Saturday, December 12, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 6

Good morning, crafty friends! Oh, happy day!  I've finished up another card to enter Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge--week 6 this time.   Here is my simple vintage grunge Christmas card.

  Here is Linda's tag where I got my inspiration. I loved her faded layers on her vintage background, and was so inspired by her water stamping technique, I had to give it a try. I was taken by her touch of corrugate board with the muted shades of the cluster on it and of course, her Christmas tree.
This is pretty much a CASE project; I just changed a few things around to suit my card. I love the simplicity of her tag and this card. I started with an Art Impressions tree image which I inked with Distress inks in Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough and a spritz of water before stamping the image on card. I dried this and inked up my Tim Holtz Grunge Cirque background stamp with Evergreen Bough.  Like Linda, I stamped my first impression on a scrap,and then spritzed the stamp with water. The second impression was made on my card. I dried thoroughly. I stamped with Tim's Merry Christmas music in Jet Black Archival. Next, I blended over with Vintage Photo and spritz and flicked with water and again dried thoroughly.  I distressed the edges and blended Ground Expresso ink on them.  While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled with Ranger Sticky embossing powder, heated and sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter on the corners. Sorry about the poor light quality in the second shot; I was trying to get the glitter to photograph.

I masked my tree, and flicked on watered down white acrylic paint with my new Tim Holtz Splatter brush I got in my recent Funkie Junkie order. If you like to splatter like I do, this tool is worth it's weight in gold. I also used my marker spritzer and Black Soot Distress marker for a little more aging. My "ornaments" are tiny flat backed pearls I colored with alcohol inks, Wild Plum and Snowcap Mixative. These were inspired by those holly berries on Linda's tag. An Ideaology Mirrored Star colored with Sunshine Yellow and Mushroom alcohol inks top my tree. "O Holy Night" is by Momenta.

My inky card is backed with corrugate board, inked with Ground Expresso and splattered with the watered down paint.

 A very easy card to make, thanks to Linda's awesome inspiration! Please stop by her blog for tons of Christmas inspiration, and while you're there, join in the fun of her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  If you are one of three lucky winners, you will receive a generous gift voucher to her shop the Funkie Junkie Boutique, who is the sponsor of this challenge. Each participant who follows the easy guidelines and participates in each of the 12 challenges receives a 15% discount coupon to her store for their entire order in the month of January! What could be better than that!?

I would like to enter my card into the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas Tim influence: Techniques: spritz and flick,distress. Products: Distress Style: Vintage Grunge

Thank you for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Christmas Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Very simplistic and beautiful! Sometimes less is more as these show! beautiful Sarah Emily!
    Looking forward to what comes next! ") xo

  2. Your water stamping technique turned out beautifully, Sara! Fantastic design, my friend! Love it!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  3. This looks like a classic to me! I love the heart on top - a little folk art and then the holly on a bit of texture. No wonder they pay you the big bucks - you are so creative kid!
    I will not be posting until after Christmas but I know I can get back into the swing of things!!
    Merry Christmas Sara!
    Sandy xx by the way - I love the name Sara Emily - right out of a Bronte novel!

  4. Such a peaceful and sweet card Sara! The background is so fun and then that tree just melts right into it!! The little balls are perfect for the tree too. Now I am singing... Oh Holy Night! j.

  5. Such a peaceful and sweet card Sara! The background is so fun and then that tree just melts right into it!! The little balls are perfect for the tree too. Now I am singing... Oh Holy Night! j.

  6. Love this watercolor effect, Sara - and that color is perfect! Beautiful card that will make the lucky recipient very happy! xxx Lynn

  7. Love your card Sara! Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    -Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

  8. Your tags are fabulous and this is wonderful too. Thanks for joining us for our Festive Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

  9. Hot diggity dang dearie! That water stamping technique is going into my bag of tricks! All of these cards you are making are gorgeous and vintage and luscious and beautiful and creative and fun and festive and full of cheer and an partridge in a pear tree! Awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin!

  10. This is a definite favourite for me - I just love the subtle grunge of the soft sepia background and the watercolour look of the tree - beautiful.
    Alison xx

  11. Love your beautiful holiday creation! The texture and colors are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  12. Fantastic detail on your grungy Christmas card Sara
    Thank you for joining in with us at AVJ this month
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  13. ooooo, very nice! Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Journal!

  14. Loving seeing this limited layer version of Linda's tag Sara! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  15. I loved your last entry Sara but this one is even more gorgeous! There's a layer of grungy beauty to this which makes it perfect in my book! Thanks so much for joining my final challenge at Stamps & Stencils. Julia xx

  16. Your card frenzy arrived such amazing results and this is no exception. Not sure how I missed commenting on this before, but want you to know how thrilled I am to see you take top 3 at Stamps & Stencils. Super creation, sweet friend! Hugs, Autumn


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