A Merry Christmas Vintage Holidays Card

Hello friends and welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas! Do you have a go-to favorite technique for card making? I do! When it comes to creating card backgrounds one of my favorites is the Stamp and Smear Distress Oxide Technique. Using a tried and true technique is always a great idea when you want to mass produce the same design such as when you're making Christmas cards. 

So what is this Stamp and Smear Distress Oxide Technique you ask? Well, you simply stamp the image with Distress Oxide Ink onto your paper, wait a bit to let it slightly dry and then smear the ink with an ink blending tool or paper towel. If waiting isn't your thing, which it usually isn't for me, you can dab the wet ink with a paper towel to speed up the drying part and then smear the ink.

A Merry Christmas Vintage Holidays Card

A Merry Christmas Vintage Holiday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Vintage Holiday and The Poinsettia Stamp Set

To create the background for this card, I used the Stamp and Smear Distress Oxide Technique. I stamped various images from the Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays and The Poinsettia Stamp Sets onto Bristol Smooth Paper cut to 4 x 5.25 inches. The Distress Oxide Inks I used for stamping were: Broken China, Fired Brick, Pine Needles and Frayed Burlap. Once the background stamping was completed, I inked the edges with some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and then spritzed the surface with my Distress Sprayer. I then dried it with my heat tool and inked the edges with some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then spritzed again and dabbed the water droplets dry with a paper towel.

For the focal point, I used the awesome Santa from the Vintage Holidays Stamp Set. (Yes, you have seen him three times already, but when you love a stamp this much, it deserves the love!) This was stamped onto Neenah Classic Crest 110lb. with Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic Markers. The shading that is already present from the stamped image actually makes the coloring super easy. I then fussy cut the image and inked the edges with a black marker so the white edges wouldn't show. For a bit of bling, I added Glossy Accents to the trim on Santa's hat, coat and pants and then sprayed it with Rock Candy Glitter Dust using the Glitter Duster and let it dry. Once dry, I inked the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

After adhering the Santa to the card front, I stamped the sentiment using Black Soot Archival Ink. I love how the sentiment fits inside Santa's boots!

To finish off the card, I added some machine stitching and layered the card panel onto a piece of coordinating cardstock.

Thanks again so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed learning about my go-to Stamp and Smear Distress Oxide Technique and how I used it to create this A Merry Christmas Vintage Holidays Card. In case you missed it, I've been sharing a new card idea for the 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas here on my blog. The first one I shared was 12 Days of Christmas Card Ideas | Vintage Santa Card. I invite you to check out each day after that for more ideas and inspiration.

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  1. This is a favorite technique, a favorite image, and a favorite card! Win, Win, Win...LOL.

  2. I love everything about this card - the vintage vibe, the warm colors, and the great coloring of the images!

  3. Thoroughly beautiful. I really like the inclusion of subtle pops of blue in this design. They instantly convey a sense of the cold that is inherent to winter is much of the world.

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