Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

October 27th, 2007

I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but while we were in Portland everyone fell in love with this Rubber Stampede Santa image that Leann had.  So a few of us got involved in a challenge  to use him along with Stardream Metallic cardstock in the color Mars.  A couple of the girls got some on the Portland Paper Zone run, but it’s also available at a great price at .  It’s a shimmery reddish/burgundy/pomegranate and it’s yummy!  Lori was kind enough to share her cardstock with me and then I passed some on to Leann.  So check out what Sharon, Lori and Leann did.  As I write this I haven’t seen their cards yet and I’m really excited to go take a look!

Here’s mine


This is actually my second version.  I did not like my first one at all.  Maybe some day I’ll have the guts to show you…but not today.

Santa was stamped on white shimmer cardstock with Palette Hybrid Black Noir ink.  I watercolored his face with Blush Blossom (marker scribbled onto a cd) and then the trouble began.  So much of the image was white that I didn’t quite know what to do.  After a couple of tries I decided to just watercolor around the edges a bit with Almost Amethyst and Going Gray (again the marker on cd method).  Santa’s glasses were painted silver with a Zig painty pen and the lenses were colored with a clear glaze pen.  Next I highlighted the snowflakes with a Sakura silver gelly roll pen and Santa’s beard and eyebrows with a Stardust gelly roll pen.  I bought some silver snowflake embellishments at Paper Zone in Portland and one found it’s way to the perfect spot on this card.

The snowflake background is kind of interesting.  It starts off with Blush Blossom cardstock stamped with SU Snowflakes in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink which is a fantastic match to the cardstock.  (oh I just noticed that the Brilliance inks are on sale at eclectic Paperie – they are pearly/shimmery and you need some!) Then I covered that background piece with some snowflake sheer fabric I had left over from wrapping up baskets at Christmas last year.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but it is a sheer white with silver snowflakes and they seem to just float on the card.  I used silver cardstock to layer the background piece and the main image.

My intention was to use SU wide satin pomegranate ribbon, but when I got it on the card it just didn’t look right so I had to search for something else.  I came up with this combination of yummy red/burgundy and gray velvet ribbon.  The red is from my local ribbon warehouse and the gray is from TexasJodyLynn.  Finally I finished off the card with a velvet bow.  I wasn’t quite sure of the best way to attach velvet to velvet, but I ended up using a pop up glue dot – seemed to work great.

I want to congratulate Leann on getting her brand new blog started – I know you’ll all enjoy seeing her creations.

Remember there is still plenty of time to play my Dashing Challenge and be entered in a drawing to win a gift from me.  Scroll down to see all the challenge details.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

16 Responses to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town!”

  1. Make a Difference » Blog Archive » Believe Says:

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  2. loricraig Says:

    Jami – I love how you brought the silver into the design…and I love the snowflake charm and triple ribbon effect. This is just beautiful!

  3. waterpixie Says:

    WOW, Jami!! I love this!

    The way you did the ribbon is SO luscious!

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  5. Viv (VivLyn) Says:

    Beautiful card! In fact each one of your cards in the challenge was great! Love that santa and the paper is awesome!

  6. Jan Hunnicutt Says:

    Your Santa car is stunning! I can’t wait to see the ones the other gals made, wow!

  7. Shaorn Harnist Says:

    Jami — what a great idea to put clear glaze pen on his glasses! And I was searching for my silver Zig painty for the glasses but couldn’t find it! Love the gray/silver with the Mars — just beautiful! What a fabulous idea to use the sheer snowflake fabric and look how we both placed the snowflake in the same place — too funny!

  8. Mercy Says:

    jami…this is spectacular! love everything about it…especially the velvety ribbon!

  9. savorthejourney Says:

    Jami … this is positively glorious!


  10. Micki Cline Says:

    Ohhhh, this brings back memories…. I LOVE that Santa!! (Check out my gallery on SCS (Meema) I made several of these “guys” last year in my 2006 Christmas Album. You have inspired me AGAIN!! You can do SO MUCH with this stamp, can’t wait to check out the others.

  11. Bonnie aka raduse Says:

    Wow! Awesome Jami. That ribbon is sooooo yummy.

  12. Leann Yoho Says:

    Jami, I love what you did with this challenge. The richness of the velvet ribbons goes wonderfully well with the metallic card stocks. That snowflake fabric looks perfect and I’ll bet it’s awesome IRL! Great challenge!

  13. Kathie Tice (aka chattiekathie) Says:

    WOW! Fantastic!

  14. Leslie (leslierich) Says:

    What a beautiful card you made with it! Love this image!

  15. Debra Says:

    Hey!!! How did I miss this!?!?!?!?!?!?! I love it. Beautiful!!!

  16. JudyOR Says:

    So beautiful. I do admire your art.

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