04 July 2018

Red, White, and Blue Christmas - embossing with stencil, Prismacolor pencils

If you're going to make a Christmas card at the beginning of July, you might as well make it red, white, and blue.  ;-)

My tall, thin card features a cute Newton's Nook kitty coloured with Prismacolor pencils and embossed Simon Says stamp stencil.

Putting It Together

When several challenges asked for Red, White, and/or Blue, my thoughts turned to Christmas *laugh* I've been looking for a project to use this fun stencil again and to use this fun Newton's Nook set I got a few months ago. To accommodate the stencil, I made a long, thin card, 6" x 3 1/2". 

I sprayed the stencil with removable adhesive and adhered it to the dotty background paper. Then I squished the Versamark pad directly on the paper through the stencil.

I carefully removed the stencil and poured on embossing powder.

 Then I heat set the embossing powder.

After I trimmed the embossed panel, I dry for the kitty stamp tho check my idea would work.

I stamped the cutie kitty hanging on the candy cane with archival ink on Bristol.

I coloured with Prismacolor pencils, keeping track off the pencils used. My white kitty got a little greyer than I intended. I still need to withhold on white shading.

I fussy cut the image leaving a tiny margin.

For a fun bit of dimension, I used a snow marker for fluffy accents on the hat. Ewhile the marker is heat set, it puffs up wonderfully.

I added Wink of Stella to the candy cane for a subtle sparkle and shine.

To add in a bit more blue, I decided to add foiled matting to the sides. I cut two narrow, 1/2" x 6" strips of foiled cardstock and dry fit everything. For the card base, I cut a strip 12 inches by 3 1/2 inches, scored, and folded it to make a 6 inch by 3 1/2 inch card to accommodate the stencilled background.

I adhered the foiled strips to the sides of the stencilled panel and trimmed the tops. The strips are 1/2" inch wide to make them easier to align and adhere.

I used foam mounting tape on the kitty to give him dimension to stand out even more from the background.

Inside, I added a sentiment and some candies stamped in red and blue.



Inky Paws: Cute Animals
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Red, White, and/or Blue
Crafty Gals Corner: Red, White, and Blue
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Red, White, and Blue
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Red, White, and/or Blue
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes


  1. Wonderful card, loved that you showed us how you created your card. And, I learnt about a snow marker. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month

  2. What a great way to use this stencil!

  3. This is so cute! Love how you used patriotic colors for a Christmas cards! The little stripe of blue are a fabulous way to make the blue pop! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Inky Paws Challenge!

  4. The embossing is a super cool idea!
    Thanks for linking to the Inky Paws challenge.

  5. Adorable card! Love your background and coloring Thanks for joining us at the Inky Paws Challenge!

  6. How clever to use our color theme for a Christmas in July card! I am envious of your coloring and shading skills, well done. Thanks for sharing this at JFF Stamps! Wendy DT

  7. So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Always Fun Challenges. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @AFC

  8. supercute card! Your use of stencil over patterned paper is absolutely clever and the effect absolutely wonderful! Fabulous work! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon says stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  9. I really love this, your embossing looks fantastic and the touch of shimmer is just perfect.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. Have a great day :)

  10. Oh waht a cute card! Love that this red, white and blue card is a Christmas card! Thanks for joining the Just for Fun challenge!

  11. Awww, that kitten is just darling! So sweet and a fun take on Red, White and Blue! Thanks for joining in on the fun at JFF Stamps.

  12. A very cute way to do red, white and blue! You got such good results with your stenciling! Thanks for playing in JFFs color challenge! ~~Heidi @ My Little Stamping Blog Come for a visit!

  13. What an adorable Christmas card. Thank you for sharing this and joining the July challenge at Just For Fun.


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