A Snippet Christmas Card

Happy Monday everyone!  Had family visiting this past weekend, so I was not expecting to post anything today, BUT then I saw the challenge 58 card to CASE over at Muse: Chustmas Visions .  It reminded me of a monoprint background piece I did last week with my friend Christine. As I mentioned in my butterfly post, I was not having any luck using my Color Bursts powder inks for the monoprint technique. Well, Christine came over with her Brushos (another brand of powder inks), and with her help I produced this background.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

I followed the same steps as I did before, except instead of applying distress inks to the back of the stencil, I sprinkled black Brushos all over, ensuring there is a good amount in and around the open areas of the stencil. I think that was where I went wrong the first several attempts with Color Bursts.  I spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto a piece of watercolor paper.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

So that background piece was already completed from last week.  I just took it from my snippets stash, trimmed it down and then applied some Whisper White ink to the bottom 1/3.  I dried it with my heat tool.  The card I was CASEing had 3 different deer on it, but I only had 1 deer die. So to achieve a slight variation in deer size, I die cut one from Smoky Slate cardstock and 2 from some scrap black fun foam.  I then took my heat tool to those black fun foam pieces and shrunk them slightly.  I should have taken a pic to show you the difference.  I trimmed their antlers slightly as well.  I layered the background panel onto a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of white cardstock and then an A2 piece of Basic Gray cardstock.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, backed it onto a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to the card front with mounting tape.  I love non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards, so this is exactly up my alley as far as Christmas cards are concerned.

UPDATE: I remembered now where I saw this idea for a card.  I need to credit my card idea to the super talented Loll Thompson who created these gorgeous cards HERE   She even has a technique video tutorial HERE.



I am playing in the following challenges:
Muse: ChristmasVisions – Challenge 58 Cornelia Wenokor
CAS Mixup – August Challenge Sprays
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 243




11 thoughts on “A Snippet Christmas Card

  1. the background looks awesome now it’s mounted, Love the deer, you will have to show me how you shrunk the fun foam.

  2. OH, that colour burst/stencil background is absolutely gorgeous! So glad you joined us at MCV this week!

  3. Wow Trina, this is absolutely beautiful. LOVE the background and the deer are just such a perfect addition. We can all learn so much from Loll – you did great!


    Di xx

  4. Your card turned out beautifully Trina. It is not always easy to use Brushos and have a background turn out the way you wanted it too. Loll certainly does inspire us all 🙂 TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs, nancy

  5. Stunning background Trina! Looks like the deer are really enjoying themselves in your beautiful forest! So happy you are playing along with us at MCV this week – come back next time, too!

  6. Another beautiful entry, Trina! Your forest scene is so peaceful and serene! It looks like you’ve mastered this technique! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  7. Your card is amazing. Love the techniques you’ve used. Fantastic interpretation of the Muse.

  8. Beautiful card, Trina! I was with Christine at Loll’s when Loll taught us that technique – isn’t it a great technique?!! I too have CASEd Loll’s card with that stencil and some reindeer – it is just such an eye-catching idea. I love the way you used the white ink on the bottom third – it makes it look like a wintery mist swirling around the ground. And I never knew fun foam would shrink a bit when heated – great tip! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hope to see you for our September challenge too!

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