Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas is coming......

Well, as if you didn't know that....
Hi everyone, thanks for dropping in,  Astrid here and yes, - Christmas is now less than a month away, - eek.
Anyway, here is my first Christmas project, a gift card holder, for that special person who is so hard to please....

These are the stamps and products I used:
Mini Christmas 1
Christmas Plate 3
Size 10 Manila tag
Kraft Resist Seasonal (Tim Holtz)
Hinge Clips
Distress Stains, Iced Spruce, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence
Distress Inks,  Iced Spruce, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Walnut Stain
Archival Ink Potting soil
From my stash: Flowers, embossing folder, gold embossing powder, hand dyed cheese cloth and ribbon, various dies and punches Treasure Gold in White Fire Core'dinations and smooth white card, scrapbook paper scraps.
 This is how I made the booklet and gift-card holder:
I folded my size 10 tag in half and trimmed the two corner pieces at one end. I then coloured the tag by swooshing it through my chosen colours of stains which I had squeezed onto my craft-mat. I darkened it and blended further with Distress Inks. Next I ran it through an embossing folder. I then crumpled the whole tag up and then unfolded it again to get even more texture.
My chosen stamps were stamped on smooth white card and then layered up with fussy cutting, dies and embellishments as you can see from the photos.


The inside had become very messy, so I covered it with a piece of the Kraft Seasonal papers, which I had first blended some Picket Fence Distress Stain over to tone it down a bit. I created the pocket with the help of the Sizzix Distressed Doily die cut from Core' dinations Kraft Core.
And here you can see what the message and little gift card envelope looks like.


And here they are all tucked in place:
Hope I have not made it too long winded and that you got the basic idea.
Thanks so much for visiting and see you next time
.

26 comments:

Zuzu's Blog said...

gorgeous vintage yumminess.

massofhair said...

Really fun project, love projects like this :-)

MichelleZ said...

Gorgeous project!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Ooohhh!! Astrid this is wonderful!! You do that gorgeous vintage look so well. The colours are just beautiful
inside and out and I love all the bits and bobs you've added. What a fabulous way to give a gift card. Love it!!! ox

die amelie said...

Wow! Such an adorable shabby vintage X-mas card! Stunning! Astrid, you really know how to do shabby vintage in such a delicate way! Brilliant!

Hugs,
Claudia x

Janny said...

Beautifulcard. Janny

Marianne said...

Stunning!! Great creations.
xxx Marianne

Redanne said...

Not long winded at all Astrid, it is always lovely to see the processes you follow to create your beautiful pieces - and this is certainly beautiful and so practical too! Hugs, Anne x

Maryann Laursen said...

This is sooo gorgeous as usual Astrid, and not lonwinded at all. It´s always a pleasure to hear, how you made your things, as we all learn sooo much from it, so keep it comming please. I love to see your wonderful work every time.

rachel said...

I do love this Astrid - the santa is adorable - looks fabulous! Hugs rachel xx

Terry said...

Beautiful, Astrid! Love the pockets you added to the inside and that Santa is wonderful as is that texture! Love this!

Bärbel said...

Eine traumhaft schöne Kreation in perfekter Harmonie!

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous !
Corrie x

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous festive project. xx

Marisa Job said...

What a beautiful project!!

Maryanne said...

What a great gift card holder! Your texture and background are fabulous. I love the envelope for the gift card and the sentiment. Just a wonderful Christmas project!

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful, what a lovely idea
I'd be over joyed to receive this without a gift card!

Jools x

Annie said...

This is so delightful Astrid.........a beautiful make to be treasured for sure.

Love it x

Annie x

isisimaginings.com said...

Very beautiful.

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid. Nicola x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning Astrid! Love all those wonderful colours and layers x

butterfly said...

Simply wonderful, Astrid - my favourite colours, and such beautiful flowers and branches. Father Christmas is framed perfectly, and I love the lace doily die to hold the little gift envelopes. Brilliant!
Alison xx

Sid said...

Fab work Astrid !

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Such a special way to present a gift card - stunning.
Wishes
Lynne

Artyjen said...

Ooh! that is a great idea...love how you made it.....looks fab ;)
xoxo Sioux

Hettie said...

Astrid this is absolutely gorgeous. All the detail. Lovely. I know just the person who would like this - my Mum so thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs
xx