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Monday 27 November 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 4 Vintage Christmas Card

Hello friends and welcome to the 4th and final stop of this month's Destination Inspiration posts. Astrid here with another Christmas card. In case you missed the previous posts, this is what we have in our travel bag this month:
Product : Distress Oxide
Technique : Faded Layers
Colour : Blues
Substrate : White Card
Well this was the first time I tried the Faded Layers technique (you can read all about it in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 page 58). And like my teamies, I did not find it easy....
Like all of us this month I decided to make a Christmas card:
I started by making the Faded Layers panel, choosing 3 bluetones of Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper
I used Denim and Cloudy blue for a first layer and then deepened it with a second layer adding a little Silver Mixative to it too for some sparkling effects.
I mixed in some Aqua  to deepen the colour still further and then used Tim's snowflake stencil to create my faded layer next:

On to the rest of the card, I die cut a snow flake from white card and the word Peace from copper metalic Kraft core and dabbed them lightly with Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans for the snowflake, and a little Black Soot mixed in on the word die
I also added a little Distress Glitter to the snowflake for some extra sparkle.
Next I gathered some further diecuts and embellishments and then it was almost time to assemble my card, when I decided I had not used the Oxide Ink ingredient sufficiently. So I took a Kraftcard card blank and used Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain Doxides all around the edges.
I used a piece of white card to mat my faded layer panel, arranged my embellishments until I was happy with the composition and then I was done.
I put some Stampendous Ancient Silver embossing powder around the edges of my card

Well there you have it, and as this is the last stop on our journey this month, just as a reminder, here are the incredible projects my teamies created, using the exact same ingredients:
I am always amazed how using the exact same products and techniques, 4 different people can come up with such different projects. Nikki and I even used the same stencil and yet our cards are so different from each other......
Well that's it for now, - there are still just a few days left to join in our Mini Marvels challenge. If you have not yet done so, we would love to see you there!

Thank you for your visit and happy crafting!


  1. Simply fabulous Astrid, the effort you put into it was well worth it. Hugs, S@ndy xx

  2. What a fabulous technique Astrid, I really need to try this when I have a little more play time. Your metallic touches really compliment all those blue hues, a real treasure of a card wonderfully embellished and truly magnificent.
    Warm Hugs & Wishes Tracey xx

  3. You nailed it! Love the depth of colour you achieved with alcohol inking... Works beautifully as the backdrop this gorgeous vintage card. Xx

  4. The depth of colour is fantastic - an AMAZING piece!hugs Susi

  5. Beautiful vintage card! I love the deep and rich colours you created with the faded layers technique and the embellishments you chose are perfect 😁. The Stampendous Vintage Silver embossing powder looks so pretty around the edge too! Wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

  6. Thank you for the step by step on your fabulous card. Great techniques and so very beauitufl x

  7. Astrid, your card is fabulous! I just love the wonderful background you created and I really love the embossed edges to your card, it adds, such a touch of elegance. You did a brilliant job with the contents of the travel bag! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Beautiful Astrid. Love your background. Younshowcase vintage so beautifully. Fantastic use of the contents. Tracy x

  9. Your faded layers background is gorgeous, Astrid. Along with all your wonderful seasonal elements you have created a fabulous Christmas card with a lovely vintage feel .

  10. Wow, Astrid! This is so beautiful, and even though it's a technique you have not used before, your style shows through with it! gorgeous layers of color and you nailed the technique! I love your word, peace! I've never seen the copper kraft core to move that to the top of the list! Stunning, in a word! Hugs!

  11. Wow Astrid. Dramatic results. I love the touch of silver around the edges, just sets it off nicely! Xx

  12. For silver, read gold. Whoops! Xx

  13. Astrid, you are the queen of amazing background effects and this is no exception! I absolutely love the embossed edge and gorgeous vintage feel this exudes. Hugs, Autumn

  14. It may not have felt easy, but the Faded Layers you've created have a real sense of atmosphere about them - a snowy, misty day full of mystery and promise. A lovely finale to this month's Destination Inspiration projects.
    Alison x

  15. What a lovely background you created with the technique Astrid - what a sweet vintage image and lovely Peace die cut you used - love the gold embossed edge - a beautiful Christmas card using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  16. Wow!! You used these 4 ingredients beautifully Astrid!! The background you created is stunning! The gorgeous mix of colours and then the snowflake stencil looks superb!! The embossed edges add an extra touch of elegance and your embellishing is perfect as always!! hugs xx

  17. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents Astrid - such a gorgeous background and wonderfully embossed gold edge. Stunning card! x

  18. Hi Astrid xx I absolutely love your amazing Christmas card and the way you have used your travel bag contents x The AI background is amazing and I also love the faded layers background too. Wonderful details especially that beautiful edge xxxx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  19. Wow Astrid your layers and composition are fabulous - what a great card to have in the box and send someone. Love it xxx

  20. What an absolutely gorgeous card Astrid, amazing results for trying Faded Layers for the first time (well done you!) and I love all of the gorgeous embellishments you have added over top with that wonderful silver edging. Thanks so much for sharing it and wonderful to see all of the projects together, great use of the travel bag contents from one and all! Deb xo