Hello Everyone. Can you believe it’s the beginning of December? I hope you are ready for Christmas or on the way to being so. Me, at the time of writing, am most definitely not ready.  So better crack on.

As always your designs for the last challenge were great, making our job of choosing a top five very difficult.

The Claritystamp Challenge this month is Carol Singing and Christmas Joy. My first sample is for Christmas Joy:


I’ve used one of the new Petite Gelli Plates to create the background. This time I’ve managed to take a few photos and will do less writing.


Add Blue Chase Artistry ink onto a Clarity blending mat. Work into the mat using a brayer.


Add the ink to the petite gel press, which is on a small mount. Be careful when adding the ink as it I will look as though you haven’t covered the plate. A sheet of white copy paper underneath may help you see the colour. I have chosen the hexagon plate as it’s six-sided as are snowflakes.


Place the small Snowflake stencil onto the stencil card and place the gel press over it. (I practised a few times to get the layout correct.)


When you lift the gel press you’ll have the negative image on it. Stamp this next to the first image.


Re-ink the gel press and place a plain image next to the two others.


Coat two sheets of parchment paper (I used blue and light blue) with talcum powder. Stamp a selection of small and large snowflakes onto the parchment paper, using Versafine ink. Add Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger and heat.


Cut the snowflakes out and using a size 6 embossing tool  add dimension to them from the back. Then turn them over and press gently on the centre.


Adhere the small snowflakes to the large ones, alternating the colour parchment.


Back to your card. Using a selection of small Christmas stamps add a design to the plain gel press shape. Add silver stars in the sky.

To finish the card I added reins to the deer and sleigh. Rounded the bottom corners of the image card and glitter card. Layered the card onto the glitter card and then onto an 8 x 8 scalloped card.

Stamped the Let it Snow sentiment onto white stencil card and rounded the corners. Layered the sentiment onto cornered glitter card and placed on the topper image. Added the snowflakes to the top left and bottom right corners and added gems in the centres.

Here’s the finished card again.



I hope this helps to inspire you to design a card and enter the challenge. Remember you could win a £50 Clarity voucher.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Stamps: Snowflake, Wee Folk 8 – Christmas, Christmas Miniatures and Window (Star)
Stencil: Small Snowflake
Other: Clarity – Petite Gel Press – set 2, Artistry Ink – Blue Chase, Parchment Paper, Stencil Card; Archival Ink – Cobalt; Ranger – Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder; Pergamano embossing tool – 6; Uni-Ball Signo silver pen; Glitter card from stock; Stampin’ Up! Rhinestone Gems; 8×8 Scalloped Card base