Good morning! I hope you’re having a great Saturday. We are currently taking the kids on a train ride with their buddies in the mountains to see Santa Claus! I may be more excited than the children are! This will be Frankie’s first visit and Buttercup’s fourth. Last year, BC was really excited about seeing Santa right up until it was her turn. Then she had a massive freakout, and the only way we got her picture was that Santa went away where she couldn’t see him, and then while she was smiling for pictures, Santa sneaked up behind her and smiled. She never knew he was back there. BC kept squinting her eyes when she smiled, so we said, “Open your eyes!” And this is the picture that was snapped right after she did that.
Hahaha! This was my favorite picture last year. We love that the look on Santa’s face matches hers so perfectly. We have the best mall Santa.
Anyway, speaking of the jolly dude, it’s Subtly Yours week at Dynamic Duos, and I chose to make ornaments featuring Santa and his tiny reindeer.
For the first ornament, I stamped Santa from Santa’s List in Marina Mist on Whisper White cardstock, then cut him out using one of the Holiday Ornaments framelits (still available even though they’re not in the catalog). I sponged around the edges of the ornaments with Crumb Cake ink, just to give a little bit of a vintage feel. I am the first to admit that I haven’t done a lot of vintage designs, so I don’t really know what I’m doing. But it seemed like the thing to do. :) I hand-drew the designs around the neck of the ornament, then added the bow made out of Linen Thread.
I really wanted to put eight reindeer plus Rudolph on the card, but I also wanted the reindeer isolated in ornaments, so I didn’t have room for eight. I am definitely going to make a scrapbook page using the same elements, though, and I will put all nine reindeer on that.
Once I decided to have two reindeer represent all eight of the reindeer who like to bully Rudolph, I knew I wanted to stand them close together, which meant using a mask. Oh my word, this ornament took forEVER to do. I stamped the reindeer from the Warmth & Wonder set (this is a hostess set) in Marina Mist. Then I stamped it again on a piece of printer paper. I either read or watched a tutorial recently (I can’t for the life of me remember who made the tutorial) on masking and learned that you want to use printer paper and not cardstock for your masking, or you get gaps between your two images. So I used the printer paper, spent about 30 hours cutting out the mask with Paper Snips, and then tried my best to stamp the other reindeer in Crumb Cake. Well, when I say I tried my best, I mean that the dumb mask is so tiny and flimsy that it wouldn’t stay in place! So I finally put some Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue on the back, let it dry all the way, and then lightly tapped it into place over my first reindeer. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the Crumb Cake reindeer exactly where I wanted it, then stamped. Argh! I got gaps anyway. I tried about 15 different iterations of the two reindeer before I finally gave up and decided to just color in the gaps with my Crumb Cake marker.
For this ornament, I didn’t have a framelit. I wanted to have it slightly larger than the Rudolph ornament but also smaller than the Santa ornament, so I used a framelit from the Circles Collection, then cut out an ornament neck using the smaller die, glued the neck to the back of the circle, and voila, I made my own-sized ornament.
For the last ornament, I stamped Rudolph, cut him out, decorated the ornament, and then added some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details for his nose.
I wanted Santa and his reindeer to be out in the snow (even though they’re ornaments), so I cut out a mat of Whisper White cardstock. I tore the top off, then tore the rest of the mat in two, making sure to tear in curves. I embossed both white pieces using the Woodgrain folder (I saw this idea on the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website a while back and thought it was a clever idea), then sponged Marina Mist on the torn edges of each piece, to give some extra definition and shadows.
Before I adhered the snow and ornaments to the card, I stamped the tiny snowflake from Warmth & Wonder on the card base several times using Whisper White craft ink.
Go on over to the Dynamic Duos blog and see the fabulous cards the other designers made this week! I hope we inspire you to join in and make some subtle cards with us this week!