Sketches, Santas & surprises with Allison Cope!

Sketches, Santas & surprises with Allison Cope!

Hello SCT friends!  It's Allison and I’ll be your hostess for Card Café Thursday. You know, a card isn’t just a card anymore!  It can be so much more!

Today I’m going to share a card based on a card sketch by the lovely Becky Fleck.  Becky provides Scrapbook & Cards Today readers with so much amazing inspiration with her incredible designs so I thought I’d feature this sketch below, a sketch featured here in 2012.


Now looking at this sketch, it has so many cool possibilities but with the holiday season soon upon us, I thought I’d create an extra special Christmas card that you too can make with ease.

I began my card by picking some gorgeous holiday papers by My Mind’s Eye.  I used the new  “Sleigh Bells Ring” and “Joyous” paper and embellishment collections. 

I started by creating a fun layered snowflake using some snowflake die shaped cut outs with sanded edges for an aged look plus a sweet little brad embellishment with a Santa face on it for the center piece of the snowflake.  Just before adhering all of my fun layers together, I thought “why not make this part of my card removable and make it into an ornament!”.  Viola… so between my two snowflakes I sandwiched a knotted loop of jute twine to create a hanger for my snowflake ornament.  I added a fun seam binding bow and a removable ornament was born!

01Santas for SCT Allison Cope

The photo above shows how I simply attached my ornament to my card, on the inside, by using a piece of fun washi tape.  This will allow the ornament to be detached from the card easily!

Knowing that I needed a card to attach my ornament to and wanting to follow the sketch, I made a very basic card base to feature my snowflake Santa.

  02Santas for SCT Allison Cope

I used Becky’s basic card design, some elegant AND whimsical papers together, along with some thread and a stunning gift label also from My Mind’s Eye

TIP:  Here’s an easy way to get a white edge on your papers without cutting a white mat;   take some sandpaper (or a nail file in my case!) and sand off the edge of your patterned paper to reveal the white core of the paper.  It’s a way to add a mat without adding any more weight or layers to your card!

And here’s my finished card with its hanging Santa snowflake ornament…

  03Santas for SCT Allison Cope

Simple. Easy. And your recipient gets to keep a little piece of the holiday fun that you made for them!

I hope I’ve inspired you to create and think beyond the card today!  Try adding a holiday photo to your ornament or make a shaker element to hang on the tree.  The ideas are endless… so get creating!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Allison Cope~

Supplies:    Patterned paper, Brads, Stickers, My Mind’s Eye:  Dies, Spellbinders:  Jute Twine, Darice:  Other, Seam binding ribbon, thread.




  1. Treva November 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Cute card and great idea, tfs!

  2. Gisele November 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    That is soooo beautiful Ally ??

  3. Glenda Thorne November 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Love it, what a marvellous idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jean Marmo November 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

    So pretty!

  5. Violet November 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Pretty card and nice tip about sanding off the edges to reveal the white core instead of adding another layer!

  6. Kelly A. Crowl November 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    so very pretty!

  7. barbara macaskill November 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    LOVE this!! The ornament is a great way to make your card last for years! TFS!

  8. Kathy P November 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Great idea, love your ideas for making keepsakes to go with cards. Like the white edge idea, too! TFS~!

  9. Dorina D November 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Nice tutorial on making the ornament and attaching it to the cards. Fun idea and I loved the tip on sanding the edges to the white core. thanks

  10. TracyM #6773 November 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    BEAUTIFUL ornament & card – what a fabulous idea and lovely gift!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION Allison!!!

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