Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christmas In July- One Layer Old Fashioned Christmas

Hi Friends! 

I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  We are still celebrating Christmas in July with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps blog hop and sale so I decided to try a One Layer Mixed Media card (in contrast to the vintage style card I posted yesterday) using the same stamp set,  Old-Fashioned Christmas.

I am linking this card to the One Layer Simplicity #OLS29 Christmas In July Challenge as well as the Splitcoaststampers  F4A355 “Christmas In July” Challenge.

 I love the versatility of the wonderful image and sentiments in the Old-Fashioned Christmas stamp set and by omitting the horse and carriage for this card, I was able to achieve a completely different look-don’t you agree?  

I also have been inspired by Heather Telford and Michele “Mimi” Jourdain over the years and tried a few of their techniques for this card.

To create this card:

Score and fold a piece of 4 ¼” x 11” white cardstock in half, create a mask from scrap or sticky note paper for the snow bank on the horizon and sponged Tim Holtz® (TH) Picked Raspberry and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink onto the “sky” area.

Remove the mask and re-positioned to sponge a bit of TH Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for the foreground snow banks (using a water brush to blend the color).

Ink the trees only from the Old-Fashioned Christmas clear stamp set with TH Peeled Paint Distress Ink, stamp onto the sponged panel, re-ink the same trees again using TH Forest Moss Distress Ink and re-stamp over the first image (I used my MISTI® Tool for this step).

Use a water brush to blend some of the ink on the trees, add shadows with TH Stormy Sky Distress Ink along with a Speedball® Elegant Writer® Black Pen.

Using a Faber-Castell® Pitt Pen White Marker, add a few snowflakes over the background and add additional snowflakes with a fine paint brush and Titanium White Acrylic Paint.

Use an Embossing Buddy® to de-static the sentiment area, ink the sentiment from Old-Fashioned Christmas with Versamark™ Ink  and stamp onto the prepared surface. 

Apply Pewter Embossing Powder to the sentiment and heat set with the Heat Tool to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Old-Fashioned Christmas (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Ink: Versamark™, TH Distress Inks- Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss; Faber-Castell® White Pitt Pen Marker, Speedball® Elegant Writer® Black Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Extra Heavy Whisper White

Accessories/Tools: Sponge Applicators, Sticky Note Paper, AquaPainter™, Fine Tip Paintbrush, Embossing Buddy®, Pewter Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, MISTI®

I hope I have inspired you to start your Christmas cards and again, if you have not had a chance to join us yet, checkout our “Christmas In July” blog hop and sale!

Thanks again for stopping by- hugs and have a blessed week, my friends!


Mac Mable said...

Stunning creation. Loved reading how you did it and thank you for the inspiration.

Heather said...

Julie this is gorgeous and totally my kind of a card. I love that sky!

Lisa :) said...

This is so gorgeous!!! You created SO much depth with your ink!!

Robin Horasanian said...


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