Saturday 1 November 2014

Santa's In The House...Of Cards

     Welcome to the House Of Cards November edition. We've changed things around a little this month to make sure you get to see all the DT inspiration at the beginning of the month, with a reminder of the different styles each week. We have all worked to the same sketch, you should see the variety that has been generated, it never fails to amaze me how many different cards can be made from one idea, you crafters are amazingly talented people!
     I have tried to use everything from stash for this card. I thought if I used up some of what I have here already Father Christmas wouldn't mind bringing me a few new items, that's probably as good as I'm going to get!
     The backing paper is something I bought so long ago I can't remember where. I cut it to fit my 5x7 white card blank, leaving a small border all the way around. The card blank has been coloured with Distress Ink Festive Berries to give me that lovely red. Before sticking the backing paper on it has been distressed with DI Old Paper to tone it down a bit.

     The green strip of card has been cut with a Martha Stewart holly punch down both sides, then the centre has been embossed with a small strip folder that came free with a magazine. To finish it off I have added a couple of gold strip peel offs.
     The Santa face is from a pack of Victorian style scraps that have sat in my stash for years, some of them are a bit scary but this one looks happy. It was a bit thin so I stuck it on to thin card and cut it out, then mounted it on the card with foam pads.
     The greeting is cream card cut with a Spellbinder die and distressed with DI Old Paper while the die was still on it, this gives a clean border to the shape, I have then added a gold peel off greeting and mounted it on foam pads.
     Please come over to the House Of Cards and take a look at all the different cards, not all Christmas, to see what sparks your imagination.

    For those of you who love to make festive cards all year round there is a new challenge starting in January called CASE-ing Christmas, come and join us and get ahead with your cards for next year.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must Use Patterned Paper
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - Bingo (Texture, 2 Designer Papers, Punch)


  1. I love the face of santa on your card so classic card remind me at Coca Cola advertising lovely I like it much lovely DP and nice sentiment too Rocky...great DT card...see my DT card if you have time ok...

    hugs, Monika HOC DT Fun and Cute

  2. Great card Rocky! Love your interpretation of the sketch! Have a great week!

    Judy HOC DT

  3. What a beautiful vintage card!

  4. What a great start to using your stash! Here's to Father Christmas bringing you lots more "toys"!
    Sue T. CAS DT

  5. Rocky, this is GORGEOUS! I LOVE that Santa image and backing paper, too! Glad you raided your stash for this one! ;) HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  6. Lovely Christmas card. I love the design and colours. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Judy DT

  7. Beautiful card!
    sweet image and wonderful colors

  8. Hi Rocky
    Had a bit of time to pop around to team mate blogs so had to have a closer look at your lovely Santa. Very tradtional and homely. Super!
    Have a great evening.

  9. Lovely "julenisse" (Santa) card you have made here... and I am in the Christmas spirit even the little snow we got has rained away to day....
    Hugs Ma, Vintage and Shappy team HOC :)

  10. Hi Rovky! I love this vintage Santa card. All the layers and distressing are perfect. Have a great day.

  11. What a lovely Santa Claus! You made a gorgeous Christmas card with the outdated image and the beautiful papers you used!
    Have a nice day...
    Hugs Rosi

  12. Is there such a thing as a scary Santa image then?! Made me chuckle! A very vintage feel to your design. Thank you for reminding me about inking dies while the paper is still in the die too! I love that neat white border

  13. What a beautiful vintage Christmas card Rocky! I love that Santa image and the fabulous holly paper!
    Tammy x

  14. What a fun take on the sketch using that santa! Great vintage design.

  15. Love this! Very vintage cool. I'm really drawn to that background paper--good call to color in the berries!

  16. Great vintage card.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Cute & Fun DT for HOC

  17. Beautiful card & great layout...

    Thanks so much for playing along with us @ Holly Jolly Christmas & hope to see you back again for our *color* challenge!!!!!

  18. This is a fabulous card, teammie. Thanks so much for playing along with us at House of Cards. Anita, HOC DT


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