Tuesday 12 December 2017

North Pole, University, Home

It's getting very busy and I'm a little behind on the family Christmas cards and this one is especially for my eldest son who will be on his way home from University next week :)

It came about when I saw the sketch from Fusion, now normally I don't like the restrictions of sketches because I wander.  Now that's not to say I haven't used a little artistic license for this one but I think it still works, well here's hoping.

I started by masking the cardstock so I could ink the ice, then cut a strip and drew diagonal lines down it in pencil, randomly (I don't measure either, life is too short) then coloured them in red, die cut the dome for the top of the pole and embossed the background.  Next came the little sign post signs, printed in blue (long story, possibly need a new printer).  I cut them out and placed them as if the polar bear had skated from University, had reached the North Pole and was heading for home.  OK in hindsight, I now realise the perspective is off but hey I'm not exhibiting at the Tate Modern so its good enough for me.

The sentiment inside reads 'Have a COOL Christmas'.  I had lots of fun with this sketch and pleased with how it turned out.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Blue Gift
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas 
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes Christmas
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Supplies:  My Favourite Things Polar Pals clear stamps, Zig watercolour pens, stitched circle die (unknown), snow embossing folder (unknown), Bazzil blue cardstock, Clearly Besotted 'Son' clear stamp and die and Sheenas stamping card/Crafters Companion watercolour card.


  1. What a great card Claire, a brilliant take on the sketch. Your Son will love it xx

  2. The current Cutie Pie challenge started yesterday Claire, so plenty of time to join in!! xx

  3. Oh Claire...this is so brilliant. Very clever design and i am sure your son will love it. have a good Christmas.

  4. What a clever, unique, and FUN Christmas card to welcome your son home for the holidays! I love the little signs - just a brilliant creation and so personalized! Love it!

  5. Your son will love it!So fun and festive!

  6. Hi Claire, a fabulous card for your son, love the bear and the clever North Pole direction sign. Have a wonderful week... Megan

  7. I think this is beyond clever and adorable for your university student son coming home for Christmas! I love this!! Although my son is beyond university age, I'm pinning it to put it out there for inspiration for oodles of card-making moms with returning college students!! Happy Holiday hugs! Darnell

  8. Your card is so wonderful.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  9. Wonderful that you have shared your great artwork with us here at The Holly & The Ivy. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT

  10. How perfect for your son - so clever and original , I love it!

  11. I love the card you made especially for your son! It's a great interpretation of the sketch, with a super cool polar bear and an awesome signpost! He's bound to love it!
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore December Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
    Happy Holidays!
    Carole x DT

  12. Hello Claire
    Super cute card, my dear!
    Thanks for sharing your work with us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge.
    Hugs Marlene

  13. This is a very cute design!

    Thank you for joining my challenge at CCM... good luck with your entry


  14. Your card is both a lovely 'welcome home' for your son as well as a brilliant take on the sketch! Your skating polar bear makes me smile! Thank you for sharing this gem in the FUSION gallery! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  15. My sweet girl is home too! Yay! I hope you all enjoyed your time together during the break. I'm sure he was delighted with this precious card. Wishing you every blessing in 2018. Hugs, Autumn


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