Hi everyone! Did you see the fun challenge going on at the Squigglefly blog? Make a card using felt flowers! I don't have any felt flowers but I think I could cut some out of felt with my die cuts. I wish I had a felt poinsettia because it would have gone perfectly with the Christmas card I have to show you today.
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I used the amazing Kris Kringle image that Marla Shega drew for Squigglefly. I colored with Copic markers and was again inspired to try the dotted background with some pale warm grey Copics. the fur trim of his hat and his beard only requires a little bit of shading with some pale cool greys and a little bit of a pale blue on the fur. A Quickie glue pen was used over his spectacles and embossed with some detail gold embossing powder. The eyeglasses were then filled in with a little diamond glaze.
I loved the old fashioned look to this Santa, so I went with that vintage feeling and distressed the edges of the image with some Creamy Caramel ink. The holly berries in his hat were glittered with ruby red glitter.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and the edges of it were distressed the same way. I got a pre-colored holly leaf from the internet and cut it out and adhered it to the corner of the sentiment. The border on the side is from a new Fiskars punch I just bought with a Michael's coupon.
I really can't emphasize enough how quickly this image colors up! You could make cards with this image and get several done in no time at all! Now, aren't you feeling like getting a head start on those Christmas cards?
Before I go I wanted to share something with you. It's not craft related at all, so I won't be offended if you leave me here. I recently watched a couple of documentaries on Netflix. The first one was called Girl 27 and was about this man who discovered a story about a young girl of seventeen who claimed to have been raped at a party given by some big wigs in MGM studios. He tracks her down and tells her story. It was a sad one. She was raped and back then girls who hollered rape were automatically looked down upon as being trampy. The studio paid off people to say bad things about her and even her own mother sold her out. The woman went on to live a very cut off life, didn't get along with her daughter or grandchildren, and was pretty much a recluse.
The next movie I watched was called Forgiving Dr. Mengele. It was the story of Eva Kor who had been in Auschwitz concentration camp with her twin sister when she was 9 years old. She arrived there with her twin, two older siblings, her mother, and her father. Her whole family other than her twin and herself were immediately eliminated. They were there for 10 months being subjected to horrendous medical experiments. Eva eventually found that she needed to forgive the atrocities perpetrated against her in order to really be free of the pain and fear she lived with every day. Once she forgave, she found that she was free. She faced enormous opposition from other camp survivors who were outraged that she could forgive them. She tried to explain that forgiving was not forgetting; that she would never forget, but in forgiving she no longer allowed them continue hurting her.
I found the parallel in these two stories so interesting in that both of these women had handled the tragedy in their lives so differently. The woman who did not forgive lived a sad life full of fear and anger and cut off from everyone in her life, while the woman who chose to forgive is leading a very full life no longer filled with pain and anger. Makes you think doesn't it?
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!