In joyous celebration of Rudolph …

Hmmm – this week’s challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown had me a little stumped.  It wasn’t for lack of ideas, just lack of stamps (can you believe it?!)  The theme challenge this week is Rudolph and to make this the focus of your card. Of all the current Christmas stamp sets I own from Stampin’ Up, none have a reindeer image – sigh. So instead, I turned to my (rather large) library of Stampin’ Up stamp sets, old and new, to find this cute little reindeer silhouette and oval frame, from a set I’m ashamed to say I had not even inked up before today! It was still sitting in the box, brand new and waiting to be put together! How did that happen?!  Retired before its time, me thinks …

Joyous celebrations card by Stampin Up

I started by punching a 2” piece of very vanilla cardstock with the tag topper punch, and corner rounding the bottom corners.  Next, I used my stamp-a-majig to stamp the oval frame in the centre of the tag, which was to be a perfect place for my little reindeer … 

Joyous celebrations by Stampin Up right

I inked up this little guy in chocolate chip ink and then used a blender pen to remove the ink from his nose, before adding real red ink to it with a marker pen, huffing on the stamp and plotting it dead centre of the frame.  I could not have achieved this without my handy-dandy stamp-a-majig – would be totally lost without this fantastic tool! 

Joyous celebrations by Stampin Up left

Next came the layering, and I just had fun – furtling in my scraps box to find a piece of tartan-looking dsp.  I die cut this using the top note die, trimmed off around the stitching line and adhered it to the base card made from two  pieces of naturals white cardstock cut with the same die.  Next came a doily die cut from old olive cardstock – it took a bit of poking out, all those little die cut pieces, but worth it in the end – green confetti anyone?  …

Joyous celebrations by Stampin Up close up

Finally, I adhered all the layers together and added a hand-tied organza bow, and a tiny rhinestone for a little Christmas bling. 

I hope you like my card this week, and if you’ve been inspired, please pop along to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and join in the challenge – we would love to see what you make.  

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: naturals white, chocolate chip, old olive, very vanilla;

stamp sets: joyous celebrations;

inks: chocolate chip, real red;

punches & dies: tag topper, corner rounder, 1” circle, doily, top note;

accessories: dsp, stampin’ dimensionals, whisper white organza ribbon, mini glue dots, stamp-a-majig.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up.  

I will be linking my card to these challenges:

Sparkles Christmas

Jingle Belles

Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long

Completely Christmas

CHNC Challenge Extra

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21 Responses to “In joyous celebration of Rudolph …”

  1. Perfect!
    I love finding unused stamps!!

  2. Very cute! I have that (ininked) set as well. Love your take on it! How did you ever get that doily to cut so nicely? I never have that luck. LOL….

  3. très chic et classe Gill, très jolie création, biz

  4. Gill, this is very elegant and fun at the same time, that bow is amazing and the green doily makes a fantastic layer. Can’t believe you’ve not inked this little guy before, he is adorable. What I really love is the shape of your card, must do more of this myself. A stunning DT card
    Louise xx

    • Thank you Louise. I can’t believe I’ve not inked up this set before either – it felt like Christmas finding this little beauty in my stamp library, so now have new stamps to play with 😀 xx

  5. Love your shaped card base … so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  6. This is beautiful! I can’t believe you hadn’t used that stamp set before! (but, honestly, I probably have a few sets like that myself) Thanks for playing with both CHNCC2 and CSAYL (though I am having a hard time finding what inspired you in our inspiration photo–I’m probably missing something obvious).

  7. This is so lovely Gill, I always love a shaped card! The way you layered your card is wonderful, a fab design! I can’t bear to think of uninked stamps – I’m so impatient to try them out when I first get them, (yeah, I act just like a kid!) – mind you it might take a considerable time before any images make it onto an actual card!

    Have a great week! Ruth x

  8. Gorgeous Creation….Just perfect for our challenge over at Completely Christmas, thank you for joining us, we would love you to join us again next week for another fun challenge…..
    Suzy B Owner Completely Christmas

  9. Super love the shape, Gill! Such a gorgeous and elegant color scheme, too! HUGS! Mynn xx

  10. wow! what a beautiful card and such a very handsome reindeer! thanks for celebrating the stories of christmas with us at JINGLE BELLES!!! 🙂

  11. et aussi merci de jouer avec nous chez CSAYL, biz

  12. Wow Gill! So fun to be able to use an older stamp. I have several that haven’t yet seen ink (for shame). Don’t you love that new doily die? You’ve inspired me to dig out my top note die again and use it. Really awesome card. Hugs D

  13. Lovely card, that Top Note Die is very versatile, well worth the money. Cute little reindeer and great use of your dies and punches.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Completely Christmas.

  14. Fantastic card, Gill! I really like that you used the die cut shape instead of a standard rectangle or square. The bow is gorgeous, and making the reindeer’s nose red is the perfect finishing touch.

  15. Simply gorgeous thank you for joining our challenge at “Sparkles Christmas Buddies Favourite Colour Combo Good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H x


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