6 December 2013

A Joyful Christmas with Nicecrane Designs

Hi everyone. Thanks so much for joining me at this busy time of year. 
It's definitely busy if you've still got a ton of Christmas cards to make. Where did October and November go?!

Thankfully it was relatively quick to rustle up this set thanks to a set of digital images from Nicecrane Designs. 
Called 'A Joyful Christmas' you can find these wonderful designs HERE.

They are easy to resize and with a high resolution, each image is beautifully clear when printed.

So here's a flick through the set, combined with a brief description of the elements involved.

The images were cut to fit stamped.embossed apertures and given an inky distressed edge. They were then layered onto the die cut frames.

Have you noticed yourself looking at colours and thinking of them in their Distress form? When I looked at these images I saw Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Frayed Burlap and Tattered Rose.
That works when you are talking to someone else familiar with the Distress range, but everyone else tends to look at you rather oddly!

Creating the marbled note page layers was really easy with the Marbled Background stamp from The Artistic Stamper.
You can use coordinating stains on it to get a beautifully blended look.
As I've used this background stamp it seems rude not to enter The Artistic Stamper Creative Team challenge - Anything Goes.

The holly leaves got a little more complicated than initially envisaged. To give them a patina look a blend of alcohol inks was added to metal foil, and then some of the ink was removed using the Dot Fade stencil and Blending Solution. It definitely fitted with the whole vintage feel.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing what can be done with these fabulous images from Nicecrane Designs. There are any number of other fantastic Christmas images available too at a really good price, so it's well worth taking a look HERE.
I'll be back tomorrow with my first entry to a rather special challenge.
Hope you can join me then. In the meantime I'd like to wish you all a happy and productive weekend. Jenny x

ps. in response to a couple of queries, the frames were embossed onto watercolour card in Ranger silver embossing powder using this stamp;
the frame was then cut/embossed using this Spellbinders Nestabilities die set;


  1. Very vintage - Gorgeous

    Sam xx

  2. Jenny, you have put these images to beautiful use! Love all the layers and neutral colors! Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Fabulous set of cards Jenny, great use of those images and I love the colour scheme (and yes I am one of those "weird" people that thinks in Distress Ink colours too lol)! Love the die cuts you have used and the way the swirls curl around the sentiment etc, great design!!

  4. A glorious collection of cards Jenny and I have to say I enjoyed using some of those same images myself, they really are delightful.
    Your embossed frames are gorgeous, bringing such richness.

  5. Gorgeous selection of wonderful Christmas cards Buttons...Love how you have framed these beautiful images....Hugs May x x x

  6. Just wonderful Buttons been seeing these over at B.s blog too must check them out..
    how did you do the white embossed swirl frame or were these pre-cut bought frames?? TFS, Shaz in Oz.x

  7. On Jenny! These are just stunning! I love NiceCrae Designs. Do you recall where you found the embossed apertures? Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs, Yvonne

  8. Such sweet images Jenny and mounted in your own inimitable style. The embossed apertures look fabulous and I just adore the holly leaves and swirls. A great design for reproducing these beautiful cards.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. Thank you cards are very rarely used now which is such a shame because if you received one of these you would be delighted. The framed apertures hi-light those sweet images beautifully.

    I love colours Jenny and they are my first priority when making any new project. Your chosen colours enhance the images just enough without being overpowering. Good choice.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  10. Jenny these are gorgeous ages and gorgeous colours too, I know whatyou mean ...I see all sorts of things in Distress, the sky ,trees, flowers! gorgeous cards with your usual touch of elegance x hugs x

  11. Jenny, these are pure and precious in every sense! They look like expensive antique works of art and I'm so very impressed!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Good morning Jenny WOW!! you have been so busy.
    All your creations are stunning, I love each and every one.
    The images are fantastic.
    Have a wonderful weekend

    Patricia xxxx

  13. A very beautiful set of cards and terrific use of the wonderful images

    Chrissie x

  14. Those Nicecrane images are wonderfully vintage and you have shown them off so well in those beautiful embossed frames. Really like that marbeling stamp too, it is very effective. Hugs, Anne x

  15. Glorious work Jenny! Your design and mounting are the most perfect accompaniment to these images. Fabulously vintage! HappY Weekend! Nicola x

  16. OMG Jenny,,,,soooooooooooooooo vintage look, so clever idea,,,,LOVEEEEE IT,, LOVE IT, LOVE IT,,,,I want a real one if possible for me,,,,yweahhhhh,,,,,,,,,what creative you are my friend,,,,,Merry Christmas for you and family,,,,,,

  17. Beautiful Jenny ... I love em. delightful images transformed into beautiful cards.
    Suzi B x

  18. Beautiful cards Jenny ! The images you've used are gorgeous. Sue C x

  19. Oh these cards are beautiful Jenny! I love the images and you've framed them beautifully! xxx

  20. Jenny this is breathtaking! So full of Classic Christmas style...I'm in awe.


  21. Just so pretty and nostalgic
    Rosie x

  22. Catching up Jenny and I am so glad I did as this set of cards are beautiful. The effect of the neutral marbling as a background is lovely. As you say it certainly feels too busy sometimes.

  23. Such charming cards, Jenny - brilliant use of the images, and so subtly layered and delicately embellished. Beautiful work.
    Alison xx

  24. Oops... and lovely to have you play along at The Artistic Stamper, obviously!
    Alison xx

  25. All of these images are really special and your makes delightful!!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  26. Absolutely fantastic and beautiful what you've designed here with these images!!
    All of your makes have really inspired me; which is exactly what I need to get started on the tag challenges.
    hugs and happy holiday to you Jenny.


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