Merry ChristMoose

Hello!  The year is flying by and I’m watching Hallmark Christmas movies again – the perfect ambiance for making Christmas cards!  The majority of products on this project are from Tim Holtz.

One of my favorite new dies this season is the Merry Moose.  It’s just too cute!  

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For my backgrounds, I used the 3-D Lumber EF and most of the brown distress colors splattered with white acrylic paint and gesso, and added Clear Rock Candy glitter (combined with clear EP, 1 part glitter, 2 parts clear EP).  I did end up adding white EP to the mix and embossing again for a snowier look.  For the other background,  I used the plaid background stamp with Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DOX.  I thought it needed something else so I added a piece of paper from one of Tim’s Christmas pads as the bottom layer.

The moose is cut from plain white cardstock and edged with Hickory Smoke DI and embossed with the glitter/clear EP mix.  Up close, he looks a little dirty like he’s been romping around through the forest.  The collar, antlers and trees are cut from a combination of Core-dinations colored and metallic cardstock, then I added the Clear Rock Candy glitter/EP. (I later added the snowy mix to his antlers). 

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 I made the brown trees first and inked them with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DOX, but the details ended up being hidden under the snow and frost I added.  Those trees blended into the background too much, so I made white trees and after assembling, I decided to inlay the white trees into the lumber background. Of course, it’s much easier if you inlay them before adding the branches, but I still made it work.  To add dimension to the brown trees, I glued the cut-outs from the lumber background behind, but not perfectly.  When I colored my white trees, I smooshed the embossed areas onto my little Hickory Smoke DI pad, then again using the Black Soot DI pad before added my snowy EP mix.  The Snowcap stencil was used for the snow banks and inked with Hickory Smoke DI and embossed.

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I wrapped some white paper string (Solids, Paper String) near the top of the lumber background before adhering to the plaid.  I tied some bakery twine near the left edge and added a Tiny Bell.  I added “Merry” from the Shadow Script Christmas set, and “Christmoose” is from the 1″ Tall Alphanumeric set.  The stars are from the Swirling Stars set.

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I think I’ve covered everything, but please ask questions if I’ve missed something.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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Linking up to:

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
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4 thoughts on “Merry ChristMoose

  1. Oh Marty! This is SO SO COOL! I’m crazy over this gorgeous, whimsical make and love how you inlaid the trees and chose a white moose! Love your sentiment with the Alphanumeric dies and every stunning detail! What a great project my friend! Hugs, Autumn

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  2. This is not a card, it’s a freaking GIFT! It must have taken you ages to make, but oh, so, soooo worth every second! That white moose just makes me grin from ear to ear! Your inlaid trees is such a clever and unexpected surprise! So excited to see all the details up close here on your blog! The plaid layer is just superb! I had a shirt like that, but just got rid of it–Lauren did a closet clean out with me and told me it looked horrendous on me. Perhaps red’s not my color???! I should have kept it to wrap a journal or something. Hmmmm…Sending big hugs, you creative genius, you!

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  3. Wow, what a fabulous make! The wintery background that you created is perfect and the TH Merry Moose die set is one of my favourites; your Merry Christmoose scene looks so amazing – I love it 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

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  4. This is fantastic, I adore this project and what’s not to love about that Merry Moose, he is just the best! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… x

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