Thrifty Thursday | Santa

It’s time for Thrifty Thursday at Stamper’s Delights. This month we’re doing Thrifty Thursday a little bit differently, with the team sharing images from the Winter Holiday Mystery Box. The box contains 12 images and is valued at £30, but being sold on offer for just £12! Shares started on the 1st and will continue daily through to the 12th. Today is my day to share, and I’m featuring Here Comes Santa!

I started by arranging the digi stamps in Word ready to print onto a card base. The set comes as one image and one sentiment. I was initially going to position the sentiment up in what would become the sky area but was concerned it wouldn’t show up enough after colouring, so I ended up positioning it onto the sack instead. I then printed it out.

I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to colour in the image. I started with the sky for which I used BT9, BT7, TB5 and TB4, starting with the darkest at the bottom and working out to the lightest colour at the top.

Once I was happy with the sky I worked on the bricks. I drew in the bricks of the house trying to match how the bricks on the chimney looked, though mine ended up a bit wobblier. I used TN9, RB4 and RB2 for the bricks, then GB7, GB4 and GB2 for the grout between them. I then used EB7, EB4 and EB2 for the wooden parts of the house.

Moving on I coloured the sack next. Normally I would have chosen EBs for this, but I wanted to make sure it was clearly different from the wood, so instead I decided to use TN markers. I went with TN7, TN4, TN3 and TN1, and tried to give the look of the fabric being gathered and having folds where it is tied up.

For shading the snow I decided to use some very light blues – TB2 and TB1. I put these around the base of the sack, as well as on the snow on the chimney to give it some dimension.

Next I worked on colouring Father Christmas. I started with his suit, for which I went for my go-to red combination, which involves underpainting with browns. I used TN9, RB4, RB2 and then my red was CR11. Underpainting with red browns is a great way to get dimension on the red, especially if – like me! – you only have one red marker.

I also had to get creative for colouring his shoes and belt. The greys I have don’t go very dark, and I didn’t want to colour flat black as I felt that would look weird with everything else having dimension. Instead I used the black only in the darkest shadow areas, then did tip to tip with my darkest grey – BG6 – to blend the black out. I finished off with BG4 to blend out the highlight areas. I then used GY3 to finish the belt buckle, plus GB2 to add some shading onto the white fur part of his suit.

I really wasn’t sure what colour I wanted to do the ribbon on the sack, or the presents. I didn’t want to bring in too many other colours and detract from the rest of the scene. I tried colouring the bow with a gold combination to bring in the gold of the belt buckle more but I felt it didn’t work as it looked too similar to the colour of the sack. I decided to colour over it with greens instead, and used DG4, DG3 and AG3 for that. I used the same colours for the patch on the sack.

The last part to colour was the presents. I decided to use the same reds and greens, as well as the yellow combination which was GB7, Bo3 and GY3, glazed with CT3 to brighten it a bit. I’m not entirely sure I’m happy with this choice, but as I said before I was reluctant to bring many more colours in.

The last thing I wanted to do was add stars into the sky. I used two sizes of white gel pens for this, plus a glitter gel pen as well. I added dots randomly across the blue sky, and also added some larger stars somewhat like asterisks.

I’m really proud of how this card turned out! I don’t often do fully coloured cards, nor do I draw my own elements that often either. The bricks were fairly simple to draw, but even so. Please do leave a comment and let me know what you think of the card. Don’t forget to hop over to the Thrifty Thursday Deals blog post for full information, as well as inspiration from the rest of the team.


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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14 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday | Santa

  1. Your coloring is amazing Charlotte! I enjoyed reading your coloring process too!

    We are so happy you could join us & we hope to see you again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.

    Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Visit my blog – Crafty Anna Studio.

    You can also find me on Instagram – CraftyAnna Studio

    Thank you!

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  2. Super job drawing things by yourself, I’m always too intimidated to try! This scene turned out perfect and your coloring looks great as well. I especially love the roof and the sky. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational!

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  3. What an adorable image and you have colored it perfectly! Thanks so much for joining us at The Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!
    Rachelle : ) DT

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