Friday, 8 December 2017

December 2017 FINAL Clarity Challenge - Designer Papers & Parchment

Hi Folks - It's getting that little bit more wintery now isn't it, but to be honest, I wouldn't want it any other way for Christmas!  I personally have no interest in having a BBQ'd turkey on the beach in Australia during the festive season - it doesn't seem right does it?! 

Cozying up indoors with family & friends when it's cold outside is the way to go!

For this final Clarity Challenge, my inspiration uses stamps and stencils to go with the beautiful Designer Papers.........

Ingredients (see links below):
7x7 Stencil card
8x8 base card
Designer paper of your choice - I used a piece from Rainbow River paper pad. Nice Christmassy colours.
Holly stencil - ON SPECIAL THIS MONTH @ £2.50 - grab it while you can!
Blending Tool - WHOLE SET ON SPECIAL THIS MONTH @ £10.00
Holly leaf outline stamp & mask set
Small Reindeer from Christmas Carol 2 stamp set
Tree line from the snow globe stamp & mask set
Moon mask and stencil brush
Olive & Coffee Archival inks
Cranberry Crush, Amazon Trail & Dry Weed Artistry inks
Green Viva Décor Acrylic paint
White & clear embossing powder
Black Micron, White Gel, and Clear Stardust pens
Glue tape runner, liquid glue, ribbon
Loved making this as the holly stencil is one of my "go-to" Christmas all time favourites, and a bargain this month too!  (Check it out using the link below to

Firstly, attach the holly stencil to the 7x7 stencil card with low-tack masking tape.  Use the blending tool, (or sponges if you prefer), to ink the leaves in green and the berries with red.  Don't worry if the colours overlap into each other, I think this looks great.  Remove the stencil and use a black Sharpie or Micron pen to outline the leaves and berries. Highlight the berries using the Clear Stardust pen.
With a stencil brush and some green Viva Décor paint, add a sketchy edging to the stencil card.  Try not to over-load the brush, take a little paint at a time until you are happy with the coverage.
On a piece of Clarity Designer Paper, stamp the Holly Leaf aperture in black ink and cut it out.
Stamp the reindeer in Coffee Archival ink, then place a moon mask in the sky and lightly dust across the leaf using a stencil brush loaded with an Artistry ink slightly darker than your chosen coloured paper.  Colour the reindeer with colouring pencils.

Dust the leaf with talc and stamp the trees in Olive Archival ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set. Lighten the area below the trees with a white pencil as though the ground is dusted with snow, then use the white pen to add snow to the trees and snowflakes in the sky.
On an off-cut of the same Designer Paper sheet, stamp the greeting banner with Versamark, white emboss it and cut it out.
Assemble the card using a glue tape runner for the leaf and banner, then mount the artwork onto an 8x8 base card.  Finish off by attaching a bow using liquid glue.
Don't forget to use your Bespoke Stamp on the back of your card!
Enjoy creating a piece of art for the final Challenge and I l👀k forward to seeing all your lovely entries 💖



  1. That is so beautiful Carole. I really thought you had cut out all those little leave from the stencil at first and had the designer paper behind the apertures! Your way is so much simpler!!! x

    1. Thanks so much for popping by Susan....things don't always have to be complicated do they :-)x

  2. Fantastic beautiful work Carole, i love your step by step i will be giving it a try when i receive my stencil, Thanks for the inspiration. Xxx

    1. Thank you Annette. The stencil is a lovely one to work with, you'll love it.
      Great of you to stop by and leave me a message :-) x