I love coming up with unique handmade Christmas cards and when I saw this fireplace die all I could see was a brick hearth and sweet little stockings. Yes, this is a detailed card but it’s not difficult. And it’s so special that it could easily serve as a gift on its own. It would be so pretty mounted inside a glass covered shadowbox frame.
Brick Card Base
- Secure the brick stencil to a piece of cream cardstock using masking tape. I find the Scotch Safe Release Tape holds the stencil perfectly in place and yet releases easily from the cardstock when finished.
- Begin applying the base color to the brick using Antique Linen ink and a blender brush. I love my Life Changing Blender Brushes for applying color with stencils.
- Continue applying darker shades of color using the blender brushes and Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo inks.
- Use a mini applicator to apply darker shades of color randomly over the whole brick base to create a more natural looking brick wall.
- Remove the stencil and use a blender brush to apply Antique Linen ink over the grout lines.
The Fireplace Elements
- Cut the fireplace elements using white, black, woodgrain and yellow cardstock. Note: I cut the top part of the mantle in black to use as the base for the hearth.
- Use strips of mounting tape to attach the fireplace and hearth to the card base.
- Apply Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge ink to to the flame pieces and apply sparkle using yellow Stickles.
- Attach the flames and logs to the grate using glossy accents and attach the whole piece to the card base using pieces of mounting tape.
The Decorative Pieces
- Create a mini scene on a small oval using using the tiny tree stamps from the Moose set and Shady Lane ink. Apply Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area and then heat set the scene with a heat gun.
- Stamp the Splatter Background on the scene using white pigment ink, and paint touches of white pigment ink on the ground area using a brush and then heat emboss using white embossing powder.
- Use two oval dies to cut a frame for the scene, attach it to the picture using small pieces of mounting tape and then attach it to the card base using double stick tape.
- Arrange the pots of poinsettias and evergreen and attach them on both sides of the fireplace using pieces of mounting tape.
- Create the fireplace decoration with a few branches of evergreen branches and a single poinsettia and attach using glossy accents.
- Make the tiny stockings using colorful designer paper and attach them to the fireplace using glossy accents at the tip and small pieces of mounting tape near the heels.
- Finish the scene by adding a curious cat on the mantle and another on the hearth.
Do you enjoy making unique handmade Christmas cards as much as I do? Although this card is detailed there is really nothing about it that is hard. It just takes time to create the scene one step at a time. Here is a link to a fireplace card I made earlier this fall. Check out this Pinterest link for more fireplace card inspiration. I want to thank you for all of your supportive comments on my posts yesterday. I really appreciated all of your input. And I must apologize for sending a second post out. It was an accident. Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a good day.
Tools and Supplies
Unique handmade Christmas cards are perfect to send to family and friends.