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Sunday, February 22, 2015


When I saw the challenge at Merry Monday this week to use a Santa , I instantly thought of the vintage Santa stamp I have had for many years that has never been inked. Loved it when I purchased it, love it still, his sweet face makes me happy! I believe I found it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels when I first started collecting acquiring a variety of stamps for different occasions. 

I began by stamping the Santa with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock and die cutting it into an oval. The oval was then distressed with Antique Linen with more of the Gathered Twigs around the edges. I colored the glasses frames with Atyou Spica "Sand" and added a bit of Spun Sugar Distress Ink for Santa's rosy cheeks, followed by Stardust Stickles for his beard and eyebrows. 

And then came the difficult task of selecting papers from the stash of 6 x 6 paper pads. After many combinations, I decided on a vintage combo to complement the Santa. I assembled the layout, and then added the Taylored Expressions Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder to resemble quilting on the patchwork of papers. I have attempted to add ribbon and/or lace to the last few cards I've made, but without success. Finally, this card allowed the use of both and I was quite a happy cardmaker! I do seem to think every card needs a bit of ribbon to make it complete, but then I find that isn't always true.

The Penny Black "Believe" sentiment was die cut twice from Kraft cardstock and once from gold, then glued together to add more dimension to the design. A few gemstones were added along with a couple of Impression Obsession snowflakes coated with two layers of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles and a second completed card was added to the Attic's 2015 Christmas basket. 


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; Kraft; Recollections Gold
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas; Kaisercraft - Turtle Dove
Stamps: Rubber Stampede "Santa Collage"
Dies: Penny Black: "Exultations"; Impression Obsession: "Small Snowflake Set"
    Spellbinders: "Classic Ovals Large"; "Classic Ovals Small"
Ink: Distress Inks: Antique Linen; Gathered Twigs; Spun Sugar
Other: Taylored Expressions Embossing Folder: "Dotted Lattice"; Atyou Spica "Sand"; 
    Stickles: "Stardust"; "Clear Rock Candy"; Hero Arts Lace; Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel
    Ribbon; Recollections Clear Gemstones


  1. Oh, Sally! That gorgeous vintage Santa is magnificent, especially with the Stardust Stickles added to his swirly beard! LOVE this!!!!

  2. wonderful card Sally - looks like a winner to me! love how you did the santa with the glittery beard and the pink cheeks!

  3. Beautiful card, I love your vintage Santa. Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

  4. What a beautiful Santa, Sally! Love the sparkle and the "quilted" background! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  5. Where to start? Every detail is just perfect! The choice of that amazing Santa, the design papers, the embossing folder, the ribbon and lace .. this is a masterpiece! It is for sure a keepsake. I am in awe of your attention to detail and how perfectly you put everything together. This is incredibly beautiful!! You must make more cards!!

  6. Beautiful card. Love the image and the papers. Great details.

  7. Everything fits together so beautifully. I love the Santa - his eyes are smiling! A really beautiful card!

  8. Sally this vintage Santa card is beautiful. You did an excellent job with all your paper, lace, ribbon and embellishment choices. This whole is a fantastic sum of its parts.

  9. One of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen, Sally! How this didn't win is beyond me! I'm not really big on Santas, but you could put my name on this one--LOL! I love your choice of inks & the Stickles & the ribbon & lace--all perfect! Give the girls a pat on the head from me. Hugs, Greta


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