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Christmas Card Advent Calendar #2 – Swiss Christmas Cow card – How do you use a PNG file?

Swiss Christmas Cow card, with Digi Web Studio Christmas Cows 1 topper, by Paperesse.

The 2nd entry in my Christmas Card Advent Calendar (here's #1) uses another pre-colored topper from Digi Web Studio – a colorful Christmas cow from the Trina Clark Christmas Cows 1 clip art set. It's on sale right now for $1.00 (and that's with five images in the set).

What's nice about Digi Web Studio images is that you receive both a PNG and JPG version of the image. With a PNG image you have a clear, transparent background and with the proper image processing software, you can layer images against one another and even add shadows, as I'm done here. The Christmas tree is a separate image from the cow. Like to know more about PNG files and how to layer your digital stamps and images? See my tutorial What is a PNG Digital Stamp File . . . HERE.

You see a lot of cow stuff in Switzerland – if the Suisse had a sacred animal the cow would be it – believe me, these folks are serious about their cheese and milk chocolate. This cow looks so Swiss he was perfect for some Swiss friends of ours. I changed 'milk' to 'lait' and added my own circular Joyeux Noël sentiment creation. Paper is digital from Tactile Studio – Retro Noel (the candy cane), Holly (the holly, duh), and Toy Box (the cow print). I really like the Toy Box pack. You can see where I used it on another cow thank you card and Christmas Cowboy Snowman card. By the way, in getting these links I noticed that Tactile Studio is having a sale. Everything in the store is only $0.99! Holly and Toy Box have nine designs in the pack and Retro Noel has twelve; can't beat that for price. If you're in the market for some digital paper, now's the time to stock up.

This card didn't need much in the way of embellishment. I added a simple digital striped ribbon (Tactile Studio Striped Ribbons 2).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio digital paper packs – Retro Noel, Holly and Toy Box
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Trina Clark Christmas Cows 1
Dies – Die-namic circle and rectangle stax
Embellishments – digital ribbon

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #422 – Foodie, Crafty Calendar Challenge 02/12 – It's Christmas, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #362 – ATG Christmas opt. Quick & Easy, Hiding in My Craft Room #329 – Christmas Colors, and Christmas Card Throwdown  02/12 – Choose any theme from 2012 or 2013 challenges (I chose 30 June 2012 ATG Christmas).


  1. What a charming Christmas card! Thanks for entering the HIMCR 329 challenge!

  2. What a nice combo and layering of these images. Thanks for the PNG tutorial... I always learn something from your explanations. Never knew you could add shadows! With your card, I love the multiple layers... always makes it so 'lush' to have the triple matting and multiple papers in your backgrounds. Good 'un Shani!

  3. This is absolutely darling. Love the cute little cow and your fab choice of papers! Thanks so much for joining us at Little Red Wagon Challenge this week!

  4. Qu'est ce qu'elle est mignonne cette vache!!! J'adore le lait sous le sapin, what else?? :)
    Trop chou!!
    Gros bisous mon amie.

  5. Elle est adorable cette carte Shani, la vache aussi est adorable, très fribourgeoise aussi lol, merci de jouer avec nous chez CCT, biz

  6. A brilliant image and beautifully layered. An excellent adaption too. Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown.

  7. Gorgeous card, I love the image and papers you have used. Thanks for joining in this months 'Christmas' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x


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