Detailed Santa for CTS238

This week’s CAS(E) This Sketch includes a fun burst of flowers coming in from the top, right corner of the card.  I flipped through my Stampin’ Up! catalog to find the right images I could stamp – flowers, snowflakes, textures – I looked at them all.  Then…I found just what I was looking for.  Here’s my card:

Season Like Christmas, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

CTS238Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies.  Do you recognize the dies I used to create the wintry flurry I created on this card?  The Detailed Santa Thinlits Die was a featured item in last year’s Holiday Catalog – a gorgeous cutout of Santa Clause and his flowing beard.  The die carried over to this year’s Annual Catalog and can be found on page 216.
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    Detailed Santa Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

    I cropped the die on a square of Soft Sky cardstock just a tad bit taller and wider than the die.  I snipped out Santa’s face and hat and flipped the whole thing upside down to create a delightful winter storm.

  • Don’t You?  Don’t you just love this sentiment?  It was the perfect size and style for the space I needed to fill on this card, AND the words are beautiful.  The sentiment is from a stamp set called Season Like Christmas in Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog.
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    Season Like Christmas, Stampin’ Up!

    I predicted that this stamp set would be one of the most popular in the catalog (and I still believe it deserves to be), but this is the first time I’ve inked it up.  Will definitely be getting some good projects made with this stamp set this season.

  • Wintry Blues.  I just love all shades of blue on Holiday cards.  I’ve always reached for Pool Party for snow, but I’ve been gravitating toward Soft Sky lately.  Combined with Whisper White and Night of Navy, it’s quite lovely.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Season Like Christmas  Papers:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Night of Navy  Accessories:  Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Colorful Seasons Thinlits Dies, Subtles Enamel Shapes (Soft Sky), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. You never cease to AMAZE me!!! The way you used Santa’s beard is ingenious! That’s why you are the King! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

  2. I love this card! What talent and creativity! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Wow…this card is a cut above!

  4. Who knew? Santa and his beard as a flourish! Love the color combo, love the card!

  5. This is a gorgeous mix of blues! The layout is a little different and a Wow as well. It’s a super card!

  6. So clever, Brian, to make Santa’s beard so versatile. You have given it greater possibilities. Beautiful card and great take on the challenge. I hope Atlanta is not in Irma’s reach. Have a nice day!

  7. Very nice! Love the flourish and what a beautiful sentiment! You did it again, Brian!

  8. This is gorgeous! I love the blues together, and the snowflake with that dark blue background. I love this.

  9. Only you could have envisioned turning this die into a flourish Brian. Your creative is absolutely jaw dropping and what jumped into my mind was that by changing the snowflake into a Star of David and using a Happy Hanukkah stamp this design would be perfect for both holidays. WOW! You amaze me every day!

  10. This awesome! I love it in everyway!!

  11. Absolutely beautiful Brian and absolutely genius. It looks like a frosty wind blowing the snowflake. Great job

  12. Have I told you lately that you are an artistic genius? Love the simple style and how you used Santa’s beautiful die cut beard and entirely new way!

  13. Genius!!! Love it!

  14. Wowza! This has to be one of the most beautiful Christmas cards I’ve ever seen! What a creative use of the Santa die!

  15. Brilliant! I know I say that a lot about your projects, but they are!

  16. Incredible use of the thinlet. Stunning card. I really like this!

  17. How very clever and creative. I love your style.

  18. Genius! Now what do you know about the theory of relativity?

  19. You clever, clever man!

  20. You continue to WOW me! What a great use of Santas beard

  21. Oh Brian, you are truly something else my dear!!!!! I’m just amazed at how you are able to see what most of us miss, like this die, the way you used it is nothing short of fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing your incredible talent and creativity daily, what an inspiration you are!!
    Sending ginormous XO

  22. Absolutely LOVE this brilliant (!!) use of Santa’s beard! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Very lovely take on the sketch!

  24. Love this Brian. Love how you flipped and snipped the die for the perfect effect.

  25. Love this! I have this die and still haven’t used it! Now I will!

  26. This is an amazing idea, Brian! Fabulous job thinking outside the box!

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