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Hi Jenny here.

Christmas is just about here and I remember saying to myself very early in the year that I would have all my Christmas card ready to be sent by December the 1st. Hah! Did I jinx myself or what? This year has flown by even faster than the last. Consequently, the Christmas cards – well most of them, still need doing.

Die'sire - Reindeer Dance & Penny Black - FiligreesThis is my latest Christmas stepper card.

Every year I choose just a few things to add to my Christmas collection of dies & stamps. (I would love to get everything as I am sure you would too but I would need a bigger craft room… house… mmm.. enormous shed!!) My favourite stamp set this year is Penny Black – Filigrees. The tree, gold embossed swirl & greeting were from this set. Favourite die is Die’sire Reindeer Dance.  I have also used: Bazzill-white canvas cardstock, antique gold cardstock, Kaisercraft pattern paper from 25th December paper pad, seam binding ribbon: Lipstick Red, red binding ribbon, Cuttlebug: snowflake embossing folder, antique-gold embossing powder, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Tsukineko VersaMagic Midnight Black.

Tip/Helpful Note:  Whenever I am using a new clear stamp set I will use Tsukineko VersaMagic, VersaColor or Brilliance. These ink-pads I have found to be more creamy than watery. They cling more evenly to the clear stamp and transfer to my paper without the ink pulling itself into “puddles”. They are also great when I am stuck for a colour in embossing powders. Stamp with these inks then add your clear embossing powder. After stamping a few times with these inks I can then stamp nicely with my Ranger Distress Inkpads and others.