Vintage Christmas Cards Using Lovely as a Tree
I love the nostalgia of vintage Christmas cards, don’t you? I wanted to evoke that same feeling in today’s Christmas Card Sunday project. How did I do?
For this Christmas card design I began with my go-to tree stamp set, Lovely as a Tree (wood-mount or clear-mount). Believe it or not, this is the oldest set in our catalog. It’s been around around longer than I’ve been a demonstrator, almost 19 years now! I lost one of the images a long time ago, so if it makes it into the new annual catalog I may just buy a new version.
Next I chose the paper patterns which came from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper collection. I’m especially fond of the sheet music paper, but I really like that swirly Cherry Cobbler design, too.
Once the designer papers were selected I knew what the color palette would be for this project.
The “stitched” rectangle piece was cut out using my Big Shot and the new Stitched Shapes Framelits. I’ll make a video showing how to get a rectangle from the square die, so look for it soon on my Facebook page. 🙂
A variety of images from Timeless Textures (wood-mount or clear-mount) were stamped randomly in Crumb Cake ink. The edges were distressed a little with my bone folder, and then I sponged them with Crumb Cake ink, too.
The tree of course came from Lovely as a Tree and was stamped in Garden Green ink, as was the greeting. The sentiment came from Christmas Pines, which you can pick up this month at a 25% discount!
All the layers were mounted onto Cherry Cobbler card stock, which is a deep, rich color perfect for vintage Christmas cards. The coordinating ribbon came from the 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack in the Holiday Catalog and was tied into a double bow. A couple of small jingle bells were attached to the center for a little bit of whimsy. You can pick up a mixture of red and silver Mini Jingle Bells for your own holiday cards on Page 29 of the Holiday Catalog.
The card still needed a little something more, so I decided to add a few “ornaments.” They were created using my dark Cherry Cobbler Blendability (remember those?) to color some pearls, which I then added to the tree and the left side of the Christmas card sentiment.
I probably could have added a few more doodads, but I think it still is reminiscent of those old vintage Christmas cards. What do you think?
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