Hey everyone - Linda challenges us on Merry Monday this week to use an elf or elves on a Christmas card. Aren't those the cutest little elf cookies in the inspiration photo?! I'd have a hard time eating them!
Well, I have one elf stamp set - the fabulous Santa's Elves Stamp & Cut by Hero Arts. It was released last year but remains a fave. I decided to stamp and color all three elves in the set and add them to a winter scene with pines.
Here's my card:
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White cardstock, Penny Black Holiday Trimmings 6x6 pad (striped);
Hero Arts PS622 Foliage layering paper (darkest shade - Pine)
Stamps - Hero Arts DC160 Santa's Elves Stamp & Cut, CM101 Christmas Wishes (sentiment)
DI038 Christmas Trees Stamp & Cut (2012 HA/Archiver's Exclusive retired)
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles;
Picket Fence Distress Paint; Ranger Archival Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can
Dies - Hero Arts DC160 Santa's Elves Stamp & Cut and DI198 Rectangles Infinity;
Other - gems, puffy paint, Copic markers, foam tape
I started with a white rectangle panel and stamped a row of trees, masking along the way so they'd be connected. Then I sponged around them a bit with Distress Ink and popped a stitched hill,stamped with the sentiment, along the bottom. I layered this panel onto a stitched rectangle cut from diagonally striped paper - so yummy! After stamping and die cutting the elves, I colored them with Copics and put puffy paint on the hats. Does it bother anyone else that white puffy paint looks ivory and browns easily with heat? Really bugs me!! So, once puffed up, I painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint to whiten it - much better!
Such a fun theme - thanks to Linda for the inspiration! Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!