Friday, December 2, 2016

Believe Christmas Card with Deb Riddell

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's monthly challenge. The response was great and we loved seeing all of your creations. Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last month and stay tuned for the winner in Katelyn's post on Tuesday, December.6th.

This month's will be an easy one as it's all about Christmas and New Years! So we would love to see projects both Christmas themed as well as New Years themed.

Each month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the
 SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value

And ... it's a completely RANDOM DRAW!

Please note: That as of January, we will be changing our Monthly Challenge. We will expect at least one piece of Southern Ridge chipboard on your entry.


- Must follow the theme
 - Your item can be a card, mixed media piece or project, whatever you can call "ART".  

- You can use any image, embellishments and any chipboard pieces you like.
- As of now, there is no limit for entries
- Must be a new project
- Can be combined with 10 other challenges
- Please link back to our blog
- Ends December.31st, 2016 at 6pm PST

**If you use product from SRTC, that will count as TWO entries but please make sure we know via your blog post attached via Mr. Linky below or a message below this post!!

Deb has created a fabulous Christmas card for you today to get our new challenge started!


Hello and welcome!  It’s Deb here today to share a Christmas card with you that I made for our new December challenge.  I used Southern Ridge Trading Company’s beautiful Believe laser cut sentiment along with their Snowflakes 714 embellishments.

I started out by colouring the reindeer and the sleigh on the Believe sentiment with Distress stains (Gathered Twigs for the reindeer and Festive Berries for the sleigh).  I love how the finely cut details and wood grain still show through the stain!  Next, I heat embossed the runners on the sleigh with silver embossing powder and the lettering and antlers on the reindeer with gold embossing powder.

Three of the snowflakes were then heat embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder.  I did two coats of embossing powder on each snowflake for good coverage.

I had a piece of leftover background paper I had made for another project and decided it was the perfect night sky background for my Christmas card.  110 lb. white cardstock was first stenciled with clear Distress ink through the Speckles layering stencil and then heat embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The card was then dragged through a puddle of Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress stain on my craft sheet, repeating several times and spritzing here and there with water to achieve the depth of colour I wanted.

A Christmas Word Band was attached to the upper right corner of the prepared background with a couple of gold Jingle Brads.  The lettering on the word band was enhanced by adding a layer of Black Soot Distress crayon and then rubbing it back with a soft cloth so the crayon was left only in the recessed lettering.

A piece of red and cream Nordic print scrapbook paper from the Tidings paper stash was then adhered to the back of the embossed and stained background with a ¼” reveal on all sides.

And then the prepared chipboard embellishments were applied.  The Believe sentiment was adhered in the center at an angle as if Santa’s sleigh and reindeer were flying through the night sky on Christmas Eve.

The embossed snowflakes were positioned around the Believe sentiment.

And as a finishing touch a couple of snowflakes that had been die cut with the Mini Paper Snowflakes die from cardstock coloured with various shades of blue Distress inks were added here and there on the card front.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Believe Christmas card!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink: Distress Stain, Distress Ink & Distress Crayons
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Mini Paper Snowflakes die
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Speckles Layering stencil
- Tim Holtz/Advantus: Christmas Word Bands, Jingle Brads & Tidings Paper Stash
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder & Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Miscellaneous: 110 lb white cardstock, gold and silver embossing powder, paint brush, E6000 glue, Scotch Tacky Adhesive & double sided tape

I hope you will join in our December challenge, you have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!  Thanks again for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Another amazing creation Deb!! Love it!

  2. Really beautiful, Deb! I love how you've colored and embossed the delicate chippies--the stain really brings out the beauty of the wood grain! Any your night sky is just lovely! Great project! Hugs!

  3. Love the rich colors you chose!! Pretty card🎄

  4. Great presentation.. love the background treatment. Nice showcasing of the chipboard

  5. Thank you for the wonderful challenges this year and for all your hard work doing them. The inspirations and tutorials have been fabulous too so thank you! I hope you have a lovely Christmas surrounded by your loved ones x

  6. Gorgeous ! I love the sleigh, snowflakes and the night time snowy sky.