CAS Christmas Challenge - Guest Designer Card

Excited to be sharing my guest designer card for September's CAS Christmas card challenge where this month's theme is Christmas Tree.  I was their winning card in July, you can see it here.

I reached for my all time favourite Christmas tree stamp from an enchanted Christmas set by Hot off the Press.  A solid stamp with a lovely flourish design and snowflakes as part of the tree itself.  First I heat embossed the tree with white EP then positioned a circle stencil partly over so I could dab using cling film some pearl effects before sponging with distress inks to create a snowy sky backdrop.  Both the tree and pearl effects act as a resist and buff up to a lovely shine.

I've ended up with a contemporary colour palette with an emphasis on lighter shades of purple with touches of blue and turquoise as the three DIs were still out on my desk from a previous project so I just went with them.  Finishing touches are three stamped and embossed snowflakes with coloured dot centres, die cut sentiment from a pearlised texture sheet then added white dots with a gelly roll pen just to break up the continuous line of snowy stamped hills beneath the tree.

Do have a look at what the rest of the CAS Christmas design team have created this month, there will be lots to inspire you!

I've used - A6 coloured pearlised card base
Hot off the Press Enchanted Christmas tree stamp
Distress Inks - shaded lilac, peacock feathers, dusty concord
Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects
Merry Christmas snipped from a mini bauble die (The Range)
Xcut adhesive pearlised texture sheet
Papermania snowflake stamps
Mag freebie hillside stamp

Linking up with -
ABC Christmas - S for Snowy
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - # 78 - Anything Christmas Goes
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - SEPTEMBER - Use at Least 2 Things Starting with "S" (snowflakes, sentiment, snowy sky, stamps)
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Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have time - Steph x


  1. Such a beautiful Christmas card, Steph! Your ink blending is so pretty and I love the elegant flourish and snowy hills! Thanks so much for joining us as Guest Designer for September ~ Barb (CAS Christmas)

  2. Congrats on guest designer at CAS Christmas! Just love your white tree with the flourish - so pretty!! Gorgeous atop that circle sky you created too!!

  3. Such a beautiful ethereal card! Congratulations on your win and you are a wonderful guest designer!

  4. So softly pretty with the white tree over the lovely purple blue circle and that sweet little landscape swirl below it. So happy to have you as out Guest DT this month Seph!

  5. Gorgeous card Steph! Love the beautiful, flourish-y tree with white embossing. So gorgeous with the cool colours you've used for your circle background. Love the Faux-mother-of-pearl technique that adds a special something to the design. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Christmas!

  6. Stunning card Steph. Congratulations on being a guest designer! Clare x

  7. Congrats on the GDT Spot Steph, this is a beautiful card and colours, love the tree. Emmax

  8. I can see why this is a favorite stamp of yours's so pretty with the snowflakes and swirls in it and your card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Love, LOVE your non traditional color palette too! Thanks so much for guesting with us this month at CAS Christmas!! :0)

  9. Oh WOW Steph I adore this CAS card - beautifully designed and perfect colours :-)

  10. Oh this is beautiful, what agreat make, I love the colours you have gone for, Hazelxx

  11. Steph thank you for being our guest designer and creating such a beautiful card with your Favorite Tree stamp! Your background is gorgeous and such a beautiful way to allow your tree to shine!

  12. Wow Steph! Really like this card and all it's layers of resist and colours. :)

  13. Such a pretty card in those colours. Love the pearl effect in your background too, thankyou for being our guest at CAS Christmas this month, Cathy x

  14. What a beautiful tree and snowy sky, Steph! I love these non-traditional Christmas colors! Congratulations on being Guest Designer this month!

  15. This is a fabulous Christmas tree card, Steph! I love the gorgeous ink-blended sky! The shine from the heat-embossed beautiful tree and the pearly snow are so pretty. Thank you so much for being a wonderful Guest Designer at CAS Mix Up this month!
    Hideko xx

  16. Beautiful card, Steph. Your sponged background is gorgeous showcasing that lovely Christmas tree. Thanks for being our GD this month.

  17. Beautiful card, love the soft colours of you sponged background and that Christmas tree is gorgeous. thanks for being Guest Designer for CAS Christmas :)

  18. Such a lovely Christmas tree image and I love the way you have used it to make this fabulous card. The colours are so contemporary, but really create the feeling of a cold and frosty winter's morning (or night). Huge congratulations on being invited as guest designer!

  19. Beautiful card and ink blending. Love the colours. Great design too. Thanks for being our GD this month.

  20. That is a beautiful Christmas tree and I love the blended ink background. Such a pretty contemporary Christmas card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.
    Carol x

  21. Beautiful card!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  22. Wow, love your card. The tree stamp is very beautiful and the background is gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. xx Wilma

  23. Beautiful card - love the sky background you've created.

    Thanks for joining us at the Christmas Crafts All Year Round Challenge.

    Helen x


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