Tuesday 3 December 2019

Classic (retro) Christmas

The lovely folk at Retro Rubber invited me back as guest designer this week. The challenge is red, green and white on a Christmas card and, as ever, stamps that are at least a year old.

I revisited an old Crafty Secrets set that I’ve had since 2011. I stamped the light bulb in red and green Distress inks, hand drew the string to link them then used the same inks to colour them and add a very dilute wash of colour around each bulb for the “glow” of the lights. I used a silver gel pen to add metallic detail at the top of each bulb.  The pine  branches add an extra shade of green.

The sentiment is retro too - even though this set is now available from Gina K, mine is the original Waltzingmouse Stamps set from 2014.

Christmas Joy (Crafty Secrets, no longer with us)
Noel sentiment set (Waltzingmouse Stamps, now available from Gina K)


Tim Holtz Distress inks by Ranger (Mowed Lawn, Barn Door, Pine Needles)

Fineline marker
Silver gel pen 
Corner Chomper 

Thanks for stopping by!


Dotty Jo said...

Wow, your card is stunning, Joanne! You did them proud, Jo x

Jan Clothier said...

Thank you for joining us as Guest Designer, Joanne. This is a beauty! Love the way you've created that magic glow with a bit of a wash around the bulbs. Super!

Neva Cole said...

Lovely job with our theme at Retro Rubber and joining us as a Guest Designer. The glow of the bulbs is stunning and the simplicity of the card just adds to the impact.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Joanne: Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this Holiday Challenge over at RETRO RUBBER, your card is beautiful, I love this string of colorful Christmas lights and how you created a warm glow around them.
And I love the fabulous sentiment on your card, that font is amazing.
Thank you again and Happy Holidays to you and yours.