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Letter to Santa – Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Guest Design

December 12, 2020

Letter to Santa – Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Guest Design

December 12, 2020

Hello friends! Are you still looking for last-minute Christmas card inspiration? I was kindly sent this digital stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios. If you’ve never tried digital stamps, they’re actually quite easy to use. They’re also perfect for fast delivery since they’re delivered directly into your inbox and you don’t have to worry about holiday shipping delays.

For my card today, I used the adorable ‘Letter to Santa’ Christmas Digital Stamp. To start, I downloaded the image from my email inbox to my computer desktop. I then reduced it to 90% size (just my preference for my card front but not necessary to still fit onto a standard A2 sized card). I printed it out onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb Card Stock. I like using this cardstock when I print because I found that my printer tends to jam when I used the 110lb cardstock. However, each printer is different!

I wanted to create a single layer card where I could quickly do some ink blending for my background instead of coloring. I don’t mind coloring my backgrounds, but I do find it somewhat tedious to provide great coverage with Copics on backgrounds unless you color the background a few times (which in my opinion wastes a lot of ink from my markers). Instead, I printed my image again (also at 90% to match) onto an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of masking paper from Simon Says Stamp. I love that this masking paper is standard paper size because it’s simple to just load it into my printer and go. (Obviously, I could format my printer to print onto a smaller sheet of masking paper but honestly, I like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to the logistics of stamping lol.)

Next, I trimmed my printed cardstock piece to 4.5″ x 5.75″. I then fussy cut my image from the masking paper and placed it on top of my actual image on my card base. I then masked off an area for a snowy ground and then blended some MFT Premium Dye Inks (Sno Cone, Summer Splash, and Tropical Teal) to create my bold blue background. I then splattered my background with both diluted Opaque White Paint as well as diluted MFT Tropical Teal Ink for added interest.

Lastly, I removed my masking paper and colored my images with Copic Sketch Markers once my panel was completely dry. Prior to coloring, I trimmed my card down to 4.25″ x 5.5″, making sure to trim off any harsh edges from the ink blending.

Copic Color Combos Used:

  • Bear: E40, E41, E42, E43
  • Bunny: W00, W0, W2, W4
  • Reds: R14, R46, R89
  • Blues: B000, B01, B04
  • Teals: G000, BG11, BG34, BG13

You can check out the other super cute digital stamps from Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios HERE!

Thank you so much for dropping by! If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, please feel free to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

  • Jeanne December 13, 2020 at 7:14 AM

    Congratulations on the guest designer spot. This image is just the sweetest! Look at those critters helping each other out. Delightful! And your coloring is just wonderful, too. You sure know how to bring the characters to life. Thanks for all the tips and sharing on how you print this out and masked it to get that awesome background, too. So appreciate it. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Hugs!

    • rachelalvaradodesigns December 13, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you for such sweet words, dear Jeanne! I really love Rachelle’s illustrations and it was so much fun to color this adorable image! Hope you have a wonderful day! Sending hugs 🙂

  • Christine December 13, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    I am not surprised you have a guest spot! Your cards are always so amazing!

    • rachelalvaradodesigns December 13, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      You are so sweet, Christine, thank you! Hope you have a lovely day!

    Hello, I'm Rachel! Thanks so much for dropping by and welcome to my blog! I love creating and am excited to share with you my love for card making and paper crafting.

    Rachel

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