Monday, November 19, 2012

Shimmery Christmas Cards with Character Constructions

Hello Dreamers,
I am continuing the Christmas theme here on in Dreamland.  I hope you are getting lots of ideas for your own Christmas cards.  My little basket of cards is getting fuller, but I still have a ways to go.  I have two cards today that feature stamps from Character Construction's Vintage Christmas Set #1.   One in blue and one in Green/Gold.

  • The cards are made with some of my handmade background papers.  See how I make the backgrounds here.
  • To make this card follow the tutorial and add the inks: Broken China reinker and Brushed Pewter Stain (Ranger) onto the craft sheet. 

  • When the background is dry, stamp the image with Black Soot Distress Ink. 
  • Color dress with a red watercolor crayon.  
  •  Add some glitter glue for even more shimmer.   
  • Tie a bow in a piece of snowflake ribbon to finish off the card.  

  • The second card color uses Shabby Shutters Distress ink reinker and Tarnished Brass Metallic Stain (both Ranger).   
  • When dry, stamp with Black Soot ink.

  • Add some color with a  red watercolor crayon to the peace on earth label.  
  • Embellish with Red rhinestones, red sheer ribbon, and gold ribbon.  

I am hoping that you can see the shimmer of the Metallic Stain in this photo. (Click on the photo for a larger image.)

See my Christmas Tea Party Place Card using this same stamp here.

I am entering my Shimmery Christmas cards in the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy: blue
365 Cards: day 260 Gold
Robyn's Fetish: Vintage
Sir stampalot: Christmas
Victorine Stamps: Christmas

Check back tomorrow for a set of CAS All Occasion cards and a pretty pink Christmas Card.  Hope you are having a great day.  Love ya.


  1. Hi Karen loving both of these projects. Thank you so much for sharing the 'how to'

    I received a copy of Just Steampunk and wanted to congratulate you on your fabulous pieces. How wonderful to have work published, particularly in this wonderful inspiring mag.

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  2. Just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  3. Lovely cards! Great gold shimmer on the 1st card especially!
    Thanks for joining us at 365cards

  4. Your background papers are very pretty Karen and two lovely cards.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  5. Beautiful cards - thanks for sharing with Fussy and Fancy Friday
    Debbie xx

  6. Both cards are so pretty! Thank you for sharing the tutorial and "how to" instructions!
    We're so glad you joined us for the Robyn's Fetish "Vintage" challenge!

    RF DT

  7. Love to work with Rangers distress inks too and I can see that you are a very good crafter - so lovely cards I would like to be on your christmas card list :)

    Thank you for joining Robyns fetish challenge blog this week with a vintage touch. Hope to see you again!

  8. What an unusual image. Two great cards. I love the snowflake ribbon on the first one. Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations this month, and good luck.



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