Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Simon Says - It's Christmas but......NO red, NO green!!

This week at the Simon Says Stamp challenge we want to see your Christmas card without but NO Red or Green is allowed.

decided to try vintage style as I haven't done many  vintage Christmas cards this year. I used the unlikely but beautiful My Sweet Lil image by Sarah Kay and stamped her with Cofffe Archival ink on cream card. She is very lightly coloured using pastel pencils as I wanted to achieve a faded look - I then coated the image with Crackle Accents, waited until it had started crackling then finished it with a heat gun. Once dry I used the Tim Holtz blending tool to work Antique Linen distress inks into the cracks around the outer edge. 
The papers are Basic Grey's Cappella and distressed with the Tim Holtz distressing tool. 
The lace was in a RAK from my adorable friend America but a substitute would be the gorgeous pack by Hero Arts. The fowers are a mixture from my stash and coloured using Glimmer mist in Creme de Choclat.
The cobwebby stuff has been knocking about in my stash forever, I used a Spellbinders Create a flake for the base of the sentiment.

A close up of the image where you can see the inked crackling around the edge of the image.

Products used with links
Sarah Kay
Basic Grey Cappella
Archival Ink - Coffee
Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents
Ranger blending tool
Antique Linen distress ink
Creme de Choclat Glimmer Mist

We have a FANTASTIC change to our challenge, every week for the month of December !! As a special Christmas Gift Heidi will be giving not her usual $25 spree............ noooo Heidi is giving away a $50 spree at Simon Says Stamp Superstore! (includes postage)!! What are  you waiting for - get creating!!



Moni said...

Hi Heather, stunning card, cute image and fab colouring. Love LO. Hugs;moni

Mandy said...

Oooo Heather your card is so beautiful hun, the image is just perfect for a Crimbo card and your embellie arrangement is gorgeous
hugs Mandy xx

Di said...

Hi Heather
This is beautiful! i love how you have done the distess ink into the crackle glaze very clever and i love that cobwebby stuff!
Hugs Di x

Anesha said...

Stunning card, love the vintage look. Hugs Anesha

Dena said...

This is such a gorgeous vintage look Heather! I love it!
Hugs, Dena

Renkata said...

How gorgeous is that, Love all thye texture and details, very romantic card.

angelwhispers said...

Beautiful design there is just so much detail and the colours just gorgeous love it! Chanelle xxx

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun one of my fav images,and love the vintage tone to this card its just stunning,hun love it hugs cheryl xxxx

Julie said...

Gorgeous card Heather, you do vintage beautifully.

Anonymous said...

no red no green -- the colours you used are much better thats true!


email: said...

Simply gorgeous Sarah Kay image, Heather! And all of the embellies are just AWESOME!!

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Shazza said...

love this card Heather it is gorgeous. I made my card for the sketch last week yesterday but forgot to upload it in time so missed out. Better be more organised this week eh?? x

Kristel said...

A really gorgeous card Heather! Wow this is stunning!
Hugs Kristel

Paula said...

Lovely colours & a very interesting technique with the Crackle. Love the way you've used different colours to ink the snowflakes with too & that middles rose with the snowflakes for the base is just brilliant - love it. I've still got a tin of pastel pencils I've not got a clue how to colour with....... in time will get to that.
Paula (PEP)

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Heather ,,, I really enjoyed reading your write up too lovely techniques used here !! :-)

Lols x x x

please pop by the DT blog :-)

Riet said...

So wonderful card Heather,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers and the details.

Hugs Riet.x

Tracy said...

Totally gorgeous, I love the image, the colours and your finishing touches.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Andie's Space said...

Hi Heather,
OMG, huge WOW!! This is perfect for the vintage treatment & you nailed it! There is so much to admire here, I love it!
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

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Leigh said...

A beautiful vintage Christmas card Heather. Lovely image and wonderful flowers.

Cor* said...

Heather, your work is always so wonderful! Great coloring and love all the extras. As I stalked your site (lol), I def got inspired to create. I love what you do! Keep it up!

Dawn said...

Wow this is just gorgeous, love the layers and beautiful embellishments.
Heather Africa sounds like a plan!!1 LOL
My car has a soft top too and I really need to go out to the garage and start it up...


Liz's creative corner said...

Hi Heather,this is stunning hun, love the vintage look, gorgeous details too, hugs Liz xx

Sandra1968 said...

Wow, what a beautiful and sweet card!
Hugs, Sandra

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Just bootiful. Love all the details and I adore the image you have used. Super duper colouring as always too.

Keep warm !


Jo xxx

Jane said...

Heather this is stunning! Such gorgeous vintage details and colours, I love what you've done around the edge of the image - shall have to try that! hugs, Jane xxx

Georgia said...

WOW, I absolutely love this Heather! I love the non-traditional colours and gorgeous lace and this is image is so cute, perfect for Christmas! Hope you have a lovely Christmas! :) Love, Georgia xx

Carole of Brum said...

Gorgeous card, Rica. I haven't been brave enough to use sepia accents yet, maybe I should give it a go cos the results do look so good. Well done. CoB

JennyB. said...

Ich liebe diese Motive sehr, deine Karte ist der Wahnsinn, sie ist so was von wunderschön, das kann man gar nicht beschreiben !!!

Liebe Grüße

Barb said...

Heather, this a stunning card! So many wonderful details and your coloring is exquisite! I hope your holidays are grand!


Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Absolutely gorgeous Heather!! Love the vintage style and sweet image!!

Tasha said...

OH WOW this is sensational, i think that the vintage feel is beautiful
love tasha xx

Victoria said...

wow this is stunnign love ever single detail xxx

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