Vintage Christmas Exploding Box & Japanese Christmas Cards

Create your own Vintage Christmas Exploding Box
I really fell in love with these sweet Victorian Children and it will be lovely filled with sweets.The images are really useful for making quick cards, but of course the sky is the limit if you want to go to town with all your lovely embellishments. You can`t miss this really adorable Exploding Box by Brenda working with my " A Joyful Christmas CS" sheet.

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

Detailed View

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

A Joyful Christmas CS - Click Image to Close


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.

Digital 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.

Digital 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.

Paper Products:
Card base and matting for image and sentiment: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Preppy Beach collection.
Designer Papers:
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.

Embossing Folder:

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.


KarinsArtScrap November 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM  

what a gorgeous exploding box and vintage card.

gr karin

brenda November 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM  

Thank you for showcasing my box so beautifully Ignacio.

B x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles December 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM  

Wow, and can I just say WOW. What a surprise to come over here and find not only my card but my entire post showcased on your blog. I just loved creating that card and look forward to working more and more with your images. Thank you so very much for presenting my work on your blog. It truly is an honour to see it here. Oh and I have to say I loved how you softened the edges around the pictures, I've been meaning to try and do that for awhile now. Seeing how good it looks is just the incentive I need to start playing around with some blurring.

I also have to say how gorgeous that box by Brenda was.

I also think that I am finally caught up again. Have a wonderful holiday Ignacio and if I don't get a chance to pop back over here before Jan, all the best in 2014!

Lisa D.

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