Thursday 25 April 2024

Rudolph Days - April 2024

I was delighted when my entry into Rudolph Days Challenge in March was picked as one of the top three. And am even happier to be this month's Rudolph Days Guest Designer HERE - thank you so much Helen! 

This is my card:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- a backing piece of Tonic pearlescent 'Red Velvet' card, trimmed to a whisker under the size of the card front

- a snippet of really lovely holly patterned silver card, which I think was used by a friend to protect the Christmas card she enclosed it with - and I've saved it ever since, today is its day to take a bow!

- die cut the snippet of silver card using a die from the Taylored Expressions 'Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets' set, to make the main front panel. There was literally just a whisker of waste left on all four sides after the cutting was done

- used a snippet of white card and trimmed across it using a Spellbinders 'Curved Edge' with a line of stitching die

- then die cut the bottom edge and up the sides in one do using the scallop edge die I'd used on the silver background 

- glued the white piece onto the bottom of the silver panel

- glued the red layer and the silver panel onto the card front

- then came the drawn out part - die cutting the deer and all the extra bits and bobs ..... all from snippets using a Spellbinders die set called 'Magical Deer'

- the white body and head are double layered and the 'beard' plus the  piece down the centre of the face were die cut using a snippet of 'pale ivory' linen card, on the reverse smooth side

- the little cutouts on the deer's face and body were backed with snippets of red velvet card - used the same red velvet card for the cover/saddle  over the reindeer's back

- the antlers were die cut using a dark brown card snippet, which I then topped with second layers, die cut from a snippet of black velvet card

- the little hooves and nose are die cut from black velvet card and the ears and tail had a little bit of pink die cut card added

- ran away for a rest

- glued the main body with the additional pieces in place to the card front

- then used very narrow red line tape to stick the bottom part of the antlers to the back of the deer's head before adhering it to the image using glue pen for the antlers and small pieces of thin sticky pad for the actual head - to give it some dimension

- die cut a selection of red, pink and white flowers and adhered them to the deer's antlers

- final touch - added some tiny flat silver gems to the flower centres - plus one last cheeky one, right in the centre of the deer's cover/saddle

- tottered away ................ and lay down in a darkened room to recover!

This might well be the only time I ever use this die set - I just counted 32 die cut shapes, 34 if you count the double layering of the main body and head. It seemed to be never ending!

Didn't add a sentiment as it's already busy enough. Besides, reindeer in snow with a background of holly patterned paper and sparkly touches sort of points to Christmas, IMHO.

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #85 HERE. The theme is 'Santa and his Sidekicks' - any deer surely is one of the best known of Santa's sidekicks!

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #61 HERE. The 'Magical Deer' set of dies was having its first (and possibly last) outing here.

You have until the end of the month to enter all three challenges I've linked to in this post. Go on, you know you want to.


  1. Congratulations on both counts, Di! You've certainly done a bang-up GD job with this incredible work of Christmas art! What a labor of love - and it truly shows! I'm sure you will send this to someone who can appreciate your creativity! Thanks for the many NBUS linkie-poos! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Well done Di and a pretty card to showcase the new challenge.

    B x

  3. Not surprised you ran away to rest! Great card though, well worth the efforts, a very handsome Reindeer indeed. Congratulations on your GD slot xxx

  4. Happy Rudolph Day! I know it was a lot of hard work creating the deer, but it was SO worthwhile. Your fabulous card is amazing. Congrats on your guest design spot. Xxx

  5. A wonderful card , with a lovely scene , take care
    Nice day Epie

  6. Congratulations on being a guest designer for Rudolph Days. This is a beautiful card and really repays the time and effort involved in assembling all the pieces of the deer although I know it was a mammoth task. I often need a lie down after tussling with some of my more intricate die cuts - why do we do it I wonder?? I guess the answer is that it probably keeps us out of mischief and the resulting cards are well worth the effort, even if we do only ever use any particular die just the once🤣🤣. Happy Rudolph Day!

  7. Congratulations Di on your guest designer spot. Love the card, the effort was certainly worth it!

  8. Lovely card Di and I see what you mean about all the pieces! Those flowers are tiny! xx

  9. No wonder you tottered away for a rest.. that is one seriously impressive card Di!! with lots of patient piecing there. Just as well Dudley didn't try to help....

  10. Congratulations on being a guest designer Di your card was a stunner as is this one l love the reindeer and you have assembled it well l am sure l have this Die not the easiest to put together lovely background too x

  11. Big congrats on your GD role, Di! And what a stunning card you've created - must have taken ages and looks terrific, Jo x

  12. That silver backing paper is gorgeous and I understand why you saved it so long, but it looks perfect with this beautiful deer image. I love how you added all those tiny flowers and gems to the antlers too. What a beautiful card for your GD spotlight!

  13. A fabulous card Di and well done on having the patience to attach all the teeny tiny elements to this lovely reindeer. Congratulations on your GD spot too!
    Kath x

  14. A beautiful card - love the scene you've created.

    Thanks so much for joining me at the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.

    Helen x

  15. Hi Di,
    congrats on being a GD for the Rudolph challenge.
    I love your card and that Die cut Deer is so gorgeous and as you say very fiddley with all the different cuts you have had to make but the result is stunning and so wonderful.
    I love your pearlised snippet that used to matt it what a great snippet I wonder if that is a embossing folder or if it was bought like that a mystery maybe unless the person who sent it to you knows.
    Great ideas the little flowers in the Antlers.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

    1. Hi Jenny. The backing card was definitely printed like that rather than embossed. Although, to touch it one can feel some slight embossing and changes in texture. That's why I hid it away for so long! Very tactile and special. x

  16. Hi Di,
    sorry I didn't put the name of the sentiment die cut on my blog not sure what one it is but I think it maybe spellbinders as it's their usual copper colour die.
    It was from Mo for being on the DT and I have it it in a die storage and didn't think to put the name on it.
    Just in case you wanted to know.

  17. It's a gorgeous card Di and the layers look lovely, know what you mean about the layers though. x

  18. Wow!! This is an amazing card Di, surely a big labour of love very time consuming but such stunning result! I had to pin it! Love, love, love the sweetness of the cute deer and the flowers on the antler are a fabulous addition! All your layering are so accurate and with a perfect colours choices! And well done for recycling that piece of damask paper, it looks so beautiful behind the reindeer!
    Big congrats for your GD at Rudolph Day challenge, so well deserved! This year I can’t find time to make Christmas cards :(

  19. That is a really beautiful card Di, and can understand that this was time consuming with all those little bits and love the different colours you used to make up the finished sweet deer, and the background with the holly covered silver card and the stitched curved die for the snow slope and perfect over the red card. Congratulations on being a GD over at Rudolph Day's challenge, and well deserved with your very elegant and beautiful card entered last month. x

  20. Fabulous card, the deer is fabulous and the silver on the background compliments it beautifully Di!

  21. Super well done on this card Di. I love it and understand the lie-down after making it. :-)

  22. Fabulous card - love that backing paper and your elegant focal point too.

    Thanks so much for joining me at the Rudolph Days Challenge and thanks for joining us at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge too.

    Helen x
    April Guest Elf

  23. This is stunning Di … wonderful die cut reindeer and a gorgeous sparkly background. I can see it must have taken some doing to put all the different coloured elements together, but fantastic result xx

  24. Congrats on guest designing, Di! Your card is spectacular! I would never have had the patience to use all those little pieces, but admire you for sticking it out!


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