Friday, March 18, 2016

a very vintage christmas

we're still celebrating the "spirit of xmas past" at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so you've still got plenty of time to make a vintage-style holiday card with new ingredients ...OR... any style holiday card with vintage ingredients ...OR... just make something that captures an "old fashioned" holiday feeling to you! i went vintage... with a twist:

vintage image and text re-sized and printed on staples brand and core'dinations cardstock, respectively; vintage lace from my stash; layery glittery floral: prima; clear edge jewel bling and multi-sized bling: eyelet outlet; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

because i love and use and even sell vintage holiday goodies (via my etsy shop, just enough stuff, which is sponsoring this fortnight's prompt with a bit of a prize! ♥) i often get questions from folks who, like me, love to collect and save cool "bits and bobs" but then aren't quite sure how to actually use them on cards. 

one stumbling block can be size... the beautiful english village scene i wanted to use on this card took up an entire 8x11" page! (even i don't make cards that big, lol!) then i thought it'd be wonderful to use a bit of dickens' "a christmas carol" as background, but the one i chose was printed on bright white semi-gloss paper... NOT very vintage-looking and totally wrong for the illustration! luckily, my handy all-in-one printer came to the rescue on both counts: i resized the picture to 60% and printed it out on plain matte cardstock; i did the text at full-sized but used a slightly textural cafe au lait cardstock as its base. et voila!

i've used this week's gorgeous sketch saturday layout (#403) very faithfully, though i did rotate it ninety degrees counterclockwise.

miss stephanie has a gorgeous card to show you, plus the "spirit of xmas past" readers' gallery is rather glorious... won't you stop by ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and enjoy those treats?!


  1. Great use of the sketch, L. I am so drawn to the prickly holly-- awesome.

  2. Gorgeous Vintage card. I love how you used the sketch, and thanks for the tutorial on how to resize, I knew that but never thought to use it for anything but photos. duh.

  3. Just wonderful! Love the text paper in the background. Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week!

  4. Brilliant, I just love how this turned out! And such a fab idea to re-size - this always stumps me! I must see about a scanner one of these days! I so need to get in my crafty space...
    ski season was looking like it was, sadly, winding down but alas, we had the biggest snowstorm of the season this week - it dropped 35 cm in 24 hours! Bring it on, lol! My skis have fresh wax! Maybe the stamps will wait a few more weeks, or maybe I can squeeze in a bit of both now that the programming has wrapped up.
    Sure hope you are enjoying some signs of spring where you are!!!
    Shanna :)

  5. Love the idea of printing the text on a different colored cardstock ... this one is a stunner.


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