Hello lovely bloggers and welcome to another fun challenge at Sparkles. This month our wonderful team member, Caz, wants to see your creations featuring Santa/Father Christmas. I imagine most of you are now knee deep in Christmas card making so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for you!
Marianne Design Company is once again generously sponsoring our challenge with a wonderful prize for the winner.
I went with traditional green colours for my card as Father Christmas was originally part of an old English Mid-Winter festival dressed in green, a sign of the returning Spring. Prior to around 1880 Christmas cards still depicted him in green. The red, becoming more popular in Victorian times, was fully cemented in our minds by the Coca Cola company in the 1930s. So a bit of history for you about my green card, although I did brighten it up with a touch of red!
I used a pre-scored side step card from Crafter’s Companion for my card base and covered it with a lovely foiled green and gold paper from a Recollections (Michael’s own brand) Christmas pad. The stamp of Father Christmas is from an Inkadinkado set called Christmas Words and it was stamped with ColorBox Silk Green and clear embossed. The sentiment is a beautiful stamp by Santa Rosa, one of the first Christmas sentiments I ever bought and I still love it. It was stamped with Versamark ink and gold embossed. All of the edges were edged with gold ink.
I used scraps of gold snowflake paper from Papermania to cut out the Memory Box Bristol Snowflake and Frosty Border, and to mat the sentiment panel. I added a few red gems and a pre-made shimmery poinsettia from Jolee’s to finish it off.
I hope you have time to join in with this month. This is the PENULTIMATE Sparkles Challenge for this year, can you believe that! And there’s also only one more challenge left over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge too! Better get your skates on!
Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge ~ It’s All About Christmas
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges ~ Faith Based or Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges ~ Christmas
Stamping Sensations ~ Christmas
Penny Black and More @ Allsorts ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday ~ Red & Green
The Paper Shelter ~ Snowflakes
Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Go Green
Crafty Little Fairies ~ Not A Square
GORGEOUS Santa sidestep card in trad colours. FAB xxx
Really beautiful card Brenda – love it in green!
June Ballenger said:
This is a beautiful card and I love the green.
I have just finished my first pair of socks thanks to you and your blog. I love them and shall be knitting more.
I went to see the poppies at the Tower of. The London and they were just stunning, it was a very emotional moment. The quietness of the crowds was also very moving.
I only found your blog a few months ago and i am really enjoying it.
A super Santa Brenda and such a lovely traditional feel to your card.
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.
Beautiful traditional Santa in beautiful colours and shape.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m
I love the backing paper used and the side stepper looks particularly good for your layout. Also I didn’t know the history of the green Santa. Hugs Mrs A.
this is a beautiful christmas card, brenda, and so pretty in traditional colours. i love the sentiment, the die cuts and the side step shape! i had no idea santa used to be green. 🙂 thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.
Samantha Ball said:
Thanks for playing at The Paper Shelter this week.
Thanks for entering all of my Craftyhazelnut’s challenges with your lovely crafting – hope to see you again soon. x
Absolutely gorgeous Christmas Card, great design and love the traditional Christmas colours. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Bearly-Mine. Good luck and hope to see you next time..Hugs Lozzy x
A great card – thank you for sharing it with us at Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long.
Maddy Herbison said:
Gorgeous card. I really love the way you have stamped the sentiment and embossed it in gold on that deep red background. So good I could eat it 🙂 Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x
Sandy Dehon said:
Absolutely beautiful BRENDA!I have never made a step card and I do love them. Gorgeous deign and that Santa is fantastic!