Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just Playing Around

Good morning and thanks for stopping by at this very busy time of the year.  Only three more days 'til Christmas - oh my, so many things to do yet!  But despite all the crazy rushing here and there, I had to do a little creating.  I hadn't made a project in almost a week and this is actually the result of working an hour here, 30 minutes there, whenever I could sit a few minutes in my craft cave.  I finally finished it up before bed last night.  I've been playing around in PhotoShop Elements again, learning more about removing backgrounds and layering.  I created the vintage image with a vintage toy shop ad from The Graphics Fairy and a sweet little girls image from my LunaGirl CD.    I removed most of the background from the girls, leaving a bit of shadowing/halo effect and then digitally layered it over the toy store ad.  I printed it and distressed it with Vintage Photo DI.

The main panel of the card was made using the double distress rusted enamel technique that Tim Holtz showed on Tag #9.  On white CS, I clear embossed the snowflakes, then sponged the entire panel with Pine Needles DI.  Then I clear embossed the entire panel and finally sponged the whole thing with Vintage Photo DI for a rusted enamel effect.  It's one of my very favorite Holtz techniques.
My decorative element was created using the Carved Ornaments die and run through the Snow Flurries embossing folder.  I used Judi-Kins Egyptian Gold EP for a bit of sparkle.  The flower was made using SU Cherry Cobbler CS cut with the Sizzix Flowers and Vine #3 die, the holly leaves and tiny flourish were cut from Kraft Core'dinations using the Festive Greenery die.  The snowflake was cut with a Sizzix die.  The Merry Christmas sentiment was from Tim's Holiday Minis stamp set, stamped in Vintage Photo DI.  The little snowflake embellie in the left corner was cut with the SU Northern Flurries die.  Oh, and I almost forgot - I broke down and bought Tim's Vintage Lace die and used it to create that sweet border.  I bet I'll get tons of use out of that die - it is so me!

That's about it for this one.  I hope you are having a good week getting prepared for the holidays and that you will have the opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments.  As always, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments section and I will update the post with the information. 

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Karenliz Henderson said...

Linda, stunning card! I love what you did with the images. I need to learn photoshop!

Merry Christmas!

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous!,have a happy Christmas trace x

Crafty Loops said...

This is absolutely stunning. Lee xx

Hanneke said...

Wow, what a lovely card! So many great details. Hugs, Hanneke

Sarah said...

Really lovely Linda and great work with the editing and tecchy stuff! Just love that rusted enamel effect and great that you found a little time to play. Just finished work and I am now officially on holiday...time to start the marathon here. No crafting now, having a manicure tomorrow - it's been 6 months!!! Just want to wish you a truly fabulous festive time, lots of rest and even more inspiration for the coming months! Stay chilled and have a good one! With love and many Blessings Sarah

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Linda this is amazing so much beauty to see here, the image, embellishments, design all look truly wonderful, have a lovely Christmas
Lorraine x

Karen Aicken said...

Beautiful Linda ... I really like how you did the ornament.
Merry Christmas!
Cheers, Karen

Judy said...

Beautiful Linda! I love the image you created. I have taken to creating a lot of digital art myself just because I never seem to have quite the right stamp, but I can always get what I want when I make it myself. I love that rusted enamel technique too. I did a quick look at all the 12 tags, but didn't get into much detail. I'm going to have to go back and try out some of the ideas after the busyness of the holidays settles down. Merry Christmas! - Judy

Nancy Wethington said...

So gorgeous and all those techniques. Love this Linda!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Adorable designs Linda. While I have a minute, Thank you for sharing and enlightening all thru the year. I want to extend my best wishes "TO YOU AND YOURS, A BLESSED AND WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS".
It's so great to stop by and be inspired.

Susan said...

Another beautiful card, as always.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Pam said...

Gorgeous! Love all those techniques. I hope I have time during Christmas break to try some of them. Thanks for all your inspiration throughout the year. Have a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to a spring kit - you will be making one, right? lol Enjoy the holidays!

Payne Holler Cards said...

need to learn Photoshop! this is awesome!
love that ornament also
have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year - see ya in 2012

Lisa Minckler said...

Oh Linda,
How you inspire me so!!!
I've used that same vintage toy background and I never thought to do it like this. It's fantastic how you've layered them together. I will have to give that a go. :)
So wonderful to see your craftsmanship again. It's like an early Christmas present!
Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year as well.
Lisa xx
Oh, no pressure, but have you given any more thought to the tags challenge for 2012? LOL, but seriously, no pressure. ;)

Paulette S said...

Your photoshop skills are like magic. And what beautiful results. Merry Christmas!

Ellie Knol said...

ANOTHER beauty! Linda, I aam looking forward to all the beauties to come in the new year!

anna christensen crafts said...

Wow! This is so gorgeous - I've just found your site and loved it immediately. I have joined you as a follower and look forward to exploring your lovely site. Happy Christmas x

Carol S said...

I fall in love every day after I see your creations. Thank you for a wonderful year of inspiration and love. I am so looking forward to what you create next. Thank you for sharing.

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