Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Father Christmas

Father Christmas is by Stamps Happen. I did a Google search and couldn't find him anywhere. :-(

Stamped with Encore Gold pigment ink and embossed with Gold embossing powder in probably 2006 or 2007. I just never got around to using him.
Cloak and gown were painted with Twinkling H2O's Garnet and Old Olive.
Skin is Natural Linen and Cherry Sorbet.
Hair, eyebrows, and beard are Liquid Pearls White Opal.
Fur is Stampendous Fun Flock Cotton Ball White.
Gold trim was done with a Pilot Gold Extra Fine pen and an art brush. (I can never get them to write right!!! So I doodle around until the gold comes out, then dip a fine tipped art brush into the stuff and paint.)
Bells dangling from his belt and his drinking cup had Jones Tones glue applied, then Gold Leaf.
Leaves were painted with Twinks Olive Green and then Glossy Accents was applied.
Staff is Twinks Warm Pecan.

White background is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth 80lb. cover cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug Snow Dots.
Glue was applied to the centers of the snowflakes at the top of the embossed cardstock.
Bazzill Emerald City cardstock was used behind the white.

This tree reminds me of a Piñon tree. If you have ever been in the foot hill areas at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains you have probably seen Piñon (Pinyon) Trees. They have so many branches and are so lush in needles, when they are young, that you don't have to worry about even limbs here and there when decorating for Christmas. They also produce great Pine Nuts, hence the name piñon. Actually the Native Americans always say poor harvests mean a mild Winter and great harvests mean a very hard Winter. They are usually right. They also say not to plant crops until there is no snow on Peavine Mountain, but that's another story. Ha!!

Martha Stewart's Branch punch was used for the tree and it was super easy to do. I used glue dots to put the branches down. By the way, I couldn't find a place online that had one at a price I would pay.
DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal glitter was poured over it so where the dots showed you have kind of a magical look.
Some Holly Berries were added to the top for decoration using Mark Richards Crystal Stickers Ruby rhinestones.

Santa was then mounted with dimensional dots.

Mark Richards Crystal Stickers Ruby rhinestones were added to Holly Berries on hat, staff, and satchel.
Tulip White Puffy paint was added along the bottom of the white cardstock in wavy lines.
DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal glitter was applied and then heat set so the glittered paint would rise here and there like snow.
Gold ribbon from Michael's was pulled under Santa with a crochet hook and across the upper portion of the card as shown. A bow was mounted on that.

A Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio die cut was trimmed down, then stamped with 'Merry Christmas by Impression-Obsession using Brilliance Gold Galaxy ink and then mounted.
Mark Richards Crystal Sticker Rubies were added to each end.

The cardfront was then mounted on a folded 8.5X5.5 piece of white cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by 'the blog' to look and share. Hope your preparations for Christmas are coming along well.





Suzanne C said...

Shirley. He is beautiful! Or should I say handsome? I love the tree from the punches. I have been looking for that punch.. :) Love the details on his beard and the coloring on his suit. Wonderful all around.

Anonymous said...

Shirley, I've been catching up on your creations and wow, you have been firing out some beauties!

Theresa Momber said...

Wow! Shirley, this is gorgeous! Your cards are always so stunning.

Cat Tidwell said...

This is soo awesome! LOVE how you did the tree and the image is colored so fantastic!

Atty said...

Wonderful card and an awesome job of coloring. Your tree branches fit perfect with the image.

6 wacky women said...

WOW! Gorgeous card, Shirley.
What an amazing creation!

Karen x

Ann said...

Shirley, your work is truly breathtaking! I love Santa's beard, and the coloring and all the little details are wonderful! Your tree is fabulous, too! :D

The Country Rose said...

Love this card Shirley! The Santa and the branches just go hand in hand so perfectly.


Brittany Kayy said...

Aww, I like him!! Too beautiful.
p.s Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left me :-)
Means the world to me.

Again,great card. Don't you just love those cuttlebug snowdots???

Jessica Diedrich said...

This is absolutely STUNNING, Shirley. Your attention to detail, the textures, and all the shimmer and shine makes this card amazing...truly. what a beautiful work of art!!!

Maria Matter said...

He's a stunning figure!
Your punched tree is totally aweome!
Love reading your detailed supply lists too! Thanks for sharing Shirley!
Blessings, Maria

Irina Blount said...

Shirley, this card is just a WOW!! I am so glad to have found your blog!! Thank you so much for all your comments on mine :)
:) Irina

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Shirley,it very much, very beautifully!
Love reading your detailed delivery. Also I love your works. Gorgeous!

Etha said...

ohhhhh so pretty! Love how you colored the Santa, so many wonderful deails and shading, just super! Man I have to get me this MS punch, I've seen it used to many times in so many different arrangements, wow.

Anonymous said...

WOWZER!! This Santa is really stunning!! I just love his shimmery beard!! TFS! :)

Tammi said...

A stunner, wow Shirley! Everything about it, beautiful, so many great details!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Shirley, This is so beautifully doen! Love the sprigs, the colors and a wonderful father christmas!

Cindy Haffner said...

Wow girl this is fantastic, so beautiful.

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

I love the card shirley! How do you get the embossing powder not to stick to the rest of the card? I got the embossing buddy, But still get some on the paper.
Great card!

Jamie Martin said...

Beautiful card, love how you did the beard!

Lyn S said...

What a lovely Santa image and beautifully the rich red Twinks colour! The tree is fabulous too! Stunning card Shirley!

Elena said...

This card is outstanding! Love the Santa! Gorgeous stamp! The Christmas Tree really gives a nice dimension!

The Rubber Maid said...

Exquisite card Shirley. That should go on display it is so nice.

Unknown said...

Ширли! Да такого деда Мороза и в Россию не стыдно привезти! Очень видный мужчина получился!

thimbles bobbins paper and ink said...

Shirley, this is amazing! Wow, it is gorgeous and so detailed. Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL!!!

Lavender Rose said...

So much perfect detail here, it's superb! I love everything about this santa card and that tree is amazing.

Louise F NZ said...

This is so stunning!!!! You amaze me with the amount of effort and time that you spend on each of your creations.... GORGEOUS!

Norine said...

Love the Santa and all your other creations really nice just found your blog. You posted on mine so had to see who you were and I am so glad i did will be following you LOL

Free Spirit said...

I love all the details you add to your card. He is so cute. Do you know that in Africa we call Santa Father Christmas and that is what all the kids say when they see him. Nice to hear that phrase again. Brings back childhood memories.

Phree said...

This is just gorgeous. Love your Santa and that tree is simply amazing - it looks so real I find it hard to believe it's made from punched card!

Teresa said...


retiredheather said...

What a fantastic Santa Claus. He is just wonderful looking. You must be very pleased with this card Shirley. It is wonderful.
Happy Holidays

Art By Wanda said...

Shirley, your cards are always so amazing!! The details are marvelous. I like details and often think about them when I make cards but I do believe I need to do more :-)) Have a Merry Christmas, Shirley!!!

Anne said...

Wow what an amazing tree! I was astonished to learn it's from a punch, I thought you'd used something like trees from a model railway kit :).

This card is fabulous Shirley, I'm in awe of your work

Julia Aston said...

wow Shirley! I love your tree and wonderful Santa - how stunning!

Jessy said...

WOW, just WOW. this is a beautiful, stunning, amazing card. great work. :)

Ret said...

Hi Shirley, I'm still in awe over this Father Christmas card you did!!! It is most gorgeous!! What alot of work and supplies went into this beautful card. If he was mine, I'd have to have him up all year! Love him!!! Beautiful work, as always!

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