Sunday, October 15, 2017

Merry Christmas Reindeer

I've been participating this past week in Online Card Classes' holiday card class, "Merry Making." Shari Carroll inspired this card with her lesson on Day 2, demonstrating "paint resist."

I cut a panel of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4-1/8x5-3/8" for my background. I stamped the Hero Arts "Newspaper Background" stamp with silver paint, following the tutorial. I also used Distress inks in Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage, & Stormy Sky on my background. Finally, I stamped around the perimeter with images from Hero Arts' "Pine Branches" set.

I die cut Impression Obsession's "Reindeer" (apparently discontinued) from more bristol paper, and colored him with 3 shades of brown Tombow markers. Then I blended the colors with a water brush. I ran him through my Xyron machine to coat the back with adhesive. Because his antlers are so delicate, I didn't want to use liquid glue, and have it ooze out the sides. Finally I adhered him to my panel.

For the greeting, I stamped half of one of the "Build a Banner" images from Avery Elle (apparently also discontinued) onto more bristol, and heat embossed it with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I also took a greeting from Hero Arts' "Vintage Christmas Post" stamp set, curved it to match the banner, and stamped & heat embossed it. I fussy cut the banner out, inked it with Stormy Sky, and adhered it with Scor Tape on either end & a bit of foam tape in the center.

I cut 2 small slits on either side of the reindeer's neck, and threaded through some red ribbon, taping the ends to the back. I also pierced a small hole on either side of the banner end, and threaded red embroidery floss through those holes. I threaded the other ends through the slit along the back of the reindeer's neck, so it looks like he's pulling the banner. Finally, I tied a bow from the same red ribbon, and adhered it with a glue dot.

To finish my card, I adhered my background to a piece of burgundy cardstock cut to A2 size, and mounted it on a white card base.

I'm entering this card in A Blog Named Hero's October challenge, "Calling All Critters."


  1. A gorgeous card with a traditional feel to it, I love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us at A Blog Named Hero x


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