Au Chocolat Santa

I've been busy in my studio working on some swaps and other stuff I can't show you right now, so I decided to make a quick holiday card to post. This one uses a Santa Claus image from the retired SU Old Fashioned Christmas and this week's Mojo Monday sketch. This image has been sitting in my "almost" box since last year. I sold a large set of Christmas cards with this image and this one was a leftover. I remember what a pain those cards were because I handpainted santa's hat with a mixture of diamond glaze and Real Red Reinker for the hat, Hunter Green reinker for the holly and his eyes, and a mixture of Diamond Glaze and Art Institute Crystal Glitter for the brim of his hat and his beard. However, this card came together in a snap, since the hard part was done. I inked up the edges with Close to Cocoa ink, matted on a Real Red circle which I distressed with a Tonic Paper Distresser and then matted on a Chocolate Chip Giga Scallop punch from my stash of leftovers.

The patterned papers are scraps from my pile. The one on the left is Au Chocolat which I colored some of the design with a Real Red marker and then matted with Chocolate Chip and Real Red cardstock. The paper on the right is from a Provocraft Slab and is matted with the same colors of cardstock. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Faux Ribbon set, stamped in Chocolate Chip, sponged with Close to Cocoa and matted with Chocolate Chip and then a Real Red Super Jumbo scallop punch. I then sponged the outer edges of the card base with Close to Cocoa and then Chocolate Chip ink and tied a red satin bow from my stash to finish it off.

29 comments

  1. Wow, I love this card, the colours are awesome! Beautiful!

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  2. This is just beautiful. Love your layout and colors. Your santa is just awesome.

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  3. Beautiful! Love everything about it. It's hard for me to work on holiday cards now, but I suppose I should as it will be here before you know it. Macy's was putting out it's Christmas Trees this past weekend! Yikes!

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  4. What a gorgeous Christmas card!! Love the way you coloured in the pp to make it match perfectly! Love it!

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  5. Oh my! This card is beautiful! I love how you added color to the patterned paper! It really sets it off! You always come up with something amazing!

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  6. fantastic card....layout and colors

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  7. THis is adorable, Julee! That paper is delicious. . .I just LOVE the color scheme!

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  8. This is stunning. Love the details and what you did with the red in the paper. Great tip. ;)

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  9. The Santa is just amazing! WOWZER!! This is wonderful!! TFS!

    www.basementstamping.typepad.com

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  10. I love the combo of Chocolate, Red and Santa...it just seems...RIGHT. Kinda makes me crave chocolate...oh wait, everything makes me crave chocolate. Great card.

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  11. Whoa. I'm not a Christmas fan, but this card is incredible! It really stands out. The ribbon matches his hat perfectly! Like the inking on the edges too.

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  12. You colored in parts of the brown/white paper???? OH SOOOO CLEVER!!! GREAT IDEA!!!

    sihrlye
    PS My name is a "word verification" puzzle!! eheheheeh just to make you smile today!!

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  13. Love it!! Thinkin' I might have to case the idea with the Auchocolate! :0)

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  14. Hi Julee! I was in the Christmas mode today too! Love the colors on your card, the red is really striking! You have a great talent piecing things together!

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  15. Awesome! Everything about this card is great. Wow!

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  16. How come you can make such beautiful cards with bits off your 'pile'. You really do have talent!

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  17. What a great card! I love the idea of using brown and red for christmas colors...beautiful...and a bit vintage!

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  18. Very nice! Love the red highlights on the Au Chocolat. I can't believe you painted a bunch of Santas with those mixtures. You are dedicated girlfriend!

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  19. This is BEAUTIFUL, Julee!! I love how you matted the sentiment...all of it is just perfect!

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  20. This is totally gorgeous! I'm definitely going to have to rip this one off of ya! I have a whole stack of chocolat I haven't even used yet!

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  21. All I can say is WOW! that is a gorgeous card! I am so into traditional santa and Xmas and this is so beautiful! Love it!

    *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  22. gorgeous. love the colors and the layout

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  23. This is absolutely outstanding.
    I never would have thought to put
    chocolate and red together. It is
    just stunning.

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  24. I love this!! Color combo is fabulous!

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  25. Oh wow!!! I absolutely LOVE this card! The colors are wonderful and rich...and the dp is perfect!!

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  26. Julee, this card is simply stunning! Gorgeous Christmas card.

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  27. Great card !!!! I would of never thought red and brown would of looked awesome like that together!!
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful card!!

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