red card stock. I finished the card with this gorgeous sentiment from WPlus9's Be Merry and added gems for a bit of festive sparkle.

As well as playing along with Rudolph Day, I'm joining in with The Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme is Winter Wonderland (create a scene.) I think this is definitely a wonderland as the stag is wondering whether it's going to snow!

Someone has a very nice tummy!

Hope you're having a peaceful weekend and are staying safe and well.



  1. Love your card with those beautiful dies! Always fun to see puppy dog pictures & Eva is so cute!

  2. Yay, so glad the ideas are swirling - I’m finally on a crafty roll too, and yes it does feel good! This a great Christmas scene Vicky - those trees are gorgeous and I love the sense of perspective against your stag. I can almost feel the snow in the air - but thankfully, only on your card! Wishing you a pleasant rest of the weekend!

  3. You've used the dies brilliantly. Love your festive make.
    Happy Rudolph Day.

    Hug xxx

  4. Such a sweet card - love that deer! Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

  5. I Love those trees Vicky, it's a wonderful snow scene.
    Keep safe and well.
    Faith x

  6. This card is a beauty! I am glad you kept that stamp as the stag is so lovely on your pretty scene.
    Great idea to use the tree reverse die cut as a stencil!

    Thanks for taking part in the April Rudolph Days Challenge.

  7. A beautiful card. I have those trees but never thought to use them like that - thanks for inspiration (if I remember to use it lol!)

  8. Terrific card ~ I love how you shaded the stag and made a stencil with the tree. Very clever! give a belly rub to Eva

  9. Such a beautiful card, I love how you've used your die as a stencil. Thank you for joining in Rudolph Days Challenge this month.

    Sue DT xx

  10. Beautiful soft green on that forefront tree, really looks so tranquil as does the rest of your scene. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Keep safe, stay home and craft instead!


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