Santa Christmas Card
Santa’s Gift by Godiva’s Dream
There’s probably nothing more magical on Christmas than Santa and his elves. And the man in the red suit wouldn’t be himself, if he didn’t bring a little something for everyone, even his little helpers, now would he? This can only mean one thing - Santa deserves to be put on a festive card!
The easiest, and very appropriate, option here would have been to go for red and white. However, I decided that I wanted to incorporate other colours as well - purple, for example, which doesn’t appear on Christmas cards all that often.
The paper collection I chose for this project is “Merry Little Christmas” by First Edition Paper. Overall, it has quite a traditional vibe to it with some quite modern surprises thrown in - really beautiful.
I picked four coordinating patterns and came up with a layout which looked appealing to me. The papers I chose only had small accents of red, so I incorporated more of the colour by matting them on textured red American Crafts cardstock. I also added some slightly shimmery deep red satin ribbon for extra interest and texture.
Stamping and Colouring
Somehow I often manage to buy seasonal stamps after the actual holiday, which means that I have to wait the whole year to use them! That’s exactly what happened with this stamp (“No Peeking” by the artist Emilie Goulet for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps), so I was really glad I could finally put it to good use.
I stamped the image in “Tuxedo Black” Memento ink and coloured it using Promarker and Brushmarker alcohol based markers. I incorporated all the colours that appear on the patterned papers to ensure that the stamp matched the project perfectly. Once I finished colouring, I used a stitched circle die by M&C Boutique to cut out the image.
Showcasing the Image
While I used the papers with the patterns that aren’t traditional per se, I still wanted to include some of those elements we all love at Christmas time. Thus, I chose a Sweet Dixie “Holly and Bow Frame” set, which, unsurprisingly, features the traditional holly and berries. I cut the frame out of the same textured red American Crafts cardstock I used to matt the patterned papers. I then adhered the stamped circle I cut out earlier to the red frame using 3D foam and, finally, attached the whole focal piece to the card.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I had a bunch of fun adding a variety of festive embellishments to this card. I started with a double looped bow that I tied using that beautiful, slightly shimmery, red satin ribbon and adhered a green glitter bauble button by Dress It Up in its centre. Doesn’t that just look super Christmassy?
It’s hard to imagine Christmas without poinsettia flowers, so I created three of them from shimmery red paper. I used a “Small Poinsettia” die set by All Occasion Dies to cut out the flowers.
Below the poinsettias, I decided to add a gingerbread man, because they are also a big part of traditional Christmas.
I tinted some white textured cardstock with “Brushed Corduroy” Distress Ink and cut out the gingerbread man using and X-Cut die. To make the cut out details stand out better, I glued some of that same white cardstock to the back of the shape. In addition, I gave this little gentleman a black hat with a holly embellishment, a black bow tie and some red buttons - very suave indeed!
I felt that for this card to be fully complete, it needed a festive sentiment. I picked up my trusty “Holiday Trinkets” set by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and chose a stamp which suited this project the best. I stamped it using Versafine in “Olympia Green” and coloured the holly with Promarkers. I then cut the sentiment out using a stitched circle die, glued it onto a red scalloped circle (Spellbinders S4-124) and adhered to the card with dimensional foam.
What are your favourite colour schemes and images to use for Christmas projects? Do tell, I’m very curious to know. Thank you for reading and until next time.