Saturday, May 14, 2016

Deck the Halls

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Blog's theme this week is "Woodgrain, Kraft, & White." Of course, it has to be a Christmas card, as well! Since I've gotten a bit out of practice with Christmas cards lately, I decided to create this clean & simple one.

After cutting a panel of kraft cardstock to 4.25x5.5", I taped the largest of the "2013 Snowflake Pendant" dies by Spellbinders (discontinued) to the center. I die cut that, and embossed the positive piece with the same die. I inked up Hero Arts' "Designer Woodgrain" background stamp with Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink, and rubbed the front of my kraft panel onto the stamp to transfer the ink to the cardstock. Then I set that aside to dry.

I heat embossed the greeting, from the "Deck the Halls" stamp set by Lia Griffith for Hero Arts, in the center of my die cut snowflake, using Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. (I was glad to find the stamp was a perfect fit!) I ran my snowflake through my Xyron Creative Station to apply adhesive to the back, and then used a sponge dauber to sponge more Unicorn ink over it, just to lighten the tone of the kraft a bit.

By this time, the ink on my background was dry. So I adhered it to a white A2 card base, using my ATG gun around the sides & Perfect Paper Adhesive behind the small areas around the cut-out portion. Finally, I adhered my snowflake in place.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking's "Clean & Simple"
Craft Your Passion Challenges #311 "Anything Goes"
Through the Craft Room Door "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge "Emboss It"


  1. This card is absolutely fabulous! I would've never thought to combine a snowflake with wood, but you've made a stunning scene! It is so elegant, yet simple in the color palette. Love the sentiment in white in the middle of the snowflake and it made me feel all giddy about Christmas! You did an incredible job here and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your work. Thanks for sharing such a creative card with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Nice one Andrea! I like how you inlaid the snowflake back into the kraft. Nice sentiment in the middle too.

  3. This sentiment is so perfect for this awesome die! Love the inlaid effect! Thanks, Andrea, for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  4. I love it Andrea! :) Very CAS, beautiful! :)

  5. I'm glad to see someone getting ready for December celebrations. Wonderful card with that woodgrain background.

    So glad you joined us at a2z Scrapbooking.

  6. Wow it's gorgeous!! The inlaid die cut looks fabulous against the wood grain background! Thanks for playing with us at a2z.

  7. beautifully done, thanks for entering at a2z!

  8. Nice card! Thanks for playing along with a2z!

  9. Beautiful Andrea thanks for joining us at a2z

  10. beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at A2Z


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