Christmas Card Contender #2

Good Day & Happy Friday, Everyone!  Welcome back to Round #2 of my self-imposed, Christmas Card creative roulette–Where she stops, nobody knows!!  And that’s the truth—Sometimes, I never know what I’m going to end up with; how things will ultimately come together and this card is no exception.  See that nice, evergreen pine sprig?  Well….that turned into a brown twig after all the needles fell off, so, I had to change it out with something else……

Faux tin background with real pine sprig.

Next time I want to use foliage, I’ll find some fake stuff!

Even though this card ended up having a small malfunction, which was the clear sealant I used for the pine sprig, did not keep the sprig sealed, I was able to save the design with die-cut pine trees instead!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

But I do think my favorite element of this card is the background paper–An image transfer onto a piece of Foil Tape Sheet!! I Love this technique….which is out of my technique toolbox courtesy of the online class taught by Claudine Hellmuth.  You know who else has a great tutorial of this technique?  Tammy Tutterow!  In her Tuesday Tutorial from July 2, 2013–Watercolor on Foil, she creates a beautiful tag with this image transfer technique–Very Artsy Fartsy, Indeed!

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred...

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred…

I pressed the decorative paper (image side down) onto the sticky side of the foil sheet and burnished with a plastic scraper.  I then spritzed the paper with water and rubbed the wet paper off with my fingers until the image started to emerge.  I continued exposing the transferred paper design and then dried with my heat tool and inked with Vintage Photo DI.

The vintage Santa in this stamp image

The collage image, one of the four out of the Holiday Collections plate, is stamped onto a piece of natural card stock with Archival Ink in Jet Black, covered with a layer of clear embossing powder and heat set with my embossing gun.  I colored the image with my water brush and DM’s in Barn Door, Shabby Shutter, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper, Wild Honey, Pine Needles, Tattered Rose and Picket Fence.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

After coloring the heat embossed image, I trimmed it to size, distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered it to my card with 3D dots and wrapped Baker’s Twine around the front  a few times.

Baker's Twine is the best for a festive finish.

Baker’s Twine is the best for a festive finish.

And for a little extra fun flair, I hot-glued three tiny jingle bells in place and gave the stars on top of the trees a coat of Tarnished Brass DCP.

Don't these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Don’t these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Gosh, I may like the distressed trees and the distress crackle brass stars even more than the faux tin background!  Both elements made to look vintage with those fab Distress Inks & Stains!!

Antique Vintage CardAnd there you have it–My Contender #2.

If I choose to accept this design, at least I’ll know I won’t have any more creative failures to deal with!!  It’ll be die cut trees from here on out!!

I’ll have my final Christmas card design to share with ya’ll next Friday!  In the meantime, Stay Artsy Fartsy and THANK YOU for hanging out with me today!  Have a great Friday and a FAB Weekend!!  XOXO-Shari

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