Before I begin – apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I’ve been quite poorly – and still not quite fully well – but feeling improved, I’m now so far behind with my Christmas crafting that I don’t think everything’s going to be done! But I’ve been into my craft room a couple of times and began crafting the Christmas cards which I wanted to make a little more special – like this lovely vintage style card which I made for my Avon lady.
It all began with this beautiful little girl who’s carrying her very own Christmas Tree. She’s a royalty free image courtesy of the Graphics Fairy (LOVE Graphics Fairy big time!). The photo above is not true to colour – but I didn’t notice this until just now. There seems to be a pink stripe across the middle of the card. It wasn’t there when I printed the image out so it must be light playing with the camera.
The base is a little 6″ x 6″ Kraft card, which was covered front and inside with papers. The music sheet on the front of the card is again the G.Fairy, I resized it for what I needed.
The metal, fancy swirls corner (bottom right) piece was originally silver, but I wanted it to look old, so enamelled it in a bronze/gold, and added a little verdigris powder in a couple of places, just to make it look like it was beginning to corrode in parts and add to the ‘aged’ look.
The snowflake is ‘rusty’ metal and I’ve had a handful of them in my ‘metal embellishments’ drawer for so long that I can’t remember where I got them from, but I dragged a tiny bit of Stickles along some of the ‘arms’ of the snowflake, in order to give it that magical twinkle.
I added paper roses, lace and some bakers twine, then finished it off with a little string of Christmas lights – which I bought a good length of about five years ago and put in a safe place in my craft room…. I’ve just this month found them again! tsk tsk.
Finally, I added glitter around the roses and the matting & layering of the picture – just to add a little twinkle.
I made a matching box for this card, but forgot to take a photograph, and the card has already been given to my Avon lady. She’s a lovely gal … and so dedicated and patient. I barely buy anything from her – (the older I’ve got the more sensitive my skin has become and I can’t wear Avon cosmetics) – I tend to buy things like the gorgeous fabric and air fresheners and stuff like that. But, bless her heart, she comes and delivers a brochure when they’re due, in sun, rain, wind, or snow (all of which can be experienced in one day here in the UK) and so I felt she deserved a card which I’d spent a little more time on.
Have to admit … this card looks prettier in real life than it does on the photographs. It has a sort of personality which comes over as warm, friendly and kind of romantic. Shame the photographs don’t show it as well as they could. I shall put that down to my rubbish camera work.
Well that’s this card done and dusted! If I’ve missed mentioning anything, or you want to know a particular thing just ask away in a comment, and I’ll answer any questions in a reply.
It’s great to be back posting. I’ve missed everyone and missed sharing stuff with you. I’m now hoping that I continue to get better so that I can get some serious crafting done!
Sending love . . . and hoping that you aren’t getting snowed in under masses of Christmas wrapping paper and tape!