I was so honored when John, the owner of Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps asked me to be a guest designer for him. I’d done a super fun Hello Kitty-inspired Killer Kitties Halloween project for him last year, so this time I perused his huge inventory of digis and fell in love with a few Santa images. This first project is “Surfin’ Santa” and he’s got such great style and attitude!
After uploading the image into Microsoft Word and lightening and de-saturating the image, I used the following Copic markers to color up Surfin’ Santa for some no-line coloring:
Skin: E00, E01, E11, R30 (blush), R11 (toenails)
Beard, Mustache and Hair: W0, W1, W3, W5
Swim Trunks: R35, R37 and R39
Surfboard and Flip Flop Sandals: BG11, BG32, BG15, BG45 and N1
Wand: Y13, Y21, YR21, and YR24
Sunglasses: C9 with Uniball Signo White Gel Pen highlights and Ranger Glossy Accents for shine
For the background, I blended on some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch. They blended beautifully and each color transitioned into the next to create a fuzzy out-of-focused looking background that could be the sand, ocean, and sky behind Surfin’ Santa. I also sprinkled on some water to the darkest area and blotted the water droplets with a tissue to achieve a splattered, watery look. I popped up Surfin’ Santa with some double sided foam adhesive over top, and that’s it!
The inside of the card I simply printed out on my computer onto some yellow copy paper, “Mele Kalikimaka!” which means, “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian. I fussy cut out a small image of a surf board and bicycle leaning on a palm tree that I had in my stash, and I adhered that to the lower left corner. Then to make it truly festive, I added red gems/bling stickers to the palm tree to make the mini-scene Christmas-y!
CLICK the following picture to watch the tutorial start-to-finish video of creating this card:
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This Surfin’ Santa card is being entered into the following challenges:
Digi Choosday Anything Goes Challenge
ABC Christmas Challenge U is for Upon and V is for Very Quick Challenge – Santa standing upon the sand (hehehe)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Let’s Get Ready for Christmas Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge – WINNER
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Use Texture Challenge
Cute Card Thursdays Anything Goes Challenge
Pause Dream Enjoy Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
WOW .You have coloured beautifully this amazing image .Love the card
Thanks for sharing and joining in this challenge
Good luck with your entry and hope we see your works again soon .
Thanks so very much Shirley-Anne!
Awww thanks Christine!
I just love this, beautiful colouring.
Thanks for joining us over at Creatialicious.
Thanks so very much Jean!
What a fabulous Christmas card! Love the Surfing Santa image – you coloured hm beautifully and made a stunning background for him!
Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” October Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
Carole x DT
Awww you’re so sweet. Thanks so much Carole!
He is fantastic!
Awww thanks Linda!
Amazing coloring on this fun Santa! You really brought him to life! Love his sun glasses and background; wonderful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Choosday! ~Katrina
Thanks so very much Katrina!
Beautiful … Amazing coloring and so fun . Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge#40
Thank you so much Rozina!
Hey hon! Hope this finds you doing well. I just followed you on Instagram, and I’d love to have you follow me as well. I think I only have like 5 followers…LOL Thanks!
Also, thanks so much for sharing your art in our challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I’m so grateful to have you play along.
Thanks so much Karen. I’ll head over and follow you on IG now! 🙂
A fabulous card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional use texture” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
You’re so sweet. Thanks Melanie!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Thanks so much Helen!