It’s Sabrina here today, with a card featuring the Japanese Deer Brushstroke stamp from Art Neko in a woodland shadow box scene. Like my previous card with the sweet little Geisha and her bonsai tree, this is a multi-purpose card that could be used either as a Christmas card or in this case as a card for any winter occasion. I actually stamped my trees with a homemade stamp using a Memory Box tree die-cut from foam – but the lovely brushstroke deer also comes as a set with a gorgeous snow-covered tree stamp – the Winter Deer and Trees set.
I started by stamping my Japanese deer with Memento Rich Cocoa onto white card and also onto a scrap of paper to create a mask. After masking him, I used my homemade stamp and Memento Bamboo Leaves to stamp the trees – masking the first one. This time the masking was easy with no cutting involved, I simply die-cut another tree from a Post-It. Originally I was planning to make a shaker box and was going to use extra matching trees to decorate it – but the card just wasn’t coming together as I imagined it, so I changed plans and made a little shadow box scene, using various dies to decorate it, and some Liquid Pearls for extra details. I decided to add a more festive touch with the little twine bows on the pinecones – and I think Christmas holly would make a good detail up in those corners too.
Toadstools aren’t really a feature of Christmas decor here in Ireland, but I know they are in parts of Europe so I added a couple of those, as well as a little bunny rabbit looking in to the majestic deer in his woodland setting. I often make the traditional French Christmas Log (Bûche de Noel) which my mother always made every Christmas Eve – and typically it’s decorated with little meringue mushrooms.