Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tutorial "Snowy Christmas Village"

Hi everyone, I have been asked how I made the card "Snowy Christmas Village" so here it is:

Stampin’ Up ‘Lovely as a Tree’, ‘Holiday Home’ and ‘Petite Pairs’ Stamp Sets
Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Real Red
Cardstock – Brushed Gold, Night of Navy and Whisper White
Watercolour Paper
A4 copy paper (1 sheet)
Post-it Notes
White Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Staz-on Black Stamp Pad
1 ¼” Circle Punch
Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies
Banner Framelits Dies
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Blender Pen
White Gel Pen
Making Fluid
Heat Gun
Double sided tape
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Sponge Daubers



Cut a piece of A4 Brushed Gold Cardstock in half to make card base
Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 10cm x 14.3cm (for inside of card)
Cut a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock 9.5cm x 13.8m
Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock 9cm x 13.3cm
A piece of Watercolour paper 11.5cm x 15cm for houses (these are cut out with die)
Scrap of Brushed Gold Cardstock for sentiment
Cut 2 pieces of A4 copy paper 10cm x 14.3cm


Fold the piece of Brushed Gold cardstock in half to create the card base.

Take a piece of Whisper White cardstock 9cm x 12.8cm and using the toothbrush flick the Masking Fluid over it.  Set aside to dry.

Take the other piece of Whisper White cardstock 9cm x 12.8cm and place the oval die on it, making sure that it is in the centre (use the 5th largest die. Eg. count five dies out from the centre of the set) and cut out with the Bigshot.  Put this piece in the Perfect Polka Dots  embossing folder making sure that it is straight and put in through the Bigshot.

Tear the 2 pieces of A4 copy paper to create the masks for the snow banks.  You will need three snow bank masks.

Take the 9cm x 12.8cm piece of Whisper White with the Masking Fluid on it and put the embossed piece over the top and draw around the oval lightly with a pencil.   This creates the section where you are going to create your scene.  Put the embossed piece to one side for the moment.

Punch out a circle using the 1 ¼” circle punch and the Post-it Notes.  Position this on the top right corner of the oval, this is the moon.

Position the first snow bank mask on the background piece, about halfway down.  I stuck the sides down to the desk mat with tape so I did not have to worry about it moving and I only had to hold the background piece in place when stamping and sponging. Next stamp the trees from the ‘Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set using Always Artichoke, making sure that  you do not go onto the moon. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for this step.  If you want the moon behind the trees then remove the moon mask while stamping the trees but put it back on before sponging on the sky.  Clean the stamp, move the Stamp-a-ma-jig mask over a fraction and stamp with Versamark ink.  Emboss with White Embossing Powder and heat set.  Do not remove the snow bank mask from the mat, just slide your background piece out while you emboss it as you need to put the piece back under the mask for the sponging of the sky.

Using Soft Sky, then Marina Mist then Night of Navy sponge on the sky creating some light patches and some dark patches.  Remove the Moon mask and sponge on Soft Sky and then Marina Mist, making sure to leave a small edge on the moon. Put the next snow bank mask on and sponge with Soft Sky, Marina Mist then Night of Navy, making sure that you leave some white for the snow and the darkest edge is to the bottom of the mask.  Do the same to create the third snow bank.

Stamp the Santa Sleigh and Reindeers at the top of the piece going over the top of the trees and in front of the moon.  Also stamp this on the Whisper White cardstock piece for the inside of the card, I put the image on the bottom right hand corner.  Using your finger gently rub over the card to remove the masking fluid.  You can use an Adhesive Remover.  If you need to add more ink over the Moon to take out any areas that are too white, do so now.
Adhere the embossed piece over the top of the background piece to frame the scene.  Adhere to the Night of Navy cardstock and adhere to the Brushed Gold card base.  Adhere the  inside card piece at this stage also.

Stamp the ‘Merry Christmas” on a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock with Versamark ink and emboss it with Gold Embossing Powder.  Cut this out with the smallest of the Banner Framelits dies.  Adhere to front of card, you can leave this until you have completed the houses and positioned them to see where you want to position the sentiment.

Stamp two of the house images from the “Holiday Homes” on the Watercolour paper using Black Staz-on.  Using the blender pen colour the houses using Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Real Red on one house and Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip (for chimney), So Saffron and Real Red on the other house.  Stamp the Christmas lights across the front of the houses with Versamark ink and emboss with Gold embossing powder, heat set.  Cut houses out with the Homemade Holiday Homes Framelits dies, you may need to hand trim some of the edge.  I put some snow on the houses using a White Gel pen.  The houses were then adhered to the front of the card using dimensionals.


  1. Love your design. Thanks so much for such detailed instructions!

  2. I fell in love with this on Stampin Connection and recreated several versions of this card for my Christmas cards this year. Thank you so much for the tutorial, it was extremely easy to follow. Beautifully done. Love your creativity and zest for card making.

  3. I love your card. Thank you for all the details.