Friday, November 13, 2009

Brick Wall Santa...

I have been really lame about doing any of the challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers over the past year, but this particular one sparked an immediate idea the minute I saw it posted. If you haven't checked out this site, or the daily challenges they have, you MUST follow the link and go there. But warning- it will be an even bigger sink of time than Facebook or Etsy!

Each Wednesday they post a new technique cahllenge, with instructions and often a video, that comes out in their "Weekly Inking" newsletter. There is a gallery for all the cards people created using the weekly technique, which is a great way to see what others have done to take it one step further. This week's technique challenge was the Brick Wall technique.

In their tutorial, they stamped a background image, over-stamped a foreground image, then cut it up and reassembled it into a brick wall. This Santa stamp was a gift last year and has never seen ink, but I knew it would be perfect for teh look I was going for. I stamped the Santa image in Memento Rick Cocoa on Very Vanilla card stock, drew my lines on the back of the image and cut it up into a brick pattern. Warning: cut and lay out the image one line at a time or it's like a jigsaw puzzle getting it back together (can you tell I was a little frustrated at reassembling this image?!).

I sponged ink on all the pieces then re-assembled the image onto a separate piece of Very Vanilla card stock. After the image was assembled, I layered it on some Basic Grey Wasail and Vanilla paper and cut a fancy border from Chocolate Chip. I tied a bow with some wide ivory organdy ribbon and cinched the center with a burgundy button and some twine. The finished image was mounted with dimensionals onto a Chocolate Chip 6" square card base. This card was fun to make, but a bit tedious and long, so this may be the only one of these I make this year!

Hope your Friday is a great one- I'm off to Girl Scout camp with all the troops in my area for a great weekend camp-out. The weather is ideal, so it should be a beautiful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by-


Stamp: Tim Holtz "Believe"
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey "Wasail"
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa 
Accessories: Wide ivory organdy ribbon, Sizzix machine, border die, dimensionals 


  1. I like it-- kindof Urban Santa! ...But I don't recognize the gang symbol he's making. It must be something exclusive to the North Pole. :)

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  3. Wow, I really like this technique. You did a fabulous job.