Monday, November 5, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Christmas Tree ATC's

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we're being challenged to make our own backgrounds!  And we're using fabulous Carabelle Studio products.  I made a Christmas tree ATC trio.
I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper cut into ATC size.  I stamped circles with Carabelle Studio's "Ronds" texture printing plate.  It's meant to be used with gelli printing, but I use these as stamps.  I heat-embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I then sprayed Marabu acrylic art spray and Distress Ink Sprays onto the paper, spritzed with water and added some Infusions color stain.

Next I used Carabelle's huge "Stitched Mixed Media" background stamp.  This came as one big stamp, but I cut it into sections.  I know!  It was scary to cut up a stamp, but I say if you can make your stamps more versatile and suited to YOU, then go for it!

I stamped some images onto my cards with Distress Embossing Ink, then heat-embossed them with black embossing powder.

I had a collage sheet leftover from another project I made that is filled with washi tape and color.  I cut that into circular frames and scalloped sections, which I glued onto my cards.

The colors were looking a bit too crazy and these cards lacked a focal area, so I toned them back down a bit with white and added trees and sentiments.

I also added some snow made with white paint and a Simon stencil.

The sentiments are from a couple of Flora and Fauna stamp sets and another one by Hello Bluebird.

I won't say that I'll get ahead of the holiday game this year, but at least this post is proof that I was thinking about Christmas when it was still early in November!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see you create your own fantastic backgrounds this week!  Be sure to upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!


  1. Such beautiful ATCs! The backgrounds that you created are stunning and you got a lovely image by stamping with the texture plate 😀. The Carabelle Studio stamps are fabulous too and you are very brave cutting them up - eek! ... lol 😉. It's wonderful to be able to join you in the Designer Spotlight this month, thanks so much! J 😊 x

  2. Gorgeous ATC's Andrea :-) the colours and textures are fabulous! :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. Hey, good start on the holidays, Andrea, and like you said, here is the proof, LOL! Love your bright and happy tree ATC's - very cool! You are such a "brave girl" cutting your stamp apart - love that about you, ready to take a chance. Great layers of image and color. hugs, Maura

  4. OMG, these ATC are fabulous; love the colors and those amazing backgrounds!!

  5. This is such a "your style" set. I couldn't be wrong if I see it one day on internet without knowing it was made by you. Your style is absolutelu unique. Love this craziness of colors, patterns, stamping, embossing, cutting. Have a nice week!. Hugs, Macarena

  6. This is one fab Christmas party of colors, and so you Andrea-love it!!! And I have been known to cut apart a few stamps too;)

  7. In love with this project! I adore the way you created layers and layers and layers! Fabulous as always and so inspirational! Barbara

  8. Love these fabulous ATCs, Andrea. The colors and texture you created are so beautiful! b:)

  9. These Christmas ATCs are stunning Andrea! I love all the layers in the background and the trees are so cute.

  10. love the gorgeous pastel colours on your beautiful Christmas ATC's and welcome to the cutting up stamps club, hugs kath xxx