Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today, I am going to share with you my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Sketch challenge.  This week’s sketch is a really good one and lets you really do a lot with it.  I choose to use the Signs of Santa Stamp Set as my featured set this week.  This set is fun a fun suite of products that’s been very popular.  So popular that most of it have already sold out a couple of times.   Here’s a look at my card.  

Here’s a look at this weeks sketch that inspired my card today.  

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The first thing I did for this card was to stamp my Santa using my Stamparatus.  I used it because it allows me to stamp the main images a couple of times, and allowed for perfect placement.  Once I stamped the Santa twice I used some Avery repositionable labels to stamp a mask.  I cut it out and positioned it over Santa.  Then I stamped the post in the same way, and made a mask of it also.

  I placed both masks and then I used Balmy Blue and Night of Navy and did some ink blending.  The trick with ink blending is you have to start lightly off the page and work your way down building up the ink.  This takes a little bit of time but the results is so worth it. 

Once I had all the ink blending done it was time to start coloring with the Stampin’ Blends.  I used Real Red Dark and Light blends on Santa’s suit, and ivory and bronze on his skin.  For the list I picked Granny Apple Green Light and Dark blends because it’s my go to green at the moment.  you can color with blends either by starting with the light color of the dark.  It really doesn’t matter as long as you end up blending the lines.  I will have a full list of all the colors I used in the Stampin’ Up Shopping List Below.   

To add a little extra to the card I added some heat embossing.  I used the Snow is Glistening Stamp Set to embossing snowflakes around the card.  I used both Stampin’ emboss powder in White and Clear.  I love to look of both of them; the white just screams snow but the clear snowflakes just gives that icy cold feeling.  I then turned around and added a little more glimmer and sparkle to the card by adding some dazzling diamond glitter to Santa’s hat, the snow on the sign post and to his facial hair.  

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To finish off the card I stamped the inside of the card with a very simple sentiment on the inside and three of the snowflakes.  I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade classic ink.  and the snowflakes in Balmy Blue and Night of Navy.  I added a Poppy Parade mat to the whisper white inside to add a little extra color.  

For the envelope I stamped the Official Seal of the North Pole on the flap in Poppy Parade and Garden Green inks.  This is just a small touch to the overall look but adds a big impact.  I also added one of the snowflake trinkets to finish off the front of the card.  

Thanks for dropping by today, make sure you click on the sketch image to check out what the other design team came up with this week.  Also I hope you take the time to play along with you this week.  You can use the link attached to the sketch to add your own card inspired by this design.  

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Happy Stampin’ 
Rick