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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Guest Post - Christmas Robin by Pauline Orr

This week sees the first of three contributions from Pauline Orr using our brand new Christmas stamps, Snowy Scenes and Turtle Doves. So sit back, relax and enjoy this tutorial. 

This is an 8"x 8" card

Turtle Doves and Snowy Scenes stamp sets
Chocolate Baroque Christmas sentiment
Black matt card, craft card and stamping card
Small tag
Distress paint
Distress ink
Archival Jet Black
Gold acrylic
Alcohol markers
Diamond Stickles
Distress Rock Candy glitter
Tim Holtz die
Raffia ribbon

  1. First I matted and layered black card onto an 8"x 8" card blank.
  2. Next I cut a smaller craft card layer and painted it with gold acrylic.
  3. My next layer was a piece of black matt card on which I stamped the corner branch from the Turtle Doves in gold acrylic. When it was dry I added Diamond Stickles to the berries to give it a little more Christmas bling.
  4. I then cut a stamping card layer roughly 6" x 6"
  5. I splodged Distress paints onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and dragged through the stamping card until I got a satisfactory covering (I did leave a little white card in places). I also dragged my tag through the paint so they matched.
  6. When this was dry I over stamped with the snowflake stamps in contrasting Distress ink and gold acrylic paint and did the same on the tag.
  7. Moving onto the tag, I stamped the sentiment in Archival Jet Black and heat set it.
  8. Using the fab little robin stamp from the Snowy Scene stamp  plate I stamped onto stamping card using Archival. I then used a combination of Distress ink and a tiny bit of alcohol markers to colour. Shouldn't really use archival with alcohol pens but I was careful so as not to contaminate it. I then cut out the robin.
  9. After gluing all the layers I positioned my tag and then glued the robin in place. I used a white pen to go around the robin and highlight the sentiment, just to make it pop a little more.
  10. I added a poinsettia and a raffia bow and finished off with a little rock candy glitter. 

So there you have it. I thoroughly enjoyed using these stamps, always get a wonderful response from recipients and they are so easy to use. Being a huge Glenda Waterworth and Chocolate Baroque stamp fan I was honoured and excited to be asked to do this GDT.
You can see more pictures of this card on my blog

Crafty Hugs
Pauline xxx

Thank you Pauline for this gorgeous Christmas card, and for the in depth tutorial.  I hope you can show your appreciation by leaving a comment and don't forget to pop over to Pauline's blog for more inspiration.


  1. Very interesting tutorial, well written and a beautiful card, love the stamps, techniques and colours xx Zoe xx

    1. Love the backgrounds you have created. Beautiful card

    2. Thank you x I find using Distress paint onto a craft mat always gives interesting backgrounds.. The hardest thing for me is deciding on the colours.. There are so many gorgeous ones.. I decided to stick with traditional for this card Px

  2. stunning work Pauline - brilliant - and well done on the GDT spot xx

  3. lovely card Rachel, really like the muted background colours

  4. Thanks for the clear explanaition on how you made this beautiful card! This is one that almost gets me started with them... First I enjoy the sun today...

  5. Thank you Gerrina, I don't blame you for enjoying the sun.. I have been known to take my work outside and stamp and paint (I use the citronella candles to ward off the bugs.. And try to not set my project alight lol) .. I hope you do start your cards... The sooner you start the sooner the pressure to get them finished in time will be over.. I currently am just making spares for those ones I've forgotten.. I know organised or what (or sad lol) Px

  6. Fabulous background, wonderful inky stamps and that robin is stinking cute! TFS Karen x

  7. Hi Pauline, Absolutely exquisite! Love everything about it....The design, the colors, the detail and the embellishments. One of the things that immediately struck me was how unique and creative it is, especially with that gorgeous background. Really enjoyed reading the sbs. TFS.
    Hugs, Flo x

  8. Great backgrounds and a lovely card
    Jackie x

  9. This is a stunning piece of work. Love the gorgeous backgrounds and beautiful colours. Great stamps too.
    Linda xxx

  10. Lovely card and with soft colours like a hug on a cold day :) Thank you for the step by step explanation too!

  11. Gorgeous design, love the background technique, I think I 'need' Distress paints :) I have acrylic paints, but the distress colours are fantastic. Excellent tutorial as well, thank you ! Cheers, Shirleyx

    1. Shirley you won't regret getting the distress paint.. I love using them.. They are fab, you can splodge them on the craft mat run thru your card, and when dry rub in the white areas a contrasting distress ink.. You can also dilute them down to achieve lighter colour.. Create drips ah could rave about them all night lol..

  12. So pretty. Thanks for the instructions.

  13. Your creation of the gold mat is superb in the way it creates an illusion as if the sprigs are falling off it across the black card stock. I particularly like the way you have used red for some of the snowflakes making the whole design tie in with the embellishing poinsettia. Your whitework on the lettering adds a lovely 'zing' to the whole design.

    Paula (PEP)

  14. Wow what a great Christmas image, very original , I love it!!!



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