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Creative Challenge
November 2011

Christmas Cats!

All of our artists leapt on the challenge of creating a Christmas keepsake using Victorian images of cats. Our three winners toyed with the theme (like a cat with a mouse) and came up with three spectacular pieces, each different, but all capturing the rich Victorian tradition of layering textures and highlighting with surprising embellishments. Congratulations to all!


Christmas Cat Book Card by Sandie Edwards for Vintage Image Craft
Victorian Christmas
Cat Book Card
by Sandie Edwards

Christmas Girl with Cats Card by Lyneen Jesse for Vintage Image Craft
Christmas Girl with
Cats Card
by Lyneen Jesse

Merry Catmas ornament by Jennifer Willis for Vintage Image Craft
Merry Catmas Ornament
by Jennifer Willis

Scraps by Elsebeth Gynther for Vintage Image CraftVictorian Christmas Cat Book Card by Sandie Edwards is an intricate tribute to a truly feline Christmas, rich in detail, texture and sentiment. We especially enjoyed how Sandie carried the cat theme through the pages, using the images as focal points among the vintage ephemera and embellishments. The lace trims, ribbons, pearls and fabric touches made this a book we want to touch and treasure. Sandie will receive a copy of the wonderful book, Scraps: an inspirational field guide to collage by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen, generously provided by Sterling PublishingThe winning artwork will also be displayed on the Vintage Image Craft Home Page for one month!


Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make by Vintage Image CraftChristmas Girl with Cats Card by Lyneen Jesse echoes the composition of advertising illustrations of the early 20th century. In particular, she captured the dreamy coloration so popular at the time. The paper tole technique of layering provided texture and energy. We particularly noticed how Lyneen used cats from multiple images, being artful with the perspective. In this simple paper craft, she chose complimentary elements, colors, and text and brought them together in a way that really sparkle like a vintage treasure. Lyneen will receive a VIC e-book from our Cards With a Past series.


Christmas Children collage sheetMerry Catmas Ornament by Jennifer Willis is a whimiscal piece that could easily grace a Victorian Christmas tree. “More is more” was the style of the time, and she captured the giddy enjoyment of layering textures, patterns, and colors. We thought the gathered lace combined with a tinsel border was like fire and ice, while the gentle Victorian kitten looked quite at home among the festive flowers. This could be a treasured tree-topper for a cat lover! Jennifer will receive a Vintage Image Craft Image Book download.

Congratulations to our WINNERS, and thank you for your participation, too! The judging decisions were difficult, but each entry gave us reason to marvel in the creative imagination! Every artist embraced the "Christmas Cats" theme, and brought both humor and tenderness to the challenge. You can browse each entry through the links below, and even leave your comments for the artists!

We want to acknowledge Sterling Publishing and Lark Crafts, for generously donating the grand prize, a copy of Scraps: an inspirational field guide to collage by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen. This beautifully photographed compendium of collage techniques, concepts and ideas explores the art form from every angle. To quote the authors, "Collage is a transformation process in which one thing becomes something else entirely, sometimes with a welter of detail, at other times with surprising simplicity." The book is a $17.95 value.

VintageImageCraft salutes every crafter who participated in the VIC Christmas Cats Creative Challenge for November 2011!

Entries to the November 2011 Christmas Cats Creative Challenge

Click below to see other entries to the November 2011 Christmas Cats Creative Challenge...

Chunky Ornaments 
I used the assorted cat-themed images provided on VIC facebook page, cropping the cat and printing out 24 pictures at 1x1 each. For the base, I used 4 …

Girl Cat Christmas Ornament 
(Girl Cat Pyramage / Pyramid 3D Decoupage) We will be making an embellishment to adhere to a vintage background to make a Christmas ornament. You can …

Christmas Girl with Cats Card 
Attach green pattern paper red pattern paper with Miracle Tape. Glue Doily with glue stick to pattern papers. Attach to dark green panel, then adhere …

Victorian Christmas Cat, Book Card 
The two pictures I used in my project were both free images from "Vintage Image Craft" on Facebook. Firstly, a little girl feeding a kitten which I used …

Merry Catmas Ornament 
I altered an Echo Park sheet music from the Merry Christmas digital collection to black & white, 6x6. I adhered it to a piece of chipboard. Using a coloring …

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