Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....

CHRISTMAS!  The new 2010 Holiday Mini is open for business now (insert me doing a happy dance!), and I positively adore the way the vintage Christmas stamp sets all coordinate with one another.  The bells and sentiment on this card are from the Bells & Boughs set, and the Sahara Sand background image is Christmas Collage.

The bell image was stamped in Basic Black Classic ink on watercolor paper, and blender pens dipped in the lids of the classic ink pads were used to color it. Gold Lame Smooch Accent Ink was added to the bands around the bells and on the clapper.  (You can click on the picture twice to really see the details.)

The holly berries were made shiny with Crystal Effects.  After it was dry, I carefully cut it out and popped it up on Dimensionals on a Pear Pizzazz circle (with the edges inked in Old Olive).  That, in turn, was matted on a Brushed Gold circle, which was also popped up on Dimensionals.

The stamped background was colored using just a touch of ink with the blender pens (I wanted a faded look).  That Poppy Parade Stitched-Poly Ribbon is a breeze to fray! 

Stamps: Bells & Boughs (W-120831, C-121142), Christmas Collage (121279)
Cardstock: Confetti White (102028), Watercolor Paper (105019), Brushed Gold (102935), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Old Olive (100702 - behind sentiment)
Inks: Classic Stampin Pads - Poppy Parade (119782), Pear Pizzazz (119784), Old Olive (102277), So Saffron (105213), Sahara Sand (105208 - background), Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (100052)
Accessories: Poppy Parade Poly-Stitched Ribbon (119263), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 2" circle punch (non-SU), Gold Lame Smooch Accent Ink (119968), Crystal Effects (101055), Metallic Brads (119741)


  1. What a cute Card Cindy! Love what you did with the ribbon and how you colored the bells.

    Love your work on Splitcoast as well!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment... I'm now following you too!

  2. Cindy, this us so cute! Love what you did with these sets.

  3. Amazing Christmas card & agree the frayed ribbon is GREAT! thx for stopping by my blog, I'm following you too!

  4. Love the faded look of this card. and the frayed edges of ribbon are a beautiful touch.

  5. I'm following you from S-C

    I sure hope you have time to hope over and follow me.

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  6. Very Pretty card! I'll be following your blog too!

  7. I love it - I think I might have to case this one for some of my personal christmas cards. . . .

  8. This card is absolutely georgous! I love the faded background and how the red just pops. I also love the frayed ribbon underneath, what a great idea. I'm following you now, I love your style!

  9. Love this card Cindy. The frayed ribbon adds the perfect accent. Loving the coordination you pointed out in the mini. Between the fabrics papers and stamps it's possible to have coordinated holiday decor and matching cards to send that reflect that.

  10. This is a totally awesome, beautiful card, love it!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kim - a follower from SC

  11. This card is so pretty!

    I'm following you through SC. Hope you'll join me too!

  12. LOVE this card! Awesome idea with the ribbon!

  13. I have seen many samples done using this Christmas Collage stamp. This the first one I liked. It is very pretty. Great job!


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