Thursday 15 April 2021

Retro Santa Claus


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the Merry Maidens turn to showcase some fabulous Christmas cards.

This paper pack Miscellaneous Christmas Red & Gold designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the Optional Twist if you use the  colours of Red & Gold as the focus of your card. 

This paper pack is gorgeous so you really want to win this one.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Taylormadecards4U who is offering a $10 certificate for digital items from the store.

This card has been made 100% fully digital as my printer seems to have a hard time with printing lots of red without it looking streaky. I will sure be glad when worldwide shipping and distribution gets back to normal as anything technological seems to be out of stock. The colour inkjet printers that are available are either cheap and nasty or way too high spec and overpriced for our needs. Every good one hubby looks at is out of stock and no one has details of when due back in. Hopefully as the world starts getting back to some sort of normality availability will improve.

The image set I chose is Retro Santa Claus as I particularly wanted to use the December 25 and Santa checking his list image.

I started by cropping the images from the sheet. I used the Amber paper from Foil Textures Festive Colours for matting and layering throughout.

This paper was the perfect compliment from my favourite patterned paper from the Miscellaneous Christmas Red & Gold set. The holly is so sophisticated.

I used a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout and stretched it to make suitable for a rectangular card.

I made a ribbon using the Crumpled Chrome 1 paper and used a snowflake brad from the Snow Much Fun pack. I use these brads and snowflakes often in digital layouts as they are so handy.

The sentiment is from Holiday Hoopla Word Art Collection. I layered this onto some of the holly paper and used a gausian blur effect so it gives you the mottled background. I am loving playing with these digital effects.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Digital Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Images - Retro Santa Claus Pack from Taylormadecards 4U

Digital Sentiment - Holiday Hoopla Word Art Collection (Decosse's Dynamite Doodles)

Digital Paper - Miscellaneous Christmas Red & Gold, Foil Textures Festive Colours, Crumpled Chrome 1   (Decosse's Dynamite Doodles)

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


  1. Cute Santa Claus. Pretty design. Thank you for joining our anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door this week. Judy DT

  2. Hi Amanda!
    Your art is always so much fun, and I can't thank you enough for sharing your talents with us. I always enjoy stopping by to see what you've created. Thank you, and may God bless you always.
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. So sweet card! Thank you for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  4. Oh this is so fantastic! I love the santa...

    Thanks for playing along with our Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
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  5. What a cute digital Christmas card in the rich red and gold colourway. Hope you get your printer worries sorted soon.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

  6. Very cute, Mandy. The Santa image is adorable.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round. We hope to see you again next time. Have a wonderful day!
    ♥ Lena ~ DT
    Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round
    Lena’s Creations

  7. Fabulous digital card Mandy, I seem to be doing a lot of digital these days but can't blame printer issues more the eyes ROFL. Thank you for joining us at IKEsWORLD this month. Hugs Mimi xxxxxx

  8. Beautiful festive card, love Santa!

    Thank you for joining in at IkesWorldchallenges
    Val DT x

  9. Wonderful festive card Mandy, I just adore this Santa that you used. Great colours and embellishments. Lovely card and thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck.
    Kathie SSW2~DT

  10. Just love this cute Christmas card.
    Thank you for using our sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.
    Hope to see you again.
    Hugs from Africa!

  11. What an adorable card Mandy! Great work with one of our sketches as well!

    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2! I hope you will play along again this month:-)


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