Vintage Christmas Ornaments

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Hello, Friends!  Time for another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday project.  This week, I’m sharing some Vintage Christmas ornaments made with the Festive Christmas Collection.  Growing up, my grandmother had the most beautiful Christmas tree ornaments I’ve ever seen.  There were ornate glass balls, sparkling bubble lights, crystal beads and glittering garlands on her tree every year.  I’ve tried to capture the Vintage shimmer, shine and elegance of those trees in this card.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 01aThis is a side fold 5″ x 7″ card with lots of inking, embossing and hand made epoxy elements.  If you are not familiar with how to make these epoxy embellishments, you can watch Emma Lou’s wonderful video tutorial HERE.  I have a complete supply list and step by step instructions for making this card below.  Enjoy!

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02The string of pearls reminds me of the glass beads on my Grandmother’s tree.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 04I used lots of distressing to add texture to the card panels.  The wonderful Raindrops on Roses die cut adds instant elegance and reminds me of snowflakes.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 05I love the way the gold embossed background of the Festive Ornaments Stamp shines through the inked, distressed background.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 03I had the privilege of writing the sentiments for this collection, and this is one of my original poems.  What an honor!

What were your favorite tree ornaments when you were growing up?  Did you string popcorn and berries?  Stitch felt ornaments?  I’d love it if you shared them with me in the comments section below.  Thanks for stopping by!



Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3620 Festive Ornaments PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses
Other: Tools: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 278859 Melt Art Melting Pot, SMP001 Stamp Mat Pad; Embossing Powder: 278039 Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) Bridal Embossing Tinsel

Other Products: Paper: White and kraft Cardstock, vellum, Tan Pearl Paper (Core’dinations); Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir Markers (DR 5, 6; JG 4, 5) Gold Gelato, Vintage Photo Distress Stain; Ink: Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink, Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink, Versamark; Other: Superfine Gold Embossing Powder, glass beads, ribbon, adhesive pearls, foam dots, glue

Directions: Using Versamark, stamp Festive Ornaments twice onto white Cardstock. Heat emboss with Superfine Gold Embossing Powder. Color only the ornaments on one stamped image, cut out, cover with Versamark and treat with UTEE in the melting pot. When completely cooled, gently bend to create a cracked finish.
Color the border of the other image, sponge all over with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye DI. Flick with water to create an aged look Tear the edges, distress the edges further and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Use foam dots to pop up the UTEE ornaments. Add seed beads and pearls as shown.
Create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card base from kraft cardstock. Distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.
Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of red holly paper from the paper collection. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Distress and roll the edges. Die cut and emboss 2 Raindrops on Roses toppers from pearl tan cardstock. Trim around the swirls so that they can be tucked behind your stamped panel. Glue the stamped panel onto prepared card base. Add ribbons, glass beads, adhesive pearls and small rose as shown.
Use Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink to stamp the Poinsettia onto vellum. Die cut, color the back side with markers and shape 2 of the smaller blossoms. Stack and add to the top of the larger round ornament. Fill center with glass beads.
For the interior: Cut the card greeting from the paper collection and glue into the card interior.

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19 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas Ornaments

  1. carol

    Lovely card Kathy the baubles are lovely. I do so love your poem, you are very talented in writing this as well as so talented with all the work you share.
    My memory is always of the Angel at the top of the tree, she always looked so pretty and finished the tree off. My mum was not into crafts or sewing, however, my father an engineer taught me how to sew on an old treadle machine and how to cut out patterns. Such memories of Christmas past.x

  2. ncguygirl

    Gorgeous, and a wonderful poem, too. You are SO talented! I am so proud of you, Sis, and how you have pursued your passion and become so skilled.

  3. Robin

    Oh, Kathy! What a treasure I found when I found your blog! You have so many talents – I LOVE your holiday poem – it says exactly what we ought to be wishing each other during the wonderful Christmas season. Your card is beautiful and really looks like it came from an old-fashioned Christmas!

    I have many wonderful holiday memories as my mother and grandmother both loved Christmas! We always baked Christmas sugar cookies and decorated them. We baked other holiday treats, but sugar cookies always remind me of Christmas. Our tree was filled with ornaments, each one having a special story that Mom told while we hung them on the branches. This past Christmas I enjoyed hearing those old stories yet again, not knowing that it would be the last time my mom told them…

    My tree is also a “treasure chest” of holiday memories. I have ornaments that belonged to my grandma, my mom, my husband’s mom, ones my ciddos made for me, ones that I bought with my first paycheck, and ones from each holiday season, as I always can find room for just one or two more! When I look at my Christmas tree, I see my life’s stories shimmering and shining in the colorful lights!

    I miss the Christmas mornings with little ones so excited for Santa’s coming, but we still fill stockings with small gifts! Originally we had felt and sequin stockings, but a mouse family made a summer home in them when they were stored in our garage and ruined them. My dear Mom cross-stitched us new ones that are so beautiful. In her life, she made around 35 stockings for family and friends! She really loved Christmas and kept the Spirit of the Holiday in her heart all year long. She would have loved your card!

  4. Castlepark Designs

    Your gorgeous card is simply amazing! I totally agree that your ornaments look just like glass and remind me of the ornaments on our Christmas tree at home growing up. Your poem is so lovely just like you my friend. Hugs and blessings, xx

  5. Pattie Jns

    Howdy, Kathy; I love your sentiment poem, think you should send it in the Our Daily Bread Designs and see if they can have a stamp made, for all of us to enjoy your gift from God. I know I would love to have this in my Christmas cards.
    My tree i guess was the bright colored lights, many colors, and the Angel on top. then there had to be the nativity under the tree with make believe snow, and the the village on the other side under the tree. you then remember the Angel announcing the coming of the Lord, His birth and then our family he has blessed . The smell of fresh pine awakening your scenes. Good music of Carols, and the classics, and hymns in the background. Christmas came.The meaning of season was there, not just the gifts. He was the gift.
    Always Luke 2 chapter was read Christmas Eve, (KJV)

  6. didlet

    Kathy, what a beautiful card, I love all the decorations and your ornaments are outstanding. Love the sentiment you wrote too! What I can remember from my childhood is my mother stringing cranberries to put on the tree. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love decorating the tree and putting out decorations in the house and putting the lights outside. And let’s not forget the most important part is celebrating Jesus!!!

  7. Jan Ross

    Hi Kathy:

    Beautiful and just the right amount of bling and other elements. Reminiscing to my childhood, my Mother loved decorating and Christmas was just another opportunity. We were living in West Texas where the only living plants were tumbleweeds. She gathered up several of the dried tumbleweeds (which just catch on your chain link fences, then she spray painted them white or gold (can’t remember for sure). She then mounted them on the cornice boards above the Christmas tree and used hundred of white lights in the branches, and voila, instant ambiance for Christmas. It was really beautiful.

    As for me, I have not put up a tree for several years because our living room is so small. But this past year, I decided it was time to put up a tree because it enhances the festive mood for the season. I am a bird lover, so I made felt cardinals, bird houses, and acorns etc. stitched with blanket stitches, and I will be using the handmade creations for my tree this year. I had almost forgotten that I had done this back in January and February. Christmas is not far off. Thanks for the reminders and your beautiful card creation.

  8. Lee Ann Barrett

    Kathy, your glass ornaments are amazing, and remind me of the Christmas tree when I was growing up too. I love the ornate baubles and these LOOK like glass. Gorgeous card!

  9. smithgfb

    You truly did capture the vintage feel of those ornaments of long ago. I too remember having the bubbling candle lights on our tree at one point! Beautiful card!

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