Sunday, 3 November 2013

Christmas Card Challenge and Giveaway

Take one bird and make 6 cards...

I thought I would set myself a mini challenge with my new stamps, to use just one of them as a focal stamp and create 6 very different cards. I chose to focus on the steampunk robin from EDY03.


Bottom layer - white card blank
middle layer - smoothy card stamped with archival  red geranium and the background stamp from HP1105
top layer - smoothy card stamped with black and red archival and  group snowflake from EDY04
robin is stamped in black and just his breast is coloured with promarkers...

all layered up and finished..

Card #2. 

Bottom layer - smoothy card with Treasure Gold rubbed around the edges. 
middle layer -  Choc pudding Fresco paint
top layer - gold fresco paint, then crackle glaze, then nougat. Bird is stamped in black archival, then whole piece is sanded lightly. 

Flower created using smallest grunge flower die, the centre is the single snowflake from EDY04

All layered up with a piece of ribbon. 

Card # 3. 

Background - smoothy card painted with several blues and the snowflake Fresco paint, blended with a sponge in the middle where the white meets the blue. Stamped trees are Hero Arts. Edge is rubbed with Pewter Treasure Gold. 

Robin is stamped onto smoothy that was first painted with Pewter Fresco paint, then a little pewter was added to Claret and to Beach Hut to create metallic coloured paints for the other areas.  Another piece of smoothy was painted with metallic beach hut and the holly stamped onto it. 

Layered up and with a sentiment added ..

Card # 4. 

Bottom layer - smoothy card, the edges rubbed with Treasure Gold. 

middle layer - several translucent frescos blended. Homeade tissue tape added, then Grunge paste coloured green and added thru a vine stencil. The small berry dots are coloured grunge paste. 

top layer - cream tag with homemade tissue tape and text from both EDY03 and EDY04

Robin is a paper cast, painted with 3 different browns, then highlighted with ruby,sapphire and white fire Treasure gold. 

All done.. 

Card# 5. 

Bottom layer - smoothy card, the edges rubbed with Treasure gold
Middle layer - greens and blues Fresco paint.., blended. then the text is stamped in archival potting soil, using Mini 39
Lots of holly leaves were stamped in archival fern green, and some in Distress Ink Forest Moss. 

I stamped lots of xmas stamps onto smoothy in different colours. I stamped the bird all over, so that different areas of the bird were on different colours. Then I cut out all the separate parts and fitted them back together onto a thinner card as backing. 

All layered up, with a little corrugate..

Card # 6. 

I stamped the robin onto velvet, then stitched on strips of Christmas fabric. 

Added to the card blank with a ribbon and some doodling. 

So one bird, 6 cards...

Now here is my challenge to you. Play along and you could win one of my new Christmas stamp A5 plates. If you have already bought them then please do still play along, if you win the stamps they would make a great xmas gift for one of your crafting friends. 


1.Take one stamp and create several Christmas cards with it, all using diffierent methods/techniques. You don't have to make 6, there is no minimum number, but push yourself and make as many different ones as you can. 

2. You do not have to use PaperArtsy stamps or paints, but it would be great if you did. 

3. If you don't have any Christmas stamps at all, then get creative, select one of your stamps that will work. 

4. Please do not link up cards that you have already made and blogged, these card should be new and made  over the next week. To clarify, please link up new cards made this week,inpsired by my post  and not old cards . That way everyone has the same amount of time to make their cards. Feel free to enter your cards in whatever other xmas challenges that you want. 

5. Take a photo of your cards, blog them, or add to flickr,tumblr etc any public place where we can see them. Then come back here and add your link. 

6. Check back here next Sunday evening, I will select 2 winners using a random number generator.  Each winner will receive one plate of stamps. 


  1. Love all your very different cards Darcy!!

  2. Wow Darcy great give away and fab inspiration cards love em all

  3. wow Darcy!! great cards..I lurve that robin he's my fav!!!

  4. Darcy I love this idea and your instructions for your cards!

  5. These are fab Darcy! I love them all but my favourite is the one with the holly wreath. They are all lovely ideas though.

    Lesley Xx

  6. Wow fabulous cards all different and that Mr bird is awesome I love him x

  7. Gorgeous cards, Darcy. I am inspired. ♥ Angi

  8. This is my favourite of your new stamps. Love all your cards and this idea. Things are a bit hectic but I love this idea. Hope to join you

  9. All your cards came out wonderfully! I like all layered up and the mini quilt block! I will make an effort to to join the contest...I want one of your stamps!

  10. Each card is stunning Darcy, Mr Robin is definitely one of my fave new images! Thanks for the instructions & inspiration. Great giveaway too :-) xxx

  11. Hi Darcy, this idea has taken over my brain. You say "made for this challenge". Does that mean you don't want us to link any of these to any other challenge? Just so we know cos you do realise that there are ooddels of christmas challenges at the moment just begging for our christmas masterpieces. Quite happy to do these exclusively for you. Just so we know, you know. LOL

    1. ohh no you can absolutely link them up to other challenges. what i meant was please dont use cards that you have already made and blogged say last month. They should be new projects, made this week,inspired by my post. Sorry for confusion. Just so it's fair and everyone enters new cards and not old ones. hope that makes sense lol x

  12. LOVE what you've done! I've really never stamped before nor made many cards...but I was so excited by your challenge I've gone to the craft store and purchased a few supplies. Curious to see what happens when I sit down to play! I'll post in the next day or two...

  13. Gosh! How did I miss this post??? Back soon :D XXX

  14. I've just realised I never left a comment when I was here last week - how di that happen??? Your cards are gorgeous Darcy, I do love that little bird. Great to see so many entries in your challenge, all gorgeous cards too. I have failed miserably in my attempt to take part, lost my mojo entirely this week.