Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Little Christmas Card

Hello everyone, I'm back as promised to share another card I made to link up with Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge, sponsored by her online shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Today's card was inspired by Linda's week #10 tag, I'm slowly catching up!

I was inspired by Linda's stenciled shiny tinsel background and neutral colour palette - I was also going to use lots of snowflakes on my card as she had done on her tag but my tinseled background had other ideas LOL!  Read on for the details.

I started out with a gessoed background panel that was coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, activated with droplets of water.  For some inexplicable reason I didn't order Tim Holtz's Sparkle background stamp (don't know what I was thinking!) so I used his Starry stencil instead with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.

I then stenciled Matte Transparent Texture paste through Tim's Tinsel stencil and sprinkled on copious amounts of Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust while the texture paste was still wet.  As you can see, I also manged to cover up nearly all of the Starry stenciling I'd already done in the process!

While waiting for the texture paste to dry, I die cut a whole bunch of Mini Paper Snowflakes from various colours of silvery metallic foils with the plan being to make a Christmas tree shape from the die cut snowflakes.  But when I put them over top of the Vintage Platinum tinsel, they all but disappeared so that idea got trashed right quick!  Much hemming and hawing ensued until I spied Tim's Christmas Classic stamp set and that wonderful vintage Santa Claus image.  I got on a roll at that point and forgot to take any more in process pics so here are some close ups instead!

Santa was stamped onto white cardstock with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.  I then lightly watercoloured the holly with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and his nose, cheeks and lips with Worn Lipstick DI.  The image was fussy cut and edged with some Vintage Photo DI but the white card was looking a bit harsh so I lightly inked the whole image with some Antique Linen DI.  Santa was then popped up on some white fun foam over top the tinsel background.

To echo Linda's use of the wreath on her tag, I die cut the Mini Wreath And Bow Movers & Shapers dies from Classic Kraft-Stock in shades of green and pink.  The Kraft-Stock was sanded and then I embossed both the wreath and bow with some Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for a bit more shine.  The wreath was popped up on a piece of white die cut fun foam and layered under Santa.

The sentiment from Tim's Watercolor Trees stamp set was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink onto a scrap of paper I had left from another project that had been coloured with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.  A banner shape was cut out and positioned over the wreath and that was it!

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing my card, it was a bit of a struggle but I love how it turned out in the end, that Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust tinsel is the bomb!

I actually have my card based on Linda's week 11 tag completed as well so will be back later today to share it with you, I think I might actually get her challenge completed this year, woo-hoo!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. This one is faboulous too. Love the glittery background and that Santa image is great

  2. Oh look - great minds think (almost) alike for glitter paste! Love this card - Father Christmas looks very happy with his sparkly setting.
    Alison x

  3. Your glitter embossing looks amazing. It came out perfect. I love the vintage Santa image and the wonderful wreath. Great work on Tag #10!


  4. Deb, your background is amazingly shimmery, and your design is perfect! Love the little wreath, and Santa has never looked better! It seems a few of us all used the same recipe for glitter paste this year! My process was a little different, but I think your embossing is much more effective! Hugs!


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