I've been busy the past few days, putting up lights on a few bushes and trees in my front yard and writing Christmas cards. Today I'm hauling out the Christmas decorations and starting to decorate the house. Starting because it takes me a few days (I'm a little Christmas crazy with my decorations!). I'm hoping to get the bathroom done today ... that's right ... the bathroom :) I have a small tree (about 2 foot) that sits on the bathroom counter and it's decorated with all things "reindeer". I have three shelves above the throne, that I also fill with reindeer along with the window sill. I have many handmade reindeer (made by me!) ... along with several from craft fairs that I collected over the years.
On to the card for today. I was decorating the house and listening to Christmas music ... so, of course, I had to make another Christmas card. This is an adorable digi stamp from Bugaboo (it was free!). I added glitter glue to the fur cuff on Santa's coat ... and his mustache and beard are done with Sparkle Texture Effect from Martha Stewart which adds lots of texture (not sure if it comes across in the photo). The sentiment is a from a stamp set that my friend, Kelly, gave me a couple of years ago.
"Old World Santa"
Stamps: Old World Santa (Bugaboo digital stamps); small snowflake (Hero Arts)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Autumns Traditions DP (SU!)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: computer printer, small paint brush, small sponge, adhesives, Tombow glue and dimensionals
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I printed the image onto Whisper White cardstock. I printed the image two more times, once on the tree DP (Autumn Traditions) and once on Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Santa's coat). I stamped the small snowflake in Cherry Cobbler ink onto the coat (it's very subtle) and then cut it out and glued it on top of the main image. I cut out the tree and glued it on top of the main image. I used Stampin' Write markers to color in Santa's glove, nose, and the trunk of the tree. I sponged pink for Santa's cheeks with a small make-up sponge. I used a small paint brush to add glitter glue on the cuff of his coat. I used another paint brush to add the sparkle texture to Santa's mustache and beard. Once everything was dry, I mounted the image onto a frame of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock and mounted it on a frame of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
I mounted the main image and the sentiment onto a card base of Always Artichoke cardstock, popping them both up with dimensionals to add depth.