Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oxford Impressions - Christmas Wish

I was so excited recently when Suzanne of Oxford Impressions asked me to design with her new plate, Christmas Wishes.  This full stamp plate is filled with wintery goodness - Christmas and more!  As soon as I saw the Santa, I knew, for some reason, that I wanted to do him in blue.  This card uses the Santa, Post Card, December date, and snowflake stamps from the new set.  I stamped the Santa and colored him with Distress Inks, then cut him out - he's popped up on pop-dots.  The little postcard was simply made by stamping the sentiment, cutting out a rectangle and sanding the corners (so they wouldn't look so perfectly square and sharp), then using distress inks and some more stamps to fill in the rest.  I added a line of Christmas music from a vintage songbook, some seam binding, and some seriously distressed papers (some from Glitz's vintage blue line, and some of Tim Holtz's Core'dinations cardstock - sanded with sandpaper and distressed with his edge distress tool).

Here's another card, in the traditional Green and Red....

For this one, I once again cut out the main figure - she's adhered over the sleigh image.  I used a teensy holly image to stamp all around the edges, then colored in the berries where they showed.  The papers are from Lost and Found - my fave of the season!

And one more....
This one glitters in silver and gold, although it's hard to see in the picture.  The main image is mounted on a little tissue-paper-backed frame.  I had some gold tissue paper, but found that I couldn't cut it with my decorative edge scissors (not sharp enough, I suppose).  So I ran a rectangle of cardstock, about an inch bigger than I needed all around, through my Xyron sticker maker machine.  Then I carefully laid the sticky side of the cardstock down on the back side of the tissue paper (make sure it's smoothed out). It was then sturdy enough to cut with my deckle edge scissors.  The stars and snowflakes are stamped randomly and embossed with silver and gold.  I used a little glitter-covered silver star to accent the greeting.

There's still time to get those Christmas cards done!  If you need inspiration, you can check out the Gallery over at Oxford Impressions, too - with some seriously yummy vintage cards. :)

15 comments:

Sandi said...

I don`t go to blue for Christmas but your version is too tempting not to try myself! Great inspiration on all cards!

craftattack said...

Lovely cards, the blue one is my fave today! Valerie

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow you have been busy, love your cards they are fabulous. I particularly like the blue on the first one. Tracy x

Cath Wilson said...

You've done a wonderful job with all three of these. Beautiful, perfect for now and wonderful stamps x

Daniele said...

loving the blue Father Christmas, very vintage looking
hugs

Laura O'Donnell said...

beautiful, Jean!

Linda R. said...

They look lovely.. I bet you had fun playing with your new stamps!!!

You blog looks so pretty all dressed up for Christmas..

Hugs, Linda

Shar said...

All gorgeous! Totally put me in the holiday mood!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Jean you won my giveaway of the seaside treasure box! I can't find your email so I am posting here. Please send me your address to waxbeachartist@hotmail.com so I can send your hand painted box!

Elli p.´s Stempelvitrine said...

Hi Jean,
wouw, what wonderful art creations.
My favorite ist father christmas in blue. He ist sooo beautiful !
Have a peaceful christmas time.
hugs, Sabine

Sugar Lump Studios said...

your cards are fabulous! That Santa in blue is brilliant...what a lovely design! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season and many blessings in 2012!

2amscrapper said...

gorgeous!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Jean
A beautiful array of cards. I especially adore the final one with the soft tones.
Gorgeous.
Wishes
Lynne

Debi said...

I just love your blue santa card- just gorgeous, debi x

Gio said...

This card is so beutiful! Alomost magical...