Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge #42: Distressingly Cute!

Stamps: Magnolia. Cardstock: textured black, Papertrey white. Ink: Memento black, Copics. Accessories: Long rectangle Nestabilities and snowflake dies, twill and organdy ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, distressing tool.

When I was asked to be a Guest Designer for this week's Christmas Card Challenge over at Sparkle's Creations, I jumped at the chance -- I love this challenge blog! Not only is Sparkle one of the nicest bloggers and most impressive Copic artists, but the Design Team inspiration is always stellar. All this and I feel productive, too -- by playing along, I actually complete the majority of my Christmas cards well before the holiday mailing season! Now actually getting them out in the mail on time is a completely different matter....

One amazing card kit with Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge plus Sketch and Stash Challenge #44 equals the perfect inspiration for this card!

This week's challenge is to create a distressed Christmas card. As soon as I received this amazing card kit from my talented stamping buddy Angela (Just Monkeying Around), I knew the vintage flavor of the ingredients would be perfect for the theme. Thanks for the inspiration and an awesome kit, Angela!

Vintage/distressed/grunge is one of those styles that I always admire, but never feel comfortable with my own attempts. Perfectionism aside, I decided to give all the distressing techniques a try for this card: I shredded edges, crumpled paper, inked edges, and tore paper. Did I miss anything?

This little caroler is still a cutie, though, and doesn't seem distressed at all:

I even remembered to decorate the inside, sticking the distressed theme:

Isn't this kit amazing? And I didn't even use half of the supplies included! If you are interested in a Magnolia Card Kit Swap, check out Charlene's (scrappygma on SCS) current kit swap.

Be sure to stop by the Christmas Card Challenge and admire the Design Team's great take on the Distressed Christmas Card theme!


  1. Jessica, your card is adorable, love these colours together, give such a special feeling.

  2. Your card is gorgeous! I love all of the distressing. Thanks SO much for being our guest designer this week!

  3. This is adorable! I agree she doesn't seem distressed at all but your card certainly is! I doubt I could "pull off" distressing and Christmas but you sure did!!! I love how the "singing" is coming out of her mouth ... or is that the her breath in the cold ... soemthing I am not looking forward to??!!

  4. Jessica, this is a dream ! Lovely Coloring and everything looks so beautiful together. Congrats to be a guest designer on Sparkle´s blog. Her creations are really amazing, but yours too !!

  5. wow,a fabulous card,gorgeous papers and your image is so adorable and coloured so beautifully,thank you for joining us at sketch and satsh


  6. This is just stunning! Your color is just amazing. You're a natural talent for a guest spot!


  7. Just beautiful Jess I love everything about it and your coloring is awesome !

  8. What an exquisite card, Jess. This is so beautiful, your recipients are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas cards you send out!

  9. Stunning card. I love the 3-D snowflakes and that caroler is adorable.


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