Thursday, 25 April 2013

My punch art santa

I'll be honest, I admire punch art but it's not really my thing. Every now and again, though, it is fun to try to come up with something using only punches and, since the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown wants to see festive cards featuring Father Christmas and I don't seem to have a Santa stamp in my stash, AND it's Rudolph day at Stamping for Pleasure so a Christmas card is required there too - well, what is a girl to do?! (Apart from type the longest sentence known to man that is!) Here's what I did - I had a think and devised my very own punch art Santa:


I think he's rather a cutie! Now I know it's supposed to be Three Minute Thursday on my blog today but I'm cheating today - and anyway, once you've cut the elements out for this card, it'll only take three minutes to stick together! Do you want to see how I made him?


These are the punches I used (from left to right): the Blossom Petals Builder, my beloved 2 1/2" circle (I use this amazing punch for everything and I swear it would make the tea while tap dancing if I suggested it!), the 1 1/4" circle, my new 1 1/4" scallop circle and the little 3/4" circle.


I used Real Red, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock and cut out:
• Three quarters of a large red circle using the 2 1/2" circle punch for a body
• One red scallop petal using the Blossom Petals punch for a hat
• Two white scallop petals with the ends cut off - one for a beard and one for the fur trim on the hat
• One pink circle using the 1 1/4" circle punch for a face
• One small white pom-pom for the hat and one small pink nose using the 3/4" circle punch
• A moustache using the edge of the scallop circle punch
You can see how I laid these out in the picture above.

Oh, and one more bit: Santa needs hair...


... so I cut another edge bit using the scallop punch like this...


... and placed it on his head like so. Groovy hairstyle Santa! What do you mean you can't see it? Oh, hang on...


... there we are - 20:20 vision with the touch of a marker!


And here he is with his hat on. Oops, he seems to have lost his pom pom!


To make the card I cut out a square of dotty designer paper in Baja Breeze from the Patterns designer paper stack, inked the edges and glued it to my card base. The gorgeous festive sentiment from Delightful Dozen was stamped next using Black Stazon ink. And finally, Santa himself was assembled in the bottom left-hand corner. All ready for Christmas 2013 (er... you might want to take a snooze Santa!)

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Just reading the 'long sentence'  bit at the beginning of this post reminded me of something my daughter said to me the other day. We were having a rousing debate about something or other and I must have spoken over her. "Oh sorry," she said. "Did the middle of my sentence interrupt your next point?!"

I'll be back with something a little more seasonal tomorrow. See you then!

24 comments:

  1. What a fabulous Father Christmas Vicky-i can see he took a little working out,but he was SO worth it :)
    Nessa xx

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  2. Hi Vicky
    This is Brilliant.......how clever is that.... Fabulous....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

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  3. Despite the fact that you're doing Christmas in APRIL Vicky, he's great - so much better looking than a lot of punch art Santa's :0)
    M x

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  4. I always admire punch art cards but they're not really my style either. HOWEVER! - think my great niece may be getting something quite similar to this this year.

    Love your daughter's quick quip - why is I can never think of something like that when necessary? - I'm armed for the future though.

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  5. Very clever Vickie. It took me a while to find this page, ut it was worth it. i think you'd call it 'Thinking outside the box'. great card. Well done. Kate x

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  6. Wahoo, really clever stuff there Vicky - he's great, and a lovely card too! Hugs, Di xx

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  7. Well I am a Punch Girl. Love my punches and punch art! And this little Santa is terrific! Now I am seriously considering that I need the Petal Builders Punch Set! Vx

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  8. FABULOUS punch-art Santa card Vicky. Thanks for sharing the details too.

    Thanks for joining in with my festive challenge.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  9. Fantastic Santa Vicky. Love how you figured out how to make him.

    Kat xx

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  10. That is one fabulous, jolly punch art Santa Vicky - thanks so much for providing the how to as well! A very happy Christmas card indeed! So nice to have you playing along with us at 52 {C}CT again, please come back soon! Ruth x

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  11. Such a clever use of your punches Vicky, one to remember:)
    Val x

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  12. I beg to differ - punch art is your thing. Thanks for a great tutorial. Truly inspiring.

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  13. Truly inspired! x x
    P.S. I may have to steal your daughter's comment - absolutely brilliant!

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  14. Ho Ho Ho!! What a jolly chap Vicky..... punch art at its best and I love how hes positioned on the card too, they're the little details that make the difference :0)
    Jenny x

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  15. Totally amazing, Vicky! LOVE the tutorial--thanks for it! You're pinned! ;) Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

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  16. Mega impressed by your Punch Art Santa! And super tutorial too! Such a fun image and lovely sentiment on the card. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

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  17. Love him! So much fun, and a turorial too! Umm, punch art - I think you will be doing some more quite soon ;) Thanks for joining in with the fun at 52 CCT

    Louise xx

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  18. Oh fabulous punch art Santa Vicki! Definitely CASing you on this one. I think you are very good at this punch art stuff. Thanks for joining us this past week at 52CCT!

    PS did you see yet what the challenge is for this week?

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  19. Vicky, I LOVE your Santa! You did a fantastic job with him! Thank you for also including the how-to. I'm so glad you shared this in the Santa theme challenge at 52{C}CT!

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  20. He must be one of the cutest Santa's ever! Love his friendly face. x

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  21. Absolutely fabulous card, just love the punched out Santa, Julies Japes will be casing this.

    Kath x

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  22. What a cute Santa...wonderful how you created him!

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  23. I don't do much 'punch art' either, but I always love seeing what can be done with these punches. This is an amazing use of them, and thanks for showing & explaining the how-tos! Who knows, I might just have to try this, and now you have provided great instructions for me to try! Great card & TFS

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x