A Vintage Father Christmas


When the Holiday Catalog was released this year, there was one stamp set which grabbed my attention immediately:  Father Christmas.  Now this is not a set which will appeal to everyone, but the vintage vibes it was putting out spoke strongly to me.  So of course, I had to have it. I thought it was a perfect candidate for the emboss resist technique.

It has been a long time since I have used this technique.  I used to use it all the time.  In fact some of my all-time favorite cards were created with the emboss resist technique, such as this one from way back in 2010.


It’s a technique that used to be all the vogue, but which is seldom seen today.  But that aside, I decided to make today’s card a yummy vintage confection.  I hope you enjoy it!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ long when folded.

To create the focal image, I stamped Father Christmas in VersaMark ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I then heat embossed it using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  After that, I distressed the image using Crumb Cake ink and a Stamping Sponge, wiping away the excess ink with a tissue.  I added a little Cherry Cobbler ink to his robes, and Always Artichoke to the tree.


I distressed around the edges of the oval with Crumb Cake ink.  A few Crumb Cake holly sprigs, stamped off before stamping onto the oval, and a few speckles, courtesy of the Gorgeous Grunge set, finish the oval.

The Christmas Greetings header and the bottom border were completed in the same method.  To add some shimmer and shine, I used Clear and Gold Wink of Stella pens along the line work.  Although you can’t see the shimmer, you can see where the gold was added.


Holly Sprigs frame the oval.  They were stamped in Soft Suede, and very lightly colored using Blender Pens. Of course, no card is complete without the addition of a few Pearls, here and there!

father-christmas-basement-006I did create another version of this card in which Father Christmas and the Holly Sprigs are accented with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.  I adjusted the lighting and color in the picture below so you can see the sparkle!


I had so much fun “dirtying” up this card! I hope you enjoy viewing it as much I did creating it. Of course, if you have any questions about the cards that I make, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!  And don’t forget about the new Stitched Framelits which went on sale yesterday.  Here are links to them, and the stamp sets which are 25% off.  Until next time…


Price: $110.00


  1. Absolutely breathtaking. You make emboss resist an art form, especially with this vintage holiday scene!

  2. Stunning. Love the vintage look of your cards. Showing us a whole new way in using that stamp set

  3. I wish vintage was in vogue again, as your card is a perfect example of how beautiful vintage can be! I love this stamp set but wasn’t going to get it because I didn’t see how I might use it effectively without a tremendous amount of effort. Now I see how easy it can be….thanks for the nudge to order this set!

  4. Beautiful! No one does emboss resist like you!

  5. Ann, this is so beautiful! I love it! A true vintage card! Hope you are well! I think of you often, My Friend! XX

  6. Perfect creation for this stamp set.

  7. Ann, I just am never disappointed when you make a card. This Father Christmas is just soooo beautiful.I have always been “wowed” by your cards. We so seldom see you anymore, so I am always excited when I see you on here to see what awesome card you have made now. All I can say is, WOW!! Eva

  8. BOTH cards are so GORGEOUS Ann!

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