Sunday, August 16, 2009


This is my entry for this week's Stampin' for the Weekend and Penny Black Saturday challenges.

The theme for Stampin' for the Weekend is Days Gone By. I used to do a lot of vintage style cards, but haven't done any for quite awhile, so I enjoyed this challenge. To get the vintage look, I used the faux linen technique on the script background. I stamped the background on glossy cardstock, then sanded in more or less straight lines both horizontally and vertically. To make the scratches pop so that it looks like linen, I used a sponge brayer to apply Antique Linen Distress Ink over the whole thing. I also inked the edges of my image and sentiment with the same Distress Ink. For the flowers, I inked the edges of the cream color flowers. For the center of the large flower, I used a jewelry spacer and pearl. The center of the smaller flower is a "stud" that is supposed to be used to make designs on clothing. There are little prongs on the back to go through the fabric and an indentation on the front for a rhinestone to be placed. I got several packages of these on clearance super cheap and I thought the design was pretty. I just flattened the little prongs and added a pearl on this one. Finally, I completed the vintage look with a sheer ribbon and little hat pin, which I made myself.
In addition to using at least one Penny Black stamp, the requirement for this week's Penny Black Saturday is a color challenge - blue, tan and cream. The Eiffel Tower image and the little flower with the sentiment are from the Penny Black "Thinking of You" clear set. I realized that I must really love the Eiffel Tower because I have four Eiffel Tower stamps. LOL! They are all different sizes and styles so that's okay. I stamped everything in blue pigment ink then embossed with clear EP. I popped the tower image and sentiment with foam squares.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I hope to see you again soon!
Stamps: Eiffel Tower, small flower (Penny Black); Bonjour (Stamabilities)
Ink: Blue pigment ink (Colorbox); Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Paper: Cream cardstock, glossy cardstock (unknown); Blue pattern cardstock (Club Scrap)
Tools: Square, scalloped square, oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); clear embossing powder (Ranger)
Embellishments: flowers (Prima); jewelry spacers, pearls, handmade hat pin, ribbon
Techniques: Heat embossing, distressing, faux linen
Finished Card Size: 5" x 6 1/2"


Beth said...

Ooh, this is such a classy card! I love the simple layout, it's makes the gorgeous stamp really stand out! Thanks for joining in the PB challenge this week!

Beth xx

a portland granny said...

What a totally beautiful card. I love the subtle colors, the "jewels" and the antique look. I had forgotten about the faux linen look--I will have to use it again on something, as I truly like that look.

Lovely card--someone is going to love it!

Nancy said...

Your card is gorgeous, Judy:O) Love your colour combo, the hat pin and flowers are stunning! The script bakground is a great touch, and the Eiffel Tower looks beautiful on this card.
Great take on this weeks Stampin' for the Weekend challenge, good luck!

scrapperjulia said...

This is a really beautiful vintage card. Love the faux linen look too!

Juls said...

this is just beautiful!

Kath said...

great to have you back judy and with such a gorgeous it.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxxx

Vicki said...

This is lovely Judy, beautiful colour scheme, love the pin and flowers they look wonderful. Thank you for joining in again this week with our "Vintage" challenge over at SFTW, good luck xx vicki xx

Susan said...

Great take on both challenges! I'm waiting on Tommy...we are meeting Joyce for lunch so I'm catching up real quick with blogs I follow while waiting on him to get ready. You were busy crafting all weekend I see!

tracie said...

Oh what a stunning card Judy, love this classy image and all the gorgeous details.. Thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC
Tracie :)x

Jessie said...

Wow Judy, this is a really beautiful and elegant card! Lucky you having 4 Eiffel tower stamps! I have one and its tiny :)

Pauline C said...

very stylish - really love this - simple and elegant. Great iamge and love the pin. Thanks for joining in the PBSC this week
Pauline x

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Judy, love the whole layout and color scheme. That eiffel tower stamp is lovely too, I've always wanted one, but never figured I'd use it that much, but it always makes me want one when I see one. I love the hat pin you've done too and neatly tucked in the ribbon makes it stand out even more. I had a close look at your faux linen background and I must say it does look great.
Thank you for participating in the "Stampin' for the Weekend" challenge again this week.. Good luck and we hope you'll continue to join in on the challenges on a weekly basis. Have a great day.
Donna xx

Kimmi said...

This card is so nice! I love the image and your pin! Gorgeous flowers! Love the blue back drop!

Thank you for playing along with us this week at Stampin' for the Weekend. We hope you enjoyed making your card and that you come and play again soon. Good luck.


crafty amy said...

Oooh this is beautiful I love that pin just the perfect touch.

Thank you for joining us at stampin' for the weekend and good luck.

X Amy X

Vanja said...

This is absolutely stunning! Great colours and I love the image and the pin.
Thank you for joining us at SFTW. :)