Santa’s Sleigh – Merry Christmas (sneak peek 4)

Santas Sleigh - Gold Tree 736pxl

Good Monday morning!  I’m happy to report we are cooling down for a couple days before heating back up.  The swinging of tempuratures is throwing everyone around here for a loop.  I have 4-5 co-workers that have caught colds, I’ve been lucky enough to stay healthy.  Yay!  (knock on wood)

Today I have one more design featuring the Santa’s Sleigh Bundle in the soon to be live 2016 Holiday Catalog.  (Sept 1st to be exact)  Eek!  I must confess this was originally my third design for the swap I’ve been designing for.  Don’t get me wrong, I love how it turned out.  I love how the Mirror Image technique looks and the dramatic colors (Very Vanilla & Garden Green).  There’s a BUT though.  Lol!  After having the three designs sitting on my work table for several days I felt they didn’t flow together.  If they were all different that would have been okay.  With the two Soft Sky and Whisper White designs next to this dramatic colored design it just didn’t work for me.  [Type A flag flying.  Lol!]  So I broke out my design mojo again and created the equally soft and coordinating Gold Embossed Christmas Tree which I posted last Friday.

BASE:  After much deliberation I went with a Very Vanilla base and layered the Garden Green strip to the right half.  The “Christmas Tree” image from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set lent itself perfectly to this long & narrow size card layout.  [My go-to size is 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.]  (Squirreling…..I think this would look great in the Soft Sky and Whisper White color combination as well.  [wink, wink])

FOCAL POINT:  This is where is gets fun.  After deciding to give the Mirror Image Technique a go, I went with Very Vanilla and Garden Green.  I was on a roll with gold so I embossed the tree in gold as well.  You will need one in Very Vanilla and one in Garden Green.  Then they are split down the middle.  [TIP:  I made two marks on my grid sheet at the top and bottom of the pieces.  This helped me to line up the tree top and trunk in the middle.]  Another cool thing is this layout gives you two cards, not just one.  Sweet!  Next, butt the opposite images together then wrap with a bow tied with Gold Satin Ribbon.  Then adhere to the base.  [This is tricky, but doable.]  OMGosh…..I almost forgot to mention the glittery star tree topper.  It is from the Santa’s Sleigh Die Set that I cut from Gold Glimmer.  I KNOW……it’s just the right amount of sparkle as well as shine from the gold embossing.

SENTIMENT:  To keep the clean and simple look I continued with the “Merry Christmas” in gold embossing and layered it onto a slightly wider Gold Glimmer strip.  I popped the sentiment with Dimensionals to add a wee bit of height and dimension.  HELLO!  Lol!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s design and have a great Monday!


  • STAMP:  Santa’s Sleigh
  • PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Gold Glimmer
  • INK:  VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits–Santa’s Sleigh | 5/8″ Satin Ribbon | Embossing Powder–Gold


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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