My idea for this card was a peek inside Santa's house. I imagined Mrs. Clause being the designer (and a bit frou frou in taste, as you will see). Through the window you can see their decorated Christmas tree, from A Glimpse Inside stamp set by Taylored Expressions. I watercolored it with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils then fussy cut it. The window, curtains, and shutters were cut using Taylored Expressions dies: Picture Window and Window Accessories. The curtain is vellum with a little Copic gray marker added for shading. Although you can't see it in the photo, I used recycled clear plastic packaging for the window glass.
I wanted a bright cheery red brick house exterior, fairly aged (the Clauses have lived there a long time); I used Bazzill paper with the Bricked Texture Fades embossing folder by Sizzix and Tim Holtz. To create the look of mortar, I used a white gel pen, which was not working the best but my nicer pen puts out a bit more white than I wanted between the bricks. I found those cute lights at Michaels in the stickers and embellishments section.
The sentiment was made by hand on my computer in Photoshop. I made a whole page, some with Season's Greetings, printed them on card stock, then punched them out (as well as the scalloped border) with my EK Success punches. I stamped the bow in the center then watercolored it with my Inktense pencils.
Now for the best part, the surprise pop up chair when the card is opened! I used Karen Burniston's Pop 'n Cuts dies for the card base and chair, along with the matching embossing folders to create the rug, lamp, table, and picture frame. I embossed them on white card stock then used Distress Inks and a blending tool to add color. I cut them all out by hand (a little time consuming but totally worth it).
Below is a close up of Santa's framed "photo". I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink then colored it with Copic Markers. I love how whimsical the image is.
To create Santa's hat, I made a little cone out of card stock, inked it up in red to give it a velvety look then added some puffy paint to the rim and tip of the hat. (Note: the red will bleed into the white if you don't add something to seal it under the paint. I probably used Glossy Accents, although I don't remember for sure.) Being impatient, I used my heat tool to both dry it and puff it up.
As a final touch, I scattered around a few colorful gift stickers (from Michaels). I figured Santa would have lots of gifts laying about.