Friday, 5 February 2016

Merry Monday #190 'Santa!'

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:
I used:

- 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 :)

Di
x

30 comments:

jimlynn said...

As cute as can be - and more!!! Love the embossing and especially those scored lines. Wonderful sentiment too!
Lynn

Aquarius said...

Great Christmas card and that is one cute Santa image.

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - it's funny how the tickles didn't show in your photo!!
Kath x

Erika said...

Di loving that wee Santa, it's the look on his face. A super Christmas card.

Hugs Erika. x

Carole said...

Brilliant card Di...but oh like me a perfectionist...and one job leads to another....worth it in the end though! What a cute Santa and I love your design. If I get my act in gear I might see you on the playground. xx

Debbie Henderson said...

I love the sentiment on your card, great layers! Thanks for playing Merry Monday!

SARN said...

Lovely looking festive card Di. I am now the proud owner of the Softly Falling embossing folder after you MADE me order it the other day after seeing the previous card that used it too!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Sweet Santa Di and I love those pretty trees! Have a lovely day my friend . . . I will be over in bit! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Pat said...

I love the Santa and your gorgeous geometric trees Di and the falling snow embossing in the background works fabulously also the two embossed lines ground everything nicely. A great fun card! x

Sandra H said...

Such a lovely card Di x

Elizabeth said...

Smashing card, Di. Love the Santa, he looks as though he is walking on his tippy-toes so as not to be heard by little ones sleeping below. The greeting is really nice too. That was a bit of smart thinking about the trees which, by the way, are fabulous. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Jane said...

What a great card Di...that sentiment is gorgeous...often the oldies are the best eh! Great design and you made me giggle about adding the twinkles. You should never have owned up...LOL. Enjoy the weekend xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That Santa is cute and whimsical. I love your trees, great choice to let those patterned papers do the job for you.

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely and cute Santa in your card, Di! Love the simple design and the two scored lines give a fab touch to the embossed snow!

Loll said...

That Santa is so cute, Di! And I love the patterned trees. xx

Cara said...

Great card, you know I'm sure I can see the sparkle *grin*. Cara x

Crafty Cakes and Cards said...

I really like your embossing and the lines... When I made my card I wished I had a snowfall effect embossing folder. The sentiment is in a lovely font. The whole card is clean crisp and very nice.

Sharon said...

OOOOOooo I love the detail on this card Di....it's great! xx

MaryH said...

What a cute ole fella this Santa is and love the way you've used the pretty dp for the trees. A really pretty scene and lovely background embossing for his snow too. TFS & Happy wkend.

Karen Petitt said...

Such a cute Santa Di, love the wonderful texture too, and it's a really gorgeous Christmas card Karen xx

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Miss Di. Love the Santa too.
I do hope you enjoyed your cuddle earlier today. I know you are all enjoying the pulp from my smoothie maker!!! Your coats are looking great!
Hugs and have a good weekend.
xxx

Carol L said...

Cute Cute and Cuter! Loving those trees and adorable Santa, and the embossing looks perfect!

Bonnie said...

LOL, Di, I was going to look for that twinkle! Love this fun Santa and the forest looks grand! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Eemeli said...

Oooo...this is so hilarious! Love that Santa and the way you are keeping this simple. Fab card for Christmas.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Craftychris said...

Such a cute Santa! Love the embossed background - I was going to look for the sparkle too! xxx

Mrs A. said...

This card has a lovely Scandinavian look to it. I do love those trees. I have such a lot of Santa stamps and images never seen the light of day. Must put the world to right on that. Hugs Mrs A.

Kristie Goulet said...

Super cute image and card! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

scrappymo! said...

My oh my...You have given me a great idea to ground the wee santa;s and some deer etc that I have kicking around in my embellishments drawer! I like this idea very much.

Lovely card di...great folder with a cute Santa! I even have these tree dies so perhaps I will be doing a similar idea soon...will give you credit of course..

Greta said...

Wonderfully designed card & so cute, Di!

Susan Renshaw said...

Fabulous card Di...love the clean background...super Santa and trees...
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