Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Sleigh on a Journey

Sleigh Christmas card

The theme at the Sweet Stampin' Christmas challenge for October is Travel and Transport.

This card has been, appropriately enough, quite a journey, with several false starts and detours along the way. 

False starts and different approaches to sleigh Christmas card

But in the end I found my way to the card I had in my head.

I started with an A4 sheet of silver centura pearl card, which I cut into 4 A6 sections. I was hoping to make a few copies of this card, although in the end only one was usable.

I covered the card with Atlantic versa color ink, then stamped the sleigh image, which is from a Papermania set I've had for a couple of years, in watermark ink. I embossed it with white powder. The anti-static pad is definitely needed when stamping onto pigment ink. I did then same with the ClarityStamp Street stamp along the bottom, doubling it up to put houses across the whole width of the card.

I coloured the sleigh image using mica powder with a little water; moon gold for the reindeer, white for the sleigh and beard, and a touch of red on Santa. I also used a little chateau mica powder on a few of the houses. By leaving the windows lighter, it gives an impression of lights on at night.

Lastly, I used a white pen to add snow in the sky and ran a chipped sapphire distress ink pad round the edges. I mounted it on white card a couple of millimetres larger.

Sleigh stamped image

For the frame mount, I used Clarity stencil card, and stamped the swirls round the edge using watermark ink. The stamp is a tree, but I just wanted the curly branches. I heat embossed with clear powder, so the white of the card showed through.

I blended tumbled glass distress ink over the embossing, then to tone it down a little, and tone in with the main image, I added a touch of chipped sapphire distress ink on the edges.

Blue swirl resist embossed background

I mounted this on white card, again 2 millimetres larger, then mounted the main image on this using foam pads. I've run out of foam tape and only have the tiny candy pads at the moment, which are a bit of a pain to use, I must get more tape.

I used the same foam pads (with gritted teeth!) to mount the whole thing onto a white card just under A5 in size.


Sleigh Christmas card
Sleigh Christmas card


  1. Oh my goodness, this is so pretty! Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey x

    1. Thank you Tracey, I was so pleased to finally work out how to get this to work. I might put swirly backgrounds on all my cards now, I love this one.


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