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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Announcing Collage Christmas Card Series

Hello Bloggers!

Well, it's that time of year again, when there is a slight chill in the air, the leaves are turning color, and we start thinking about making our Christmas cards!  Last year I made several cards which fall under the category of Vintage, Shabby Chic, or as I call them, Collage Christmas Cards.  These cards were made by using paper from Graphic 45, and lots of vintage elements, including old buttons, old lace, ribbon and vintage images of Christmases of long ago.
Vintage lace, trim and letter buttons were used on this card.

I had so much interest in how I made them that I decided to post a mini-series on how to make them.
Since they have so many elements, and do take a while to make, I am posting some of the cards I made last year to give you an idea of what we will be doing, and what you should start gathering together if you want to participate.
Patterned paper with music notes, a Santa image and a toy advertisement from Graphic 45
were used herealong with old lace, fancy trims and ribbons.
As you look through these photos, be mindful of what you may already have on hand in your own personal stash.  Think of things that may be in your sewing box, craft room, ribbon box and embroidery bag that may work for you!  Also, there are many items now on the market that have a vintage feel, and will work well for this type of card project.
Tim Holtz keys and keyholes, ribbons and brads were used here
along with red gems and a brass embellishment.
I will also be giving you a list of items that I will be using on the cards I do for the series.  But for today, just take a look at these photos so that you can get your creative juices flowing.
The mini-series will be posted next week, October 22nd and 23rd here on my blog.  I will show you step-by-step how I put the Collage Cards together.
This card uses images from Playtimes Past (G45). My favorite part of this one was the old button.
I also used Stickles to add sparkle to these cards.
I call them Collage Cards because we put the card together like you would a collage.  No two are the same, each one has it's own personality.  If you notice the cards I made here, a few are made with the same Santa Claus, but they look completely different.
On this card I embossed a background with shiny foil paper
and added numbers 25 along with a key from K & Company.
Supplies needed are as follows:
1. Recollections Cards and Envelopes in the 5" x 6.5 " size, in off-white or kraft.  They are available at most Michael's stores. They come 20 in a pack and are of good quality.

Also, patterned paper with vintage images, such as Graphic 45, Reminisce, Bo Bunny, October Afternoon etc. that have Santa images, children, scenes, toys, etc. that remind you of Christmases Past.
Other ideas are paper with music notes, snowy backgrounds, etc. that put you in the Christmas mood!

2. Old buttons, ribbons, trims, and lace that you can adhere to the cards. The Tim Holtz photo corners are very nice to put on these cards and add a vintage look.  Typewriter keys or anything with letters can be used to spell out words like JOY or NOEL etc.  Jingle bells and little frames also look nice.

3. Ephemera such as old postcards, tags, advertisements for toys, tickets stubs to Christmas plays, etc.

4. Vintage photo ink for distressing the edges of the cards.  We are going to be making a new card look old.  Also any stamps with sentiments in old style fonts are good for the inside of the card.  Stickles are fun to use to add sparkle and glitz!  Old-fashioned glitter is also good to give a vintage feel.

5. Embossing powder if desired for sentiment and embossing folders if desired for backgrounds.  You may also opt to use background stamps in your cards, but it is not necessary.

6. Scissors, adhesives, pop dots, and all the usual tools needed for card making.

I will update this list if I think of anything else that we will need but I think you can get a good idea just by looking at these cards.  They are really fun to make, and the sky is the limit as to how you can decorate and embellish them!  So tell your friends, and check back in Monday, October 22nd!
And please leave a comment * for me, I am interested in knowing how many people are participating!
Thank you!

A tiny frame, a key and a ticket from the Tim Holtz ticket pack,
along with gems and a Santa image glued to a clear stone make this a winner!
HAPPY CREATING and See You Soon!
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pattyo said...

Pretty cards.

Crabtree-Creations said...

Thanks! Patty I hope you join us on Monday!

Lotta Feldt said...

love your cards so beutiful.
you are talented and so gifted.

lots of love <3

Crabtree-Creations said...

Oh Lotta! Thank you so much for that nice compliment! YOU are the talented one! I hope people can view YOUR blog here:
Love you!

Mary said...

Love these cards,I will join you on Monday.