After my success with Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketch SS011 I have been spurred on to design a card for her latest sketch SS012. When I saw the sketch I thought it looked like it was going to be a fun card and the image of the reindeer reminded me immediately of the moose head in the JOLLY FRIENDS stamp set.

The other day I had been making a card using the Wonderous Wreath stamp and die set.  After I had finished I was left with the cut out image shown below.


To me it looked like an image of someone (or something) having smashed through a wall which had left a big hole. I kept the cut out to one side as I thought I might be able to use it later.

I was pleased I did because Sarah’s sketch seem the ideal opportunity to use this cut out and have the ‘moose’ leaning out of the hole.  I wanted to make it more realistic by having his hooves appearing at the bottom of the cut out but wasn’t sure what to use.  I looked through all my stamps and dies for inspiration and finally decided to use the scarf image in JOLLY FRIENDS as the scarf tail seemed the right shape.


I stamped the scarf image twice, cut out a hoof shape from the scarf tail on the right-hand side, then used a black marker to colour it completely.



I am really pleased with the result as I feel it does look like ‘Melvin the Moose’ – my name for him – is peeping out of the hole he has obviously just made to wish everyone a Happy Christmas!


The card base is GARDEN GREEN cardstock (10.5 cm x 28 cm) – scored at 14 cm

The card front is WHISPER WHITE cardstock (9.5 cm x 5cm) – embossed with SOFTLY FALLING embossing folder.

The Moose (from JOLLY FRIENDS stamp set) is stamped on CRUMB CAKE cardstock

The hat and pom pom (from JOLLY FRIENDS stamp set) have been stamped in GARDEN GREEN AND REAL RED ink pad

The (Merry and Bright) banner (from STITCHED WITH CHEER) has been stamped in REAL RED ink pad

The patterned paper is from the CANDY CANE designer series

OTHER MATERIALS USED included ADHESIVE STRIPS (around the cut out circle) and DIMENSIONAL foam dots for the hooves, hat, pom pom, moose head and banner



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