Merry Christmas to you

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we are challenging you to use a stencil. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I love stencils. The price point is great and you can do so much with them. Great for quick and simple cards and I often use part of a stencil to ‘ground’ an image in my CAS cards. My stencil collection has grown a lot over the last couple of years!

For my take on the theme, I decided to use a stencil by John Next Door as a main focal point for some quick CAS Christmas cards.

A few weeks ago, I bought some Ranger detail blending tools – they are tiny and perfect for detail stencilling! They made it very easy to use different distress oxide inks on parts of this stencilled tree! After inking the image, with the stencil still in place, I coated the tree with Cosmic Shimmer sparkle texture paste.

It was quite interesting to see how the paste changed the colour of the underlying distress oxide. For example, I used Dusty Concord for my second tree, but I think it looks like Seedless Preserves, don’t you? Once the glitter had dried, I stamped the small Simon Says Stamp sentiment to create a tree trunk!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our wonderful sponsor, Sherry, plus the super talented Hannelie from Desert Diva and Steph from Morticraft as our Guest Designers. They have some fabulous creations on their sites!

I’m also entering my green tree card into the current CAS Christmas challenge as the theme is ‘tree’.

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!



  1. These cards are so so pretty! love the delicacy of the tree and of course all that sparkle. Way to get some texture onto a CAS card too!


  2. Two pretty tree cards, Lucie! I was wondering how you stenciled the tiny dots and stars – detail blending tools. Cosmic Shimmer adds a beautiful shine. It’s interesting that it changed the colors of the oxide ink, isn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing the green tree card at CAS Christmas! Hideko xx


  3. Saw these lovely stencilled trees on IG and you did a fabulous job. Love the soft colours and the beautiful shimmer. I think I need to add that detail blender to my evergrowing list! Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas Tree challenge. Trina xx


  4. love that stencil, it’s so delicate with the little stars and dots. Beautiful blending of colours and I bet it’s really shimmery IRL. thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas 🙂


  5. What wonderful trees, Lucie! Love the way you’ve been able to add multiple colors! I’ve got to check out those blending tools! Great use of the sentiment to anchor the Christmas tree! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!


  6. What a fantastic stencil and you’ve made the most of it Lucie!! Two gorgeous cards … love the different colours. And interesting about the paste making the second card darker … you’d think the ink would look lighter — so interesting! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!


  7. Super sweet cards and I love your choice of colors, Lucie! I love the clever sentiment, too 🙂


  8. Love those pretty Christmas trees in the different colours – what a great stencil! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas!


  9. Hi Lucie, Such sweet cards and omg! what detailed stenciling. Love how you used the blending tools for the tiny areas and created these two beauties. Cosmic Shimmer adds to the festive look and enhances the wow factor. lovely inspiration. Makes me wanna try shimmer paste on distress inks. Happy Crafting and lots of hugs-Bharati


  10. Your trees are so sweet, Lucie. These look like they were so much fun to create. =) Tracie


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