Sunday, 20 January 2013

Vintage birthday wishes

    It is my Mother-in-law's birthday today and so I made her a card! Why not pop over to her blog and say hello!

     I also made a couple of gifts too, but you will have to wait a few days to see them.

     I wanted to make a vintage style card - You might have noticed a far more obvious vintage theme in my last few posts. Well, I am enjoying it so much I am not ready to stop yet - so the vintage inks came out again!

    As you all know, from my last post, the printer waved the white flag and has decided to start printing again....One of the first things I printed up were these gorgeous images I got from Nicecrane designs. The one I used on this card was from the 'Beautiful ladies' set. If you have never been to the Nicecrane website or blog - you should really take a look. There are so many amazing images there- You will be spoilt for choice. Whatever your style of arts and crafts you will find the perfect images for you.....

          Here is the picture I used on the card. It was stuck onto a piece of white card. Then I inked some white card with Antique Linen and applied the image on top of this. The layered effect was continued with some more white card on which had Bundled Sage blended over it. Once cut to size I blended some Walnut Stain DI around the edge.

       To construct the card I repeated the technique I used on the Vintage Fashion tag. This is where I stamped images over the card and masked them and covered the area with a script stamp. I again used the black archival 'semi dry' pad so it wasn't a very dark print. I was also using the ink pad less carefully than usual so there wasn't a complete coverage of ink on the stamp - this gives a muted faded image, sometimes a partial image. I think this gives a lovely vintage feel to the piece.  I went over the entire piece with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone DI's using the blending tool. Then I smudged some Walnut Stain DI around the edges........


Down the centre of the card I wanted a strip of pale green. So using the Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress I used some Bundled Sage and Antique Linen DI's. I kept dabbing the piece of card in the ink until I had the effect i wanted. I then cut the strip of card to size and inked the edges with more of the same inks.

To do the birthday wishes banner I cut a strip of card, inked with Antique Linen and edged in Walnut Stain. I stamped the words with black archival ink. I was going to just place the words on the card but as I did this I decided I wanted it raised off the card rather than placed flat. I began to roll the edges - which looked nice but I felt something was missing. Hunting through the ribbon drawer I got some sage ribbon and glued it to the back of the banner. Then I rolled up the edges into a scroll effect and glued them.

   ......I liked the card as it was and while I didn't want to detract from the image, I wanted some more detail. I stained two roses with Antique Linen and two with Victorian Velvet. I had some paper covered wire so used the twirls of wire that I love so much to decorate the bouquet and hold it together as well. I tried to tie up the bouquet with the wire but it looked messy. So I dyed some very narrow ribbon with some Bundled Sage DI and to add to the vintage look I attached an antique style pendant into which I had put an image of roses.

    I had a 6 x 6 white card blank so I inked the entire front of the card with Antique Linen DI and then attached the inked and stamped card creation to it.

      Hope you like it! Please leave a comment if you were here to see it as I would love to know what you think.

       I am entering this into the following challenges -

Simon says stamp and show - Lace Love


  1. Wowwww Laura,,,,love it,,,,,so vintage style,,,.Love the way you used my Harrison Fisher women,the amazing background in your card,,,,,and all over what stunning flowers and ornament,,,,I am sure your Mother-in-law `ll enjoy this great gift,,,Thanks for using my pict,,,and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR MUM-IN- LAW..... Horayyyyyy for Laura.

  2. Laura...I really like your style. Of course, I also love that is not a surprise to me. But, your sense of balance and color is wonderful! I love this card. Nice soft colors, perfect little touches of embellishments. Your mother in law should really love this's a beauty! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  3. Lovely stamping techniques Laura - beautiful image. Nicola x

  4. Such a subtle, elegant card - and even more fabulous IRL!!
    Alison x

  5. This is beautiful Laura and I bet your MIL loves it. The green mottled panel down the centre makes a real difference and I love the little touches like the ribbon and the flowers. Hugs, Jenny x

  6. I do love it! As I love everything that Laura makes, and has made over the years. Some amazing gifts and this year is not lagging behind :-)

    Love, hugs and thanks to you Laura - Gilxxx

  7. Happy birthday Cestima, what a wonderful card you received there. Lucky you. Well done Laura, it's stunning. X

  8. Really like this card Laura - the lovely roses and pendant soften it beautifully and the ribbon scrolls on the banner are a great idea. Bet your MIL will really appreciate all the work you've put into it.

  9. What an adorable card, Laura. Love the vintage image and the beautiful background. Very lovely vintage card.


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