My background was created just a little different from my previous tag, although the results are almost identical. I embossed using Tim Holtz Pine Branch Texture Fade, applied gesso , inked in Evergreen Bough, and heat dried. I swiped on more gesso with my AARP card just over the raised areas and dried once more. I blended additional Evergreen Bough and wiped from the raised areas with a damp paper towel. I then blended Vintage Photo very lightly over the entire card and spritzed with water and dried again. I flicked on some watered down white acrylic paint with my new splatter brush I got in my last Funkie Junkie order. I have been coveting that brush for a very long time, and it's worth every penny!
I added a few snowflakes from Tim's Gilded Holidays Remnant Rubs I also got in my last Funkie Junkie order. I ordered these just so I could make card versions of my Christmas Greetings tag. These gold rub ons are a crafting bargain and so easy to use--they come in gold and silver foil and there are a gazillion vintage designs! I would have used one of the beautiful vintage greetings, but they wouldn't fit at the small flat area in the corner of my card. I am willing to bet they would have worked on the uneven surface, but time constraints made me too chicken to experiment. I resorted to again embossing with my Flonzcraft stamp as I did on my tag. I also heat embossed around the edges for a real vintage look. Some of you might know I collect Vintage Christmas cards, and they are a huge inspiration for that gold edge! Fortunately, Tim taught us how to use gilding foil to achieve this look with his November tag.
For my trees, I inked card with Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles and spritzed with Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold (another inspiration from Linda!). Once dried I cut my trees, and then touched up the trunks in Ground Expresso using a waterbrush, flicked on watered down white acrylic paint with that lovely brush and dried. I added Hickory Smoke to the back tree for perspective. I applied silver Liquid Pearls (NOT platinum--that was clogged! Durn!) to the branches. I later worked out the clog issue, but too late for this card. I love how Linda stacked up her trees on her tag, so I went with that idea, too. Love it!
If you happen to see little red flecks, it's because I unwrapped my new Festive Berries Distress glitter (purchased at a local craft store), and there was loose glitter under the shrink wrap which flew everywhere! I keep finding red flecks on everything!
I hope you are finding time to make some Christmas greetings. If you need some festive inspiration, please visit Linda's blog--there is a ton of gorgeous Christmas inspiration there! If you join in her 12 Tags challenge and follow the rules, you can win a whopping gift voucher from Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique! If you need supplies, I also would like to suggest shopping from the comfort of your home at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. You will find an awesome array of art and craft supplies, your products will arrive super quickly, and you will get a lovely gift from Linda in your package, too! Win, win, WIN!
I would like to enter my card into the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas My Tim inspiration comes from his dies, Texture Fades,Distress products and his Remnant Rubs, as well as his love for all things vintage.
Thank you for stopping in today and for all your inspiring comments!
Hugs and Christmas Blessings!