Sunday 19 November 2023

Sunday Snippets - Penny Black Christmas cards

I rustled up a pretty quick batch of Christmas cards, using some Penny Black 'Masterpieces made Easy' toppers, along with their fabulous 'Stick and Shine' stickers and foils:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blanks, all side opening

die cut the 'frames' from snippet of white card using a die from the Avery Elle 'Postage Stamp' set of dies - cut eight to layer them for more dimension

- glued the frames together and set then aside

- dug out two gold and also two silver mirri card snippets, which I trimmed to fit just underneath where the white frames would sit

- glued the mirri card panels onto the card fronts then glued the white 'postage stamp frames' on top of them

- already had the chosen Penny Black Masterpieces Made Easy images set to one side and I knew that I wanted two to have gold borders of mirri card and the other two to have silver borders

- time for the sentiments to be added and I used some NBUS Penny Black sentiments from their Stick & Shine 'Xmas Classics' set of sentiments - one at a time - then rubbed Penny Black Gold/Silver 'Metallic Foil' over the top as I went

- added a couple of snowflakes to the 'robins' image then rubbed more silver foil on the top

- glued the image panels onto the already assembled cards - done! 

Four more Christmas cards added to the very healthy pile!

The 'Masterpieces' are printed on linen effect card, but the 'Stick and Shine' still worked great. Basically, it's like the old 'rub-ons' we used to love, only you're left with a clear sticky surface ready to adhere the foil. That sticky surface is why I foiled as I went of course, can be tricky to align straight and 'just where you want them' unless you have the right light and never fiddle with them once they touch the card! Ask me how I know this?! But, as always, nigh on impossible to get the gorgeous bright shine to show up well in a photo!

The images came from three different 'Masterpieces made Easy' sets, two from 'Reflections', one from 'Across the Miles' and one from 'Snowy Sensation'.

As it was a first outing for the Stick and Shine sentiments, I'd like to enter this into Darnell's current NBUS Challenge #56 HERE

The results of Snippets Challenge #466 are over on the Snippets Playground HERE.

Dudley Pupdate: I was woken up at around 6am the other morning, when it felt as if a little herd of  Mountain Goats with pointed hooves were tripping all over my shin bones - ouch! Yup, it was Dudley on our bed, trying to get up close and personal with me for a cuddle. He got his cuddle but oh boy, that did hurt! How can a small dog exert such pressure through his little legs legs?

There's still one week of the current Snippets Challenge to go, hope to see you in the Playground soon if you haven't played already - make a card, come and play. Look for the post just before this one. 

Love, as always, from Dudley and myself, 


  1. And masterpieces they certainly are! Absolutely love this collection of Christmas cards. Your foiled sentiments are great and the images are stunning xxx

  2. Stunning cards Di - these are amazing!! love the foiled edges, so classy!
    I am house-sitting, and there is a VERY large cat here who sleeps on the bed with me for most of the night, goes out uber early, then comes back in anywhere from 6:00 a.m. onwards and jumps on the bed then walks up me - Oh My Goodness, what a weight!! And he thinks he needs more food!!!

  3. A great batch of Christmas cards - the PB images are beautifully set off by the mirri and foiling. Who needs an alarm clock when you have a Dudley 😊

  4. Always good to have some quick, yet very stylish cards in the stash isn't it?

    Happy Sunday aka SNIPPET DAY


  5. Lovely display of seasonal cards Di. Only this week did I discover rom one of my girls in the US that Cardinals are small birds, much the size of a sparrow, for whatever reason I always thought they were much larger.

    B x

  6. Great batch of cards Di, love the foiling. Dudley is so cheeky! Xxx

  7. Beautiful array of cards Di l love these PB Stickeroo they really do make fabulous cards and add to your list brilliantly x

  8. A lovely selection of cards Di.
    Kath x

  9. Those PB Stickeroos are really fabulous and also more with your foiled sentiments and mirror mats! Love the postage frames too!! Wonderful cards!
    Hugs to you and cuddles to the little white mountain goat! :D

  10. These look really beautiful and I love the way you have framed them Di, and the images are so elegant..absolutely classic and what anyone would love to get through their letterbox at Christmastime. x

  11. Love all that shine on your beautiful traditional cards xx

  12. What a fantastic set of elegant cards you've created! Just wow with all that beautiful sparkle and shine! Hopefully your legs are no longer hurting after that puppy romp in your bed LOL

  13. We all need "quick" cards at this time of year, yours certainly don't look quick, they are fabulous Di. Love the die cut borders and the shine.

  14. Those puppy paws can be weapons, for sure! I adore your cards! I thought those would be neat products, but haven't gotten any.


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