WMSC#70: Irish Santa?

Today I made a card for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #70 which uses a sketch by Kelly Schirmer. 

                                                                            Here's my card:

This card was so much fun to make and I used several  Waltzingmouse stamp sets I just received, Around Christmastime and Off Beat Backgrounds.  One of the things I love about Waltzingmouse stamps is they are so great for making patterned paper.  The stamps are huge, so easy to line up and it took me no time at all to stamp the black and white checkerboard pattern on this card.  I used A Muse pigment ink in onyx and I was so happy with the result.  The other thing I love about Waltzingmouse stamps is their images are so intricate, they don't need a lot of detailed shading when you color them.  For my "Irish" Santa, I stamped the image with the onyx ink and clear embossed it.  I colored Santa's hat green, I know, not the traditional color of Santa's hat, but I was trying to tie in the green cardbase.  Who says Santa can't wear a green hat?  Not me!  I added some tinsel glitter to his hat and colored the bell with a gold glitter pen.  Between the embossing and the glitter, he is pretty darn sparkly.  The Santa image was diecut with a Spellbinder pinked circle popped up on a slightly larger circle diecut.   I distressed the edges of the patterned paper and added some saddle stitch ribbon and bow.  There are two pine sprigs which are images from Around Christmastime.  They are embossed, hand-cut and all glittered up too.  The final touch was the two little jingle bells tied on with twine.  So far, this is my very favorite holiday card.  I think I will be making several of these to send this year.  Thanks for taking a look.


Debgem said...

Absolutely brilliant! I love Santa with the green hat - I did him in dark blue last year! Love the checkerboard background too! Just fab!

Joyce said...

Wow--what a great card. So striking. The color scheme really packs a punch. Great take on the sketch.

Pat said...

You did a great job on that background, Cathy. I thought it was patterned paper. Love your color choices.

I do love this card, too! I love how you flipped the sketch and added the pine spriggs! Your jingle bells are just too cute and festive, too! Last year I bought jingle bells for my cards, and I always forgot about them, until I saw them on someone else's card in blogland! Grrrr! I better get them out now and put them right in the middle of my desk, so I don't forget this year! hee hee.

Kelly S. said...

So adorable, Cathy! I just love the green hat, very Vintage Santa! The checkerboard background is perfectly stamped, and I love the jingle bells with those pine sprigs!

I'm Renee said...

LOVE it!!
That background is superb!!
And I love the green hat...
I think I've seen vintage Santa's in green so I think it's perfect!
And those pine boughs...
everything from the background to the bells...
I love it!

Carla said...

What a lovely card! Beautifull! and the new stamps are wonderfull.
love from Holland

Kim said...

oh my goodness, this card is just too much fun. I love the santa and his hat. The background is really pairs well with the santa, so beautiful.

Great colours and fabby use of the sketch, well done! Thanks for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!!

The rich green and deep red are perfect against the checkerboard:). And your Santa is fabulous, green hat and all!

Marybeth said...

Such a cute card Cathy. Love the Santa hat with glitter. Adore the background, reminds me of the See’s paper I often use. Nice perfect bow too. Hope your daughter has a nice birthday.

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