Create your own Vintage Christmas Exploding Box
And if you want to try out this little box the instructions are here on one of my older posts.
Stunning Vintage Christmas Exploding Box (by Brenda)
Enjoy watching all sides on this amazing box.
And waht about this absolutely soooooo adorable and cute Christmas Card by Catherine?:
When Max saw it, he said that it didn't look like a Christmas card at all ! I suppose he doesn't like pastel colours for the festive season but I had to match the soft colours of the beautiful image from Nicecrane Designs ("A Joyful Christmas" Collection)...
I am falling in love with the color combo and these stunning dies,,,you are Rock Catherine
Recipe : Papers from Raspberry Road ("Christmas Thyme" Collection) - Clock, Leaves and Frame : Dies from Marianne Design - Big Flower from a local craft shop - Cheese Cloth from Live and Love Crafts - Small Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts - Sentiment from Lisa's Altered Art.
And here is the adorable sheet used by Brenda
Adorable Vintage Japanese Christmas Card
I am falling with the work by Lisa from Decosses Dynamite Doodles, so directly from her blog:
Ignacio who is the designer behind Nicecrane Designs has some absolutely incredible vintage images. He offers many different varieties and you can find both coloured images and black and white ones plus some other really neat creations. I've only gone through three sections of the store and I've already added thirteen items to my wish list! Ignacio has also graciously offered up a number of freebies on his blog and it is one of them that I used to create the card I am showcasing today.
I decided I wanted to keep the background pretty clean and simple because I didn't want to detract from the beauty of the image. It was also nice to go with non-traditional colours in creating this holiday card. While it looks a little red in the picture, the card base is actually a salmon colour that complimented the colour of the building.
FRONT VIEWDigital Image:
See? I didn't exaggerate. The image really is quite remarkable. The choice of colour along with all of the detail, makes for a beautiful winter scene. You can still find this image and another in the same style available for free by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom of the post. Make sure you take a moment to say thanks to Ignacio if you do grab it. I do hope that you'll also take a moment while you are there and check out the entire post. Not only does it feature some more awesome images available for purchase, it also showcases several of Vicky's beautiful cards.
Digital Sentiment:I brought the image into Publisher and added the text 'Happy Holidays' before printing.
INSIDE VIEWDigital Sentiment:
I followed the same layout as the front and just created a simple verse incorporating the same font that I used on the front.
Card base and matting for image and sentiment: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Preppy Beach collection.
The grey plaid paper is from the Recollection's Bright & Basic Paper Pad.
The grey cardstock that I embossed is from the Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Cool Water collection.
The embossing folder is the same one I used in a recent Scribbles Designs card. It is still downstairs but I'm pretty sure that it is Goosebumpz brands. The reason I went with the same tiny dots is because of the snowflakes that are so small they appear as simple dots.
I am definitely addicted to the idea of texture. Now I just have to keep building my folder collection!
Before I go...
As I mentioned earlier, the image I worked with is a freebie; however, if you love Asian winter scenes, there are two other sets I'd like to recommend that you check out. First, is this wonderful set of prints called Stunning H. Kawase (Ukiyo-e).
Aren't these images simply stunning?! The colours are just so rich and the detail incredible. If you would like to check them out further, you can click on the image to head to its location in the Nicecrane store.
The second set of prints I'm going to recommend based on this style is called Amazing Kawase.
Another eight beautiful Asian scenes. Best of all, these ones could be used for a variety of different cards and not just winter based ones. Once again, clicking on the image will bring you to where you can find it in the store.
Well, that is it for my post. I hope that you have enjoyed my non-traditional Christmas card and that if you have the opportunity, you'll pay Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs a visit. Your time will definitely be well spent. He has an incredible Creative Team and you'll definitely walk away inspired!
Thanks a million to Brenda and Lisa for these amazing creations,,,,,,,,so unnusal, so creative,,,,, woww,woww.