Detailed Deer on Blended Background


Hello stamping friend! I’m still in Christmas card mode – have you finished yours yet? I’m afraid I just keep making them – I haven’t posted any yet, though I did hand deliver one today! The card I’d like to share with you today is the Detailed Deer on a blended background of Distress Inks. These inks are new to me, and I’ve been having fun playing with them. And as you’ve probably noticed, I love combining shades of blue for a crisp, wintery feel. This card does double duty for me – blue, inky background!

Detailed Deer on Blended Background


Start with a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Use your favourite blending tool to add the inks, from lightest to darkest. I’ve been experimenting with some new tools, to see if I can improve my blending technique. On this card, I tried the Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool; it has a rounded shape with a fabric blender. I still find I’m a bit heavy-handed with this type of tool. One blender brush I’ve found that I’m just in love with is the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. Seriously – they live up to their name! It seems I can achieve a nice, smooth blend with them, without being heavy handed. It could be because of their ergonomic handle; your hand is back from the actual brush part, so you can’t really press heavily on it. Anyway – any oopsies you see in the blending is purely user error! The Distress Inks do blend nicely together.

Start with the Tumbled Glass ink towards the right, then blend in the Salty Ocean ink. Finally, add the Peacock Feathers ink in the furthest left side.  Once you’re happy with your blending, stamp the small dots from the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set in Versamark ink across the middle of the blended area. Cover it with Gold Embossing Powder, and then set with the Heat Tool.  After that, spritz a little water into your hand, and then flick it onto the blended ink. These inks react with water; you can see where the ink lifts, and leaves the watermark behind. It just adds a little extra texture and interest to your card!

On the right hand side, stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Peaceful Season stamp set in Versamark ink, cover with Gold Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool.


On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the large standing deer image from the Detailed Deer stamp set in Versamark ink. Repeat the steps for embossing it in gold. Next, die cut the deer with the Big Shot and the Detailed Deer Thinlits. You can still purchase these as a Bundle, and save 10%, until the end of December!


Once you’ve die cut your deer, attach it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The rest of the card comes together very easily, thanks to the Gold Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes, in the Holiday catalogue! Simply attach your front panel to the card base with more Dimensionals. Add a white cardstock panel to the inside, attached with Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid Glue for your sentiment, and  you’re done.

Detailed Deer with Blended Background


Since it’s holiday season, I’m making multiples whenever I stamp! It’s easy, because you already have your stamps & accessories out & ready.  All you have to do is repeat your steps in an assembly line fashion, and  you’ll be finished your cards before you know it! Here’s two of these cards, done at the same time.

Detailed Deer with Blended Background


There’s still time to create your own handmade Christmas and holiday cards! To order the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used, please click on the blue product names within this post.

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Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope you’re inspired to get creative, and give your own handmade Christmas cards this year!

Detailed Deer with Blended Background


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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