Saturday, December 5, 2015

Mixed Media Christmas Card

The December challenge starts today at Anything But Cute and Niki is our hostess this time.  She is calling it You've Got Happy Mail.

She describes the challenge this way:

"We all like Happy Mail right? That feeling of being spoiled rotten when you receive a handmade card from someone is better than being wrapped up in a soft blanket near a fire, sipping on a hot latte. So, for this challenge I would love to see your mixed media Christmas cards, tags, ATC's or whatever papercraft you are mailing to a friend! Just make sure they are inspired by the spirit of the season!"

I love this theme and was especially happy to know that I could meet my commitments as a Design Team member and add to my stash of cards for family and friends.

The vintage image that I found somewhere online became the driving force behind this card design.  I used a piece of card stock to make the background.  First I covered it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then I took my natural sea sponge and dabbed on some Antelope Brown and Silver Moss Ink from FW.

The snowflakes are from a Recollections set and are stamped on a piece of transparency with Adirondack Snow Cap Ink, covered with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and carefully heated.  If you wave your heat tool over the embossing powder and don't get too close, you will not melt your transparency.

Next I die cut some pine branches from Impressions Obsession and inked them with Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss DI.

The poinsettia was cut from a Marianne Creatables die and painted with Pearl White Metallic acrylic paint from Deco Art.   The petals were shaped and layered and then some little white beads were added to the centre.

I added a row of lace from my stash across the bottom and then added my vintage Santa image.  I dyed some seam binding with a mixture of Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough and Peeled Paint DI and made a loopy bow that I tied with a piece of burlap string.  I rubbed a little charm with some Renaissance Treasure Gold wax paste and hung it from the burlap string.

Then I used my fingers to dab some Golden Light Molding Paste on the Merry Christmas, which was cut from mat board by my husband on his laser cutter.  Once it was dry, I coated it with some Stardust Stickles.

This challenge runs until January 4th so I hope you will join us with your mixed media happy mail.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Galz - Vintage Christmas
Scrap and Craft - Christmas Cards
Time Out Challenges - Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies
Stampavie and More - Shabby or Vintage
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/Celebration
A Snowflake's Promise - Winter/Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Embossing
Always Playing with Paper - Make a Non-Traditional Christmas Card
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Glitter N' Sparkle - Include a Bow


  1. Wonderful card Cec!! That is a beautiful image to use as inspiration, I love the vintage feel of it that you carried through the entire card! The touches of vintage green add just the perfect amount of colour and the pops of white are so brilliant!! So festive, love it! hugs :)

  2. Cec, I love your Christmas vintage card! That green color is just perfectly coordinate with your awesome vintage image! What a wonderful white poinsettia and a fabulous bow! Your lace ribbon is a wonderful addition to the entire creation! Simply beautiful! Hugs! Branka x

  3. Cec you create the most heartwarming vignettes, using those vintage finds! I really love your vintage color palette; so unique, but definitely a favorite of mine! Your snowflakes add such a pop to the darker colors--perfectly balanced, and tie into the lace wonderfully! I really wish I could create like you! Someone is going to be very lucky to receive this Happy Mail!!! big hugs to you!

  4. Hello! Send it me and I will be VERY HAPPY!! Laughing! Great vintage card with the loveliest colour scheme - so pretty! Cxx

  5. Love this, Cec! The arrangement is fabulous, and I love all the yummy details, including those wonderful greens behind that beautiful poinsettia! The vintage look in green is perfect! xx Lynn

  6. A beautiful card Cec, love the vintage image and the wonderful layers.
    Yvonne xx

  7. The image is so beautiful and you have made some wonderful choices to embellish it, the greenery looks beautiful, the poinsettia is gorgeous and your bow is 'to die for'. A wonderful design and a very beautiful vintage card Cec, whoever gets this will be very happy indeed. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Beautiful I like the vintage sants, the texture and the embellishments
    Kevin xx

  9. Such a gorgeous vintage style card.

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  11. Love this card and it sure makes me happy! Your DH is on fire with all of his amazing laser cuts! That Merry Christmas is gorgeous. Thanks for the tip about the transparency because mine ended up warping badly! You image is so rusticly vintage with a splash of wizard! Stunning colors and layers. :) Hugz to you muffin!

  12. Love this beautiful vintage design, Cec!

  13. So detailed and beautifully designed. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  14. A fun and fresh vintage-christmascard! Love all the classical elements! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

  15. A stunning card, I love the varied layers, so much vintage festive content. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. We hope to see you re-visit. Caz DT.

  16. This is so gorgeous, Thank you for playing along with us at Scrap & Craft, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  17. Such a wonderful card!
    Beautiful colors and lovely details.
    Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More.

  18. Stunning vintage Card - love your color selection. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month and Merry Christmas!

  19. What a wonderful card! You make beautiful cards. I found a lot of that are really beautiful and lovely, as for me while reading your blog. Best wishes to you in a New Year!

  20. Beautiful card thank you for sharing with us at The Crafty Addicts - good luck
    Lyn - DT


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