Friday 24 July 2020

The Big Guy

I'm later than intended with my entry for Day 6 of the 10th Annual Christmas in July challenge at Catch The Bug. I had to go do the food shopping with my Mother in Law so 2 stores/shopping trips later then technical support when the apps on her smart TV would not work. Then cooking the evening meal..... real life just gets in the way of crafting. 

Today we have been given a photo as inspiration.

Obviously the inspiration had to be Santa. I used this fab image The Big Guy that I recently bought from Beccy's Place. It is one of the nicest digis of Santa I have found and it has a great set of sentiments with it too.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers. I wanted the fir trim to have texture to it so used PVA glue and to create layers I used a cocktail stick to apply roughly in cloud style peaks. I then added Glamour Dust ultra fine glitter and left to dry (totally underestimated how long that would take and by the time the card was finished it was too dark to take a photo)

I have used sketch 467 from Try Stamping on Tuesday for the layout.

I have lots and lots of Christmas papers and rarely use the black ones but decided this sketch would suit it. I have a 6"x 6" pad which I picked up from Poundland for £1 and it had quite a few black papers. I used two of these for the top and bottom sections of the card. The diagonal paper is a scrap from recent cards made. I have attached some red metallic self adhesive tape top and bottom. I have no idea when or where I bough these. I was sorting one of my last remaining boxes of bits and came across them so put them with my other tapes :)

The red and green ribbon is self adhesive, the red has a velvet texture to it. Santa has a fine border of light grey around him and I then fussy cut and mounted onto thin foam pads. One of the papers from the pad had a Santa Stop Here post which is repeated on the whole page so I cut one out, mounted onto white card and layered on foam pads.

Finally I added some die cut holly leaves and buttons.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Papers - Festive Fun from Poundland
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Die cut holly leaves, self adhesive ribbon, buttons

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Too cute!
    Thank you for joining in the fun in our Christmas in July at Catch the Bug!
    Hugs from Africa!

  2. Mandy - what a great holiday card!!! Love the "Big Guy" image. I think you did a fantastic job using the black holiday cardstocks!!! Thank you for sharing your card and creativity with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!!! -Donna

  3. LOVE this, Mandy! I'm such a huge Christmas card fan, and this one is lovely! Your coloring is spot on here, and these papers really pop! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

  4. A super Christmas crad. Thanks for joining Passion for Promarkers. Elaine

  5. Love, love, love your card! That Santa stop sign is too cute. Thanks for playing along with us at Catch The Bug Christmas In July challenges. Bonnie GDT

  6. Cute card with pretty colors! Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges!
    Neva DT

  7. il est adorable ce père noël Mandy, quelle sympathique carte avec une jolie touche moderne, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

  8. Such a lovely card. .Thanks for joining us for this Christmas in July Challenge - good luck.
    Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, Bugaboo DT

  9. Nice papers and layout! I think you captured both the theme and colors of the photo so well. Thanks for joining our Christmas in July event at Catch the Bug.

  10. I love that Santa image but even more, the background papers you used highlight all the focal elements. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at TSOT :)

  11. Super card - you've coloured Santa perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Passion for Promarkers this week, good luck! Juliexx

  12. this card really speaks Christmas with that big Santa! very cute and perfect for our challenge. good luck at 52CCT

  13. Great Christmas card love the papers and your button berries.Thank you for joining us at Pearly Sparkles
    Carol DT x

  14. What a delightful card!! The papers and image are perfect! So happy you played along with us at PIP Challenges!

  15. Great Christmas card, Mandy! Such a jolly looking Santa and fab paper choices...
    Thanks for playing along with my BINGO challenge this week at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  16. Fab Christmas card thanks for sharing in our Bingo challenge at PFP

  17. Fabulous card with the sketch! I love it. Thank you so much for playing along at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.
    :) Janis
    P.S. Thank you so much for commenting on my card for the sketch on my personal blog. You were so sweet, and it really brightened my day. Thank you and big hugs!

    Try Stampin’ On Tuesday, (Stamping not required), Design Team Member

    Let’s Craft & Create, (Anything Goes + Option), Design Team Member

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  18. Me again.... if you haven't already - you can always enter my Anything Goes challenges that post every Monday over at

  19. Such a fun card Mandy. The image is adorable and your colouring is perfect. Thanks for sharing with us at PFP this week for Lisa's 'bingo board' challenge and good luck in the prize draw. Hugs, Denise x

  20. Fabulous card, the colours and papers are so striking and santa is just wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Passion for Promarkers and good luck, Shelly

  21. Cute & fun, the perfect inspiration! So glad you joined us for our Christmas Characters Challenge at CCC!

  22. This has come together beautifully!
    Great project!
    Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at The Holly & The Ivy.
    Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @ TH&TI

  23. Lovely design! Really great use of papers. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  24. What a great idea using the buttons as berries!
    Carol - CCC DT


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