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Monday, 16 January 2017

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle



I can’t believe it’s only the third week of January and here I am with my second Christmas card of the year!


Now this one didn’t quite come together as I planned but I was somewhat thwarted in my attempts by the lack of appropriate Santa digis.  You’d think a Santa dropping presents from his sleigh would be an easy image to find, well, think again.  There are about a gazillion surfing Santa images from various digi artists but not a single one of him dropping gifts.  If you know where to buy one please leave me a comment, I’d be ever so grateful!

Why I needed a Santa dropping gifts is because when I saw the sketch at Christmas Card Throwdown I immediately thought of putting Santa in place of the star flying through the air.  At first I was going to have stars falling in the shaker (it’s the year of the shaker card, well, except for exceptional circumstances like today’s other post of a sympathy card) but over at Jingle Belles they have a present theme running and that seemed way cooler.

Soooooo, off I went looking for the perfect image and came up with nudder, zilch and nought, except those surfing Santas.  I almost gave up but then I thought about a silhouette of Santa and the Silhouette store where I did find a cut file.  Still no presents but at least Santa’s arm was up looking like he might be tossing gifts.  I had cut the silhouette from black Deco Sheet from the Halloween set but it hardly showed on the dark blue DP I used so out came my trusty Molotow Paint Marker and hey, presto! a white Santa silhouette you can actually see.  Had to cut the other reindeer off as they didn’t quite fit and I got the placement a bit off compared to the star in the sketch but once that Deco Sheet started to grip the cut was too small and fine to try and lift it off again.

My shaker elements are presents also cut from Deco Sheets using another cut file as I was also thwarted in my attempts to buy present shaped confetti.  I found some but with a week handling time and a shipping charge eight times the cost of the bag so made my own.  I cut mirror images of the presents and stuck the two pieces together to give a double sided non-stick finish so the shaker elements would actually shake.  The sketch just screamed ‘tear’ to me so that’s what I did with the top layer of paper, I placed another lighter version of the same DP underneath.  I think the Vintage Dots paper works well for a starry night sky.

Over at ABC Christmas they are looking for things beginning with B, I have brads (the star ones holding my ‘torn’ sky open) as well as two shades of blue paper so I am also entering my card over there.  And while it didn’t turn out quite how I’d planned I am pretty happy with it and even more chuffed with myself that I’ve got two Christmas cards done in two weeks.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Papers
BoBunny Double Dot Vintage ~ Blueberry & Dark Denim
Maja Designs I Wish ~ Ephemera
Challenges

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