DIY vintage Christmas cards are popping up everywhere – here’s an idea that is quick, cute and super easy!
There’s something a little special about DIY vintage Christmas cards – there’s the nostalgic feel of the vintage look and when you are making them yourself, you can add in all kinds of personal touches. Like this one from Annie – she said she loved the vintage look of the characters in this stamp set and pictured them as part of, in her words, “a snowy scene with just a touch of distressing.” Let’s take a look at how she made this for us, shall we?
First she stamped one of the frosty fellows from our Snowmen Set onto white card stock using black alcohol-friendly ink and colored him in with her Copic markers. When she was finished, she cut him out with the coordinating die.
Next, Annie cut a piece of kraft colored card stock to just a whisker under card front sized. She inked up our Snowflake Frame with Versamark, stamped it onto her panel and heat embossed with crisp white embossing powder.
To add some warmth and dimension to this panel, she then blended Caramel, Cinnamon and Pecan Color Fuse Inks from Set #3 around the edges with a blending brush and when done, used a tissue to wipe any inks off her beautiful snowflakes. PRO TIP: Applying tone on tone inks to edges of card panels adds an eye popping amount of dimension and makes a lovely “spotlight” for the eye to focus on to fully take in the focal elements on your cards. Try it out sometime on a scrap and just see how much this simple step adds to the look!
For her sentiment, Annie chose one from our Snowman With Presents set and stamped it onto a scrap of red card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with the same bright white embossing powder. She cut that out using the smallest die from our Nested Deckle Rectangle set using that quick and easy “custom die” trick; she cut it with the die lined up at the top left first, took her die cut piece and lined it up with the bottom right and VOILA, custom sized die cut!
To echo the red coloring in the snowman and her sentiment piece, Annie layered her embossed panel onto a piece of card front sized panel of the same red card stock from her sentiment and then adhered both layers to a white card base with her tape runner. She then added her snowman and sentiment to the card with some dimensional adhesive and this adorable card was all ready to send!
NOTE: We personally think these cards would be amazing batch cards! You can break all these elements up into easy to do steps and just bang out as many pieces as you need to make ALL your holiday cards.
If you are looking to combine an some old timey comfort with your own twists on color, design or even to use up some of your stash, these DIY vintage Christmas cards would be a total win win!