Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Retro Santa

From The Funkie Junkie
This week's challenge at Creative Card Corner is to make a Christmas card. How fortunate, right? We get to make a card for a challenge that we can put to immediate use. Here is what I came up with for my design team card this week. The stamp set is the many-years-retired SU Up on the Rooftop which I borrowed from a friend. Last year, I tried to buy it on eBay and was outbid every time. I think I set $30 as my maximum bid and ever time it went for around $70 so I think it is a set many stampers would love to have in their possession!

I started with a shell of Very Vanilla, sponged with Creamy Caramel to distress it. Next layer up is Always Avecado followed by another layer of Very Vanilla stamped with an old SU text background stamp (sorry, don't remember the name of it). Next up is the delicioiusly retro Melissa Frances designer paper called Rudolph. The main image was stamped with Superior India Ink on #140 lb. watercolor paper and watercolored with my SU reinkers for a nice vintage look.

The flowers were made using the Cuttelbug flowers die. I stamped the text stamp in black on the Melissa Frances paper and cut them using the die. The stars are also a Cuttlebug die coincidently called Stars. Brads are SU and the ribbons are Basic Grey. The buttons are from Jo-Ann's.

Update: This card was featured on Card of the Week.


Hearts Turned said...

Gorgeous, Linda! Yes--those eBay ladies can be tenacious with the retured SU! stamps--been there! It's amazing how much some will go for--I saw a few go for over $100...!

Your coloring is so beautiful, and I love all the elements you added--need some of that Melissa Frances paper! Hope your day is just lovely!

Unknown said...

Amazing how this time of year just gets the creative juices flowing. I so love your card and you've strengthened my inspiration to keep working on the Nativity Books for my grand-children . I am making ten of them! I want to get them done this week too.lol Have a wonderful Christmas! Meg

Hanne said...

Such a beautiful Santa card! Beautiful details:)

Paula said...

Oh wow Linda this is absolutly stunning i adore the image and what fabulous colouring and detail.
Paula xxxx

Anonymous said...

Ooh Linda I can see why these stamps are like gold dust ! What a gorgeous image, especially with the way you've used the inks to shade it. Absolutely gorgeous ! Sue x

Edith said...

What a beautiful card, Linda! I love all vintage details. I have not seen that stamp before and I cannot believe it is so expensive!
You did a great work!

Dianne said...

Another beautiful card Linda. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Sandra said...

OOooo gorgeous card Linda. Love all the layers and I can see that it's really tactile.
Sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to you... you asked me if the Gypsy cut Chipboard. The Gypsy just instructs your Cricut to cut. So if can cut Chipboard with your Cricut then yes. I haven't tried it myself yet but I understand that there is a multi-cut function where the blade passes over the same cut a few times which enables it to cut thicker material. Hope that was of some help to you.
Sandra x

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