North Pole Scene with Ashlea

CatherineChristmas, Coloring, Copic Markers, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Holiday, Masking

Hey crafters! It's Ashlea, and I'm so excited to be back on Catherine's blog with this fun and festive Christmas card! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love the traditional colors and scenes that come to mind this time of year, so I decided to use some of the more traditional images from the stamp sets to create this fun North Pole scene complete with an elf holding a “No Peeking” sign.

To begin stamping my scene, I stamped the wrapped present image from the Holiday Charm stamp set. I masked it off by using a full sticky back post-it that I stamped the image onto and fussy cut as close to the lines as possible. This allowed me to stamp the other two presents on either side and remove the masking to make it appear as if the two presents were behind the first one stamped.
I love using masking techniques for cards like this to build a scene. I then masked all of the presents off and stamped the Christmas tree image also from the Holiday Charm stamp set. Again, after removing all of the masks from the presents it appeared as if the tree were set behind the presents. To finish off the background for my scene, I stamped one final present to the right leaving a space for my elf in the center.
I just love this elf from the Santa Approved stamp set. He's so festive and fun to color in! I stamped him on a scrap piece of CP Premium White Card Stock using Midnight ink which is archival and therefore safe to use with alcohol markers (and watercolors too!).  I colored him in using reds, greens, and blues to keep with the traditional color palette. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out and adhered him to the blank space between the presents with foam tape to add dimension to the scene. 
To finish off the scene I stamped the “North Pole Express Mail Service” sentiment stamp a bit crooked above the scene to act as a sign for a North Pole post office. I then drew a small dot above that stamp to act as a nail and finally some lines as strings holding it all together. I scribbled in some shadows using warm gray Copic markers and used the peppermint striped patterned paper cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ as a matted background for my card front. Lastly, I adhered it all to an A2 sized card base. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about how I created the scene for this card and maybe I gave you some ideas for your own holiday cards! I'll see you very soon! Happy Holidays!

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