My first “commission”. My mum has a hard time finding appropriate “brother” cards so I offered to make a Christmas card for her. Any excuse to use this adorable Santa again.
I wanted to create a card with a traditional feel and a foiled sentiment. And a cute Santa Claus.
I coloured the Santa and sleigh with Copic markers and fussy cut them out, using a scalpel for the more fiddly bits around the sleigh runner.
The sentiment was created on the computer and printed out using a laser printer. I trimmed it down to size and foiled it with the Minc machine.
The snow line was created by embossing the card panel with a landscape die. I used the same die to cut a mask to cover the bottom of the panel so that I could blend a Distress ink sky up to the sentiment.
I found a pine branch stamp lurking in my collection in a stamp set that was a magazine freebie. I used it, with three colours of pigment ink, to build up a frame around the edge of the panel.
This is the point at which I should have stopped working on the background. However, when I placed the Santa and sleigh in position, the sky looked a bit empty and I decided to add some snowflakes. Horrible idea. Realised it was a bad idea as soon as I started, but I carried on to see if I could rescue it. I couldn’t. Not for this card at least — I have an idea of how to use it for another card. So I started again and recreated the panel.
I cut and scored a card base from pearlised card and cut a red mat for the panel. The mat was flush mounted to the card base and the panel was glued on top. I attached the Santa and sleigh using different thicknesses of foam tape and linked them together using a small piece of silver thread.
As this card is for a man, I resisted adding any sequins or other bling.
Stop. Think twice, at least, before adding that last element.
Create A Smile – snow dance kit
Get Stamping magazine – cosy Christmas
Lawn Fawn – stitched hillside borders
Memento – tuxedo black
Distress – ink pad – tumbled glass, shaded lilac
Avery Elle – pigment ink – bamboo, celery, jungle
Wow! – fab foil – red
Uni-ball – Signo UM-153 – silver
- Copic markers:
skin: E000, YR000, E21, R20
beard: W00, W1, W2
hat/coat: R35, R46, R59
trim: C0, C2, C4
boots/gloves: W5, W8
body: R35, R46, R59
runner/trim: E30, E31, E35
present 1: YG01, YG05, YG07
present 2: V04, V05, V09
present 3: BG02, BG05, BG07
- paper and card:
Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
Bazzill Basics – ladybug trio
Papermill Direct – pearlised – ultra white
Brother – laser printer – HL-L2365D
Heidi Swapp – minc mini
Sizzix – big shot
Sizzix – texturz silicon rubber embossing mat