Christmas cards

Hi all, I’m back today for my last post of the day (whew!) to share three Christmas cards I created as a guest designer for Stamplorations Wonderful Wednesday Colouring. As usual I will be creating three completely different cards using stamps, dies and stencils that you can get from the Stamplorations shop and if you comment on the Stamplorations blog, here and at the 2 other fellow Guest Designers Renee and Vinita, you get a chance to win a $15 voucher to the Stamplorations store! You have until the 11th December to leave a comment so I look forward to reading them!

Poinsettia Row

For my first card, I stamped the beautiful Poinsettia Row with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed it with what I call my “Christmas special” embossing powders from Wow as they’re a mixture of red and gold. (They’re actually called “Heart Throb”). I then simply coloured them with my Cobalt Green Faber Castell PITT Artist pen which looks more like a teal than a green… The “Peace Love Joy“sentiment diecut is from the Artplorations range and was cut from apiece of water-coloured panel I had prepared with red paint & Prima marketing gold Metallic accent watercolour. Don’t you just love that shine? I diecut this panel with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle border die. Afew drops of Nuvo crystal drops finished my card.

swirly blooms mo

My second card uses the “Swirly Blooms” stencil and I wanted to create a card that would remind you of peppermint canes so I first coloured through the stencil using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers before adding a layer of clear gel. That makes them really shiny too! The Merry Christmas diecut was cut twice, in black and gold so that the gold sentiment would really stand out.

swirly blooms

For my third card, I did a watercolour background to accompany the beautiful Nativity diecut which I cut from black card stock. I used my Daniel Smith watercolours, and believe it or not this is the first sky I’ve painted and I’m quite proud of it! ๐Ÿ˜Šย I wanted to depict the heavens opening up at night for the birth of Christ. My hubby didn’t get it as he said there’s no sun at night and I replied “artistic license”! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Nativity painting

But once I added the diecut, he said it made sense. I didn’t want to put a sentiment, hoping that the image speaks for itself…

Nativity card

Well I hope you enjoyed my cards and that you’ll be inspired to do some colouring too! All products can be purchased at the Stamplorations store here. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments.


I’m sharing the Nativity card over at:

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – All About Holidays

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

three muses.jpgThe Three Muses challenge – Illustrate a quote, mine isthree muses quote

25 thoughts on “Christmas cards

  1. I am thinking that my first comment didn’t come through…please delete on of them if it is just awaiting moderation….thanks!
    I love blended skies and your is spectacular!! I can totally see the angels bending near the earth at the birth of Christ. Oh, and tell your hubby that the glow isn’t the sun, it’s the STAR over the place where the child lay…..duh!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    I haven’t ever thought of using my Spectrum Noirs to color in a stencil….and then using gloss? GENIUS! I wish I could touch the shiny texture!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us. Merry Christmas!!
    โค J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  2. OMGeeee Gwendolyn what a stunning card you have made. That background is outstanding and has so much depth to it. Thanks for joining in the fun at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT

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  3. Wonderful cards, Gwendolyn! I especially love that “burning sky” creating. The colours make a marvellous background for your lovely die-cut silhouette of the creche scene. Love it! Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

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  4. OMG, your sky painting is awesome! And it is perfect for the Diecut. I never would have thought to use thst stencil for a Christmas card, but it works. And then the non traditional colors of your poinsettia is great too. All of your cards are beautiful.

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