HLS July Christmas Challenge – Tree

Ingrid Blackburn - July 2015 Challenge Card

It’s Christmas in July today!! I know you’ve been patiently waiting – today is the beginning of a fun new Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. I’m honored to be on the design team and our first challenge is one close to my heart – Trees! I know, you thought for sure I’d create a scene with some snow drifts, mountains, etc….well, that’s the good part – this challenge runs all month long – so there’s plenty of time for that!

HLS Christmas Challenge July 2015

I happened to be in a clean and simple mood to kick off a this great challenge. Here is the end result – a layered and stenciled tree. You’ll see layers, shading and a very duplicatable design. I even filmed a video for you – enjoy! And if you like this tutorial, be sure to sign up for our Creative Tips e-list – we have exclusive video tutorials that we’ll send you for more stamping fun!

Creative Tips –

  • I went for deep rich colors. Always start with your lightest as in the video, then add to it as you want to deepen and develop the layers.
  • This card is simple, but intriguing with the layers – try fun designs in place of the script stamp.Stenciled Christmas Tree 003


  • The key when using a stencil is to secure your card stock and stencil down. Without that, you’ll be all over the place.
  • Post it notes are key to keeping areas clean that easily get ink on them

Stenciled Christmas Tree 004


So what did you think? It’s a simple but fun project. Be sure to stop by in the upcoming weeks for a few more samples with trees. And jump on in and design your own card for the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you create! Check out the challenge here

Stenciled Christmas Tree 002


There are other great challenges at Happy Little stampers too – I decided to enter this card in the current CAS challenge – Stamping as well!

HLS July CAS challenge


Have fun making yours!



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  1. I just loved your tree card. can you please tell me where you found that stencil it’s a must have I make about 75 cards and would love to scraplift your idea.

  2. ruth chadwick says:

    i love the stencil card…..i’ve listen to your video at least 5 times and still can not get the name of the stencil so i can see if i can find it on line to purchase. could you please help…. thanks.

  3. Gail Townsend says:

    Hello, love your CAS funky christmas card. looking forward to working on the DT with you. Gail xxx

  4. I’m finally set up with my new computer so can catch up with commenting on my fellow HLS Christmas DT members’ cards! Love the way you put the text on your Christmas tree and star, and what a fabulous fun style of tree!

  5. This is amazing! I absolutely love it!! BRAVO!!

  6. Hello Ingrid,
    Your card is admirable. Thanks for the tutorial, as explained to me the small details, which I was not sure. Well done! And I’m glad delighted that we are on the same team 🙂

  7. Fabulous CAS card Ingrid, love the design and wonderful layered stencilling. Carol x
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  8. I love this card. Everything about it is fabulous. I just became your newest subscriber at you You Tube channel.. Wonderful video by the way…..full of great tips. I look forward to getting to know you! I know we will have lots of fun on the HLS team

  9. What a fun, modern tree, Ingrid! I’m glad to see that you will be inspiring us on this team!
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  10. Beautiful! Just love it! xx

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  11. What a stylish CAS design Ingrid and thank you for the video tute! I’m so pleased to be working with you on the HLS DT.
    Carol x
    Carol S recently posted…Penny Black Christmas tree cardMy Profile

  12. Ingrid, welcome to the team! I LOVE this funky Christmas tree. The script is genius! xx

  13. Hi Ingrid, looking forward to being on the HLS Christmas Challenge Team with you. Love the very modern look to this fabulous tree with the rich green and the script design on the flourish branches. One really fabulous look, with lots of texture too, with that fun script. TFS

  14. Beautiful design Ingrid. Love the stamped script through the stencil design with sponging overtop … very creative. So happy to be working with you on the HLS Christmas Design Team. xx

  15. Love the groovy look of this! Congrats on the new challenge!

  16. Carol B says:

    I love it, very CAS. Your stencil tips were great. Have fun being a designer on the HLS Christmas Challenge.

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