It’s A Wonderful Life Christmas Card

I love the vintage look for Christmas cards and Stampin' Up! has LOTS of cool stamps and accessories to help me create something special! 

Welcome christmas window   Welcome christmas window 2

The silhouette of the family decorating the Christmas tree made me think of peeking in a window to catch a glimpse of a wonderful holiday memory-in-the-making.  There's quite an "It's A Wonderful Life" vibe going, don't ya think?!  "No man is a failure who has friends," and "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings," and all that!  My most favorite holiday movie!  If only it was in color, it might look like these cards!

Stamping The Window Scene

Welcome christmas 120597L I used the Welcome Christmas stamp set for all the images on this card.  The family is stamped in Crumb Cake.  I wanted it to look like holly boughs were draped inside the window, so I used the wreath image colored with markers on the edges.  I sponged the first card, so it looks a bit like a frosted window.  Everything in the window scene was stamped first, then it was cut into quarters and adhered to the Early Espresso piece.  (whisper white cut to 2-1/2 x 3-1/4", espresso window frame cut to 2-3/4" x 3-1/2")

Background & Fabric Accents

If you click to enlarge the photo, you'll see that I tried to make the background look like the siding on a house by scoring lines in the Crumb Cake piece.  (I meant for one of the cards to have horizontal siding, but ended up doing both as vertical cards.  Well, my house has vertical siding, even if it's not the most common type!)  Hmmm.  I wonder how awesome this card would look with some brick siding…! 

The sentiment is inked with coordination Real Red, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake markers and cut out.  It's layered on Real Red card stock, then cut out again. 

Card #1: The first card looks more like the outside of a house, with a pretty red Christmas bow on the outside of the window and scrunched fabric to emulate bushes.  I tore a 1" x 18" strip of the Deck The Halls Fabric and used a running stitch with Linen Thread to gather it.  I adhered the whole piece with Sticky Strip (it's not sewn to the card).  I punched a hole through the fabric and card stock with the Crop-A-Dile to add the Antique Brad.

Card #2: The second card shows another way to use the torn strip of fabric—just tie it into a a double-knot for a faux-bow!  The Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and Antique Brad are combined to create a hanger that makes the window look like a tag or ornament.  I like that look…I'll have to try that on another card!

Try out some of the vintage stamps, colors, and accessories and make your own holiday cards that are reminiscent of days-gone-by.  It's a great way to say "Merry Christmas, to the richest man in town!" 

*ding*  That's right.  That's right.  Attaboy, Clarence! 



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