Tia's Tips: This is the time of year when I really appreciate the ease of digital stamping. Once a layout has been chosen, it's easy to simply merge the images together and then duplicate several cards per page. Invitations, place settings, bookmarks and cards can all be made quickly. Leaving time for the fun stuff-coloring, embellishing and giving!
As the holidays quickly approach many of you are working full steam to get enough cards made for your holiday mailing list. Today I'm sharing some fun, fast, foiled cards that feature Jolly Saint Nick himself! Reminding all of us to BELIEVE!
These fun, quick cards featuring Santa from Joy Clair Designs newly released stamp sets: Christmas Cheer and Jingle All The Way. By combining these two sets with some foiling, a few COPIC markers I was able to create all three cards in roughly 90 minutes!
An 8 1/2 by 11 in sheet of cardstock will allow you to create 3-slimline cards all at once. I selected Santa for each of my cards and the sentiment 'Believe'. Next, I added the 'in the magic' sentiment and chose to place it in two different places. Carefully, I then cut out thin pieces of Deco foil to cover the words.
You can see (above) that the red foil was too large and got on the end of the 'Believe' letters. Next time, I'll go back into my software and move the words further apart. I used an embossing pen and squiggled some lines. Then covered with snow-embossing powder. I filled in the space with Broken China-Distress Ink. The same COPIC colors were used for each card with very little variation.
For my last Santa card, I flipped the image of Santa to the left side.
There was a lot of white space and I tried to make each card a little different, so here I added holiday ribbon to take up some of the open space. I was really happy that for each card I was able to use scrap pieces of red cardstock to mat with. Also, remnant pieces of 12x12in Christmas paper were used. I didn't have to cut into a single sheet of new paper to make these!
For those of you following me for the first time, I am a select your papers FIRST and color LAST kinda-gal. But I also had a pretty easy theme going on which made selecting markers easy. There is probably only 1 red marker color that separates the three Santas.
COPIC MARKERS USED:
Santa: E23; E37; E25; E21; E11; E00
Clothes: R17; R24; R27;R29; RV29; R37; R39
Belt: Yoo; Y11; Y15; YR23 and C1, C3, C5; C7
Trim: C2, C0
Shoes: B39; C9; 100
Bags:R17; R24; R29; G05; G09; G19; E42; E43; E44
Word Filler: B02; R27; Y15; YG25
Thanks for following along! I hope that you're inspired to share the heart of Santa on your Christmas cards. If your new to foiling-go check out my fellow design team crafter Cathy Preissing's blog post: Foiling with Digital Stamps. It will help you get more gorgeous cards finished. Enough that you just might have time to go caroling!
Until next time-Go Get Crafty!