2 Beautiful Stenciled Pinecone Holiday Cards

by May Sukyong Park

Hi friends, Norine back with you today with a couple of winter-y holiday cards to share! They are non-traditional cards in terms of color and theme, but still evocative of a peaceful winter scene.  My favorite kind of holiday card to make! Let's jump in!

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 1a scaledI used the Classic Pine Stencil Sets A & B to make these cards, stenciling with Altenew inks onto white cardstock.

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 2 scaledFor my first card, I stenciled over an entire A2-sized cardstock panel, using Mocha and Espresso ink from the Coffee Break color family. For the pine needles, I used a base of Olive ink from the Tropical Forest family, with some Evergreen from the Green Fields color family and Mountain Pine (obviously, right?) from the Green Valley color family.

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 4 scaledI tried a thing I've been seeing more of, especially during the recent Daily Marker 30-day coloring challenge, where you stamp with ink colors, adding some shading with darker ink in a very basic way, and then going back with colored pencils to add more shadow and detailing to the inked images.  You can see where I've added extra depth to the shadows of the pine cones on this card with darker brown pencil coloring, and you can also see that I didn't take a lot of time to do it, just using a streaky, scribble coloring technique. (Editing of this photo makes the pencil coloring stand out more than IRL.)

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 3 scaledI wanted to emphasize the “frosty winter scene” that I had in my mind with this pine cone stencil set, so I mixed up some embossing paste and added a little white acrylic paint (to keep the paste from drying back to a dull cream color) and applied it to the tips of the pine cones to make it look like a fresh, light-n-fluffy, snowfall!  After smearing the paste mix with a plastic palette knife, onto the tips of the pine cones, I removed the stencil and sprinkled some white glitter over the top while it was still wet. I set it aside to dry before finishing the card a few hours later.

For the sentiment, I stamped on vellum paper with embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used a sentiment from the Winter Wishes stamp set, and once embossed, tore the top and bottom edges of the vellum strip. I found that the busy background made it difficult to easily read the sentiment so I used a narrower strip of white cardstock and placed it behind the embossed sentiment.

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 5 scaledThen, I trimmed the card panel slightly smaller than my A2-sized card base and matted it with some dark brown cardstock. Finally, I added some clear confetti dots to add to the sparkle and glitter of the “snow”!

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 6a scaledMy second card uses the same Classic Pine Cone stencil set and ink colors as listed above, but this time I masked off the additional pine cones and spruce boughs, focusing on a single cluster of pine cones and the surrounding green branches.

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 8 scaledI added extra depth and dimension with layers of inks, so I didn't feel the need to add more with colored pencils.  I added the snow puffs with the same combo of embossing paste and white acrylic paint, but this time, when I lifted the stencil, I used the tip of the palette knife to spread the paste into a single blanket of snow before sprinkling the glitter overtop.

Altenew ClassicPineStencil Dec19 10 1 scaledI added a strip of green patterned paper to the left side of the card panel and wrapped it twice with some thin jute cord before tying a bow. The final addition to this card is a few more clear sparkle sequins.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired by this quick and easy technique for making some last-minute holiday cards!


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tara prince December 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

So very pretty!

laurap36 December 10, 2019 - 11:35 AM

I’ve recently started using more stencils in my card making and I really like this set. Your cards are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Pam December 10, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Wow! This is stunning!

pamboe December 10, 2019 - 12:02 PM

I love these cards and am going to pull out those stencils right now! Great cards for men or friends with mountain cabins.

Greta H December 10, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Absolutely love your cards!

Michele F December 10, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Norine!!! I never would have imagined such beauty could come from a stencil!!! Outstanding creations!

Lai-Yoke van der Wal-Chow December 11, 2019 - 4:20 AM

Absolutely beautiful! love how you used the stencil with the embossing paste which makes the pine cones really pops up! Could we have a video from you on how you make this card, please?

Michele W December 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Absolutely love these cards! Tried to order the pine stencils a couple of times but they were our of stock. Definitely need to get them now as they would be great for winter and masculine birthday cards, too. Thanks for sharing your amazing designs!

CarolMcCready December 10, 2019 - 2:06 PM

These are beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration on how to use my stencils.

Judith December 11, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Thanks for such a beautiful card and your very detailed technique! I have lots of White Pine trees around the house and appreciate your sharing …..

Monia December 11, 2019 - 10:18 AM

This is just gorgeous :)

Cindy C. December 11, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Wow what a gorgeous card, love that snow!!

Heidi Rees December 11, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Beautiful cards! I love the snowy affect you added!

Inkin' Chickie December 20, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Love both of these cards. They have me rethinking stencils. These will definitely go into the wishlist.


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