Winter has arrived in Central Florida. Last night, as my husband and I were driving home from visiting with my Dad at the hospital, we stopped at a Starbucks for hot chocolate instead of making our usual stop at the local "stop and rob" (convenience store) for a couple of bottles of water. This morning, as we're digging our sweaters and sweatshirts out of the storage boxes under the bed and brushing the dust off the shoulders of our coats as we remove them from the backs of our closets, the early morning news programs are showing reporters standing in orange groves cutting oranges to see if there's ice in them (an indicator of a ruined orange crop) and talking about ice on windshields. Bah Humbug!
Today's post showcases a more traditional looking Christmas card, the fourth project from my Christmas Card class. In fact, with it's warm colors and vintage feel, you can almost feel a warm fire and smell the wonderful aroma from the kettle of warm rum punch hanging over the fire (evoking the memory of a visit to my former mother-in-law's lake house near St. Peter, Minnesota many years ago when the high for the day while I was visiting there was MINUS 10 degrees F--I wanted to crawl into the fire because I just couldn't get warm!).
The card base is Always Artichoke. A strip of Deck the Halls Designer Series paper (the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink) was adhered to the bottom half of the card front and a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock (the edges sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink) embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder (in the Big Shot) was adhered to the top half of the card front. The card was then placed in the Color Catcher and hit with a few pumps of Gold Glow Smooch Spritz to add some holiday shimmer. A piece of Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon was wrapped around a strip of Always Artichoke cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border punch and the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink. This strip was then adhered to the card front to straddle the seam between the embossed cardstock and Designer Series Paper.
The Christmas Postcard image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black ink and the image was colored with Watercolor Crayons and a Blender Pen. The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock and its Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake mats were distressed and then all the distressed edges were sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink. The cardstocks were adhered and then Gold Brads inserted at each corner. The focal point image was then adhered to the center of the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The interior of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink. The bells image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was stamped in the upper right corner using Basic Black ink and colored with Watercolor Crayons and a Blender Pen.
The bells image was stamped a second time using Basic Black ink at the lower left front corner of the Very Vanilla envelope. Like the card interior, this image was also colored with Watercolor Crayons and a Blender Pen.
I guess it's pretty apparent that I'm in love with the vintage Christmas images that are incorporated into the Christmas Collage background stamp, the Bells & Boughs stamp set, and the Christmas Postcard single stamp. They are just so very lovely and lend themselves to so very many creative possibilities. I hope that the projects I've made using these stamps have provided you with some inspiration as you've contemplated your holiday greeting card, gift tags and wrappings, and ornament designs.
Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Christmas Postcard; Inks: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Deck the Halls; Embellishments: Gold Brads, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Eyelet Border punch, Assorted Watercolor Crayons (Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, More Mustard, Old Olive, Real Red), Blender Pen, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope