Saturday, 24 December 2016

Stable Door Card - Last Christmas Card for 2016

Hello, Crafters.

This is my last Christmas card for 2016 and I'll be publishing the video at 7pm GMT this evening. I don't know if this card has another name but I'm calling it a stable door card. It was inspired by the swap I received from Jeanne Smithwick at the OnStage Local Convention last month in Telford - many thanks, Jeanne. I shared Jeanne's card - see last photograph - on my swaps video and I was asked if I'd make a video to show how it's made. 

I decided to make it as a Christmas card, my thoughts flowing on from my stepper card and my bendi card. I can see this style being used as a wedding card, using the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set and the Bell Punch. Given the varying range of stamps we have, I'm sure there must be lots of different possibilities. 

I started my card with a base of Crumb Cake Cardstock (CS). I scored it halfway and used my trimmer to cut off the top section, which gave me a stable door that's two inches tall (5cm). Using Tombow, I adhered the Whisper White CS layer inside the card first, then the piece on the front, lower half. On top of this I added the Garden Green design from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I started stamping with the the sentiment which is from the Oh, What Fun Stamp Set. I used Garden Green Ink onto a piece of Whisper White CS, and die cut with straight die number five from the Layering Oval Dies Framelits. This was layered onto an oval I die cut from some Garden Green CS using scalloped die number 5. I adhered this with Tombow in the centre of the back part of the card so this could act as a guide to where the images should be placed.

Using Wild Wasabi Ink, I stamped four trees from Santa's Sleigh Stamp Set onto a piece of Wild Wasabi CS. I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to paint each moon-shape stamped onto the trees, and then I die cut them using the tree die from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies. Using Tombow I adhered one of them at each end of the stable door, and then adhered the other two back to back! 

Using Soft Suede Ink, I stamped one reindeer onto Soft Suede CS and die cut with the appropriate die from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies. I used my Project Life 0.1 Journalling Pen to convert the reindeers closed eye to a happy eye, and painted his nose red! Then I painted him all over with my  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

I stamped two Santas and two pom-poms onto Whisper White CS using Archival Black Ink and coloured the Santas using my Marker Pens: Real Red for hat, jacket and trousers; Smokey Slate for his boots, gloves and belt; Blush Bloom (retired) for the face. I punched the Santas and the pom-poms out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. 

I adhered just one pom-pom to one Santa, and then painted the pom-pom and all the fur trim with my retired two-way Glue Pen. Then I dipped Santa into my box of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I lined the second Santa up with the first Santa, back to back, so I knew where to adhere the pom-pom. Then I repeated the glittering process with the second Santa. I adhered one Santa on the front of the Stable door, standing next to the first tree, and then adhered the second Santa, back to back!

I'm happy with the result, just a bit disappointed that I have to wait until 2017 before I can send it to someone!

This is my last blog for two days and I'd like to wish everyone a very happy and blessed  Christmas.☺



  1. Love how you've done this card, Jan and can see many other possibilities also ... appreciate the extra care you took in backing your trees & Santa on the inside ... it truly does give a lovely finish. Appreciate your doing the video tutorial also. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I'm so pleased you like this idea. Definitely ideal for lots of other possibilities! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.