Today’s challenge keyword is star – so let’s learn how to incorporate that into this vintage holiday card. This month’s challenge at Happy Little Stampers is to use a star in some form on your card. I have to admit, I started off in a very different direction…then ultimately decided to create a simple card with a vintage masculine feel that could showcase the ultimate Christmas star.
I guess I’ve been in a vintage kind of a mood these past few months. At least here on the blog! I don’t know what it is that seems soothing about this color palette to me, but I’m really loving the feel. Maybe it’s because I’ve been injured and not able to walk as much as I would like in the woods…who knows?!! Here’s a quick tutorial for you, and be sure to stop by again next week for the video!
Creating a Quick Vintage Feel to your Holiday Cards –
- This project was done on kraft colored paper – not white. It helps with the overall look and feel.
- I find that the brown tone fits this style better than black. So ink your stamps up in a dark brown – something earthy. I used Ground Espresso by Ranger Distress.
- Stamp the Stampscapes Pines & Rocks Lg on the left and the left side of Lakeside Reflections Lg to the right Tip – use a torn piece of paper towel to mask off the edge and create a seamless scene.
- Place two post it notes in copy paper and punch out your moon with a 1 1/4″ circle punch. This will be your mask.
- Place your moon where you’d like it before adding blues to the sky
- Use a mini sponge tool and some blue hues to shade in your water and sky.
- Stamp Cloud Strips Lg by Stampscapes in Stormy Sky Distress. Be sure to overlap the moon slightly.
- Once you have the look you’d like – add a little shading with s neutral like Weathered Wood Distress to the rocks.
- Sponge the entire scene around the perimeter with a brown – I used Gathered twigs for a slightly different feel than the trees.
- Add your star and emboss in Pewter. I used the Nativity Angel Stencil by Stamplorations.
- The perfect sentiment makes this card and nails the vintage feel. Here you see one of the many sentiments from Mixed Christmas Sentiments by Happy Little Stampers. Emboss it in Pewter for a great look, rather than something bright.
- The scene is matted onto Vanilla card stock for contrast before being popped up on fun foam onto an Espresso card base.
I do hope you like this card – it’s actually a great one to mass produce and goes much faster than you think! I hope this inspired you to create something special with a star for your cards. Be sure to enter them into the Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers!
Keep those fingers inky –
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