I love the look of vintage, Scandinavian style cards. Penny Black's "For Goodness Sake" stamp gave me a good excuse to try – it's such a great image. So I did some field research first.
Hypothesis: Vintage cards are gorgeous and I will make one someday!
Methods of study:
- Committed to memory every page of the Magnolia Ink magazine. That magazine is hard to find – it's so popular. So, I also
stalkedvisited one of the fantastic designers for Magnolia, Claudia, at Pretty Pressings, to see some gorgeous Scandinavian styled cards.
- Followed fellow Austin-ite Jennifer Stewart's blog, The Simple Things. Jennifer is the queen of Vintage, and every time I see her blog I get the urge to go to an antique mall or estate sale. Of course, Tim Holz is the King of vintage, and Melissa Phillips is in the royal court there somewhere.
- Studied Suzanne Dean's free (#19 through #23) on coloring for a distressed look with Copics.
The magic behind a vintage card is all the attention to details: soft, sweet colors and lots of pearls, stitching, glitter, lace, ribbon, charms, and flowers. Stick with off-white, cream card stock, and, for extra credit, add some tulle and a hat pin.
I learned a lot making this one little card . . . and I love, love the results. I have a few un-inked Maganolia stamps to tackle next . . . Oh dear . . . back to the research lab.
I used this week's sketch from the Friday Sketcher Challenge, Sketch #94.
Paper Garden Projects' Birthday Challenge #3 asked us to herald in Spring or Easter, and Cardvarks challenged us to add Lace. I loved this heart-inspired lace, but didn't like that I only had it in bright white. So, I tea-stained it. If you've never done that before, it's eazy peazy and Fun! (I tried staining with coffee once. It looked nice, but still smelled of coffee. Tea doesn't add any special effects.)
1. Just brew some tea – good ole' cheap Lipton works as well as any.
Drop your lace into the tea. If you want to tea-stain paper, crinkle it up first so the tea will settle into the creases.
Pull the lace out after about 5 minutes and set it out to air dry. (I put mine on parchment paper to save the counter surface.)
Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the recipe.
- Embellishments – Chatterbox paper flower, Oriental Trader charm, Making Memories Vintage Findings (hat pin), Creative Imaginations pearl brad
- Fibers – May Arts ribbon, Wright's lace (from Joann's), tulle (Hobby Lobby wedding isle)
- Ink – Memento Tuxedo, Copic Markers (see above), Tim Holz/Ranger Antique linen and Old Paper distress inks, Spica clear glitter pen
- Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Cardstock. Stampin' Up! Textured vanilla Card Stock, Graphics 45 Baby and Bride Collection.
- Stamp: Penny Black's cling stamp, For Goodness Sake
- Tools: Nestabilities Classic Rectangle Large
- Misc. – SU Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom Stampin' Pastels
I promise I have no affiliation with this store . . . I just discovered Paper Garden Projects on-line store and, oh my goodness gracious gravy. I love everything they carry – ink, paper, stamps, etc., and I have never, ever received such fantastic service. I placed an order on Sunday, March 7, got a note it was shipped on March 8 and received it on March 10. Inside my package Cathy added a handmade card, stitched grosgrain ribbon and a handwritten note: "Thank you for your order, Linda (FYI, for long-term storage, it's best to store the glitter pen flat so the glitter stays dispensed in the fluid.)" Oh, and she signed it with a smiley face. Now that's service!
Happy Spring everyone!