Joy Santa Christmas Card

Welcome friends! It's Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas here at 17turtles. I sure hope you've been enjoying the inspiration I've shared so far. Today I'm sharing a card I created that features a fun alcohol ink background. I actually got the idea for this card from this Boo Halloween card I shared recently. I loved this card idea so much I thought it would be fun to switch up the colors and have the main image be Santa instead of a skeleton! A bit of a cardlift of myself!

Joy Santa Christmas Card 

Joy Santa Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring an alcohol ink background, Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays Stamp Set and Exclusive Classic Alphabet Dies

As with my previous card, I started by creating a background panel using a mix of of alcohol inks on a piece of Yupo Paper. I blended them using a bit of Alcohol Blending Solution and an Alcohol Ink Air Blower. The Alcohol Ink colors I used are: Cranberry, Red Pepper and Gilded Alloy. To get a more smooth ink coverage, I find it helpful to apply the blending solution to the paper first and to then add the alcohol ink.

Once the alcohol ink panel was complete, I worked on the next layer using the Santa from the Tim Holtz Vintage Holiday Stamp Set. I stamped the image onto a piece of acetate cut to the size of the alcohol ink panel using Black StazOn Ink. I actually also tried using white StazOn, but with this particular image the details seemed to get lost with the white ink due to the nature of the stamp art. After the ink was dry, I attached the acetate to the alcohol ink background using brads just as I did in the Boo Halloween card

To create the background for this card panel, I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the Tim Holtz Stripes and Holiday Stamp Set using Embossing Ink. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and heat set it. Because this design didn't cover the entire 4.25 x 5.5 inch paper, I slid it over, stamped it again and heat embossed that section. I then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

As you can see, I used a rather bold title on this card as well. I cut the letter from Metallic Kraftstock and from thin chipboard using the Exclusive Classic Alphabet Dies. I glued the layers together and then adhered them to the card front using Smart Glue. I then finished it off with some holly leaves die cut using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Holiday Greens Thinlits. The berries are adhesive backed pearls that I colored with Cranberry Alcohol Ink since I didn't have any red ones in my stash. 

I hope you enjoyed learning how this Joy Santa Christmas Card came together featuring and alcohol ink background, the Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays Stamp Set and a bold sentiment using the Exclusive Classic Alphabet Dies. Have you ever cardlifted yourself? I'd love to see and hear all about it!


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1 comment

  1. Pinned this. LOVE LOVE LOVE the use of the Alcohol Ink and background is wonderful. Every detail is wonderful.


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