Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas All Ready??

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 1

Hello friends!It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Cec is hosting "Christmas in July"! 

"If you are like me, you are anxious for 2020 to be over and done with. To speed things up let's pretend Christmas is around the corner even though it is only July and get a start on creating shabby chic or vintage inspired cards. This challenge is all about cards so please save other Christmas creations for later."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I embraced this challenge as I'm tired of the heat of the summer and just thinking about Christmas cools me by 20 degrees. Like Cec, I'm also ready for the calendar to turn to a new year, hopefully a better one than 2020 is shaping up to be. But not before celebrating Christmas, so I also welcomed the challenge to get an early start on my handmade cards. Here are the steps I took to create my first Christmas card of the year. This was so fun and easy to make, I may just have to mass produce them. Let's get started...

Create the wood grain back panel by embossing card stock with Lumber 3D embossing folder. This folder is no longer available in the shop, so I've linked to Distress Woodgrain cardstock in the link list below. It will save you a couple steps. (wink, wink) Ink edges with Ground Espresso Archival ink, smudge with a damp finger and Walnut Stain crayon and then blend with Walnut Stain ink to accentuate the grain. Adhere panel to brown card blank.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 2

Stamp plaid image from the Lumberjack set in Ground Espresso ink on water color paper using stamp platform. Clean the stamp while it remains in the platform and apply Distress Embossing dabber and repeat impression over first. Remove the inked panel from platform and heat emboss with Walnut Stain Embossing Glaze. When cool, spray with water and then Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain. Blend with more water and allow to dry.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 3

After it's completely dry, remove shine from the glaze by buffing with steel wool. I added a bit more pressure with the steel wool than I usually do to get more of a distressed look to the panel. Blend edges with Walnut Stain ink.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 4

To make the panel behind the deer, I inked the Holiday Type stamp (Tim Holtz Stripes & Holiday Type) with Ranger Resist ink (unused in my stash forever), making the impression on plain card. I sprayed the card with Antique Linen Spray stain and misted with water to blend, drying with my heat tool. Curiously, the ink seems to be attracted to, rather than resisted by the ink. Hmmm...I see possibilities! I cut the panel with one of the Stacked Archway Thinlits dies and cut a second archway from chipboard.  I edged both archways with Ground Espresso ink and adhered the stamped one to the chipboard die cut, offsetting slightly.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 5

I  colored card scraps with Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough inks and sprayed with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray. I cut two wreaths from the scraps using the Wreath &Snowflake Thinlits set. I cut a few more sections of the holly leaf portion and tucked these in between the two layers to make a fuller wreath. The berries and bow from the same set were cut from an inky red scrap from my stash. I used the Distress Embossing pen and Fired Brick Embossing Glaze to add some dimension and shine to the berries and set the bow aside. I assembled the wreath/berries and adhered everything with Distress Collage Medium Matte and then adhered the wreath to the ink resist panel.

I stamped the deer from the Yuletide set on the stamp platform, inking his antlers in Vintage Photo and the rest of his head with Ground Espresso Archival inks. I blended his antlers with Frayed Burlap and his face with Vintage Photo, both regular inks and used a white gel pen to add some highlights. Lastly I fussy cut him and adhered him and the bow on the wreath.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 6

Using the Merry Christmas stencil from mini set 32, I blended Candied Apple ink through the word 'Merry' and Ground Espresso through 'Christmas' onto water color paper I had previously blended with Frayed Burlap ink. 'Merry' was then heat embossed with Fired Brick Embossing Glaze and 'Christmas' with Walnut Stain Embossing Glaze. Both were cut, edged in Walnut Stain and adhered to the card.

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 7

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 8

Here's one more look at the completed card. 

Sara Emily Barker Rustic Christmas Card Tutorial #timholtz #yuletide #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 9

I hope you will take some time to stop over to the blog to see what wonderful Christmas cards my talented teammates have made. Then why not take this opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas cards and link them up to the challenge. You will be happy to have a few already made before the real rush starts in December. I can't wait to see what you will make! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Countryview Challenges - July 2020 - Do What Makes You Happy Just finding good quality time to craft this week made me happy, but combined with my favorite Tim Holtz products and Christmas card making is the icing on the cake!

These products were used and are available for purchase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Wreath & Snowflake
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Yuletide
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Lumberjack
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 32
Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Ground Espresso, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon- Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk - Bullet
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Walnut Stain, Fired Brick


  1. There is definitely a hint of the Highlands in this fabulous Christmas card Sara Emily - the plaid and woodgrain (love the tip about using the card) perfectly offset the magnificent stag with his festive wreath and I love the use of the resist technique for the words behind him xx

  2. Beautiful or should I say Handsome? Because your buck is standing out in the fabulous framing you have given him! Love the details you build up in every layer. I can't believe I don't have that Christmas Type stamp!

  3. WOW! Gorgeous card! Love the plaid background :)
    Hope you are well and safe my dear friend!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Love this! So stunning! Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  5. Such a fabulous card! Thanks so much for linking up to the DRU "Anything Goes" challenge. Best of luck to you!

  6. This is fabulous Sara, I love how you've taken the shine off the glaze, what a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  7. You need to get a headstart if you want each of your Christmas cards to be as unique and beautifully made as yours. I love the techniques you have shared. Thanks xox stay safe and well

  8. Yay you getting it done. Envious here. LOVE the plaid and that deer is perfect.

  9. A fun, beautiful, very merry card!!!!

  10. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for joining us at Christmas 24! I hope you join us again soon! Hugs! Mynn xx

  11. Fabulous card, wonderfull background! Sara, thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Christamas24.

  12. Why not running ahead to Christmas indeed... and see what 2021 gets better for us... It's a beautiful card and I love the plaid in the background. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

  13. Beautiful card love all the layers. Thanks for sharing it with us at Christmas 24. Hope to see you again soon. Gooduck!

    Hugs Grietje DT

  14. What a great guy card for Xmas! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our "Christmas in July" challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  15. Fantastic card, Sara Emily! I just started working on my first Christmas card yesterday. I think the same as you in that making Christmas cards gives a sense of coolness during this hot weather. Even though I don't like to wish time away, I will be most happy to see Christmas and the hopes for a much better new year!

  16. Beautiful card! You captured the happiness of Christmas so beautifully in your design, so many amazing details - I love it 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Artiste! Hugs, Jo x

  17. I really don't even want to think about doing Christmas cards just yet but this one is a beauty Sara! Loooove the plaid background and your deer looks amazing. Just love how you took the shine off the glaze and made it more distressed looking. Fabulous card as always! xx


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