Sep 27, 2017

Inspired by Lisa Spangler

Last year, Lisa Spangler (whose work I adore) posted this Christmas card on her blog. LOVE. Decided to make my own version with supplies I already had, and this is what I came up with.

Painted the branches from Essentials by Ellen (designed by Julie Ebersole) Christmas Scribbles set (retiring and out of stock!! What?) with white gouache paint, and stamped on a Memory Box Licorice card.

White gouache or acrylic paints provide the only real solid white coverage against dark cardstock that I've ever been able to achieve without embossing. I did not add any water so the card did not warp. Squirted some gouache on a palette and used a small brush to paint onto the stamp. Make sure to wash the stamp and brush right away!

Added Nuvo Crystal Holly Red drops and a green foil Joy die cut (also designed by Julie but does not appear available anymore).

MOOD WHEN DONE = Of all the Christmas cards I've made this year I think I like this one the best (so far!).


  1. fabulous card, Joan and have those stamps, the die and the Nuvo drops also - think i'll just CASE it - love love!

  2. This is awesome! Very modern looking to my eye and I am usually more of a traditionalist but I really LOVE this! Now I will have to see what stamps I have on hand to create something similar.

  3. Holy cow, that white paint is fantastic! I developed a love of black on Christmas cards recently, and this one with the white branches and red Nuvo drops and the pop of lime green is gorgeous!

  4. I love it! Thanks for the tips on the white paint.

  5. Beautiful card, of course! I, too, have been SO frustrated by not being able to achieve a clean, crisp, solid white image on dark cardstock, and it's one of my favorite styles. And I can't emboss successfully to save my life. I'll be sure to try the white gouache paint. Thank you for the update on your surgery; I was thinking back to August and wondered what the outcome was. (Don't share that last sentence with Susan R.; she'd find the grammatical mistake immediately.) So enjoy your posts and look forward to many more years of them.


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