Monday, December 14, 2015

All Good Wishes for Christmas

Today I have a Christmas Card  to share that I made to send to my fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey. We are a Tim Holtz inspired group so I wanted to use his products and techniques on my card.
(I made 16 of these in a little assembly line over several days!)
For the background, I used the Stripes stencil with Ranger Distress Iced Spruce Ink on a panel of Kraft cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment and sleigh from The Mini Holidays 5 set using Archival Jet Black Ink.
I made the 'snow' with the Speckles stencil (one of my prizes for being one of the winners for my Tim Holtz Sept tag!) with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing paste - I cut masks to cover the stampings when I stenciled the snow.  
( I also had to keep washing off the Speckles stencil, as the paste really filled up the holes if I did too many cards at once and no more paste could get through, especially on the teeny tiny holes!)
I guilded the edges with some Gold Metal Leaf sheets that I've had in my stash for years - patiently waiting on the shelf for me to remember they were there!  I ran a Glue Stick over the edges of the panel and then applied the gold leaf with my finger - pressing it into the glue.  It's pretty messy and a lot of it flakes off (and all over my craft table, fingers, clothes, rug.....)
I'm happy to say that I have all of my Christmas cards done and in the mail!  Time to start on my stash for next year!
I'm linking my card to the following challenges:
Anything but Cute - You've Got Happy Mail
 Virginia's View Challenge - All About Glitter
Stamps and Stencils - Grungy Christmas
Frilly and Funkie - 'Tis the Season
4 Crafty Chicks - Non-traditional colors
Inspiration Journal - Tis the Season/Anything goes.

Stamps:  Mini Holidays - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Kraft, Smokey Shadow - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Iced Spruce, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Stripes and Speckles Stencils - Tim Holtz, Eclipse tape (for masking), glue stick. Gold Metal Leaf - Stuart Superior, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste.


LeAnne said...

Oooh, Julia, I love this! I don't have any Tim stamps, but I so love the Vintage Journey, I might just have to get some and play along!

Jenny Marples said...

And I can say with all certainty that it's an absolutely beautiful design that looks even better in real life! Love mine to bits Julia! Thank you so much. Jenny x

Pamellia said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous Julia!! I love the rich colours, what a great vintage feel. Your 'snow' is so perfectly places, there's a real sense of motion with the way it flows. And that gold gilding is just the icing on the cake, what a stunning Christmas card. I can't believe you managed to make so many of them in just a few days! wow

Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'You've Got Happy Mail' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Juliz Design Post said...

I feel very lucky to be the proud owner of one these stunning designed cards. Love love love.....many thanks again Julia.
Hugs Julie x

Redanne said...

It truly is a beautiful card Julia and how clever to make them all up so quickly! I love the stenciled stripes in the background and I love the sleigh scene too. You did make me smile about the metallic sheets - I found some and cannot even remember when I bought them, the are definitely messy but I love the end result! I am definitely going to start next year's cards in January....!

Thanks so much for joining in our 'You've Got Happy Mail' challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a pretty card Julia! Love the shimmery metallic detail! Thanks for the gorgeous Christmas card! :)

Loll said...

And a beautiful card it is! :) Love the vintage feel to this card. The gilding on the edges is really creative and so pretty! Thanks so much for this beautiful card Julia. xx

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Wow! Gold leaf - now that sounds like WORK! Lovely card, truly!

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Beautiful vintage Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks
Guest Designer

A Pink said...

Wonderful ! Julia Love the stark black image against your beautiful background with the delicate stripe and stenciled snow . The touch of metallic is the perfect finishing touch . hugs x

SueC said...

Fabulous card Julia ! Love the background you've created, there will be some very happy recipients of your cards ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

Leanne said...

Great background and the sparkle is awesome, thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT 4CC

Cec said...

Such an elegant card and so vintage. Love the stenciled background and the snowy touches. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

Pawsitively Creative said...

Gorgeous card and I can't believe you were able to make so many in such a short amount of time! That is hands down amazeballs! Wowzers! That horse drawn sled stamp is now on my wish list! The gold is the icing on the gingerbread house! Stunning! So happy you were able to share such wonderful Happy Mail!

Thanks for joining in our "You've Got Happy Mail" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

sarascloset said...

Julia, this is such an elegant Christmas card, and I'm so impressed that you were able to create 16 cards in such a short period of time! Assembly line fashion or not! You are inspiring me to get started MUCH earlier with my cards this year! I love the use of your stripes stencil on the simple, yet elegant background and the speckles for snow--genius! I too, have the ions old foiling sheets that I was inspired to pull out by Tim's November tag, but mine seem to have passed their prime--not sticking to what I've wanted them to stick to! Messy, true, but so worth it in the end! Excellent techniques throughout this lovely card, and 16 lucky people are going to be very happy to receive their happy mail!

Thank you for joining our You've Got Happy Mail challenge at anything But Cute! Merry Christmas! Sara Emily DT

Samra said...

Stunning rustic festive card!!!
Thank you so very kindly for joining our challenge at Anything But Cute!

Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

toni said...

A gorgeous card Julia! Love the embossing paste speckles and the gilding around the edges, lucky recipient! Thanks for sharing this with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

Julia S-W said...

Wonderful grungy scene which is exactly the kind I like! Love the random use of the foil too.Thanks so much for joining my final challenge at Stamps & Stencils. Julia xx

Kim Heggins said...

Love the wonderful vintage look you festive. Happy New Year!

SewPaperPaint said...

Julia, this is such a beautiful card, with all the perfect details! I so love this stamp and you've used it beautifully. Biggest congrats on top 3 pick at Stamps and Stencils. Hugs, Autumn