Monday, November 20, 2023

BPM/IBFS: Vintage Santa, Two Ways

Happy Holidays, friends!

As the old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  Making Christmas cards, creating Christmas ornaments, and any other type of holiday crafting is the creative time that I enjoy the most.  I think that’s because of all the wonderful holiday memories with my family.  I often think of those memories as I sit and create.  Just add some Christmas tunes and I am in my zen!

Today’s share is a double feature using the same stamp - a nostalgic vintage Samta Clause.  I wanted to make a traditional card and also something that could be both a decoration and a card . . . so I made both!

Project 1


My first creation was this traditional Christmas card featuring the vintage Santa framed by colorful rows of stamped Christmas trees.  There is a lot of dimension in this card, and I love the vintage look and feel of it.

Here’s what I used to make it:

Here’s how I made it:
  • Stamp alternating Cranberry and Evergreen rows of Christmas trees onto a 4”x6” cream card panel


  • Use a diamond shaped die and cut a diamond in the middle of the card panel

  • On a 4”x6” green card panel, take a nested diamond die that is two sizes smaller than the one just used in step above and cut a diamond in the middle of the panel
  • Put a 4”x6” cream card panel behind the green card panel and stamp the vintage Santa image in cranberry onto the cream card panel
  • Adhere green card panel to panel with stamped Santa image with double sided foam tape

  • Adhere panel with stamped Christmas trees to green panel with double sided foam tape
  • Adhere completed card panel to 5”x7” red card base; may use double sided foam tape or double sided tape, depending on how much dimension you would like
  • Stamp the word Christmas onto scrap piece of cream card stock with Wheat ink; cut out the word in a rectangle shape; lightly spray with Antique Linen spray stain; adhere to card with double sided tape


Look at those layers of dimension!  This was such an easy, yet very classic, card to make.  I love the way that it turned out!

Project 2




The second way that I used the vintage Santa stamp was in making this vintage curio box.  This curio box may be used as a decoration and may also be used as a card if you put a blank piece of card stock on the back of it.  


I love that it’s multi-purpose.  It can also hold a gift card on the back if you make a slot for one or put a pocket back there!


Here’s what I used to make it:
  • Vintage Santa holding toys Holiday Art Rubber Stamp
  • Sizzix Thinlits Curio Box Bigz Die by Tim Holtz
  • Carta Bella Wood Grain Paper
  • Recollections Holiday Paper
  • Chipboard - 1 8.5”x11” piece
  • Cream card stock
  • Gold card stock
  • Concord & 9th Cranberry Premium Dye Ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen & Vintage Photo
I made a video to show how I made the curio box.  You may see it on my YouTube channel.

I hope that you enjoyed learning more about the versatility of this amazing stamp from Blank Page Muse and my creative process in using it!

Thanks for spending some time with me today on Paper Play.  Until next time . . . be well!

Friday, November 10, 2023

BPM/IBFS: No Place like Gnome in the Fall

Welcome back to Paper Play, friends!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  The smell of leaves in the air, cool crisp days, the gorgeous colors, and lots of pumpkins everywhere.  I think it’s especially nice here in New England, and I wish the season lasted longer!


Today’s card celebrates my favorite season with this gnome, Mr. Elderwillow, as the guardian of the pumpkins.  I used the following products to create it:

It was a very simple card to make:
  • Stamped, color, and fussy cut the gnome
  • Stenciled the pumpkins onto white card stock using all of the inks listed above; started with the lightest colors and worked my way up to the darkest.  Fussy cut the pumpkins, stacked them from largest to smallest, put double sided foam tape on the back to keep them together.
  • Stamped sentiment onto printed floral paper.
  • Put double sided foam tape onto back of gnome and adhere to floral card panel.
  • Adhered pumpkins to floal card panel.
  • Adhered floral card panel to orange card panel.
  • Adhered orange card panel to kraft card base.
  • Placed three orange gems onto card.
  • Cut a piece of the orange & white twine and tie around the top of the card.
The gnome’s beard sparkles thanks to white and gray glitter gel pens that I used in coloring him, and his hat band stands out due to a metallic green gel pen.


The pumpkins look great thanks to layering the colors while ink blending.


There truly is no place like gnome in the Fall!

I hope that you enjoyed todays’s post!  Until next time . . . be well!

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