A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017


Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.




Blue Sky at Night

December 18, 2016










stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block


  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.

Frosted Bunnies

December 7, 2016


20161019_193453stamps: Robin’s Kingdom 30-056 by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Peacock & Prussian Blue Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card: Silver Foil Board

accessories: Branches & Snowflake Embossing Folder siz657251; Sketchbook Peace 99236 Memory Box die; Polysparkle Embossing Powder; Texters

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine; Scissors


  1. Open up the embossing folder and run the blue ink pads over the flatter side, starting with the lighter colour and blending into the darker blue. Place your white card inside, close the folder and run through Big Shot as normal. When you pull the card out, the background should be blue and the foreground (snowflakes) should be raised and the original white card colour. Pour over the polysparkle embossing powder while inks are still wet, then heatset. (Note: Polysparkle is a clear embossing powder, with a subtle sparkle through it). Attach to white folded backing card with two-sided tape.
  2. Stamp rabbits onto scrap of white card, colour in as desired, then cut out. Magic Mount these onto piece of white card.
  3. Cut out “Peace” wording die in silver foil board. Use liquid Glue to affix to top of white card above rabbits. Position off center on main card and secure with two-sided tape.