Monday, September 6, 2021

Christmas Card | Picket Fence Studios - Slim Line "Our Town" Cover Plate Die Set


I’ve got a graphic Christmas card design for you today filled with lots of ink-blending and Paper Glitz die cut panels! The NEW Paper Glitz colors - Purple Prism and Black Rainbow - are really amazing and I built my palette around them! I also used the "Merry Christmas Word Topper" Die and the "Slim Line Our Town" Cover Plate Die Set, which features this long rooftop skyline and detailed Santa's Sleigh with reindeer!

Here's the YouTube Video Tutorial I made for this card and it's filled with lots of 

great ink-blending tips and personal go-to tricks!


I started by dolloping a quarter-sized amount of each paper glitz color onto separate panels of black card stock with my large offset palette knife and spread the glitz in long strokes for an even thin layer. The panels were set aside to dry. The background panel was ink blended with the following Distress Oxide Inks:
Spun Sugar
Milled Lavender
Shaded Lilac
Dusty Concord
Wilted Violet
Blueprint Sketch
Chipped Sapphite
Black Soot

I always start with a panel just a bit bigger than I need so that I can trim it down later and this one measured 4.5 x 11" with a 2.5 circle die as the mask for my moon, which was just held in place with a piece of low tack tape on the back. It took me about 25 minutes to blend this background with my "Life Changing Blender Brushes" and it was completed with a quick spritz of shimmer mist and some spattering with white pearlized paint! The background was trimmed down to 4" x 8.5" and attached to a slim line card base.

At this point, the Paper Glitz panels were dry and each one was cut with the rooftops die and the “Merry Christmas Word Topper” was cut from the leftover piece of the Purple Prism panel.  Since the Black Rainbow die cut was going to be in the foreground, I needed to add a section of purple card stock to the back to cover up the window openings. So I used the negative die cut piece as my template to sketch my outline, fussy cut the image and added it to the backside with liquid adhesive.

To assemble the city scene, I determined that I could hide the place where the purple die cuts came together behind the tallest church steeple on the black foreground panel. So I marked their positions and glued the pieces in place. The sleigh/reindeer silhouette die cut was also glued directly onto the panel.

I added a 1/4” strip of heavy chip board to the very bottom of card front panel and attached the Black Rainbow panel on top with some foam tape pieces. This small bit of thickness added a lot of dimension to this scene! A few of the holographic snowflakes from the 1950’s Christmas Sequin Mix Plus were added in the night sky to finish up the card!

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you'll check out the video!


Happy crafting and have a great day!


  1. Enjoyed watching your fabulous video detailing the making of your card,love the colour palette and your diecut slimline town

  2. That skyscape is gorgeous. Love Dawn x

  3. What a gorgeous card Rachelle, the colors are stunning and I love all of the shimmer! Fantastic video with awesome products!
    Hugs, Tammy

  4. A magical Christmas sky, Red!! LOved your video - well done, my friend!

  5. Hi Rachelle,
    What a lovely idea using the die, I also love the colours on your card.
    Thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at CRAFT challenge-theme being Christmas.
    I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
    With kind regards
    Sue CRAFT DT

  6. I love the purple city scape behind the black - never would have thought to use this color combo for a Xmas scene, but I LOVE it. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  7. Fabulous card Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CRAFT Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  8. Gorgeous Christas card with the skyline and Santa's sleigh over the moon, Rachelle!! Just loved seeing this in our Die Cut Diva challenge and thanks for the great video tutorial too!!

  9. What a fabulous project, I love the town die and Santa flying across that gorgeous blended sky..
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. What a gorgeous layered scene! Lovely creation. Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Sweet Stampin'. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

  11. I love your Christmas scene - that purple is such a warm colour - great layers too - thanks for joining in with our challenge at Sweet Stampin

  12. What a fabulous card! I love the colors and you have used those die cuts perfectly. Thanks for the great video too, full of inspiration. Wonderful work here, and a great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us this time over at The Mod Squad. Hope we see you back here again soon.
    Judy~ MSC DT

  13. Oooo gorgeous the colors!!! Such a sweet Christmas scene. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle

  14. Beautiful card and video tutorial. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Greetings Sylvia Hoekman-DT.

  15. What an awesome night sky and Christmas scene you've created Rachelle. Thanks for joining us at Get Creative. Tristan DT.

  16. What a fantstic scene.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  17. Fabulous Christmas eve scene. Your inked background is incredible - love it! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

    sue n.

  18. Your card is beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!!*Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper