It’s just about that time.  I need to get my overseas Christmas cards designed, produced and mailed to the UK. (well, they need to be ready to go in parcels that I’ll send surface mail – if it was just the card, I’d have more time!)

I was in a kraft cardstock kind of mood today because I was thinking about making a birthday card for my MIL.  She loves things that have more of a homespun feel.   While I was leafing through my patterned paper to decide what colours to use, I thought about stamping directly on the cardstock but couldn’t find an appropriate stamp.  I did stumble across the perfect Christmas stamp though – one I’ve always regretted buying.  I quickly jettisoned the birthday card and made a 5 minute Christmas card.  Take a look:

This is a Hampton Art stamp cleverly named “Santa Claus”.  I don’t really know what I was thinking when I bought it.  I’ve had it for at least 4 years and only inked it up once.  I found it impossible to colour so I’ve ignored it ever since.

The inked stamp was a little too plain for my liking so I used copics to colour the hat and just put a stroke or two of green on the holly leaves.  The “berries” are flat backed pearls coloured with a copic marker.  The string is some Martha Stewart baker’s twine I’ve had for ages.  Easy, peasy card.

It’s funny I never thought to make a card like this before as, except for the twine, the card looks pretty much like the back of the stamp (it’s wood-mounted and there’s a touch of colour on the hat and the leaves!).  I might try another version using some linen ink on the edges of the card to soften it a little.  I know that my MIL would like this card though so this one is ear-marked for her.  Now if I could only get her birthday card finished!