Friday, October 16, 2009

Santa Dear meets Stamp Simply Challenge109

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge this week is to create a gatefold style card! Gatefolds are cards that fold on each side and meet in the middle (or off center if you like) and open like a gate. When thinking about this challenge, I had a layout pictured in my mind, but translated to paper, it didn't work as a regular gatefold. Mine is vertical, with the folds at the top and bottom of card! I fiddled forever trying! Don't know if we can really call this a gate fold card...but you get the idea! And the great thing about Sharon's challenges is to have FUN...no worries! So I think I'm OK!

Let's talk about supplies. Paper used: Papertreyink Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist, along with designer paper from Jolly by Golly/Cosmo Cricket (purchased from Ellen Hutson). AquaMist ribbon and button are also Papertreyink. My "Dear Santa" stamp is from BoBunny and I purchased this guy from Joan's Gardens. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, distress ink (old paper) around edges. I colored his suit, with a dauber and chalk! I love to do this, and go back in using an eraser to remove extra chalk or where I went over the lines. I do lightly mist my chalked images with a matte finishing spray (or hair spray works too, remember lightly!) to seal the chalk and prevent it from rubbing off. The aqua mist panel is edge distressed, as are the circle papers on the embellishment.

Take a look at Santa's beard, with my glue pen, I applied FlowerSoft (ivory) to add a little dimension to his face! And a bit around his hairline and eyebrows! This "Dear Santa" card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when closed. My top fold panel measures 4 1/4" from top edge of card stock. Leaving the bottom fold panel measuring 1 1/4" in from the bottom edge of card stock. DP is adhered on upper and lower panels, machine stitched as is the DP circle of button embellishment. The Santa panel and embellishment extends off the bottom edge allowing the lower panel to catch and stay closed, kinda like a gate latch! No, not really...LOL! I hope you get a chance to play along with this weeks challenge. You can play anytime and as many times as you want. Please upload to your blog or Splitcoaststampers (using keyword: ssnotime109) And let us know so we can take a peek!

Check out the other fantastic Stamp Simply team members to see what they have created for you! Take a look at Sharon's fabulous card on her blog, No Time To Stamp. Take good care! Thanks so much for stopping by, it is much appreciated!
Amy Janine Julie AJ Tammy Deb Barbara Jenny

12 comments:

Janine said...

Love it Barb!! I really like the fold at the bottom... Very clever!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

SO gorgeous - love your fun vintage look with those FAB colors -- beautifully done -- totally love it!

Amy said...

Love the top/bottom fold, and your santa and the papers are just a match made in heaven!

Deborah Saaranen said...

Just fabulous Barb! I love this jolly Ole' St. Nick! Your design around him is just perfect!

Samara Navi said...

This is beautiful! stunning. i love the color of your ribbon...such a wonderful match to the endearing santa you used. the coloring technique (eraser and all) is so unique and works softly yet is so striking.

Conniecrafter said...

love the vintage feel it has, very cool!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

FANTASTIC!! LOVE the vintage feel of this card and your coloring is awesome! Well done!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Vintage and COOL! I love it, great fold too!! Clever and creative!!!

Lisa Phillippi said...

I love love love this card! I adore the image, so vintage yet chic! Absolutley Gorgeous!

Barbara said...

How clever to make a bottom fold card!! And how cute it is!!! I love that image, Barb!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Awesome design, Barb! I LOVE that you took the whimsical Cosmo paper and made it look so vintage with this image and your details!

Julie Koerber said...

This is just such a classic card! Love the matchbook style fold too... it's been ages since I've done that -- need to bring it back!Fabulous!