Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Vintage Metallic Duo...

Hi folks, I'm been dying to have a proper play with the gorgeous new Metallic Kraftstock Paper Pads from our adorable Professor and while I was having a bit of a tidy up and shift around of supplies in the cubbyhole, I came across some Christmas Texture Fades, old favourites that I haven't used in ages. When you have a pile of new stuff to play with, I'm sure we all tend to forget about the goodies we already have so I decided to have some mix and match fun to create some Vintage Metallic Festive cards.

I started off by trimming panels from the Confections Metallic Kraftstock pad to measure 4.1/4" x 5.1/2", embossed using the Texture Fades and sanded over the detail with my trusty Tim Holtz Sanding Grip which I believe is now retired. So if you haven't gone one, use an emery board or folded up sandpaper.
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Vintage to the panels and scribbled Distress Crayons over some areas, rubbing it in with my finger to create shadows around the detail. I removed the crayon from the embossing using a slightly damp cloth and sanded again where I felt it was necessary.
I coloured Distress Watercolor card with Antique Linen, Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks using the technique that I'm sure you are all familiar with by now.
I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamptember 2018 on to the Distress Watercolor card with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and die cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles Thinlits. I re-stamped the images and fussy cut the bird and the flower and leaves.
I distressed the edges of the panels using Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, added to a panel of  Classic Kraftstock (also with distressed edges), fixed the stamped panel in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive, added the fussy cut images, also on Mini Foam Adhesive and added Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera.
 I added Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements thread bows.
I was now on a mission to get the cards done, dusted and photographed before the daylight disappeared and on hindsight, it wasn't the wisest decision to add stitching around the edges of the Classic Kraftstock panels, because half-way through the sewing machine needle unthreaded itself and this old impatient crafter had torn her hair out, had a massive tantrum and was ready to throw in the towel before, on the hundredth attempt, we were finally good to go again. But, about 10 stitches in, the spool ran out of thread and enough was enough. I've been in this game long enough to know when to admit defeat...time to resort to that tried and tested cheat using Tim Holtz Design Ruler, Craft Pick and a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
You can only truly appreciate how beautiful the Metallic Kraftstock is when you turn the card to the light, the soft vintage shimmer is so gorgeous.

and I'm finishing off with a few close-ups

and telling myself repeatedly that tomorrow is a brand new day
Have fun whatever you are creating
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. Oh Kath, I am swooning here! These cards are just stunning, I love the look of the embossed metallic card and I always love the way you layer up the ephemera .... two really wonderful vintage looking cards my friend! Hugs, Anne xxx

  2. Stunning, what else can I say, really love them Kath..xx

  3. Fabulous Cards Kath...right up my street !!! Love the design xx

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie xx

  4. So beautiful they are Kath enjoy your day x

  5. Great cards my friend. You inspired me to dig out my old embossing folders again...

  6. Truly the feel of vintage gloriness! I love all of your makes, but these two just have that "little something" extra that make them outstanding. I am glad you perservered, even with sewing machine woes (and aren't they just the worst)! Thanks for sharing the cards and inspiration; gonna check my old embossing folders, too!

  7. These are fabulous vintage Christmas cards. Love the textures and wonderful embellishments.
    Linda xxx

  8. I love everything about these unique vintage cards!

  9. these are fabulous Kath! I had to come to read the tutorial to see how you did it!


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