Forest Stag – Masculine Christmas Cards

We all need a few different types of Christmas cards – especially Masculine Cards. So what makes a Masculine Christmas card? Well, color mostly! When I think masculine, I think neutral colors – earthy, and not too overly cutesy.


Today’s project is just that – and my first to really feature the rockin’ Stag from the Hip Holiday stamp set in the Candy Cane Lane Collection by Stamp of Approval. I’ve shared a few projects this past week already from this great collection – that goes on sale if you’re on the Wish List or a StampNation member this morning.

Tomorrow – if there are any left, it will go live to the public. There’s still time to get on the Wish List – so don’t wait if you like any piece of the collection. We also had three great Blog Hops loaded with Holiday card ideas for you. I have links to everything you may have missed below – not to worry!


Now back to our Masculine Christmas Stag….Here’s a quick tutorial for this great clean and simple card – another great mass producible one:

Masculine Christmas Cards: Forest Stag Tutorial

To keep with a masculine look – use neutral or muted colors. I chose to use Kraft card stock for the frame & card base. For the panel I used a dusky green – Always Artichoke by Stampin Up. For red accents – Cherry Cobbler and the Stag in White so that he really pops.

Once you’ve die cut your frame with the Merry Label Dies (CAS-ual Fridays for Stamp of Approval), edge it lightly with Tea Dye Distress Ink. This helps to accentuate the edge, give it a rustic look and showcase some of the debossing around the edges.

Masculine Christmas Cards - Ingrid Blackburn

Use the coordinating dies for the Hip Holiday set to cut the stag out in white. Next, stamp the stag in Soft Suede & Early Espresso for the patterned ears & neck. I just love him – isn’t he great! I made one with eyes and a smile, but ended up liking the one without a face better.

Rather than clutter the label die with stamped images – add some tone on tone boughs from the Merry & Bright Bough Stamp set. Keep it minimal so that it doesn’t overtake the card.

TIP – to get the bough placement just right, lightly trace the label die so you have a guide, then erase your lines once done! If you are mass producing cards, create a label out of masking paper, trim it down to the inner debossed line. That way you don’t have to keep tracing it!

Fold your card base in half and stamp the Peppermint Stick background stamp in Cherry Cobbler on the edge. Glue your Artichoke card front on.

Masculine Christmas Cards - Candy Cane Lane

Glue your stag to the label, emboss a greeting in gold onto Cherry Cobbler. I used the lower part of Sweetest Holiday Wishes from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set. TIP – I actually cut that one apart – there is a bit of space between the sweetest and Holiday Wishes – it easily lines back up if desired – but I’ll get so much more use from it this way without having to constantly mask it off!

Glue your greeting over the stag and label – trim the edges and pop it all up with foam tape. Add a few gold sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (that large one is by Rico Designs) and you’re all set!

It’s cute, right? I’m in love with this color combo.

More Christmas Project Ideas

If you didn’t get a chance to see my two videos for this collection, here are the links to those pages. There’s a video on each!

CAS Peppermint Bark      Peek-a-Boo Candy Canes & Christmas in a Box

I also have a great Christmas in a Box project on there too. Tomorrow, you’ll get to see another video tutorial with a technique project right here, so stop on by.

If you would like to get even more Christmas ideas from me, check out my YouTube channel, plus subscribe to my Creative Tips E-letter below or to the right. In about a month, I will be starting my yearly 12 Days of Christmas series. You’ll only see those projects free in your inbox through Creative Tips.

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To see all the amazing creations from the past few days – don’t miss the blog hops….You can still win a free box! Leave comments along the way. Check them out here:

Blog Hop – Day One          Blog Hop – Day Two          Peppermint Watercolor


And finally… if you’re a StampNation member – be sure to check out the Challenge this morning! It’s loaded with Stamp of Approval cards!!! Can you guess which one is mine?!

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Now you have some serious holiday inspiration! See you tomorrow with even more…


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White Christmas Cards


Don’t you just love white on white cards? They make the perfect Christmas cards. This month at the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge. I chose the classic diagonal path of White, Gold and Sentiment – a classic.

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This month we have an awesome guest designer for the Christmas Challenge – Ksenija Rizova, you may know her in the blog-o-sphere as Sweet Kobylkin. Be sure to Click Here to check out her blog and creation.

White Christmas Tutorial

  • Create your textured background on the top 2/3 of a folded A2 white card. I used the Large Winter Snowflakes by Memory Box and Dreamweaver white embossing paste.


  • Sprinkle glitter onto your wet embossing paste snowflakes, and set aside to dry completely.
  • Emboss the Impression Obsession Tree Group in White, then Iridescent Ice.
  • Fussy Cut out and add glitter to the hill line.


  • Add a second piece of card  stock with a slight downward slope in the opposite direction to overlap over your stamped trees. Add glitter with two way glue to the hill edge.
  • Once your embossing paste is dry. Add trees and front hill to your card, getting the spacing just right. Trim the bottom to fit the front and add a greeting embossed in Gold. I chose one from Everyday Sentiments by Happy Little Stampers.


  • Add sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

Now it’s your turn! Which bingo path are you going to take? I can’t wait to see what you enter into this month’s Christmas Challenge.

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Watercolor Christmas Cones

Don’t you just love watercolor and Distress Inks?   This tag card was actually an after thought believe it or not.  The main card was sent full tutorial and all to the Creative Tips List as part of the free 12 Days of Christmas series.  If you’re not on it – what are you waiting for – it’s free?

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Back to this tag…I usually test stuff out when stamping with a new set and watercoloring, so this was my text swatch…thankfully it was just big enough for this tag die from Chalk Talk Framelit set by Stampin Up.  I wrapped it with some gold string, popped it up over some 1/2 strips – you know you have those lying at the bottom of your Cherry Cobbler folder with other scraps…added an embossed sentiment, some sequins and wallah – not sure on the spelling there!  Don’t you just LOVE the look?  Can you believe it’s made using Distress Inks?  You can use any dye based inks…but I just LOVE the result I get when I use Distress by Ranger.

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It turned out so SUPER cute, I can’t stand it – this one is sitting on my desk at the moment…I just love the colors.  For all the details on how to do the watercolor stamping…be sure to get on the Creative Tips E-letter list.  I’ll be sure to get you the link for the tutorial…I promise! 🙂

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I also wanted to enter this card in a fabulous challenge that I just love – Distress.  I’ve participated in a few this past year…be sure to join in on all the fun – Virginia’s View is a fabulous way to get inky!

Virginias View challenge distressed

And one of my favorite stamp company’s challenge too – Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Sparkly Creations.  They’re featuring Kaisercraft products, but I don’t have any!  So here are some fun sparkling clear sequins – my go to jewels of late by Pretty Pink Posh:



If you love the look Distress Inks can give a project – be sure to check out this fun technique – Vibrant Flicked Accents!

Happy Watercoloring!!