Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jennifer McGuire

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2018!
My guest today is Jennifer McGuire, and she has challenged me to make a card using stamping on vellum. You can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's the first card I came up with:
This card is made of vellum - I stamped and gold embossed the very old stamp from Stampendous onto the vellum card front, and coloured the back of the vellum with Copic markers. I then added pieces of white cardstock behind the image, and inside the card (to write on) and on the back (to hide the adhesive, and to stamp my Handmade by Michelle stamp).
For the next card, I also gold embossed an image from Wplus9 onto vellum, but I added the bold colour to a piece of white cardstock that I adhered behind the vellum, so there is no colouring medium on the actual vellum - just the embossing.
The sentiment is a die from CAS-ual Fridays cut from gold mirror cardstock, and a little stamp from Simon Says Stamp. 
When I finished this post and wrote it up, I realised that both of my cards used embossing on vellum, but neither of them had just straight stamping on vellum. So I pulled out some layering stamps from Hero Arts and got inky.  I actually CASEd a card posted last month by Jennifer for this one - you can check it out HERE.
 I used the color layering holly stamps from Hero Arts with shadow inks from Hero Arts stamped onto a vellum card. I then stamped and white embossed the Merry Christmas stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I thought about cutting this down to attach to a card front, but I decided to use the whole card, and attached it to a kraft card with some red and white twine from Doodlebug Design. 
I just couldn't help myself - I decided to make a card with stamping and embossing on vellum with no colouring at all!
I repeatedly stamped and embossed the holly leaves and berries from DeNami Designs onto a vellum card base. I then stamped and embossed the poinsettia from Simon Says Stamp twice onto vellum, and cut both of them out (one of them, I cut some of the petals off). I then layered and adhered them over a thin strip of glitter cardstock from Stampin' Up, and added a die cut "joy" from Birch Press, also cut from glitter cardstock. I finished with the "to the world" tiny sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, stamped in Antigua ink from Hero Arts. To give the overall colour, I adhered some pool coloured cardstock behind the front of the card (I also added some to the back of the card, and a piece of white cardstock to write my message inside). 
Thanks for visiting :)


  1. WOW!! fantastic cards, Michelle - love them all!

  2. Love it Michelle well done especially the last one I really like.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  3. Beautiful cards made with the did a fantastic job putting them together...tfs

  4. I love them all Michelle! I love the look of vellum and don’t use it often enough. You have inspired me to!

  5. Perfect cards to make from velum and kraft and gold. Just gorgeous and I bet fun to make!

  6. Wow all so beautifully done!!!

  7. All of these are gorgeous! I love vellum and you just gave me more options to try :) Now I fully understand why Jennifer McGuire said you are one of her favorite cardmakers, I am now too! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome inspiration. (

  8. Awesome cards Michelle, my favorites are the second and the fourth cards. Both are so beautiful and great ideas. Thank you so much for taking the challenge from Jennifer and shared with these awesome cards.


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