Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Traditional Christmas

Hello there,

Well, after my 'Blonde' moment with the 'Festive Flowers and Foliage' post, I'm here to redeem myself with some actual stamping!  Fortunately for me, since the post was made, I've managed to purchase the Creative Stamping Magazine which has some fabulous stamps in and I've used them on the card that I'm sharing with you today:

I've gone all traditional on this card and I started by using one of my favourite stamps which is by HamptonArt.  It's not a brand that I'm really familliar with but I purchased it from the PaperMill shop a few years back.   It's a stamp that comes out time and time again and I love it.
Once Santa was in place, I then set about stamping my border with the free stamps from the magazine and a pointsettia  Rubber Tapestry stamp.  The inks used were:
  • Impress - Olive Green
  • Impress - Emerald
  • Memento - Northern Pine
  • Memento Rich Cocoa 
  • Adirondack - Red Pepper
  • Versafine -  Black Onyx
I coloured Santa's hat with a red Stickles glue and made a pompom for his hat out of cotton wool to give dimension.  I then followed the waves in his beard with Ice Stickles to add a little sparkle.
I decided to mount the finished image onto a traditional red card but the edges looked too bare so found out my old wrought iron corner punch which I think has worked really well.
I then used Marriane Pointsettia and Britannia Ivy dies with snippets of card and foil to add some foliage.  I opted for gold, rather than green for the Ivy to give my card the red, gold and green colours of Christmas and to add a touch of luxury. The card was finished by adding a red silk ribbon.

The photograph was taken on my desk in natural sunlight, without a flash and I love the way that it's picked up all of the glitter and the glint of sun on the foil.

I'm entering this card into the following card Challenges:



  1. I think we all have those moments Sandra, if I am honest I have blond days and even weeks so we are in good company.

    He's a lovely traditional looking Santa and the little touches of glitter really make him pop and I love all the flora round the edges of your card.

    Many thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at FlonzCraft, Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  2. Love this very traditionally coloured card with the happy Santa.


    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. Hi Sandma
    Fabulous Father Christmas... Gorgeous card....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. A perfect card for our challenge. I am loving your framed design. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow. Caz DT

  5. I always love to see a traditional looking Santa and this one's fabulous. Love the look of your 'free' stamps around the border, I never seem to see that magazine.
    Avril xx

  6. Beautiful, traditional Christmas card. I love the border you have created.
    Thank you for joining us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Crafty hugs

  7. A beautiful Christmas card Sandma, a super Santa image and gorgeous border.

  8. Gorgeous stamping and colours on your boarder Sandma, I got these stamps! not used yet..
    Love your design with the traditional colours.
    Pam x

  9. Beautiful card Sandma, I like the santa and the frame
    Kevin xx

  10. this is so pretty in traditional colours! i love the greenery, the bow and especially santa's very glittery hat! thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more.

  11. Lovely, lovely card! The metallic embellishments are perfect. Love the stamping around the perimeter. The wrought iron corner rounder is just the right finishing touch. Isn't it great when our old tools are perfect for today's job!

  12. A lovely vintage looking card. The stamping is lovely and I love the traditional colours you've used. Barbxx

  13. Wonderful card! Love the traditional Santa and the border you stamped is beautiful - I do love those little stamp sets. And the bow is such a pretty finishing touch along with the shiny ivy - a card anyone would love to receive.


    Di xx

  14. Beautiful holiday card Sandma!! I just love all the wonderful foliage around the outside and your Santa beard with the glitter is such a festive accent!! You have definitely redeemed yourself!! lol. hugs :)

  15. Had a chuckle about your 'blonde moment', all I'll say is you are not alone! x What a gorgeous and delightful Christmas card. You really can't beet traditional and this is spot on. Loving the colours, Santa's beard and the fluffy cotton wool on his hat. The surround/wreath effect is stunning, clever you. As always your attention to detail is so perfect and what a gorgeous card x You always manage to spot my detailing on my cards/projects and I always appreciate you commenting on it, thanks x

  16. Gorgeous card Sandma, love the Santa and the lovely stamped border

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  17. Wow, a real beauty! Love the classic colours; they look allways good... You did some beautiful stamping along the edge!! Hugs, Gerrina

  18. Wow, the stamped border is wonderful, Sandra, it makes the image pop.

    Love and hugs

  19. A fantastic stamped border for your traditional Santa, thanks for sharing at Fantasy Stampers. :)

  20. This is traditionally beautiful! Santa is a fabulous image and I love the way you used the stickles to provide the colour. Looks fabulous that way! Your stamped background is great...

    Thanks for taking part in the November Rudolph Days Challenge.

  21. Love how you framed your Santa, nice and glittery too xxx

  22. Stunning, I love the santa and especially the tapestry stamps you've used around the outside.

    Sue xx

  23. A wonderful card, Sandma! I love it! What a beautiful border you created with the Creative stamping stamps. The next issue is in the shops next week. Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations and good luck! Happy Rudolf day too! Sorry my visits are a bit less frequent at the moment. Hopefully I will be back in blogland more once panto finished on Friday

  24. I'm sorry I haven't been by for a while, Sandra. This sensational card stands out a mile in the Pixie and Rudolph challenges! It's really wonderfully made!! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Beautiful design, great traditionel colours.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m

  26. Absolutely gorgeous traditional card, Sandma! Totally cancels out your blonde moment! Thanks for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  27. Wow! Your cad is stunning. I adore the stamped frame around your lovely santa. It's stunning. Very beautifully designed card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensation. I hope you join with us again in our new challenge.
    Eret x

  28. A beautiful Christmas card with a lovely vintage Santa and I love the border you made! A fab card. Thanks for joining us at ATSC. Marlies


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