Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Holiday Card {day 4}

Today's card has a touch of alpine rustic charm: a bit of paint, a dab of distress ink, and some stitching. Here's how I did it:
  1. Type up the words to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas or email me for my text copy and print out.
  2. Cut out your tree shape from your printed text (I used the Sizzix Pine Tree, but you can just as easily cut a simple traingle shape).
  3. Distress the tree--spritz with walnut ink or similar mist, paint on some strong tea or coffee, smudge with ink.
  4. Let dry then add a bit of green acrylic paint. I added some gel medium to mine, but you can also create a wash with just a bit of water.
  5. Distress a piece of vanilla cardstock (more ink, spritz, paint, whatever you have).
  6. Use a paper towel roll and some red acrylic paint to add the circle.
  7. Stamp your greeting in the circle (use post-it ntes to mask if necessary.
  8. Add stitching to the tree and the edges of the vanilla cardstock and adhere to the red card base.
I like how the tree sticks out from the background. This was a super fun card to make. Do I want to make 85 of these? Um, maybe not, but I am really liking this one. The inspration for this came from the Anthropologie catalog I received in yesterday's mail. It's loaded with all kinds of die-cut book pages. So much eye candy!

If you've been working on some holiday cards, please link them up in the comments. I would love to see them!


  1. I like the colors of this card and I love that you included a tutorial on how to make it! Beautiful work!

  2. I love your card. Thanks for putting in the technique. I did a Christmas card for AEDM day 3.

  3. I would have to really be in the holiday spirit to give away this one:) Beautiful!

  4. I really like the simplicity of the card, but all the fun touches that make it pop. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

  5. what a gorgeous card. love it!

  6. Fabulous card! Don't you love distressing?! It's so freeing to go at it...

  7. Love your card and how funny I'm dabbling with an old book, painting and stamping on the pages...the text adds great dimension and the stitching : some yummy texture! Thank You
    ( Got to love Anthropologie!)

  8. I love the overall feel of the card, so peaceful and yet full of energy! Thanks for sharing how you did it, you broke it down so well! You rock!


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