Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where's the Elf?

Santa dropped by and was in such a hurry that he left his little helper behind...

My challenge, as a new DT member at The Crafter's Café, was to use the "Elf Boots" image with a Christmas or color (red and green) theme for Challenge #187. This little elf was left behind by Santa because he was hiding in a box. Perhaps he was being naughty but I'm sure Santa will be back for him!

Although challenges usually occur semi-monthly, this challenge is open for one month, beginning Dec 15.
I find photographing foiled cardstock to be tricky. I tried all kinds of light sources, indoors and outdoors, and was unable to achieve the look for which I was hoping. Perhaps if I had Photoshop software I could adjust it but my tools are limited. The foil is holographic - the green has a variety of circles and dots and the red has star bursts. The card is quite colorful when seen with the naked eye.
The Elf Boots image was downloaded from the challenge sponsor, Scribbles Designs, resized, printed and colored with Copic alcohol markers. The gifts were stamped and colored. The elements were fussy cut and layered onto the embossed brick background. Santa and his reindeer can be seen flying away. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the elf boots and golden gems were adhered to the curled boot toes to appear as bells. The green velvet ribbon was adhered and a few red sequins were added. The inside was stamped with "Naughty and Nice" and an array of stamped gifts were colored and added for decoration.

Join in the fun of semi-monthly card challenges on the 1st and the 15th of each month by visiting The Crafter's Café challenge blog. There are prizes!

My card is being entered into the following challenges:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #272 (Use reds & greens, opt: silver or gold)

2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #363

3. Crafting from the Heart #187 (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, dry embossing
Size: A2

Stamps: Scribbles Designs "Elf Boots" (digital image); Stampin' Up! "Cozy Christmas" (inside sentiment) & "Christmas Bliss" (Santa & reindeer); Stampendous (gifts)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers (G05, G82, R24, R29)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Spectrum Noir white for alcohol ink
Paper: Red stripe & foil from stash
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders (brick)
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella, foam tape, gems, sequins, velvet ribbon, googly eyes from stash


  1. What a cute card! Love your little elf hiding in the gift box, great colors and design! Congrats on the design team too!! :)

  2. Adorable card...and love the googly eyes peeking out of the gift. Thanks for joining us at ColorMyHeart Color Dare "Traditional colors" in our December Holiday Linky Party. Please come back again.

  3. Wonderfully creative and great Dt inspiration, great way to use the Elf Boots. Cass

  4. So fun! Thank you for joining us in December for our Traditional Color Dare.