Friday, November 3, 2017

Rustic Merry Christmas Card...

Hello friends!  Hope you're having a wonderful day! The Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration 2017 Series has begun and I'm so excited.  It will continue throughout the entire month of November and into the beginning of December, so make sure to check Tim's blog every Saturday for a recap of all the wonderful inspiration and on the designers individual blogs!  There's so much wonderful inspiration, you don't want to miss it…  Tim seriously has one uber talented group of designers, everyone of them completely amaze me!  This is my first project for the Holiday 2017 series that I am sharing today, a Rustic Merry Christmas Card.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I can't wait, it is by far my most favorite time of the year!
To start with, I die cut the Sizzix Tree Ring die from a sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock.   Working on a non stick craft sheet, I shaded the tree ring.  Using Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and a blending tool…starting with the lightest shade and ending with the darkest shades for outer bark (so to speak).
I lined up the tree ring cut out with the accompanied tree ring texture fade (that's included in the set) and ran thru my die cut machine.  It creates the wonderful textured ring on the slice of wood.  Then I shaded the raised areas lightly with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool.
I die cut the largest deer from the Winter Wonderland thinlit die using some black kraft paper stash.  Then using a sanding grip (making sure to protect my non stick craft mat with a scratch piece of paper), I lightly sanded/distressed the surface of the paper to expose some of the underling kraft.
I cut a piece of silver Kraft-Core 4 1/8 x 5 1/4.  Making sure to protect my non stick craft mat with a scratch piece of paper, I sanded only in an up-and-down motion on the metallic Kraft-Core with a sanding grip for a fun patina look.
Then I cut out "Merry Christmas" using the Retro Merry Christmas thinlit die and sanded silver kraft cardstock.
I cut a piece of kraft cardstock 4 1/4x11, then scored and folded at the 5 1/2 mark to make a side folding A2 card as my base.  Then cut 3 layer pieces from black kraft-core, silver kraft-core and one of the plaids from the Christmas paper stash.  I think this years Christmas Paper Stash might just be my most favorite of all time, just saying'...  I distressed all the edges with a bone folder.
I attached some linen ribbon to the plaid paper, then adhered all the layers to card front with adhesive.
I attached the tree ring to center of card using foam squares.

I also attached the deer with foam squares and a little Distress Collage Medium.  This has really become my go to adhesive for many things.  It dries completely clear and matte.
I adhered the "Merry Christmas" to tree ring using the Distress Collage Medium and the thin nozzle is very helpful…along with my tweezers.
I rolled the pinecones and o ring in a little Picket Fence Distress Paint on my non stick craft mat.
Then dried with a heat tool.
I wanted to add some sparkle to the pinecones…but not too much, so I used some collage medium and clear rock candy glitter.
It adds just the right touch to this rustic Christmas card.
I finished my card by tying off a bit more linen ribbon and attaching the pinecones.
A really easy Christmas card that could definitely be duplicated for multiples.

I hope you'll give it a try!  You can find the supplies I've used via the links below.  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx


  1. Love, love, love this! TFS Bobbi!

  2. What a nice and rustic card you have made! Very nice!

  3. Awesome inspiration piece. Love the plaid background and all the details that you gave this wonderful Christmas card.