Saturday, 8 July 2017

First This Year!

First Christmas card this year! Despite my resolve to refrain from buying any Christmas related 'stuff' (in the craft line anyway) I felt I just had to have the Santa die used on this card.  It is handy in that it is a two die set which includes a shaped backing layer thus making it easier to do the required paper piecing and layering. It has turned out to be a bit more fiddly than I envisaged but guess it doesn't take any longer than carefully colouring a stamped image.  The Santa cuts out in one piece apart from the two belt pieces and buckle so I actually cut it three times (red, white and black) before doing a bit of scissor snipping to get the details cut out from the right colours.  I didn't think it was worth cutting a yellow layer just to get the tiny buckle so just popped a tiny scrap of yellow card behind the red layer.  Once I had all the 'bits' I glued the main red layer onto the white backing layer before adding the black and white details - the face is part of the beard area and was coloured with a flesh coloured pen.  There are actually three Santas of varying sizes in the set so six dies in all.  A square of backing paper from my stash, two die cut circles and a sentiment - the large circle was randomly stamped with snowflakes.

I'm not a great fan of batch making but I think I might make a small batch of similar cards to pop into a pack with some envelopes - possibly another suitable tombola prize?  I have plenty of bits and pieces of Christmas papers about so they will be 'the same but different' - varying colours of the backgrounds. Onward and upwards now to make the rest of the batch!

Santa Die - from Tonic - actually a trio of Santas in varying sizes
Background - paper from Stampin' Up (not this year's design)
Greeting - from file on computer, not sure of the source (had it ages)
Circles - Sizzix dies with stitched detail
Snowflake - very old wood mounted stamp with no name


  1. He's a great die Val I can see why you liked it...lovely idea to make small batch for
    Tombola prize


  2. Yeah you!! It's so hard for me to get motivated. I love this cutie of a card. The white on the kraft is just so great...really fun die-cuts too.
    xx Karen

  3. What a super Santa, Val, well worth the bit of time taken to assemble. Love the stamped circle with the subtle snowflake design, I thought at first it was bought patterned paper. xx

  4. I spend far too much on new Christmas stuff every year Val. I love this jolly Santa and the lovely card that you've made with him.

    Sue xx

  5. Thanks for your comments on my blog today. I'm glad you like my sentiments and have downloaded some to use. I have had a little wander through your blog and you have some lovely creations. I really like some of your quilling (the snowflake in the bauble was lovely, and the Santa) and your bags were gorgeous. Very inspiring.
    Netty's Cards

  6. A lovely card Val. He's a super Santa, nice and jolly. He looks fun to work with. I really like the stamped background too. Barbxx

  7. I can see why you had to buy the die, he's rather nice!