Tuesday 1 November 2022

Christmas Trees

Hi everyone, I’ve been cracking on with some Christmas cards, and reached for a new-to-me Lavinia row of Christmas trees, and new Card-io mini trees … here is the result.

I cut a 14cm square of stamping card and created my background by blending Distress Oxides through a square mask stencil and using a torn paper mask for the hills. I stamped my trees using different shades of Versafine Clair, highlighted them with my Sakura Stardust pen and applied some white Posca pen spatter to represent snow. Finally I stamped my sentiment, then matted the finished panel onto dusky blue glitter card. 

I have to confess that this card was a classic example of not being able to leave a finished card alone and then regretting it later. Initially there was nothing in the corners of the inked square, and I thought it needed "more" ... so I got out my mini holly and berries and got stamping. But oh horror!! .. after I had stamped the holly I realised that my paper mask had moved, so the holly was floating in the middle of the sky rather than framing it nicely!! As the card was basically already complete, I just had to rescue it as best I could, but I do think the holly stamping looks a bit of a mess!

Here's an angled picture to show the sparkle.

Stamps: Lavinia Christmas Tree Group, Mini Holly, Mini berries; Card-io Mini Trees; Uniko Christmas Wishes;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch); Versafine Clair (Rainforest, Morning Mist, Twilight); Sakura Stardust pens (clear, rose); white Posca pen;
Tools: Press To Impress square mask.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Crafty Catz #612 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #618 - Anything Christmas Goes with option Make Your Own Background
Double Trouble #124 - SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing - TOP 3
Festive Fridays - Christmas (2nd entry)
Hero Arts (October) - Merry Everything (2nd entry)
Merry Little Christmas #47 - Anything Christmas Goes
Simon Says (Monday) - Christmas - DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #127 - Anything Christmas Goes - TOP 5
Try It On Tuesday - Sparkle and Shine - END OF YEAR SPOTLIGHT 2022
Winter Wonderland - Let It Snow!

Take care and thanks for visiting.


brenda said...

The two makes work so well together Pauline don't they and like the frames scene.

B x

Marianne said...

beautiful landscape card, you did a great job.

Anne Fenton said...

Your card is beautiful, I love the winter scene. Thanks for joining the Festive Friday Challenge at the Outlawz challenges.

Anne Fenton said...

Pauline I love your card it is beautiful. Thanks for joining Festive Friday challenge.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

It's a beautiful card pauline and a lovely stamped scene. I must confess to not using many of my stamps at all, I have gotten out of the habit of using them but aim to rectify that soon - I have an idea for some flat-to-post cards that will use stamping for the design just like this gorgeous scene.

Diane Louise J said...

Hello... thanks for entering your lovely Christmas trees card into the challenge over at Crafty Friends. Good Luck and hope you will join us again. Diane Louise (Team Leader) x

Alyson Mayo said...

This is gorgeous with the layers of snow and the glitter. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Anke said...

WOW Pauline your card is so beautiful, I love your winter scene.

Melanie Hungerford said...

Just lovely! I think the holly in the corners looks great, very pretty card! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble!

Melanie Hungerford said...

Just lovely! I think the holly in the corners looks great, very pretty card! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble!

jimlynn said...

I think the holly looks great in the corner. It frames out the scene so pretty. Beautiful card!

Kate said...

It’s exquisite Pauline! Don’t worry about the detached holly leaves, nobody will notice if you don’t point it out! It is what it is, and what it is, is an absolutely exquisite card anybody would be thrilled to receive. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, I look forward to seeing your work in the gallery again soon!
Hugs, Kate (Cards a la Kate)!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Until I read your post, I was so awed with your beautiful card. Don't be so hard on yourself, it's gorgeous as always.
Faith x

Sarn said...

Ah well, we’ve all been there! But despite the problem you had with the holly stamping it’s still a gorgeous card and no one would guess you had trouble!! It’s wonderful xxx

Mrs.B said...

It's a fabulous card Pauline and I wouldn't have noticed anything wrong with the holly corner. It's a beautiful snowy scene and I can imagine all the sparkle.
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
Avril x

Suzanne Reynolds said...

What a great scene you created with the trees and love splattering of the snow. Also, your corner holly shows depth for your tree scenem looks awesome, as well as the right-hand bottom corner with the branch. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble

Kate Deignan said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for entering the challenge!

Ceal said...

what a beautiful scene. Thanks for entering the stay crafty challenge.

jolanda creatief bijtje said...

super nice`made
Thank you for participating
until next time
greetings jolanda bongers
dt festive friday challenge

Mia said...

Beautiful card, Pauline! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Designer for Try it on Tuesday
craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}

valscraftings said...

A beautiful snowy scene!

Thank you for joining in at Festive Fridays Challenge!

Val - DT Leader

PS: congratulations winner of this challenge - Oct 28 - Nov 10 - Please look on the Festive Fridays Winners Page then contact me using the Contact Form on the blog!

valscraftings said...

Hi Pauline, your winning card is actually #2 from


Check the winners page on the Festive Fridays Winner Tab, you have until the 18 Nov to claim prize.

vicky's scrapping passion said...

How funny, It looks beautiful though and if you didn't mention the mask moving, I would have not even notice it. Thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland Challenge - "Let it show". Best luck