Hello! It’s Amy with my final blog post of 2022 here on the HB blog. With Christmas just days away I found myself reaching for the North Pole Littles stamp set so I could have some fun with Santa as he prepares for his big night. There are so many adorable characters included in this set that it can be hard to choose which ones to ink up. So I went to my collection of HB dies to see how much room I would be working with and when I settled on the Nesting Mini Slimline die I could picture Santa and his team of reindeer about to take off into the night sky. Of course a couple cute elves had to be there too to lend a hand as well.

I set about stamping and masking my scene together using Memento Rich Cocoa ink on Copic X-Press It card stock. Once all of the characters were in place I decided to add the decorative mini trees from the Big Christmas Greetings set off in the distance behind Santa and the elves, using Hero Arts Forest ink. Next, it was time to grab my Copic markers and start coloring.

As sweet as these characters are I chose marker colors that are just as soft and sweet to compliment their over all look. Lots of pretty pastels mixed in with the traditional reds and greens keep this Christmas card looking quite cheery. For the sentiment I stamped the large “Merry” from Big Christmas Greetings in the upper right corner using Versamark Watermark ink and white heat embossing powder. The smaller “Christmas” is from the Joy and Peace stamp set and I stamped it using Pure Poppy ink from Papertrey Ink. I trimmed it out using scissors and glued it onto the card at a wonky angle for added playfulness. A handful of specialty pens helped me add the finishing touches to my card, the Pear Blossom Press silver gel pen for bells on the reindeer harnesses, a dark green Copic Spica glitter pen for the reins and an extra fine white Sharpie for the falling snow.

Here’s wishing all of our wonderful friends of Hello Bluebird a very Merry Christmas and an extra crafty New Year!  🙂