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Holiday Blizzard Project – Shelly’s Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas
By: Shelly Newkirk, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: A2 - 4.25" x 5.5"

Merry Christmas (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
Crackle stamp (unknown)
Flourish stamps (unknown)
Distressed Inks (Ranger): 
Walnut Stain
Vintage Photo
Frayed Burlap
Brushed Corduroy
Black Soot
Antique Linen
Old Paper
Tea Dye                     
A2 card base
White cardstock 4.5" x 5.5"
1" x 2" pieces of Cut N Dry foam (Ranger)
Fine-line Black Embossing powder (Think Ink)
Glue (Crafters Pick Ultimate)
Heat Embossing Gun (Marvy)
Iron (not required, but speeds things up)
Mist bottle of water


  1. Drag lighter shades of Brown ink pads across 4.25" x 5.5" piece of cardstock.
  2. Drag Mahogany ink pad very lightly in one corner.
  3. Stamp with Crackle stamp using medium Brown ink.
  4. Mist heavily with water.  Distressed inks are designed to "soften" when misted with water.  Dry with heat embossing gun or iron.
  5. Stamp various Flourishes around the outer edge with darker shades of Brown ink.  The very darkest I inked, stamped on scrap paper and then stamped on the card.  (if desired you can mist again for a softer flourish look)
  6. Using Frayed Burlap, ink Cut ‘n Dry foam and with a swirling motion, darken the edges.
  7. Using Walnut Stain (the darkest brown) ink another Cut N Dry foam piece and swirl the edges again, this time not as far in.
  8. Black Soot can now be used to just barely kiss the edges.  These last three steps, 6 thru 8, create an almost burned look.  For more burn, simply use more Black and go darker.  This technique is especially effective on torn edges.
  9. Heat set well.  Distressed Inks can be used for embossing if you don't delay with your embossing powder, so to prevent strays make sure everything you have done up to now is thoroughly dry.
  10. Stamp your phrase with Black Soot and apply fine-line Black embossing powder.  Melt it with your heat gun.
  11. Glue to card base.  Glue more than just the outside edges as your paper is slightly warped from being wet.  I try to lay a thin line of glue about every one-half inch.
  12. Now to get a nice flat beautifully finished card, place it on something flat and the lay a heavy book over it.  I usually leave my cards "booked" for several hours at the very least.  Preferably overnight.

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  1. Thank you Shelly - I have enjoyed everyone of your Christmas cards.