Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Vintage Christmas Cards With Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper

Hello and welcome to Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. Our latest challenge is called 'Lovely Leaves', and I've made a vintage Christmas card for my DT project featuring Ideaology Christmas Worn Wallpaper by Tim Holtz and several of his Christmas foliage Thinlits die sets. The gorgeous designs on these papers are reminiscent of vintage Christmas cards and wrappings with the texture and feel of old wallpaper. I would love to wall paper my home in them, but for now, I've just made some Christmas cards.

(more close up photos of my first card HERE)
*click on any photo to zoom in*

Let's get started making!

1. Trim and die cut an oval from one of the Christmas Wallpapers using a Stitched Ovals Thinlits die. Set oval aside for a future use.
2. Smear Wallpaper panel randomly with Crazing and set aside to dry.

3. Die cut the smaller of the two greetings from Christmas Ribbon Thinlits from red card and a second one from white card that has been blended with Old Paper Distress ink.
4. Heat emboss white greeting with Versamark ink and clear powder. Glue this one to red greeting using Distress Collage Medium Matte. Set aside to dry.

5. Trim remaining red card from die cutting Merry Christmas to make first layer. Trim a watercolor paper panel to use as a background to the Wallpaper panel.
6. Using the stamp platform, stamp the wood image from Tim Holtz Lumberjack stamps set in Frayed Burlap ink two times on dampened trimmed water color paper panel. Spritz card with water to blend the join line a little. Dry with heat tool.
7. Ink music image from the old Music & Advert stamp set with Pumice Stone ink. Blot some of the ink from the stamp with a paper towel, and make that impression at the center of the panel. Dry. Blend panel with Frayed Burlap ink. Splash with water droplets and dry. Adhere to red card.

8. Die cut smaller pine branch and pine cone from the Pine Branch Thinlits set, pine bough and holly sprig from the Funky Festive Florals Thinlits set and a couple of small leafy branches from the  Festive Greens Thinlits set. I used various scraps for this, including watercolor paper, pre-colored and stamped scraps and plain colored cardstock. Using the Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits to cut intricate die cuts and the brushy tool make easy work of this.

9. Color pine cones, pine needles/boughs and holly leaves with Distress Oxides and inks. Heat dry and shape as you are drying. The holly berries were cut from a scrap previously colored with red ink; I think it may be Candied Apple.

10. Machine emboss ribbon from Festive Greens and die cut from Metallic Kraft Stock. While the die cut is still in place, sand, allowing just the high spots to be sanded. Remove the die cut and sand just the edges of the bow and tips of the ribbon with a nail file.
11. Drip bow with Smolder Alcohol Pearl and allow to dry. This adds instant vintage aging to the bow.

12. Scribble Wallpaper panel (previously smeared with Crazing in step 2) with  Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and smooth into the cracks with a damp finger. Rub outer edges and oval rim with Ground Espresso crayon.
13. Assemble card using Collage Medium Matte to adhere all surfaces.

Here are a few tricks I used on the second card...

To add dimension to the frame, I found some corrugated card in the approximate size of my Worn Wallpaper frame to give some body to the wallpaper and add depth to the card. I used the ovals die and my kraft knife to cut the correct sized aperture. I sponged Ground Espresso paint around the edges so the bright color didn't show after assembly.

 I cut a portion of Merry Christmas 5 times, and adhered them to the original die cut to add depth and support the die cut within the recess.

Here is a set of A2 sized cards I made using the Christmas Worn Wallpaper. It was so easy to throw these together start to finish in less than a couple of hours with the help of a Tim Holtz die cut snowflake, Christmas Paper Dolls, Ephemera and Snippets and some sprinkles of Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter. Everything was given a worn vintage look with the help of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo inks. I'm showing a couple close-ups so you can see the snowy detail.

 I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and that you have found some ideas for using these festive papers. There's still plenty of time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Lovely Leaves' to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. We look forward to seeing your vintage or shabby chic projects!

Happy crafting! 
Sara Emily

The products were used on my cards and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Christmas Worn Wallpaper
Sizzix Chapter 4 Thinlits Die Set - Pine Branch
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Christmas Ribbon
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Funky Festive Florals
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Festive Greens
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Stitched Ovals
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wreath & Snowflake
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Lumberjack
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Christmas Snippets
Distress ink - Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple
Distress Oxide Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs
Distress Paint Ground Espresso
Distress Crayons Set #3, #5, #7
Distress Collage Medium Matte
Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Stamp Platform
Sizzix Accessory - Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear - Super Fine Detail


  1. Sara Emily what a beautiful Christmas card! Love how you created the lovely gold bow! I also just received the holiday wallpaper and now I am doubly glad after seeing all your gorgeous cards!

  2. So many wonderful ideas for creating such beautiful Christmas cards with the Worn Wallpapers Sara Emily! I love how you've aged each element to create such a vintage feel to them all x

  3. Wow, you’ve certainly made some wonderful cards! Love the look of the wallpapers and your greenery is fantastic! Thanks for sharing

  4. What a great inspiration post showing how you can bring together the TH goodies to create such a variety of card designs without having to think too hard! Love the wallpaper with the Paper Dolls and a bit of extra ephemera - done. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  5. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. These are such gorgeous Christmas cards and so vintage!! Beautiful details!!

  7. Thank you, ladies, for your kind words! These Worn Wallpapers really do all the heavy lifting for you to make quick work of holiday cards! The hardest part is choosing which one of the gorgeous designs to use!