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Monday, 29 October 2012

Crafty Cardmakers #78 Shaped Card Featuring a Reindeer or Two

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time around is a shaped card with a Reindeer or Reindeers. Tracey our hostess has requested that we make any shape we like as long as it is not a rectangle or a square.

CCM 78 Shaped

We are sponsored by both StampMan and by Di's Digi Downloads (2) copy with a £10 voucher from The Stamp Man and $10 from Di’s Digi Downloads.

I created my card by placing the patterned reindeer and tree stamps, both free from Simply Cards and Papercraft and from HOTP, either side of two stamps from Kanban, so that they were all on my acrylic block lined up and ready to go. I would normally have stamped the two different types separately because of the differences that can occur in depths of stamps. However, I knew they had to fit inside the Nestie shape I had already cut out for the shaped card. I did a test stamp and luckily they stamped fine. I then ran the whole thing through a cuttlebug embossing folder which is designed to look like random snow falling. I did it so that it debossed, instead of embossed as I knew that I was going to ink to create the night sky, and embossed dots would have picked up the ink more when I did this.

CCM 78

As you can see the ink did catch the edges of the holes a little more than the rest of the card, but it’s not as noticeable as it would have been had I embossed instead of debossed it. I used a zig glue pen to dot into the holes made by the folder and also the tree and ground I used Snow Writer on, I then sprinkled with glamour dust.

I cut a matching piece of card and created a spine which I glued to the back of the design side. This looks better, I think, than having to miss cutting the edge of the design in order to make a shaped card from folded cardstock with no gluing required.

This has made a lovely small card which under UK postage regulations can go for the cheapest possible amount! I might have to make a few more for the ones that have to be mailed…..

I am entering this into

Charisma Cardz – #42 Don’t Be Square

Crafty Ann’s Challenge – #77 Christmas In October

Crafty Hazlenut’s Christmas Challenge – #96 No Patterned Paper

DYSU – #95 Embossing Wet or Dry

Gingerloft Challenge – GL51 No Colouring Allowed (please feel free to delete if not appropriate but your challenge said no copics and pencils I only used an inkpad for the sky!)

Hot Shot Craft – #12 Bling It On

One Stitch at a Time – #137 Make 1 For Christmas

Penny Black and More – October Animal Magic

Robyn’s Fetish – #131 Use An Embossing Folder

Southern Girls # 56 Animal Crackers

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. I love this card Lin!!
    Very beautiful.

  2. Gorgeous card. Love the scene you have made. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  3. Love the shape and the stamping - beautiful card - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 96 - hope to see you again soon. x

  4. I love this card Lin! Hope I can still get the stamps, I had looked at them and wasn't sure. You've made my mind up for me!

  5. Very elegant card. Fine and delicate work. Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and "Bonne Chance" !

    Hugs from France.

  6. Hey Lin, I love, love, love this card!! Such a lovely background, and those freebie stamps - they are top of my faves at the mo and are sat on my desk waiting for me to start on Christmas!! Hugs Sharon xx

  7. Oh I do love this Christmas card design, brilliant and beautiful!

  8. Lovely festive scene and l like the shape too.
    Thank you for joining in the Animal Magic challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  9. hiya Lin, I really really like this - nice arrangement of the stamps and a lovely background. It's always a challenge to make xmas cards that can go with the smaller postage rates, and this is beautiful.

  10. Gorgeous card. I love the whole design, shape colour and images.
    Great to see you at Charisma Cardz this week. Hope we see you next time.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  11. Lovely Christmas card! Love the effects of a snowy white christmas. Wonderful work! Thanks for joining the Animal Crackers Challenge at Southern Girls!

    Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz

  12. Hi, Lin! LOVE the silhouette stamping with the blue tones! This is gorgeous! :)

  13. An absolutely adorable Christmas card Lin and such a pretty shape as well.

    Thanks so much to joining our Animal Magic theme at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  14. Love the shape of this card, love the stamps you've used, love the glitter and snow. A FABULOUS festive card. xx

  15. Hi Lin, you have created such a fabulous wintery scene here, the snow is fantastic as is your beautiful stamping. Love the elegant card shape too.


  16. Wow! What a great card! Thanks so much for joining the Southern Girls - hope we'll see you again! Hugs Siv

  17. Absolutely love your card, great composition and a fabulous scene:)
    Val x

  18. Your card is amazing!! LOVE it! Thank you for joining Robyn's Fetish Challenge! Lilia DT

  19. Stunning card, gorgeous shape and fab stamping :o) Thanks for sharing it with us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. Hugs


  20. Wow this is stunning, love the shape of your card and glitter and silhouette images. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck xxx

  21. Lin this is beautiful, love the stamps I may have to dig mine out. The shape works really well too :)

    Many thanks for joining in with our Make 1 For Christmas challenge over at OSAAT & hope to see you back again soon.

    Mandy (DT member for OSAAT)

  22. Such a delicate, pretty card. I love all the thought you've put into this, the little touches like debossing instead of embossing and adding glitter to the debossed falling snow. Just lovely.

    Thanks for joining in our "Make 1 for Christmas" challenge at OSAAT this week.


  23. This is beautiful! So many perfect details. Thank you for joining us at DYSU this week!

  24. Fabulous card Lin, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  25. I really like the shape of this one Lin, and the snow effect, very pretty
    Hugs Julie P

  26. Love this wonderful card of yours. It's a wonderful design and the images and details works so well together.
    Love n hugs
    Marie (Mi)


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