Hello, I wanted to show you that you can use Christmas themed stamps sets for non-Christmas cards. The North Pole Pals stamp set by Avery Elle is my favourite from this years release.
I started by die cutting three pieces of watercolour card with the large rectangle stitched die. Leaving one piece full sized I die cut the other two panels (One piece I die cut the Forest Border die about half way up, and from the second piece I die cut the stitched mountain border die and the snowcaps).
On a further piece of watercolour card I stamped the reindeers from the North Pole Pals stamp set in Archival Jet Black ink. I used my favourite markers – the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers to colour these images in. I drew a line of colour where the shadows would be, blended out the colour with a waterbrush. The darkest reindeers are coloured with 62 Dark Brown. The medium reindeer is coloured in 64 Oatmeal and the lightest reindeer (between the two darkest reindeers) is coloured in 61 Light Brown.
Once they were dry, I added another layer of colour to add some shadow with the same shades. I used a little 67 Mustard on all the hooves and antlers, I also used the 67 Mustard on their noses. I used this colour straight from the marker. All the collars are coloured in 36 Light Blue. I placed the reindeers to the side to let them completely dry, while I worked on the rest of my scene. I stamped a snowflake with versamark and sprinkled on some white embossing powder. I tapped the excess powder off and used the heat gun to melt the embossing powder. To add the little dots of snow, I dotted on some liquid glue, sprinkled on some embossing powder and heat set.
Tip: Make sure the heat gun is really hot to melt the embossing powder.
I needed a place for the sentiment, so stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ with Versamark on the largest mountain. Sprinkled on white embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heat set. To create the sky, I ink blended Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch distress inks – keeping more of the Blueprint Sketch to the top of the panel (Less than 2inches will be seen so I didn’t need to ink all the card).
On the mountains, I blended Pumice Stone distress ink at the top of the mountain peaks and Ground Expresso distress ink along the bottom to add some depth.
On the forest border I pounced Pine Needles distress ink on the trees. I used Mowed Lawn distress ink along the top (under the trees) and Twisted Citron for the rest of the grassy area.
Tip: Be careful if you use a circular motion you could rip off or break the trees.
I lightly spritzed all these pieces with clean water from the Distress Sprayer. Let the water sit for 20-30 seconds and blotted dry with a paper towel. I adhered the stitched mountain flat to the sky and used liquid glue for the snowcaps – which I left white. I foam mounted the forest border panel, placing a small foam tape behind each tree, and spaced the reindeer die cuts across the front. I adhered this whole card front onto a 14 x 11cm side folding card base made from Bazzill marshmallow cardstock.
Do you need any birthday cards around the Christmas season?
The supplies I used to make this card are listed and linked below, and are available over at the shop.
AVERY ELLE – North Pole Pals Stamp set and Co-ordinating Dies
TIM HOLTZ – Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass -Pumice Stone – Pine Needles – Blueprint Sketch – Twisted Citron – Ground Espresso – Distress Sprayer
SWEET DIXIE – White embossing powder
BAZZILL – Marshmallow White Cardstock
SIZZIX – Big Shot Die Cutting Machine