Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Love Vintage Santa's

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Thanksgiving is nearly here and since I don't have to do all the cooking this year,  I'm busy creating holiday cards for friends and family.  I have found that the best way to get my mojo started is with a challenge ... whether it be a sketch ... color ... mood board ... there are so many wonderful blog challenges out there it's easy to find inspiration.

Today I'm going with the current Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge ...

I struggled a bit with what image to use but then I spotted this wonderful vintage Santa in one of the many Graphic45 paper packs I have and it was PERFECT!   Isn't he just fabulous?

The designer papers I used are Graphic45 and  Kaiser Craft.
My banner is from the Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' #CED4304 die set purchased from the Dies R Us store

Sue Wilson Designs - Pierced Flags

 and the snowflake is an old Spellbinder set I've had in my stash for awhile now.   I have covered it with glue using the Nuvo Large Glue Pen purchase from Sparkle & Sprinkle and Deco Art Glamour Dust.  So festive & pretty!

Did you notice the gold edge around my papers?  That was done freehand with a Gold Pilot Marker.  It has a large rounded tip and if you carefully run it down the edge of your paper, you get a beautiful look of a 'layer' without the bulk.  I learned this trick several years ago from a friend who was a retired art teacher and had a stamping store.  I use this method all the time ... especially during the holidays.

Challenges to share in:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge (ends 11/28) - Use 3 of something.
(3 Nuvo Pearl Drops)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #168 - Anything Goes
 Crafting From the Heart Challenge #137 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #339 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #236 - Christmas

 Well I guess that does it for me today.
I hope you'll stop back tomorrow when I will have a creation to share for the new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This will be their last challenge for 2016 ... and it's a fun one ... please come join us.

Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 dp, Kaiser Craft dp
Dies:  Spellbinder, Sue Wilson
Accessories:  Nuvo glue pen, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Gold Pilot Marker, dimensional tape


Priyanka Mathur said...

Wow! Beautiful card! Love all the gorgeous details! And the gold edge looks awesome, so neat and clean finish!
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CaroleAnn said...

I really like this and I have so many of these vintage Santas - you have inspired me and I do not have much time to create so this would be a wonderful way to get some cards going!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with us - Happy Thanksgiving!!

Donna Phelan said...

Graphic 45 has so many wonderful papers, I love your Vintage Santa, a perfect choice! Another beautiful use of that banner flag die! Merry Merry!

Leslie Miller said...

I love vintage Santas, too, and have a couple in stamps. This guy is beautiful! What fabulous detail and you did this sketch proud. I have a silver Pilot pen, but not a gold one. I really should get a gold. I can testify that they are amazing pens, smooth and easy. I don't have much luck with my gold leafing pen, but my Pilot pen is great. Thanks for bringing it up, Darlene!

Sandy Palmer said...

Wonderful design for a lovey card. So warm and inviting. Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends. :)

crafty-stamper said...

Great papers and brilliant vintage Santa----Thank you for joining us at Artistis Inspirations
Carol DT x

Ine Swinkels said...

very nice. Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck.
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, this is just fabulous. Such an elegant way to feature that beautiful Saint Nicholas panel. Thanks for joining us for Mojo Monday!

Carla Brooke said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing at Crafting from the Heart!

Conniecrafter said...

It is absolutely Gorgeous, I love the papers with him and the sparkle with the snowflake. I learned that gold bordering years ago too but I don't have a very steady hand I guess because I am always going a little wonkie :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love this vintage Santa and it is perfect for this layout!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craft Your Passion Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Greta said...

Think I have some of those papers hidden away--so glad you used yours as this is just stunning! The golden edges are such a great idea!

Marisa said...

Beautiful vintage card!!Thanks for joining us at Mojo Monday.

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, such a pretty vintage Christmas card! I love the Santa image, mix of patterns, glittery snowflake and gold edges. Thank you for reminding me of that technique, I used to do it a lot when I started out making cards. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Team Clark said...

Darlene, biggest congrats on your SSS spotlight! This is such a fab vintage design! Hugs, Autumn

Sara Barker said...

Darlene, big congratulations on your Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp! This is a vintage beauty!