Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tidings of Joy


Howdy friends! I hope you've been enjoying your weekend. I just spent the day with my niece and we were trying out new recipes. Yum yum!! Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? Here is a quick and easy country-themed holiday card that I whipped up in less than an hour.

Isn't that scene gorgeous? This stamped scene is from the new Country Time Christmas stamp set (Flourishes) that just arrived in the Classy Cards 'n Such store. I stamped it onto some Kraft cardstock and used colored pencils to very lightly color in the scene. This is the Sepia Technique from Technique Junkies. If you are a TJ subscriber, you'll find this technique in the Oct/Nov 2009 issue. I sponged some brown ink around the edges and then distressed the edges with a distress tool. I cut a larger white mat, distressed the edges with a distress tool, and adhered the stamped scene onto the white layer.

Next, I cut out a small white rectangle from the Blueprints 4 die set and stamped the sentiment with brown ink. This sentiment is also from the new Country Time Christmas set. A sheet of Kraft cardstock was cut in half (5.5" x 8.5") and folded in half to make a top folded card base.

I wrapped some Chalk White seam binding around the card, punched a small hole at the bottom left side of my stamped scene, threaded the seam binding through the hole, glued the scene down onto my card base, and tied the seam binding into a knot. The sentiment was adhered to the top right side of the stamped scene.

I love the soft and rustic look of this card. This new Country Time Christmas stamp set is going to see a lot of ink from me this year. The scene is gorgeous and the sentiments are so beautiful and versatile. If you'd like to go shopping, please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Holly Jolly Christmas - Au Natural
Jingle Belles - Vintage Views
Sister Act #24 - Anything Goes?
Sweet Pea Stampers - Use Kraft
















10 comments:

Meighan Wheller said...

Love your card and the wonderful natural feel. The use of the Kraft colour is perfect and love the image. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly this week. Meighan DT

lauren bergold said...

what an incredibly lovely card and a great job of incorporating vintage "country" style! thanks for joining our JINGLE BELLES fun! :)

Shell Klieber said...

Wow, what a great idea for a christmas card. I would never have thought to use Kraft cardstock.. .I'll need to add that to my list of things to try. Thanks for playing along with the SweetPea Stampers & good luck!
'Shell
http://shellscardhaven.blogspot.ca

Shell Klieber said...

Wow, what a great idea for a christmas card. I would never have thought to use Kraft cardstock.. .I'll need to add that to my list of things to try. Thanks for playing along with the SweetPea Stampers & good luck!
'Shell
http://shellscardhaven.blogspot.ca

Marie B. said...

WOW, what a beauty! I love this card! :)

stampqueen said...

Durn - I was trying to avoid spending all my craft money this month!!! Beautiful Christmas card!!!
Thanks for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this time and good luck in the drawing!!!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely Christmas card you have made. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “kraft paper/card” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

Hazel said...

Love the vintage sepia look of this. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for The Sweet Pea Stampers 'use kraft' challenge - hope to see more of your lovely crafting soon - Hazel, Design Team. You could also enter this for The Glory of Christmas 'monochrome' challenge and my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

SmilynStef said...

great distressing ... and what a peaceful holiday scene ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

KatheD said...

This is beautiful, the coloring is just perfect for the peaceful scene!