Santa Comes But Once a Year

Stampin up jolly old st nick rub-ons

Still looking at your holiday rub-ons and not sure where to start?  Here's another fun example using rub-ons (see all my holiday samples here).  I love the crisp texture (sentiments look divine) and how striking they appear on deeper colored card stock.  My punches came out to play, too!

The large "santa" sentiment is from Old St. Nick Rub-Ons (Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog–email me your name and address if you would like a free copy).  It's a quick and easy transfer on Riding Hood Red card stock.  TIP:  I use a bone folder to simplify the process.  The red layer is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to Whisper White stock.

The horizontal panel below is a lovely swatch of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper layered over Whisper White.  The base edge of the white is jazzed with a Scallop Edge Punch.  TIP:  When using the Scallop Edge Punch, start with a larger piece of card stock than you need.  Cut to size once you see where the scallops are . . . you can keep the scallops on each end more even that way.

The 4.25 x 5.5 card base of Riding Hood Red card stock is scored at the top.  TIP:  After you score, fold with the score ridge to the inside of the card and the indentation to the outside.  I think it creates a more polished finish.  Bordering Blue card stock took a texture-bound trip through my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. 

I transfered three Old St. Nick Rub-On snowflakes to Riding Hood Red card stock and popped them out with a 1/2" Circle Punch.  Each receives some bling courtesy of my Pretties Rhinestone Brads.  I layered a Little Felt Flurries snowflake (they come in Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, 3 sizes, 69 pieces) on a 1 1/4" Square of Whisper White layered over a Scallop Square of Bordering Blue.

The final touches were a large Clear Rhinestone Brad (Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit) and a luscious strip of Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon.

My sketch inspiration is from this charming Mojo Monday Design.

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Paper:  Holiday Treasures Designer Series (112469), Riding Hood Red (111348), Bordering Blue (102630), Whisper White (100730)
Punch Bunch:  1 1/4" Square Punch (104400), Scallop Square Punch (112081), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Scallop Edge Punch (112091)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Little Felt Flurries (113697), Clear Rhinestone Brads (Pretties, 109114), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Old St. Nick Rub-Ons (112844), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. Gorgeous holiday card! I love how the words are the main image.

  2. mary…every time i come by I am amazed by how wonderful your creations are. you have such a great eye for colors, patterns, and layouts….this card is no exception! love the use of rub-ons…i’m still a little unsure about them myself. thanks for making me think outside my “box”.

    thanks for the endless inspiration!


  3. Aww….Mary…….you amaze me with your beautiful talent of card making! This is such a gorgeous,gorgeous,absolutely, “PRETTY MARY” card! G

  4. Awesome card- Mary!!! The rub-on’s look wonderful with this Sketch!!!

  5. Great color combo and use of dimension, Mary. Again, I’m reminded to haul out my rub-ons….especially the Christmas ones, since Santa DOES come but once a year =)

    Dear T:

    I’m using them up like a mad woman . . . after Christmas they will be old news . . . got to use them while they are hot. ‘Tis the season.



  6. To Sharon
    Regarding your question about the Scallop Punch and a fuzzy outcome… Mary had asked me to add my TIP: I had a customer who was having similar results and it turned out she had pretty flimsy paper and just wasn’t getting a clean cute. So beside the possibility of a defective punch, you could check the type of paper cutting through as well.

  7. Very Pretty card Mary!

  8. Gorgeous Mary. I LOVE this detailed layout! Terrific!

  9. that is amazing. I wish they would make that into a stamp. that would be so neat.

    I love the colors too.

  10. This is amazing! I don’t know how you do it. I am so jealous of your talent. Fantastic job with the challenge!!!

  11. So pretty! I still have this rub-on, waiting for JUST the right card to use it! I love it on the red, maybe I’ll take the plunge!

  12. I’ve been so busy getting ready for the Holidays, I’ve barely had a minute to be online. I save all your creations and when I have time, just wander through wonderland. How do you do it? Thanks for sharing your creativity. These colors make be happy.

  13. colleen kramer

    Mojo sketch execution? A perfect 10!

  14. Just lovely! All the texture is grand, the swiss dots, scallops and felt flurry…all yummy! hugs, Monica

  15. Mary,

    I’ve been coveting the Scallop Punch, but have read mixed reviews at SCS. Several stampers report getting a “fuzzy” punched edge. Have you or any customers experienced this as well?

    Thanks! And like someone above mentioned, I stop by every day for inspiration. Keep it up!

    Hi Sharon:

    Hi Sharon:

    Excellent question. First of all, if the fuzzy edges are really bad, the punch is probably defective and should be exchanged.

    If there’s just a little tuft or two (this can occasionally happen on other punches, too), I grab one of my SU sand blocks and gently rub it off. Cheap and easy.



  16. You keep on inspiring all of your viewers out there. Keep up the good work, my stamp collection grows with each new card you show us. LOL

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Mary!
    Blessings, Maria

  18. Hi Mary – I just wanted to let you know that yours is my FAVORITE blog to read every day! Thank you for all your outstanding examples of artistic WOW! You have inspired me on several occasions. Thank you!

  19. My sister and I agree this needs to be a stamp next year…I even told DS this and they agree too. Love this card and the colors they are my favorite. Thanks Mary

  20. Looking fabulous, Mary! You’ve used those rub-ons beautifully on every single project you’ve made this season.

    Still very much enjoying reading your blog every day!
    Cindy 🙂

  21. I love this card. It’s just gorgeous and the colours are fantastic.

  22. Gorgeous!

    I really like how it showcases the Holiday Treasures DSP.

  23. Mary,
    This card took my breath away! I love the color combo!

  24. Denise Groves

    love this card… so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Wowsers, this is a great card!

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