Friday, September 30, 2011

Vintage Magnolia Santa

I made this card for the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Challenge. Each week for 12 weeks, Linda is posting a tag to use as inspiration. Participants do not have to create a tag. They can create a tag, card, art piece - anything at all. The only requirement is to use something from the posted tag as inspiration for whatever you create. I'm a little behind. The challenge is on week 4 and this is my project for the week 1 inspiration. Good thing we have until December 15 to link all 12 of the projects. I had a hard time getting started. At first I thought I wanted to create one big overall project, such as an altered book, and have each week's project be a part of that larger project. But I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do or what I would really do with it once I was finished. For me, the things I make also need to be practical. So in the end, I decided to just make whatever I was inspired to make for each week's inspiration and not try to have everything come together in one piece. I may make a card, a tag, a gift card holder, an ornament or whatever.

You can see Linda's inspiration tag for the week 1 challenge here on her blog. For this week's challenge I chose to make a card. The inspirations from Linda's tag are:
  • Vintage
  • Santa
  • Kraft + 1 color (I used red instead of green)
  • Gold accents
  • Paper rosette behind the sentiment

My Santa image is from Magnolia and I colored him with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol. The Be Merry sentiment is stamped with Fired Brick Distress Ink and cut out with a Nestabilities label die. I hand-stitched around the outside of the background with fine gold cord. The "Grand Christmas" piece is part of a Boston toy store advertisement that I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy. I inked everything with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sprayed with a homemade glimmer spray made from Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Aztec Gold PearlEx powder. Some of the mist came out in bigger droplets than I would have liked. To finish it off, I added some red gems, gold sheer ribbon, a paper rosette and a stick pin.

I'm looking forward to doing more projects for this challenge. I really admire Linda's work. Thanks for looking!


Susan said...

Here's what I have to say about this card...I LOVE IT! I clicked on your blog and said WOW out loud when I saw the card. It's beautiful!

Janice W. said...

I agree with Susan! Wow! You do vintage so well!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Ooohh la la, Judy, this is FAB-U-LOUS! I really love the vintage feel and that ephemera is terrific. Love the texture you achieved and all the wonderful inked edges.

Welcome to my Christmas challenge and thank you so much for joining in the fun with us! Can't wait to see what's up next in your line up!


Jen said...

Wow! This card is amazing. Like all the textures on it.
Jen :)