Sunday 28 September 2014

Festive Found relatives

Well Trace here and for this make I have used some of the new found relatives occasions sets to create some vintage style Christmas cards. I love using these and with a few embellishments and some ink they can be made into some really great Christmas cards . So here goes:

First to prepare the card background before getting into into the layout and embellishments... I covered the card fronts in Tim Holtz paper, sadly discontinued but there are plenty of similar papers around and Susan did have some of these left...

I added some strips of tissue tape to break up the background on all three pieces.

Then I edged all three cards with walnut stain distress ink.

Now for the details firstly of the blue card...I start with a rough idea and go about collecting together pieces I think I might use , not that all end up on the final piece.

Firstly I cut some of this trellis die , a real firm favourite..from paper and inked with walnut stain distress ink and set aside.

Then I cut the gorgeous snowflake on the edge die and inked , again with walnut stain distress shown below. I then coated with glue and seal and covered in rock candy distress glitter.

Now for my found relative card, which I sanded with the sanding grip to make it look more distressed

I then inked with some walnut stain distress ink into the sanded areas...

This picture shows the difference the sanding makes to the cards.

 Now to collect all these pieces together...along with some dyed seam binding

 Now for some close I tied the seam binding around the found relatives card before adding it to the card front and added one of the new festive these !

Here are the frosty snowflakes peeping out of the side of the picture...

 And here is the completed card, with a stamped Tim holtz sentiment to finish it off.

Now for the red card :

adding some dyed seam binding and some die cut holly leaves dabbed over with white paint for that snowy feel.
  And inside the trellis piece this time I added some of the unused centre pieces in various colours that I keep in a pot full .

Now for the green version, completed in a similar way.

Some dyed seam binding tied around the card before completion.

Well hope you like the three makes and maybe it has inspired you to play with some of the found relatives and new occasions found relatives .

Supplies :
Tidings tokens 
found relatives - occasions
paper stash 

keep those fingers inky!


  1. Beautiful vintage festive makes Trace, love them. Xx

  2. Love the found ancestors Xmas cards Trace


  3. Love your cards! I never think to use my sanding block. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hi Trace
    these are all beautiful vintage pieces I love the use of layers and textures and how each piece is different, really lovely
    Hugs Ria xx

  5. Love this idea for Christmas cards. Super designs.
    Julie x

  6. Love these vintage cards Trace ! Fantastic and totally Christmassy ! X

  7. Such a clever idea Trace! Well done on your Paula Cheney shout out too my super talented friend. Jenny x

    1. thanks Jenny x :) and well done to you too x my lovely friend x

  8. Lovely Trace, love the touches of colour . The relatives look fabulous . Tracy x

  9. I was pleased to find your blog through Paula Cheney's shout out. I absolutely adore your Christmas cards. They are so lovely and vintage. Thanks for sharing them. :)

  10. Fabulous creative and simple enough to do several, but still have fun. What a positively grand idea!