Wednesday, February 9, 2011

January Christmas Card Challenge

  So I know this is going backwards on the calendar of holidays but remember I told you that I was going to try to make 10 Christmas cards each month so I would have my stockpile by the time December came around again?  I signed up for the Christmas Card Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers to help keep me accountable and while I didn't get my 10 cards done by the end of January (I ran out of seam binding ribbon right at the end and had to wait for an order to arrive) they are finished now!  So here is my first design:
  How cute is this Santa??  I first saw this guy on Becky Roberts blog Inking Idaho back in December and had to remember the idea so I could use it for next year.  I think she even got the idea from someone else.  This is just another example of the versatility of the Ornament punch. 

  The base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Cherry Cobbler (yum!) and then a layer of Always Artichoke that was run through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I wrapped a length of Cherry Cobbler seam binding around and added a knot.  For the sentiment I inked up each word with a different color and then punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.  I added some bling on the sentiment with the rhinestones.

  Here is the punch list for the Santa.  The beard pieces were lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

Hat- small circle punch, small oval punch, wide oval punch
Face- wide oval punch
Nose- smaller circle
Mustache - 2 Step Bird punch (wings)
Beard - Ornament punch

Stamps: So Many Sayings

Ink: Crumb Cake, Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Blushing Bride

Accessories: seam binding, rhinestones, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, various punches


  1. Oh my goodness, Amanda - I love the colors on this card! You are amazing! And I think I MUST have some of that seam binding! Do you have any on hand that you might want to sell me, and include in your bookmarks when you mail them? I'd love to have a yard or two of whatever colors you have on hand! Hugs!

  2. Super cute! I wish I had all those punches! I like your idea of making a couple Christmas cards each month through out the year.

  3. Amanda, I LOVE that Santa. He is adorable and the card is fabulous.

  4. Santa is adorable and so is the rest of this card! Good for you for getting a jump start on your Christmas cards!


  5. I love this idea for Santa! Gonna give it a try! Thanks for sharing it! Rochelle


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