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Merry Cact-mas! Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede's Christmas Cactus digital stamp

Merry Cact-mas! Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp, by Paperesse.

If you're a Paperesse follower, you might have noticed I've gotten an earlier start to my Christmas cards this year. In so doing I've felt free to take my time – to think outside the box – and have found I enjoy creating Christmas cards using nontraditional images and/or paper.

This Cactus card featuring QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp is a case in point (as is this Santa Claws Crab step card). The stamp isn't quite what you'd associate with Christmas and the paper is not Christmas at all, but more of my recent Aldi grocery store find I've been using quite a bit of lately (i.e. my recent Popsicle card).

I used some no-brand inexpensive die-cuts mounted on foam pads for embellishment. I created the sentiment with Mister Sirloin BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Max Bringmann KG City Flair MotivKarton pad
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, no-brand Christmas ornaments
Font – Mister Sirloin BTN Rare

I'm linking up with: The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #34 – ATG Christmas, The Merry Christmas Challenge Aug 15 - 14 Sept. – ATG Christmas, The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #44 Aug. – ATG Christmas, Merry Little Christmas Challenge #1 – ATG Christmas, Sweet Stampin' Christmas Aug. – ATG Christmas,  CRAFT Challenge #479 – Christmas, and QKR Stampede #309 – ATG.


  1. Ooooh - love those embellishments! Never thought of die cutting them out of foam... cool idea! That looks like that image was so fun to color - love all the opportunities for shading!

  2. OMG what a beautiful holiday creation! LOVE the bright, traditional colors! Thanks so much for playing in our Merry Little Christmas Challenge! Good Luck and I look forward to seeing you again next month!

    Merry Little Christmas DT
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  3. Brilliant card, love the quirky image and matching non-traditional papers together with the traditional red/green palette! Fabulous layout and colouring too! Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

  4. What a festive card! So fun to see our QKR image look so radiant! Thanks for joining the QKR Challenge this week. DT Kathy

  5. Non-traditional is always fun! Love that paper. Perfect with your Christmasy cactus image.

  6. Great non traditional Christmas card. Love it.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT.
    Hugs Sheryl

  7. Another fun Christmas card that made me smile. I love that cactus paper and those die cuts are the perfect touch.

  8. What a fab Christmas cactus image! Thanks for joining in at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge!

    love Mags B x

  9. That's a great idea for a Christmas card - something non-traditional always stands out!

    Thanks for joining us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  10. This is such a fun, non-traditional Christmas card! I love the punny sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT


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