Prancing Reindeer

Prancing ReindeerMy biggest challenge with this card – my first ever attempt at white on white – was that, well, I don’t have a lot of white card at the moment! I know, that’s crazy. What kind of card maker doesn’t have white card. But I’m completely out of prefold card bases, and all the white card I have is snippets and scraps from other projects. So it took me a while to work out what to do with this.

In the end I remembered the white glitter card stock that my in-laws gave me as part of my birthday present. That’ll work! So I cut a piece down and folded it to create my card base, and then started working on creating my elements.

I used another piece of the glitter paper of the same width as the card base to create three hills. I don’t have any hill dies (they’re pretty high on my wishlist!) so I freehand cut them with my craft knife.

Next I took several snippets of the glitter cardstock and used them to cut my trees and clouds. The clouds are the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds – I cut two of the smallest and one of the mid-sized die. For the trees I used my Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees dies. Initially I cut them all twice to have two of each size, but I ended up cutting a third of the smallest tree.

I knew I wanted to have a reindeer in the front of my scene, but I don’t have any reindeer dies. I got a bit creative with my solution. I found an appropriate reindeer stamp from the Docrafts Create Christmas Reindeer set, which I hadn’t yet used.

I wanted to stamp it onto the back of the glitter paper so that the lines wouldn’t show after I’d cut it, but I also wanted it to be facing the way it was intended to, and if I stamped it directly it would be mirrored. So I did some mirror stamping – I stamped the image onto a piece of acetate, turned it over onto the back of my cardstock, and pressed it to transfer the ink. The result was a little messy, but it didn’t matter as the lines wouldn’t be visible on the finished project. I fussy cut it out and set it aside with my other elements.

I did also create a sentiment element. Whilst the rules of the white on white challenge do allow for neutral coloured sentiments I really wanted to go all white for this card, which meant any sentiment would really need to be a die cut. I only have one Christmas sentiment die. I did cut that out and liked how it looked, but in the end it just didn’t fit in the scene, so I decided to leave it out.

I considered using foam tape for some of the layers but ended up decided that the layers would have enough dimension without. In the end I just used liquid glue to adhere the layers down. I layered the hills together first, adhering them to each other and then onto the card base. I trimmed off the little bit of overhang from the edge to make them fit perfectly.

Next I added my three clouds. I then played around with positioning for the trees – I used the smallest trees on the back hill and the largest trees at the front, which of course meant the smaller ones went in the middle! I grouped the trees with eachother, and left a bit of a gap in the middle. I did have to pry the hills up very slightly to slip the trees underneath but that was easy enough. I then glued my reindeer onto the card.

The glitter paper is a little difficult to glue onto, so I made sure to put a heavy book on top of the card for a few minutes after everything was glued in place, just to make sure everything stuck. I then trimmed off all the little bits of overhang from the clouds and trees that were along the edge.

Prancing Reindeer 2I really love how this turned out. It’s so different from anything I’ve done before but it looks really pretty. I think having only glitter card to use was actually a good thing because it adds to the snowy, wintery feel of the card.

Love,

Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

CASology – Forest

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas (It’s not obvious but I did use stamping on this card – as discussed above the reindeer was stamped before it was fussy cut.)

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: Feature a Creature

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas

Daring Cardmakers – New (This is the first time I’ve ever done white-on-white, so it’s a new technique to me! Also this is the first time I’ve done mirror stamping.)

Sweet Stampin’ – White on White (Again, I did use stamping though it isn’t immediately apparent. I hope it still counts!)

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Celebrating January: Word Inspiration (Words used as inspiration were winter, cold, frosty.)

Time Out Challenges – Winter and Optional: White on White

 

 

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Prancing Reindeer

  1. What a beautiful white on white card and what a clever take on our challenge too! Your ‘blind’ stamping, including your clever mirror stamping, so your deer still faced the right way, is inspired! You should be well proud of this gorgeous creation. Stunning! Thanks so much for playing along with our White on White challenge at Sweet Stampin’ this week. I’m so glad you did. Hugs, Wends xoxo SS DT

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  3. Beautiful white-on-white! I can’t believe how much work that reindeer was – but definitely worth it as it came out so perfectly that I thought it was a die cut! Lovely card – thank so much for sharing with us at Time Out! Jill

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