Here’s a card I put together today. I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches, the Santa theme from Sweet Stampin’, and I’m also entering this card to Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra which is anything Christmas.
I started by stamping out my Father Christmas onto a piece of white card using MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. The stamp is from Art Impressions’ Merriest Christmas Set. I used my MISTI to double stamp it to ensure crisp lines. I then coloured it in with watercolour pencils, using the image that comes with the stamps as a guide to get the shading right, and blended the colour out with my smallest water brush. I added a sweep of grey and a little black as a shadow beneath the character to help ground him. I then trimmed the panel down.
Next I picked out my piece of patterned paper for the other panel of the layout. I decided on the red with white pattern as I felt it went well with the image I had already created. I trimmed it down to size and began assembling the card.
I used my tape runner to adhere the patterned paper panel in place. For the image panel I decided I wanted a bit of volume so would use foam tape. First I flattened out the image panel as it was a bit warped. I ran it through my Big Shot with some cutting plates that have never been used for cutting, and a couple of pieces of card for extra pressure. I ran it back and forth a few times until it was more or less completely flat. I then covered the back of the panel with foam tape and adhered it in place on the card front.
I’m really happy with how this turned out. It is sweet and simple, and clearly Christmassy! I did consider adding a sentiment but in the end I decided against it because it would have to overlap the coloured image slightly, and I really wanted Father Christmas to be the focal point.