Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This Year's Christmas Card

Welcome - and thanks for calling by to visit.

Just a note here to say that I may not be posting much over the next few weeks as we have family commitments, and we are also finishing some painting on the house.  I would far rather paint with water colours on paper, but needs be that I have to use acrylics on wood...


I started this project by sorting through my Layers of Color Christmas stamps. Unfortunately the company is now not trading any longer as I love their stamps.


This is the stamp I used as the main feature, and after stamping I distressed the edges and sponged on some more ink.


There were two sentiments used - this is on the top left,


and this on the bottom right.


















The wings were stamped using a Brillance pearlescent ink, which you can see in the second photo has a lovely sheen on it.

The card was assembled after sponging the edges, starting with a strip of Christmas dp from a pack that I won from Alicia over at Time to Create, then layering the main image over that.  The stars are from a packet of metallic confetti that I have had from very early in my stamping days! (Ahem, like a decade...), and after gluing them on, I remembered why there are still so many of them in the container!! 

I am linking this to:

Thanks so much for visiting - and for any comments you may leave - they are a great encouragement.
May your day be blessed.

Card recipe:
Card stock - bream and white
Inks - Tsukineko Brillance Galaxy Gold and Memento Rich Cocoa
          Distress Inks - Tea Dye, Fired Brick and Crushed Olive
Stamps - all retired Layers of Color - Post Card, Regal Wings, Glad Tidings and Christmas Verses

30 comments:

Dawn said...

beautiful Maxine. I hope the weather holds out for you to do your painting. Things are starting to get busy here too with Christmas coming.

Shelly Schmidt said...

You card is so wonderful- the pearlescent gold is soooo pretty! I hope the painting is completed ASAP and that you will have time for what you enjoy!

Susan Flynn said...

A really pretty Christmas card, so many beautiful stamps what a shame they have stopped trading! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations hugs Susan x

DIANA L. said...

This is so pretty. I really like how you gave it a vintage look.
Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
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DIANA L.
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Lovely Linda said...

Hello Maxine - it is lovely to see the LOC images - I miss using them so much! Love your card and the vintage feel you have given it - gorgeous!! I hope your painting gets done quickly! Take care my friend! {{{hugs}}}

Angela Palmer said...

A lovely card.

marsha said...

Maxine, I love your Christmas card! You have created such a beautiful vintage card - so elegant looking! Congrats on hosting your "first class". Maybe the start of more to come?
Hugs,
Marsha

Dee's Craft Room said...

Wow, this is a unique design and very distinct. I love the vintage look you have given it.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Dionne

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Maxine, I hardly know where to start. The card is such a work of art. I like the Angel wing swirls, the gold sheen, and your 10 year old stars shine so brightly. Some how you have the Angels singing the real Christmas message. It is a truly wonderful card. Thank you for linking up with us at WAW. We shall miss you as you paint walls or whatever it is you are painting.....
Psalm 103 Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson,
Word Art Wednesday
PS we will be eagerly looking for your return

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous with a capital G!!!! Love the entire feel of this card Maxine! So very pretty.
Wish I lived over there so I could grab a paint brush and help you out some!
Lynn

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Maxine! I'm really glad that you took pictures at multiple angles. That last photo really helps to show how the stamped image shines. I think that often times our photos just do a project justice, and I'll bet this one looks even more spectacular in real life. I love the stamped images and how you made the postcard the focal point. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing this with us at Word Art Wednesday and have a great week.
Blessings,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

julie_woolston said...

Beautiful card lovely image.

Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.

Hugs Julie x

Sonne said...

hello maxine,
beautiful christmas card, thankyou for joining us at creative stamp friends, greetings from sonne

Jackie said...

Very cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us @ ABC Challenges!!!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Your Christmas card is lovely Maxine. I have some of "Layers of Colors" stamps, and was sad as well to see them close. Great job, thanks for sharing. ~ Abby

MiamiKel said...

WOW!!! This is over the top beautiful! So vintage and lovely! x0x0

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous .Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Bloggers Network.xxx

Grace said...

Oh yes... this is beautiful Maxine! I miss LOC too!!! Thankful some of the images are still around! Hope you get all you want done... I know you'd rather be working with paper but it's fun to get house projects done too, so enjoy!
hugs,
Grace

JD said...

Beautiful Christmas card! Hope your painting goes well for you.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Maxine, your card is gorgeous!

Rea said...

Wonderful card. I have blog candy if your interested, details here, http://theantiquewardrobe.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-blog-candy.html

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful Christmas card! Love this design!

Rosie Gustafson said...

Love the distress look. Very pretty. Thank you for joing us at ABC Challenges. Hugs Xx Rosie

Lela said...

Very pretty, you're right, that postcard stamp image is neat! Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenge Blog this week

Patty Gorka said...

Love the vintage feel, super job! Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges this week!

Gemiel said...

Maxine, what a beautiful Christmas card. I love the vintage look and the gold ink is so elegant. Hope you're getting finished with your house painting. Blessings!

Teresa said...

Superb card for our Christmastime challenge at Addicted to stamps thanks for playing along.
Teresa x

Marilyn said...

This is so pretty Maxine. I like all the glittery bits and how it has that vintage look that we all love.

Kjersti said...

A gorgeous Christmas card!
Thanks for playing along at Addicted to Stamps Christmas challenge this time!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Tracey Sabella said...

Simply stunning card!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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