The clip clop of horses' hooves

and the hush of fallling snow


10/12/20232 min read

Explore Exciting Design Styles for Cardmaking

sWould you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Christmas evokes thoughts of simpler times.

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

Small pieces of Cardstock for the die cuts

Card Face:

  • I attached the Village Edger stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, got out the appropriate brushes and a darkish blue ink to start with, and set to work.

  • After applying the blue ink generously around the stencil, I removed it and put it to one side.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the people going for a sleigh ride with black ink.


  • I die cut the lamppost from white cardstock. I die cut two of the fences.

  • I put dimensional foam on the back of the card face.

  • I used a green metallic gel pen to add colour to one of the hats and the harness on the horse.


  • I glued the lamppost in place at the bottom left of the card face.

  • I used a light hand and a shading brush to add blue shadows under the horse and sleigh and to the base of the lamppost.

  • I glued the two fence die cuts together along the bottom of the card, fitting them together to create one longer fence.

  • At this point I decided that a bit of snowfall would add nicely to this scene, so I secured the stencil and added the snow with a light gray ink. I deliberately added snow to the lamppost and the couple in the sleigh to enhance the scene.

  • I used a light gray marker with a very fine tip to trace the right hand edges on the lamppost and all of the uprights on the fence to create a sense of depth.

  • I removed the release paper from the dimensional foam and centered the card face on the card base.

  • I took the sentiment out of my Ready To Go binder*** and glued it to the left hand side of the card face as shown.

*** more information about the binder can be found under the Techniques tab in the header

Final thoughts:

I am ridiculously happy with this card. I love the way this random collection of tools combined to create an evocative scene.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Village Edger #1, A Colorful Life Designs

Falling Snow, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamp: Christmas Barn, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Dies: Lamp post and fence, Your Next Stamp (out of business)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Grey Marker: Stampin' Up!

Metallic Gel Pens: Gelly Roll, Amazon

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon