A Vintage Christmas

Hello again and HAPPY CHRISTMAS WEEK!!!  Are you ready?  Are you excited?  I know I am!  So, please forgive me if I’m a little spastic!  We’re nearing the end of my Christmas Card Extravaganza, but I still have a few cards to share with you.  Today you get to see 2, and I’ll have another one for you tomorrow.  And then it’s Christmas so I’ll be taking a break from Wedding Wednesday and probably other posts as well for a few days.  We’ll see.  Anywho, 2 cards today!  Both with a vintage feel, something I like to play with every now and then.  Check it out:

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First things first, I warned you about more gold embossing.  That’s all.  Second things second, this was another easily-constructed card, just a matter of how much I wanted to distress the papers and how I wanted to layer them.  I started with the “December” panel; I tore the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then applied Glossy Accents to the picture of the little girl.  While that was drying, I stamped “An old fashioned Christmas greeting” in VersaMark and embossed with gold powder, then added Vintage Photo to the edges.  I popped some foam squares on the back and set it aside for later.  At first I only had the green and gold paper with the lace border punch on top of the bottom-most green layer, but you couldn’t see the lovely lace, so I added a layer of cream parchment paper underneath.  I tore the edges of the cream paper and added Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to age it a bit.  Green and cream twine added the little bit of something I was looking for before I layered on the “December” paper and finally the stamped image.

The inside is simple, too:

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This second card started with a piece of snowflake paper:

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I wanted to make a card that resembled a window through which you’d see the beautiful snowflakes, and this is what I came up with.  I ended up covering more of the snowflakes than I would have liked, but that’s just how the proportions worked out.  The thing about this card that makes it “vintage” is that sweet little star/snowflake with the image of a boy in the snow.  He looks like he’s in the holiday spirit 🙂  And he has a little friend on the inside of the card:

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A little girl in her warm coat.  So sweet.  I decided to show off more of the snowflake paper here on the inside, because it really is pretty.  It’s got a metallic glimmer that I just couldn’t catch in a photo…you’ll have to take my word for it.

And that’s all for today!  I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see my most favorite card of this season.  Have a lovely day!

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It’s Your Birthday Card – Lace Doilies and Handmade Backgrounds

Hello again!  I’ve really been enjoying all the time I’ve had recently to make fun cards.  It’s very refreshing!  Today’s card was pretty quick and easy to make and turned out to be quite striking.  Take a look:

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This card measures 4 x 5.5″ and is of the most basic construction – 2 layers of paper and a raised sentiment.  The cool thing is, I made that lovely blue paper in the background!  I started by stamping the large lace doily onto white paper and embossing it in black.  Then, I used my Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks with my blending tool to create a nice gradient.  I spritzed it with water, heat set it, then stamped the two smaller doilies with StazOn Stone Gray.  The sentiment is raised on a Spellbinders tag die cut that I heat embossed twice with silver powder.  The heat embossing gives a bit more dimension than just die cutting silver paper.

And, of course, I had to make the inside match!  I kept it simple with a couple stamps and small sentiment:

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That’s it for today, folks!  Thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

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Another Birthday Card, Custom Background Paper, and DIY Washi Tape

Happy Friday, everybody!  I have another birthday card for you today, but not just any birthday card.  This birthday card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, has custom-made background paper, and features washi tape that I made myself!  Whew!  That’s a lot for one card to handle 😉

First, the Mojo Monday sketch:

And now, the card:

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Cool, right?  I started with the background paper – a sheet of clean cream cardstock, taped around the edges to leave a border.  I used my ink blending tool in a swirling motion to apply first salty ocean and then walnut stain distress ink, then spritzed the paper with water, flicking a few bigger drops for a splatter effect.  When the ink had reacted just enough, I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and then used my heat tool to dry the paper completely.  Then, I stamped the patterns with vintage photo distress ink and StazOn Stone Gray, removed the tape, and buffed the edges with more vintage photo.  I layered it onto a piece of grey-brown cardstock and sat back to admire my handiwork…and realized that I didn’t want to cover it up!  I started this process with the Mojo Monday sketch in mind, and now I couldn’t go on because I didn’t want to cover up the special paper.  Eesh.  So, I set it aside for the night, and when I came back to it in the morning I had an idea!  Washi tape and vellum!  They’re just transparent enough not to totally overpower the background while still adding pattern and layers.  Next problem – I don’t own any washi tape 😛  Easy solution – make my own!  Then I get the exact pattern and colors I want.  Perfect.  The rest of the card went smoothly after I found the right button 🙂

Here’s a closer pic of the background paper, to try to capture some of the intricacies:

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Sometime soon I’ll make tutorials for you guys on the techniques I used to make the background paper and DIY washi tape.  Then you can have fun with it, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

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Life is an Adventure

Happy Friday, everybody!  Do you have any fun and exciting plans for this weekend?  Thoughts of adventure, perhaps?  Well, then you’ll appreciate this card!

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If that doesn’t get you in the adventuring mood, I don’t know what will!  I had pirates on the brain when making this card, can you tell?  I started with a torn, crumpled piece of paper with a map on it, distressed the edges and hand wrote the sentiment.  I then layered it over some text paper and parchment paper (which already looks old because it’s parchment paper) and edged it all with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I ran hemp cord through eyelets I put in the dry embossed paper I found in my stash, grabbed a scrap piece of linen, and went to town with more Vintage Photo.  I tied the linen, applied everything to the card, added some Glossy Accents to the little compass, and voila!  It’s a swashbuckler 😛  Then I decided I couldn’t wait until daylight to take pictures, so this is what I ended up with :/  The inside of the card is decorated with a little more of the text paper and some torn map paper in the corners.

This card would be great for a masculine birthday or graduation card, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Little Angels

Happy Friday, everyone!  I want to start by saying thank you for all the support of yesterday’s post!  I was just thrilled to my little toes by your response.  Thanks to everyone who shared it on Facebook and pinned it on Pinterest- I really appreciate your help spreading the word 🙂

Now, on to something new.  Check it out:

Little Angel 1

Isn’t the little carriage adorable?  With the dry embossed top and little lace shade…sweetness, if I do say so myself!  And the flowers, pink buttons, and green rhinestones make me happy.  Here’s the inside:

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I created the background using Tim Holtz’ wrinkle-free distress technique (my new addiction) with mowed lawn and picked raspberry.  I’m a fan of pink and green for baby girl cards.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!