The optional theme this week at The Merry Christmas Challenge is the Grinch. I’ve never seen the new movie and I have no doubt Jim Carrey could pull it off, but you can’t beat the original cartoon version with Boris Karloff. That scene when he makes Max into a reindeer cracks me up every time, and I mean tears coming down my cheeks from laughter! (Yes, I have a little mean streak!) So when I saw a Grinch challenge, I had to take it.
I have some red 12 x 12 papers with the Grinch on them and I really wanted to use them for this challenge, but the print was too big for what I had in mind. I need Christmas cards, so the red Grinch paper is saved for another project.
I made three Grinch cards. I downloaded a Grinch clip art from Google Images and print/cut in the Silhouette Design Studio software. The Bah Humbug stamp is from Unity Stamp Company. My father always used to say Bah Humbug at Christmastime so this really reminds me of him! 🙂
I do have a little hint for you. I was originally going to use clip art of the reindeer, Max, because he’s so cute so I print/cut him. He turned out to have a white border all around him that I didn’t want. I could use a black marker or black ink all around but I decided to go with the Grinch himself instead. To eliminate the white border, I traced the image, changed the line color to black and grouped the image and the trace line together. Then I made an offset of the image with a black line and filled with black also. I sent that layer to the back and set it to no cut. Now when I cut the Grinch, if the trace was off by a smidgen, it wouldn’t matter; the surrounding paper was black. As you could see below, the Grinch does not have a white border. Alright! Hope that’s clear! You can link your Christmas project here. Grinch optional!