Friday, May 14, 2010

Neo-Vintage Floral Card

Good morning stampers! I hope you've had a great week - we've been really busy around here, but that's nothing new, right?! Today as you read this, I am on my way to Pennsylvania to meet with one of my uplines Jan Wakeland. She has invited me to speak at her meeting tomorrow and I'm driving up early to spend a little time with her. I just know it will be a great time and I'm really looking forward to being with her group tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also a big day for my Emma - she is competing in Richmond tomorrow morning, doing her singles program. She and Mark will drive down in the morning and she skates at around 11:30 am. It just kills me that I can't be there, but when we planned the weekend, we thought she'd be skating on Sunday! Oh, well, hopefully the girls at Jan's meeting will be able to put up with me hanging over my phone for the results! I just know she will do great!

So, I know you didn't check in here to read all about my life - or did you?! haha!
I do have a creative project to share with you and here it is!

I designed this card with two purposes - one it was my card for my Trinity Design Stampers Shoebox swap last weekend AND it was supposed to be my Mother's Day card for my Mom on Sunday. I say supposed to be because somewhere between the restaurant and her house, it fell out of her bag and is probably laying forlornly in a parking lot somewhere. I hope whoever finds it enjoys it! (Yes, I AM making her another one!)

Well, the girls on my team loved the card and I know my Mom will too once she gets it! You all know how much I love the vintage style and lately I'm enjoying mixing it with a more contemporary feel. This card kind of embodies that style.

To create my focal image, I stamped the flowers from the Elements of Style stamp set using Soft Suede ink onto Naturals White cardstock. I then took my Not Quite Navy Watercolor Wonder crayon and lightly colored in the blossoms then went over them with my Aqua Painter to actually 'watercolor' them. While the paper was still damp, I crumpled and tore it several times to distress it and then added it to my dsp and cardstock panels with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The ribbon treatment is just Kraft Taffeta wrapped around those panels with the bow added afterwards with Mini Glue Dots. This focal panel was added to a folded Soft Suede card front.
I used my new Smooch Spritz and added two colors to the entire card front - Log Cabin and Gold Glow. I read a tip somewhere online for using these cool spritzers - 'Commit to the Spritz.' Meaning, when you spray, go for it, don't do it halfway. It does work much better than trying to just do a little bit. I was much happier with my coverage when I followed that advice!

For the inside, some simple stamping and some Gold Glow finished it off.

I simply added the floral image to two of the corners of a piece of Naturals White cardstock with more Soft Suede ink and used markers on the greeting which was from the stamp set, A Beautiful Thing.
So, you can be vintage, without giving up a clean and simple look. I'd love to know what you think so leave me some comment love - I really enjoy hearing your thoughts!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I've pre-scheduled my Stamping 411 card to post tonight so be sure to come back and see this week's sketch, ok?
Stamped blessings,

Supply List (all SU!):
Stamps: Elements of Style, A Beautiful Thing
Inks: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, Naturals White
Accessories: Soft Suede Patterns DSP, Smooch Spritz - Log Cabin, Gold Glow; Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers - Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy


  1. Oh, Robin. . .this card is Beeaaauuuutiful! Absolutely LOVE the vintage look you put into this card. I will be CASing this one! TFS!!

  2. Well, someone got a gorgeous card in that parking lot!!!! Have a grat time at Jan's meeting!!

  3. Such a pretty card and :( that it fell out of the package! Thanks for blessing my day and congratulations on being one of the featured stampers on LNS Blog Finds of the day! :)

  4. Beautiful card, I love the shabby elegance of it. Great colors and distressed techinque.


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