Friday, 12 December 2014

Let's Celebrate with Blueprints


It is time for another challenge at A Vintage Journey - Let's Celebrate. The theme can be focussed on Christmas but any celebration is fine - maybe a birthday, anniversary or New Year project. I have chosen to use Tim Holtz blueprints stamps for these relatively quick and easy cards.

For the Christmas tree, I started by stamping my image and then colouring in with distress stains. 

I added some subtle background interest with a script and speckles stamp - making sure these were second generation stamps.

For the snowman I followed a similar process but this time used distress inks and my water brush.



Got to love how easy it is to create a card with these blueprint stamps - I fear I may have to purchase some more!
Nikki
xxx

23 comments:

  1. Love the cards Nikki. The colors look vintage and soft - just lovely.

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  2. Beautiful cards Nikki, love your soft vintage palette and shabby edges.
    Julie x

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  3. These are lovely Nikki! the coloring in the stains look so pretty along with the text and spatter backgrounds!

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  4. Fantastic Christmas cards Nikki! A little bit shabby and a little bit vintage, just the way I like it! hugs :)

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  5. Great way of using those blue print stamp Nikki, love your cards, they look fantastic!

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  6. Lovely cards. Love both of them. The vintage worked fine with Christmas theme..thanks for sharing inspiration.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  7. Both cards look wonderful Nikki and very unusual.

    Love Chrissie x

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  8. I really, really love the blueprint stamps and you have used them beautifully Nikki, your cards are simply gorgeous! Anne xx

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  9. LOVE these painted designs Nikki! Jenny x

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  10. Wonderful cards Nikki,never thought of using the stains like that....I usually just love to make big,fat paint splats with them! Love the blueprint stamps....I have a set that santas bringing me :)

    Have a wonderful weekend
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  11. Festive fun cards Nikki! I LOVE these stamps! Great theme you've picked. Already playing along :)

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  12. What wonderful Christmas cards, Nikki! Love how you used the blueprints stamps. Enjoy the weekend!

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  13. Two fabulous cards - love these images.

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  14. Wonderful cards, I love this set of images.
    Yvonne x

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  15. I like those blueprint stamps too. The cards are really gorgeous and festive.

    gr.Yvonne

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  16. These are just delicious, Nikki - beautiful colouring, and lovely delicate distressed backgrounds.
    Alison xx

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  17. Great festive cards using those wonderful stamps

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  18. Brilliant blueprint cards, love the vintage festive colours

    Jools x

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  19. Fabulous cards Nikki - I love how you created such a lovely vintage Christmas feel. Gorgeous backgrounds too. Jennie x

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  20. I love Blueprints and your cards are totally inspired by them! Beautiful interpretation of these stamps! BArbarayaya

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  21. OMW my fave stamps this year. I love what you have done with them. Truly inspirational for my cards next year thank you xx

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  22. Great theme you came up with Nikki, and I love your special way of designing your Blueprints cards. I would love to get my hands on that script stamp (I have the blueprints already); it really makes these cards special. If you get a minute, would you let me know who is the manufacturer on that stamp? ...just getting around to looking at all the fine Creative Guide's work! A little late, I know, but better late than never, especially in this case! Happy New Year!

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