Vintage Christmas Star

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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.

HLS Christmas Challenge December 2015

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  1. A lovely scene with the fab Stamp Scapes and such a vintage look with the shades of sepia against the palest blue sky. It’s lovely with the big moon & shining Christmas star. TFS
    Mary H. recently posted…HLS December Christmas Challenge – StarMy Profile

  2. This is simply stunning as is all your work.. I feel like I am right there in that setting looking up at that gorgeous star… beautiful. very very beautiful.
    LesLee Stone-Rasmus recently posted…PeaceMy Profile

  3. Stunning……love how you have created your gorgeous scene. xx
    Gail Townsend recently posted…Happy Little Stamper Christmas Challenge – DecemberMy Profile

  4. ummm, this looks like it should be framed and in a gallery. This is one amazing card, Ingrid. WOW! xx

  5. This is just stunning Ingrid! I love the peaceful feel and the scene is so atmospheric.
    Carol S recently posted…Papertrey Ink star Christmas cardMy Profile

  6. What a wonderful masculine card – and a perfect winter night scene to set the Christmas star on!
    Susan recently posted…A Star for Happy Little StampersMy Profile

  7. This is AMAZING, Ingrid! Love the beautiful and peaceful scene you’ve created. Starting on kraft card stock makes a huge difference … what a great tip! xx

  8. Anita White says:

    Love this one, Ingrid. So beautiful!

  9. Love the card.

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  10. Gorgeous Card Ingrid!
    Amy Seigler recently posted…A Little Mixed MediaMy Profile

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