Monday, December 26, 2011

Santa's Turn To Party

I have another Christmas card to show today.... only one more post after this and I'll be done with Christmas 2011 - PROMISE!  I made this one for the staff of one of the swimming pool companies we work with, it is really appropriate for Christmas in Australia, and particularly so for our industry I feel :-)
The image is Santi Beaches (I love clever names!) and he's a digi from Dude Time Doodles.  He looks well relaxed, doesn't he?  He's finished with all that present giving (much of it at our house, I might add!) and is ready to Par-Tay!!!  Totally Papercrafts challenge is "Time To Party" and Crafty Emma's is Party Party Party, so I'm entering there.
I coloured the image with Copics, adding high gloss to Santa's sunnies and his lovely cocktail.  Crazy 4 Challenges has "It's Santa" for their challenge, so I'm entering there too.  I cut  the image panel with Nestabilities Labels 4, Pollycraft has Punch It as its theme, so I'm entering there.  The papers are from Kaisercrafts "Tis the Season collection, the glittery green card and the cord are from my stash (handy hint: melt the ends to stop them fraying...but don't set fire to them, hmmm, the voice of experience, lol).  I made the sentiment on the computer.  Cutie Pie Challenge is to Use a Sentiment, I have so I'm in.
The inside of the card is finished with papers from the front... isn't it always?! lol.
Bizzy Becs and Paper Play Challenges have Christmas challenges running Digi Stamps 4 Joy has "Christmas but no animals" - even though this Santa is a party animal, I'm entering there, lol.  Papertake Weekly "Last" Christmas - as in their last Christmas themed challenge for the year and Charisma Cardz Anything Goes so I'm in there too.
Before I finish this post I thought I'd share one of the ideas I use to ensure my digis are scaled correctly to fit the Nesties I want to use.  In this case, the Labels Four set. I scanned all the dies in each of the sets I have, saved them as .png files in a folder named for that set.  I then open the one I want, add it to my Word document (position it so that it's readily moved around) then add my digi image (which I have also saved as .png files with transparent backgrounds, though you can do it with .jpg files).  Once the two files (Nestie and image) are open, I resize the image (make sure you don't resize the Nestie!) until it fits inside the Nestie, or it has the "bits" hanging over the edge that I want like Santi has in this case.  All that's left to do is delete the picture of the Nestie from the document and print the image.  You know it will fit inside the Nestie, and you know you've left enough room on the page for the Nestie.  I use the same principle for adding sentiments to Nesties.
Well, that's it for today.  I'll be back in a day or so with the very last of my 2011 Christmas cards, until then Happy Crafting, Donna.


Cat's sCrap said...

Hi Donna,

What a fabulous card ! Magnificent papers. Interesting Layout. I like humor. Very good work ! Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

Cheryl said...

Hi Donna, love your Santa , very cool... great layout and gorgeous papers, sounds like you are very organized with your digi images, I wish I was half as organized as you lol. Thanks so much for joining us again at our Christmas Challenge at Bizzy Bec's , good luck.
Hugs Cheryl

Teresa said...

He's certainly enjoying the Christmas Holiday lol, what a fab image and a great card Donna.
Merry Christmas, hugs Teresa xx

Di said...

Wonderful Donna - really made me smile! And I love your tip about sizing digi-images to fit Nesties. Di xx

karen said...

Hey Donna, wow fabulous card, love the cool image! Hope you had a good Christmas and thanks for joining us at CES, Hugs, Karenx

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks so much for entering your beautifully executed creation in our Digistamps 4 Joy "Merry Christmas - no animals" challenge.
luv n huggz
Jen Leeflang

Sue Nicholson said...

Wonderful xmas card thanks for joining us at cutie pie cheers sue n x

Donna said...

Fabulous party card Donna and such a comical image, love your papers and design too! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at CES this week...Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family :) Donna ♥ x

Jenny said...

A lovely card. Your image is fun and perfectly coloured.
Thanks for joining Papertake Weekly.

Pauline said...

This is wonderful, such a fun image teamed beautifully with these papers. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week!

Christel said...

Love this incredibly funny image and you have made a beautiful card with gorgeous papers. Happy new year from us at Charisma cardz and thank you for joining us this week.

Stressed Stamper said...

Love that dude - off to check out that link
Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts
Good Luck

Unknown said...

The image of Santa is incredibly funny.
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Gram's Treasures said...

Isn't he cute (ha ha) and funny too! Amazing colouring and dig those shades! So glad you could join us this week at Charisma. Good Luck!
Joyce xx

Sheena said...

What a fantastic tip! I love Santa in this, I bet that's were he is now! Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft this week, Sheena xx

Mandy said...

Ha ha ha OMG how cute is that image Donna, love it.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our Christmas challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Mary J said...

Fantastic fun Donna! Thx for joining us at Pollycrafts Monday!

Vicky said...

Such a gorgeous card, I soooo love the awesome image.

Thank you for joining us girlies over at CES Challenges, good luck hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Jennifer said...

Hehe...fab!! and perfect for our CES challenge this time. Happy New Year too! xx Jenny xx