Hello there!  The first Monday of the month brings a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’d like to see cards based on the theme of “Very Vintage Christmas”.  So long as it’s vintage looking and Christmassy, it’ll work.  Be sure that your card is A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and has no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick.

Some people create vintage styled cards that are gorgeous.  Unfortunately for me, I am not one of them.  I’m just not comfortable with the style.  But that’s why this is called a “challenge”, so I forged on with it anyway.  None of my Christmas stamp images looked particularly vintage to me, so I browsed through my designer papers, and I found a print of sheet music for a song called “The Christmas Tree”.  I looked back over my Christmas tree stamps, and something about the sketchiness of my blueprint stamps seemed a bit vintage to me.  I decided to try combining the stamp with the designer paper.  Since the stamp image is nearly the size of a card front, I had the thought of stamping the image on the designer paper.  I gave the image some translucent color with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits, and I sponged the edges of the paper to add to the vintage look.  I added a mat, tilted to give some extra visual interest, attached it to a base of textured cardstock, and ended up with a card that I think is OK.  It doesn’t show well in the photo, but the star was colored with a gold pencil.

CIE 12-7-2015

I’m entering this card into the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

How will you do vintage?  Share your work with us at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, December 20.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made and give them some blog love, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Real Red textured, Mellow Moss (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Very Merry Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); sponge

5 Responses to “Cards in Envy – Very Vintage Christmas”

  1. Must admit I find vintage a challenge, love your paired down take.
    Thanks for joining in at ATSM. 🙂

  2. Wonderful card, love the sketchy tree on the patterned paper.
    Thanks for sharing at ATSM, Anita x

  3. Hi Patricia! I love your beautiful card! It has been great serving with you on the Cards In Envy DT this year and even better to have the chance to meet you when you came up to northern VA! I hope we get together again soon. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  4. Hi Patricia! I love your vintage card. The idea of stamping on the DP and coloring is genius! Have a great day.
    Donna – CIE Teammie

  5. Patricia, This is gorgeous! What a great decision to stamp the blueprint image on the sheet music paper. Perfect!

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