Monday, June 27, 2016

Distressed Christmas Cards


I'm trying to play catch-up with my Christmas card stash, so I made 2 cards using the same Tim Holtz image. I stamped this on white cardstock with early espresso ink, then added a little color with Tombow markers. I sponged the panel all around the Santa image with Antique Linen ink, then distressed it using an old Heidi Swapp distressing tool. I paired it with some red and kraft cardstock which was embossed with a friend's borrowed Sizzix ef.

This version was stamped on vanilla cardstock using Vintage Photo ink, and colored with Tombow markers. I distressed the edges of the image and Northwoods sentiment panel using antique linen ink and a distressing tool, adding some Poppystamps stitched berries and holly leaves die cuts. The background was done in hunter green with a CB folder and the card was placed on a vanilla card base.

I'm entering the Tuesday Throwdown #299 challenge for "distressing" just under the deadline!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

Carol

19 comments:

*Vicki* said...

This image is stunning! I love the different versions you gave with it here Carol!! The distressing is perfect for this style!! HUGS ;)

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Wow, fabulous cards with lovely textures Carol. They have that great vintage feeling.

Love and hugs
Maarit

cotnob said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards Carol, a super Santa image.
Pauline
x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great vintage Christmas cards. I like the darker inked one best but the other one is no slouch.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Distressing works perfectly with this awesome vintage image! These are both rich and gorgeous, Carol! When you catch up, can I hire you?! Otherwise, I may need to send postcards this Christmas or just a wave from my house to yours, lol! Hugs, Darnell

Brenda said...

These are both fabulous Carol! I love the distressed and vintage look you have going on here. I think these are a winner to add to the Christmas card stash!!! Hugs, Brenda

MaryH said...

Nice to see this oldie image and it's one that I've found to be hard to make look 'good'. You've managed with both color ways, and I think I might like #2's red Santa as my fav. Love the embossing and tiny stitched holly. Good to know you've added 2 more to the stash! TFS & hugs

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Very nice cards!

scrappymo! said...

Wow! Two great card. My fave is the fist...that grey seems to make Santa pop!

The second is great too with it's traditional Xmas colours

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous, love these and the colours so Christmas orientated. Loving that stamp Carol, xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Both the cards are gorgous and full of textures, love the distressed edges of the papers and the embossed backgrounds!I think these cards would be perfect for greetings to some men, too!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I think the words Christmas and distress go together perfectly! Glad you were able to add them to the stash! Nice job.

Heidi Stamps said...

Just lovely cards!

Stampsnob. said...

Somewhat vintage This distress is lovely Lis

Donna Hanley said...

Fantastic image and I love it in both colors. the distressing "fits" this image perfectly. Outstanding job.

Daffodil Cards said...

Both are STUNNING card, love the traditional Santa and the distressing.
Faith
x

LesleyG said...

These are fantastic! I just love traditional images and colours, and also the distressed edges. Fab! Xxx

nwilliams6 said...

Great vintage look Christmas cards. I think I am going to go vintage for a lot of my Christmas cards this year. Love the image and the distressing. Hugz

Heidi Stamps said...

Hi there! I noticed you were drawn as a winner over at Tuesday Throwdown!