in , , , , , , , , , by Stacey Marsh Independent UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, December 11, 2018
Hi all,

I really enjoy making Christmas cards that don't look obviously Christmassy and I think this card fits that bill perfectly.

I have used muted tones of green and red to create this vintage looking style and stamped onto Very Vanilla Cardstock instead of Whisper White to tone it all down.

I find the Vertical Greetings Stamp Set really versatile and doesn't scream Christmas however this little tree reminds me of the small space-saving Christmas trees you see being sold at this time of year.

For this stamp set, I find it easier to add ink to the image using a Sponge Dauber so that you can add different colours into the image at the same time.  I have done just that for this one!

 To create the 'distressed' look, I have added more ink using a Sponge Dauber around the edges and splashed some Crumb Cake ink using an Aqua Painter.  

Believe it or not, the ribbon is actually White, however the great thing about this one is that it is so easy to add your own colour to it.  I have seen people use ink straight from an ink pad and anAqua Painter and Stampin' Blends.  I have chosen to use my Sponge Dauber again and add the ink lightly across.  The important thing here is to let the ink dry for a few minutes before attaching to the card.  This avoids any excess ink being transferred onto your project (yes I learnt this the hard way!)

To finish, I have added some Linen Thread around the bow that I have tied, and stamped the 'Seasons Greetings' sentiment that is part of the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set.
I would love to hear your comments on this one so please feel free to leave me one below

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