Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Merry Patterns Reindeer

Hello, Crafters.

I often lose track what day of the week it is, but I'm totally lost having hubby at home everyday! 

No, I'm not complaining, it's lovely having him around, it just feels like one very long weekend! ☺

He's back to work next week, he's just enjoying some very well earned rest!

I used the Hostess Merry Patterns Stamp Set, which is a two-step stamp set, to make today's card. 

This stamp set is given free with all orders over €350/£250 during September and October. 

I started with a card base of Crumb Cake Cardstock (CS), then a layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

After I stamped the reindeer outline stamp using Basic Black Archival Ink on the top layer, I stamped the infill stamp using Crumb Cake Ink. 

I don't like the reindeer not having eyes or a nose, so I added some using a Crumb Cake Marker Pen.

Unfortunately, I made a real hash of it!  

So I went back to the drawing board, and repeated the process on a scrap of Whisper White CS. 

I added the eyes and nose very lightly - they are hardly visible, but they are there!

I stamped the outline sentiment stamp towards the bottom of the top layer, using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Using Real Red Ink, I stamped the infill stamp, and was successful in getting it lined up correctly!

I do love photopolymer stamps! 

Using a straight cut Layering Square Framelits Die, I die cut the reindeer, and then used a larger scaolloped die from the same set to die cut a Crumb Cake layer to adhere the reindeer on. 

I adhered this on top of the original reindeer, and decided I'd made a happy mistake with the original eyes and nose.

The reindeer looks so much better with the layers, and having the layering adds so much to the card. 
I adhered all the layers together using Tombow.

For the inside of the card I had a layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

Before I adhered them in, I took the top layer, and stamped the outline head and shoulders of the reindeer in the bottom right hand corner, using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Then I stamped the infill stamp using Crumb Cake Ink. 

I completed the card by adhering the two layers inside.

If you missed the first card I made using this stamp set, you can check it out on my blog on 9th September 2017.

That's it from me today, until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Very cute card, Jan. Great little stamp set too, isn't it? Ordinarily, I agree with you when it comes to filling in the faces too, but in this case, I think leaving the silhouette alone might work better. (just my personal opinion though). Love your colour choices. Enjoy the rest of the week having your hubby around home!! Hope he enjoys the break too!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Hubby pointed out that he thinks, from the photographs, the reindeer inside the card seems to be looking behind himself, therefore no face required! I keep trying to squint at the reindeer on the front of the card to make him appear to be looking backwards, but no joy yet! LOL! ☺ Hapy crafting, JanB.