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Santa’s On His Way!

Happy Holidays, my friend! I hope that however you celebrate, you have a safe and happy season.  Santa’s on his way for all the good girls and boys (and grown up’s, too – hey, if you don’t believe, you get socks!). So today’s card features the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. It’s also today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge. I hope you’ll play along!

SECRET SANTA

Of course, Santa likes to stay low key and kind of behind the scenes. That’s why he’s giving the “shhh” signal in this, one of my favourite sets. It’s called Secret Santa, from MFT.

Santa's On His Way!

I also used the fabulous new die from Penny Black, called Viewpoint, for the window frame. More about this in the details, below.

CARD DETAILS

To achieve the presents being in front of the tree requires some masking. First, die cut the Santa/tree image from copy paper. Set up your 4.25″ x 5.5″ white cardstock in your stamp positioner. Now, lay the die cut image in the middle of the cardstock. Now, lay the present stamps over the die cut where you want them, surrounding the tree. Press the lid of the stamp positioner down, picking up the present stamps. Now, remove the die cut Santa/tree, and stamp the presents in Nocturne ink. Repeat this as many times as you want, to add more presents – you can also create die cut masks for the present shapes, as well.

Once you’ve stamped your presents, mask those off, and then stamp the Santa/tree image. Now you’re ready to colour with your favourite markers. I used my Copic markers, plus a Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend. You can see all of the markers in the shopping links, at the bottom of this post.

CREATE THE WINDOW FRAME

The great thing about this Viewpoint die is that you can use just the frame, or also use the inserts to create depth to your window. First, run the die cut through your Big Shot with white cardstock. You’ll notice that in each window pane, the bottom and left portion of the pane cuts an extra piece. To create the dimension, colour the bottom piece in a lighter shade of grey, and the left side in a slightly darker shade. I chose the Copic W3 Warm Grey and the Spectrum Noir Tri Blend Brown Grey.

Next, run your stamped & coloured image panel through the Big Shot with the Viewpoint die. This cuts your image into 4 panes.  Now, on a background panel, glue the frame, and then the frame inserts. Finally, glue in the 4 sections of your image – and voila!  Of course, you could also choose to leave your image uncut, and simply lay the frame & inserts (or just the window frame) over the whole piece.

Santa's On His Way!

FINISH IT OFF

To continue with the illusion of looking into the scene, die cut some of the pine branches in green cardstock using the Poppy Stamps Bird House Pop Up Easel set. Add texture & more colour by sponging on some Mowed Lawn distress ink, and then glue them into the top corners over the window frame.

Stamp the sentiment from the Poppy Stamps Christmas Fun set in Versamark ink onto a strip of red cardstock. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set. Snip some banner tails on each end, and then pop it up with foam squares across the bottom of the window.

Santa's On His Way!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

If you have time between your celebrations and wrapping of gifts, I hope that you’ll join us on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page, for the daily challenge. Simply share your project, using the hashtag #snschallenge, to join. At the end of the month, one participant is randomly chosen, and will WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

Until then, you can use my Designer Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, and receive 10% OFF your total order (regular priced items).

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!


Darling Deer

Hello my friend! It’s Deb here with a Saturday post for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. In case you didn’t know, each month in the Facebook group HERE, we post a list of words, one for each day of the month. The challenge is to choose a word prompt, create a project featuring that word in an image, and share it to the group using the hashtag #snschallenge. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! My word prompt for today is ‘reindeer’ – appropriate for this time of year, right? So I chose the new Sizzix/Tim Holtz Darling Deer Dies as my reindeer.

DARLING DEER

I just love the different poses & sizes of the 4 deer that come in this set. I’ve used 3 of the 4 in my card, along with creating the background with the Memory Box Lamplit Tree Collage Die.

Darling Deer

Now,  before you question why there is a lamp post with the deer – we’ve had deer wandering down our street, and in our front (and behind our back yard)!  Granted, we live at the base of a mountain, but they’re always breathtakingly beautiful!

CARD DETAILS

For the background, start with a piece of white or light blue cardstock (if you start with light blue, it cuts down on your ink blending time!). Blend on Broken China Distress Oxide ink, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, die cut the Lamplit Tree Collage using your Big Shot, and white cardstock. Blend different shades of green ink onto the trees and ground, darker around the edges and corners.  Blend orange and yellow for the lamp light, and colour the lamp with a dark gray marker. While you have your Big Shot out, die cut 3 of the Darling Deer from a light brown or kraft colour cardstock.  Apply Vintage Photo ink with a blending brush onto the deer, for shading.  For the smallest deer, keep it lighter, just adding a bit of blending to his rump. Then, add some dots on top, using a white Posca Paint Pen. This makes it look like a baby deer (yes, I know baby deer aren’t born in winter!).

Add snow to the background and foreground panels by stamping the snow from the Colorado Craft Company Kittens & Mittens set, in Versamark ink, repeatedly. Cover with white embossing powder, and then heat set. Add a few more snowflakes if necessary, using the white Posca Paint Pen.

Attach the die cut panel to the ink blended background with foam squares. Next, glue the deer into place. Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black When Snow Falls stamp set in Nocturne ink, and then die cut it with a stitched Oval. Attach it to the top corner of the card front. Finally, add the card front to a dark blue card base.

Darling Deer

Wouldn’t this be a lovely scene to come upon? Definitely Instagram worthy – if I were able to stop saying “OH” long enough to take a photo!

JOIN THE FUN

I hope that you’ll join the fun with our daily challenge! It’s also a great way to kickstart your creative process, and get lots of cards made at the same time! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Darling Deer; I’ve included shopping links to Scrap ‘N Stamp for the supplies, below.

Darling Deer

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!


Winter is Coming

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to recreate my card or a version of it, I’ve included product links below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code of 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total  purchase!

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!


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