Sunday, January 5, 2020

Mini Santa Card (AAA Cards Game #156 GDT)

Hi everyone! :o)

I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer at AAA Cards for a Game #156, after I won 1st place in their Game #152 Maxi White Space + Geometric. I love playing AAA Cards challenges, as their challenges are all about CAS (clean and simple) cards, my favorite card design. :o)

The Game #156 theme is Sketch + optional twist Winter Birthday.

Card design needs to be CAS. Here is a CAS definition from AAA Cards blog:
Note: there are various CAS cards definitions on various blogs.

And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), Mini Santa Card. :o)

How I made my card...

I colored a Santa in November 2019 during Kathy's Racoosin 14th 30 Day Coloring Challenge (preview here)I stamped the Santa on a watercolor paper and colored him in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the Santa and traced edges with a black marker.

I left the Santa aside for nearly two months until I decided to use it on my today's card. :o)

I stamped another Santa on a white cardstock paper, fussy cut him leaving thin white border around him, colored the Santa with the black marker and glued watercolored Santa image over it.

Next up was a patterned stripe. I cut the stripe from a Kraft cardstock paper and randomly stamped snowflakes in watermark stamping technique using a VersaMark Watermark Ink.

I mixed a white tempera color with a bit of water and, using a paint brush, splattered the stripe and left it dry on air.

After drying, I assembled the card following the sketch. I glued the patterned stripe on a white top folded card base, glued 3-D foams on the back of the Santa and glued him on the card and glued 3 snowflakes on the card.

As a finishing touch, I drew details on a Santa's outfit using a black fine liner and a white pigment ink pen and my card was finished. :o)

Card measurements: 101 mm x 133 mm (4" x 5 1/4")

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'Snow Globe' stamp set (snowflakes stamps)
  • Create a Smile 'Snow Dance' kit (Santa stamp)
  • Create a Smile 'Frosty Fun' kit (tiny snowflake die cut)
  • Wiler Creativity Cutting Dies, larger snowflake die cut (gift from a dear friend Alice of Scrap & C... THANK YOU ALICE!!! ♥)
  • white cardstock paper
  • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Tea Dye
    • Ground Espresso
    • Hickory Smoke
  • Koh-i-noor tempera color (white)
  • Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink pen
  • Mitsubishi Uni Pin 0.2
  • Stabilo Fiber Tip Pen (Marker), Black 68/46
  • UHU liquid glue
  • 3-D foams, 5 x 5 x 2 mm
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • scissors
  • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
  • paper towels
  • water

I hope you'll like my take on the challenge sketch and get inspired. :o) Stop by the AAA Cards and see amazing creations from the Design Team made for this challenge. The challenge ends on January 18th, 2020, so there is plenty time to share your CAS one layer cards with us. :o) For more information about the challenge rules and prizes, jump over to challenge post at AAA Cards. :o)

I'm linking my card to following challenges:
Note: bold text and challengbadge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge (if any) is a direct link to blog or challenge home page.

1) Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, January 2020, Anything Goes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

2) Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, December 2019: Snowflakes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

3) STAMPlorations, CAS Card Challenge, January 2020, Anything CAS Goes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

4) STAMPlorations, Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge, January 2020
I went only with a theme: Stamps & Splatters.
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)



  1. Zelo je lepa. Super barvna kombinacija.

  2. Such a cute little Santa, perfect take on the sketch. Thank you for being our Guestdesigner this fortnight.

  3. Oh I love your take on the sketch Milka! The kraft background is fabulous! Thanks for being our Guest Designer this fortnight!

  4. Wonderful card Milka and you've been an amazing Guest Designer. Thanks so much!

  5. This is so flipping cute. I love the background! Thanks for guest designing!

  6. You are the CAS queen, Milka! :D Congrats for your GD position! How lovely card! Great watercoluring and the splatters look fabulously on the stripe!!

  7. What a cute little Santa! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

  8. Such a cute card, I love the splatters, perfect for our challenge over at STAMPlorations, thanks so much for joining us xx

  9. That is the greatest sketch for a CAS card. Love your natural tones take on it. Thanks for gracing our gallery at STAMPlorations CAS Cards Challenge this month.

  10. A cute and beautifully CAS card. Thanks for joining in with the STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Challenge. Elaine



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