I've kept it pretty simple, it's a DL size card which I thought that was very clever as it goes at standard postage... until I remembered the special rate that applies to Christmas cards, duh! Oh well, it won't hurt :-)
The image - Tropical Santa, Suntan - is from Bugaboo; I bought a couple of these "summer" Santa digis, they work really well for my cards to overseas (Christmas being in the middle of Summer here). Craft Us Crazy has Favourite Holiday for their challenge, Christmas is by far my favourite so I'm entering there, The 2 Sisters Challenge is to use your favourite Christmas image... I love 'em all! so I'm entering there and the Winter Wonderland challenge is One for the Boys (use an image of a boy or man), so I'm in there too.
I coloured the image with Copics, The Pink Elephant wants us to use our favourite colouring medium, I love Copics, especially for strong colours, so I'm entering there. Without Words has Whizz Bang (use bright colours), I hope my colours are bright enough to enter there!
I shaded Santa's beard, but it just looked dirty, so I painted in some texture using Jo Sonja's Titanium White... it hardly shows in the photo so I took an underexposed picture - you can sort of see how it works, much better IRL of course! I may add some gloss to his sunglasses yet, haven't decided :-)
I followed the sketch by Cute Card Thursday, I wanted a very "unfussy" sketch, this one delivered! I cut and embossed the image panel with Mpress Curved Rectangles dies, cutting the gold mat freehand. The faux stitching was also done freehand with my piercing tool, but I have bought a piercing wheel that I will have a go at using soon - on straight lines!! Stampin' for the Weekend has All Stitched Up for their challenge theme, so I'm entering there. The sentiment is from TLC Creations.. where I get a lot of my sentiments - so many brilliant ones - and the Create With TLC blog is well worth checking out too, loads of ideas and lots of freebies; Pauline is very generous :-) I added gold Dew Drops as the only embellishment, Crafty Creations has No Flowers for their challenge... I'm in! I finished the inside of the card along the same lines as the front.
Creative Craft Challenges has Special Occassions, not birthday, as their challenge theme so I'm entering there, and Papertake Weekly has Anything Goes with the option of Christmas, so I'm entering there too.
Crazy 4 Challenges has Favourite Christmas Carol for their challenge, I thought of an Australian Carol called Upside Down Christmas, which refers to the lure of the beach (which is a very popular setting for Christmas lunch here, though not for us... it's Boxing Day for us) Paper Crafting Journey, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Bearly Mine Challenges, One Stop Craft Challenge and Cards for Men all have Anything Goes challenges, so I'll be entering them as well.
Anyway, that's it for today's card, do pop over to Here Come The Boys and check out my teamies work. It's a pretty easy challenge theme this time around, and we're offering you the chance at a Guest spot on the DT, so why not have a go? It's our DT leader's birthday today too, so I'd just like to say Happy Birthday Woo and many more :-)
I'll be back in a couple of days, though our kitchen/most of the house renovation starts in earnest this week so crafting and blogging will probably be a bit hit and miss for a couple of weeks!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna