Saturday, September 27, 2014

Santa (challenge)

Simon Says Stamp Flickr group is holding another challenge! Since I had a bit of free time this morning, I decided to make a card for it.

This time, the challenge is tic-tac-toe, using this image:
The way you play is by drawing a straight line through 3 of the fields, and making a card with it. I decided to go with a vertical line through the first column, which is: Die Cut, Twine/Ribbon and Polka Dots.

I've been itching to use the Winter Friends stamp set, which was a creative collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Clearly Besotted. It's got a whole bunch of completely adorable and iconic images. I decided to go with the Santa image.

I created my card base out of kraft cardstock, changing the dimension slightly to make it a 4 by 5 1/2" card.

I stamped the Santa onto some white cardstock, and colored him in with my Copics. I kept the coloring very simple, adding just a few subtle shadows for depth. Once he was colored in, I decided to cut him out in a tag-like shape. The decorative label from Simon Says Stamp's Frames Dies was a perfect fit (don't you just love when that happens?!).

I recently got a set of Kaisercraft Peppermint Swirl journaling cards, and I was itching to use them. So, I grabbed a lovely mint with white polka dots card, and a black card that featured some Christmas-themed words. I cut the words card into a banner shape using a banner die from MFT's Blueprints 13.

The card felt a little plain, so I cut a strip of Docraft Noel vellum and adhered it at the bottom of the card. The vellum had lovely gold poinsettias and brought a little shine to the card. I tied a piece of Hemp Cord twine around the vellum, and added a big red button. I secured the button with a couple of glue dots.

I adhered the word banner to the polka dot panel with my standard adhesive, then adhered it to the card with foam tape. Lastly, I adhered the Santa tag with foam tape, and the card was done!

Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted, Winter Friends stamp set
My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Neenah Desert Storm Environmental cardstock 100#lbs
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80lbs
Copics (E21, E13, R20, C2, C4, C6, C8, B000, R05, R46, R89, Y13)
Simon Says Stamps Frames dies (This is the Life release)
My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 dies
Kaisercraft Peppermint Swirl 3x4 journaling cards
DoCrafts Noel Vellum 6x6
Hemptique Natural single hemp cord twine
My Favorite Things Buttons in Wild Cherry
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive Runner
3M Double-Sided Foam Tape


  1. And beautifully done, too, Elle! Love the use of the patterned paper and how you didn't use just square/rectangular shapes. The lovely button tied with string is a wonderful finishing touch. :)

    1. Thank you, Kylie! I'm just making use of my awesome dies - and making something different-looking in the process. :D