Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge

Welcome to this week’s challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! This week we have a Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge for you, so put those thinking caps on! When I think ‘rustic’, I think of bringing the outdoors in, or being outdoors. You know, woodsy, cozy and maybe a bit rough. Here’s our inspiration picture for you.


Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge

What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘rustic Christmas’? Now, translate that to your project!


I recently became an affiliate for Art Impressions, and they were so kind to send me some free stamps to play with!  This set called Swing Set captured my imagination. I thought – well, if it’s an outdoor swing set, it would stay outside year-round, right? So I can simply adjust my colours and background to make it winter time!

Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge

I’ve always wanted one of these outdoor swings; with big comfy cushions to curl up on. With a good book, preferably! Although this set was designed as one of Ai’s ‘watercolour’ sets, I used a combination of ink pads, markers and paint to create this project.


Start with a white cardstock panel. Stamp the Swing Set image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next, stamp it again onto a large Post-it Note or masking paper, and cut it out with scissors. Lay the mask over the stamped image, and then stamp the evergreen tree from the Penny Black Season’s Marvel stamp set. For inks, I chose to use both Moss from Hero Arts and Fresh Asparagus from Gina K.  Remove the mask, and colour the swing. I pulled markers from different sets that I have – sorry I didn’t mark down which ones they were! Once the swing is coloured, use a blending tool to first apply Broken China Distress Oxide for the sky. Next, blend on Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide around the top edges. Blend Shabby Shutters for the ground, and then blend Tea Dye ink on top. It’s winter, and where the swing is there wouldn’t be as much grass growing, right? That’s my rationale, anyway!

Finally, add some snow to the scene. Put a bit of white Gouache paint onto a slick surface, and add some water. Pick up the thinned paint with a small brush, and create snow by tapping the brush with your finger. To give the illusion of built up snow, I applied it directly to the swing cushions,structure, ground and trees with the tip of the brush. Next, I add some finer snowflakes with a white gel pen.

The sentiment, from Concord & 9TH Mistletoe Message stamp set, is stamped onto white cardstock in Chipped Sapphire ink.

Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge


Create a light blue card base, and attach a dark red cardstock panel on top. Layer the image panel on top with foam tape. Finally, add the sentiment strip with more foam tape, for dimension.  You know, if it wasn’t too cold, I could see myself sitting on this swing, just watching the snow fall! (yeah, I’m a bit odd that way!)


For more ideas on our Rustic Christmas inspiration challenge, head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog, and see what the rest of the Design Team have created. Everyone is so imaginative – you’ll love seeing their projects! You’ll also find the link, to add your project, there.

Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge

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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! :)

6 thoughts on “Rustic Christmas Inspiration Challenge

  1. I love the swing stamp set. I have an outdoor large wooden rocker at the cottage. I love sitting in it and watching the sunsets. You did a great job on this card. It looks very rustic to me!

    1. I sure do envy you your cottage, Susan! And you have a wooden rocker, to sit & admire the sunsets? *swoon*

    1. Thanks so much, Buffy! Next time I will use my watercolour paints for this stamp. Ai has gorgeous scenery stamps, don’t they?!

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