Friday, 8 November 2013

Rusted Lantern Christmas card

Hello everyone, it's Brenda here, this is my first post for the Country View Crafts shop blog and I had fun using lots of lovely Tim Holtz products (they really are my favourite so expect more of them from me).

I have used layers of papers from the Merriment Paper Stash along with some of Tim's Sizzix dies.

A altered the bottom layer of paper by sewing round the edge and then stamping snowflakes from Mini Holidays 2 with embossing ink and heating with Antiquities Frosted Crystal, when it was cool I blended walnut stain distress ink over it and then a damp cloth which revealed the snowflakes.

The rustic lantern was given the rusting treatment with rusting powder and a wire handle added to it. I realised when I came to glue it to the card that I hadn't rusted the handle so I used wood adhesive glue and vintage photo distress powder to achieve the look I wanted.

The small 3D star was made from the music score page and edged with walnut stain......

.... and the numbers are from the Vintage Noel die and covered with rock candy distress glitter.
The snowflakes are Tim's movers and shapers die and I used a glittery card for these, cut them in half, edged them with walnut stain and adhered them around the edge of the top mount which I had also sewn around.

Sentiment from Mini Holidays 4 and layered onto more of the merriment paper and cut into a pennant.

Lastly dry snowflakes were added to the corner.

Before I go I just wanted to show you the lantern in progress -

The rusted effect ......

.... and this strange piece which is actually my most favourite technique on this card. It is the candle bowl of the lantern. I stuck frosted film onto a piece of acetate packaging to run it through the Big Shot and then on the back (the shiny side) I dabbed picket fence distress paint mottling it with a piece of kitchen roll. If you look at the card you can see it is still translucent and gives a lovely effect

I hope you find some inspiration here to make a vintage Christmas card.

Enjoy your creative path.

hugs {brenda} x0x


  1. Stunning card Brenda!! Love those gorgeous colour tones of these papers and the other elements you have used make this into one fabulous card! I love the rusted lantern, it looks amazing!!!

  2. It surely is a stunner, as Astrid says. I love that star.

  3. Great make with Tim's dies. It's beginning to feel a lot like Xmas, oh no I'll be singing that all day now lol
    Amanda x

  4. Wow, this card is packed with gorgeous details! The rusty lantern, the light inside it, the snow that it looks like real snow! And the color combination is lovely. You rock Brenda!

  5. Love the glittery snowflakes and snow, and my favourite element is definitely the lantern. What a fabulous idea for the candle bowl! So clever. Jenny xxx

  6. such a fabulous card Brenda - love that lantern die - it looks amazing xx

  7. Love all the elements, beautiful
    Rosie x

  8. Such a fabulous card Brenda, love what you've achieved with the acetate - very effective. A winner all round. Chris xxx

  9. Wow Brenda, the lantern looks so beautiful with that rusted technique and the effect that you have applied to the bowl is amazing. x

  10. Brenda, this is gorgeous! I love the rusted effect on the lantern and all those frosty panels! I love to use waxed paper for a glass effect, but will be certainly trying the acetate! Love this! Hugs!

  11. Absolutely beautiful Brenda. so unique as well. Hugs Rita xxx

  12. Brilliant! Love lantern finish and all the lovely details


    Jools x

  13. Fabulous card Brenda! Love the rusted lantern finish x

  14. The lantern is fabulous, oh how I love that!
    Gorgeous card.

  15. Wow, what a fabulous card. Love all the details, especially the lantern.

    byebye Yvonne

  16. My goodness Brenda, this is fantastic! It is a beautiful design and has so many fab techniques. I will be on a quest now to buy me some Rock Candy distress glitter as I love the look of those numbers. I think I even have that die!

  17. Scrumptious card with all those TH goodies - and a big WOW for the lantern, brilliantly rusted and with that fabulous frosted glass - gorgeous!
    Alison x

  18. Wow Brenda - better late than never and I sure am glad I got to see this. I am going to have to read and re-read how you did the globe but it really is fabulous. Your card hold so many elements that I love. Country and nostalgia and of course Christmas!

  19. hello,

    what a fabulas card ! I’ll have to give this a try. amira basmati rice looks great.

  20. Thanks so much for this great how to! I have been wondering how to do the "rusted" look.