I'm in love with nestabilities dies by Spellbinder and they work best on their Wizard die cutter. They cut AND emboss as you can see in the largest scalloped square below. I've been using my Holiday plate 1 by Rubber Stamp Tapestry but wanted a more vintage layered feel this time.
I'll be stocking both dies and Wizard at Mill House Crafts but if you are in the States, please go to Ellen Hutson's store for all you need!
Both cards started with a little textured ivory cardstock approx. 6.5cm x 6.5cm. All the stamps, including the reindeer are from Holiday Plate 1 by Rubber Stamp Tapestry and the sentiment "Joy" is from the Fancy pens handwriting plate.
Sponging colour directly onto the edges of the scalloped squares helps to age it. You can use various inks for this e.g. Tim Holtz linen distress ink, sahara sand, jumbo java or in this case a little burgundy Versacolour. If you are using textured paper this helps to emphasise the texture.
I have just taken delivery of COPIC pens (see link to Ellen Hutson above for more details). I love to colour and I've used them a few times now and I'm really loving how they blend and the vibrancy of the colours. Also in my package are the Copic Spica glitter pens which are great for adding shimmer in a controlled way.
These pens are pricey especially here in the UK and sometimes it works out cheaper to order a set from the U.S.A than to buy here. I know Bradbury Graphics in Belfast stock them and there are quite a few online stores too.
Watch out for more samples using my Copics..........