When the red, red robin comes hop hopping along ...

Sorry couldn't resist having that as my post title especially when you see which stamps I have used to create my Christmas card ...

I have used 'Red, Red Robin' clear stamp set from Polka Doodles (which is part of the Festive Christmas collection), coloured with distess inks and a few die cuts.

I stamped lots of the holly leaves on to one piece of card and painted them all at once which has helped created such a blended look to the leaves. The original goal was to create a frame with the images, cut it out, mount on to acetete to create a window. However, as is the way when you get 'in the zone', projects just design themselves and morph ...!

As a finishing touch, I just had to add the robin ... he's sitting amongst the holly and ivy leaves but still tasking centre stage.

I also added some of the "25" sentiments to cement the Christmas feel and snuggled them in amongst the foliage. Finally I add some ivy leaf diecuts, dusted with gold pan pastel, red Nuvo drops and red glitter stickles.

As my final, final touch, I stamped the 'Merry Christmas' greeting in the corner. I love how the card turned out with all the layers of leaves and might just have to give it ago again but this time as a frame .... ummm, watch this space.

Tonight is TV catch up night as I have an episode of Victoria to watch before the final Ripper Street airs, so will catch up with blogland tomorrow evening.

x x x

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Artistic Inspiration - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Make My Monday - no patterned paper
Merry Christmas Challenge - use favourite stamp
Christmas Card Challenge - anything goes
Crafting when we can - comes comes early