Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cuttlebug Santa Face Card


and there is a newer tutorial posted here 

original design by

The ORIGINAL Cuttlebug Santa Card 
I created and shared in 2008  =)

I was going to wait to post this card in December, but due to the renewed interest in it, I am sharing it now.

My original creation was posted at back in 2008 as well as Stampin' Connection (a web site for Stampin' Up! demonstrators).
I made this card a couple of years ago with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, everything else was from Stampin' Up!. Now that Stampin' Up! offers their own exclusive embossing folders and Texturz plates, it can be made with Stampin' Up! only items if you are a Demonstrator and wish to use it in a class.

In fact, the renewed interest in my card came about recently because another creative demonstrator* saw my original card and made a version using a Stampin' Up! Texturz plate then posted it to the demonstrator only web site, Stampin' Connection.


All items are available through Stampin' Up!, except the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder used on my sample. The Perfect Details Texturz plate exclusive to Stampin' Up! will work wonderfully.

Card Stock:
Whisper White   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Real Red   1 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Blush Blossom   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Basic Black, scrap
Whisper White, 4 1/4" x 11"  folded in half to create a 4 1/4"  x 5 1/2" card

White Signo Gel Pen for eye highlights

Real Red ink and watercolor brush to create subtle lines on his hat

Stampin' Pastels and cotton ball (or ink and a sponge dauber) to blush his cheeks and nose

small oval punch for the nose
1/4" - 1/2"  circle punch for the eyes
Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder
Stampin' Dimensional (pop dot)

There was no pattern when I made this card a couple of years ago, I just cut it out freehand. I should have made one, there were several requests for it. This is one of those projects that I wish I had a blog to share it on at the time. So here is an attempt at a pattern and instructions now, nearly two years later. You can adjust it according to how big or little you want the moustache, beard, hat and brim. I tried to give dimensions to make it easier to cut, but I truly just cut mine out freehand, there were no measurements to follow. 

Start with a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" piece of white card stock. 
Draw your pattern; you could use something with a curved edge to trace
to make the hat brim and top swoop of his beard. 
You'll cut the middle piece leftover from between the beard swoop and hat brim,
 making it into a mustache shape. 
Be sure to run the embossing folder through with the drawn pattern side facing 
the "debossed" side of your embossing folder OR 
draw the pattern on after running it through the embossing folder. 
You want the raised, embossed designs facing up on your finished project. 

Cut out along your pattern lines 

The parts that you keep to make the card. 
The mustache part will be flipped over when you attach it to the card.

Blush Blossom card stock for his face which is also the card front base.

Blush on the cheeks and nose were done with Stampin' Pastels and a cotton ball.
You could  use ink and a sponge instead . 

The Real Red strip of card stock is 1 1/4" wide x 4 1/4" long. 
I added stripes with Real Red classic ink and a watercolor pen. 
Use designer paper instead if you'd like. 

The eyes were punched out of basic Black with the 1/4" circle punch. 
A slightly larger punch will work as well. 
I added a dot with a white Signo gel pen.


Glue all of the pieces in place on top of the Blush Blossom face. 
Note: you may need to slightly trim the Blush Blossom base.

Use a Dimensional (pop dot) under the nose and attach it on
top of the mustache for a bit more dimension. 

I just love how he turned out, my basic original Cuttlebug Santa Face Card !

This is a mail friendly card, too, requiring no extra postage. 

I've since seen several different, even more adorable, versions of him shared online.
If you make one and share it, please be sure to link back/give credit, I'd appreciate it. 
Post a link in the comments section if you'd like so I can see yours, too =) 


*Barb Mann -  I sincerely appreciate your noting my card as the source of inspiration for your adorable Santa, thank you!  I love your version with the new Texturz plate, textured Blushing Bride for the flesh and sprig of holly on his hat brim. Too cute !

EDITED December 21st : I entered this adorable card in the Holiday Hellos challenge. The winners were announced today. My Santa was not a winner in the contest, but it is a winner with anyone I've ever given one of these cards to ! 


  1. Heather,

    Love your santa card! You are so creative.

  2. Heather, this is such a cute card! I might have to break out my folder again too!

  3. OMGosh! This is adorable! I love it! I have printed out your template...thank you for generously sharing it! If I post one to my blog, I will be sure to give you credit.

    chanda stehlik

  4. He is so adorable! Thanks for sharing your template!

  5. Heather,
    I am using your Cuttlebug Santa Card for invitations for a Christmas party a relative is having. I printed the original copy in 2008. I was looking through my files and saw him the other day. I showed it to the relative and she loved him. So your creativity just keeps on going. Thank you for sharing back in 2008 and now.

  6. Thank you for sharing that with me, Pam !

  7. This such an adorable card. It is a must to make for my grandkids this year. Thank you so much for the pattern.


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