It's a lovely theme to the current challenge over at Merry Monday this week - 'Santa'.
And, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge it's 'Anything goes so long as it's Christmas' - and at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for February it's always 'Anything goes'.
So my card for today covers all three challenges - plus I used one of the Bugaboo digital images I recently won over at Hazel's too:
- 6" x 6" square white card blank
- piece of 6" x 6" white card stock for the front panel onto the bottom centre of which I stamped the sentiment using a pre-loved Hero Arts stamp called 'Merry and Bright' and SU's 'Real Red' ink pad
- embossed the front panel using SU's 'Softly Falling' folder and then embossed two parallel lines across using the Hougie board
- trimmed the embossed panel down to an eighth of an inch smaller than the card blank all around and glued it in place
- as said, the cute 'Stocking Santa sack' digi image was part of my prize chosen from Bugaboo. I just re sized him and printed onto white card before colouring with Pro markers. Then fussy cut round the image and ran the edge of a black Whispers marker right round the image to redefine any areas where I felt I'd cut slightly into the black outline (OCD strikes again!). I then made Santa sit around and twiddle his thumbs whilst I prepared the trees
- grabbed plain green and holly patterned snippets of paper from LOTV's 'Classic Christmas' paper pad and punched three trees using SU's 'Tree' punch
- at that point I realised that adding paper straight on top of quite heavy embossing maybe wasn't such a great idea so I punched out three more trees from a snippet of thin green card and glued these to the backs of the paper trees
- then noticed that the punched white edges of the LOTV paper showed slightly so just ran a dark green Whispers marker round the edges of each tree
- all that was left was to position Santa and the three trees along the top embossed line, to 'ground' them, and then glue in place
I did add a tickle of clear Wink of Stella to the bobble and fur trim on Santa's hat - which you can't see in the photos. Not surprising really 'cos it's very hard to get it to show up in photos. Snort, especially if you only decide the add the tickles after taking, editing and uploading the photo anyhow :)