Practicing Creativity

Santa called . . . another fun Christmas card idea and tips for coloring grey hair

Christmas card with Bugaboo Digi Stamps Stella Christmas Santa Called digital stamp focal image.

Here's another fun loving Christmas card, this time with the Stella Christmas Santa Called digital stamp from Bugaboo Digi Stamps as the focal image.

I love these Stella stamps; they are so funny! By golly, she tells it like it is on any occasion. I haven't figured out who I'm sending this to yet. I want it to go to someone who will fully appreciate the humor. The paper is Basic Grey 25th and Pine, more of the gift pack from my friend Fanny (as I mentioned with my last post).

*Crafty Tip* For realistic, soft looking grey hair, I use four colors. First, lightly just inside the borders of the hairstyle with light grey (002 Sliver Grey) and blend (with Derwent or Prismacolor blenders), leaving the majority of the hairstyle uncolored. Next, I use a medium grey (004 Steel Grey) inside the hair design closer to the borders and blend again. I follow this up with a darker grey (507 Paynes Grey 60%) nearest the face and along the part (if there were one, here there isn't). I then take the white 001 pencil and blend over all. Ah, which actually that could be another crafty tip – don't think of your white pencil as a color, think of it as a blender.

If you'd like to practice coloring hair and skin tones, Whimsie Doodles has some great practice sheets you can experiment with. Go to their freebies page and scroll down to the very bottom to download.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Basic Gray 25th and Pine
Digital stamp – Bugaboo Digi Stamps Stella Christmas Santa Called
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies and punch – Die-namics rectangle stax, Fiskars Sunburst border punch (retired)
Embellishments – buttons

I'm linking up with: Crafty Friends #19 – One for the Girls, 613 Avenue Create #151 – Anything Goes/Create Your Own Challenge Twist, Not Just Cards #26 – Anything Goes, and Crafty Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge Extra for Nov. – Anything Goes (as long as it's Christmas)


  1. Ha ha! Too cute. I need to give this one out ; )


  2. Thanks for all your coloring tips. Fun card. Pretty papers and I like the border.

  3. Fab card, thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends xxxx

  4. Ahahaha this is great :D I love it! Such a sassy card :D

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends, good luck and hope to see you again soon :)

    DT Tanya xx

  5. Hello
    Fabulous fun card...
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends this week
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  6. This made me laugh(no mean feat according to my daughter lol)fabulous image with a brilliant sentiment love it ---Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  7. You gotta love Stella and her quick wit, your card is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug!

  8. I love all the layers! Thanks for joining us for our Stella Says Sketch Challenge #318, and good luck in the draw! Please join us again soon.
    Jen Leeflang

  9. Shani tu as mit du temps mais maintenant on ne t’arrête plus!! Très mignonne et drôle ta carte, tu es très douée pour la colorisation!!


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