Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vintage Seed Catalog Card with Rosette Hearts Stamp

Card 2 (649x800)
The Rosette Hearts stamp set from Sin City Stamps  is perfect for a vintage, romantic look.  I used the large background image for my Vintage Seed Catalog Card.

I am a complete sucker for anyone holding up a beautiful object and saying, “This makes me think of you!”  So when a very sweet fellow dealer at my local antique store held up a roll of stickers and said just that, I had to buy them!  They reminded me of the fabrics and fibers I’ve been using to make pumpkins, and I decided to use them as my inspiration for today’s project.

I put some of the stickers on cardstock and coated them with Crystal Lacquer.  I don’t know whether an 1895 seed catalog would really have had a glossy cover, but I wanted some texture in my piece.  Although I originally left a border of cardstock around the stickers and rounded the corners, I eventually decided to trim away the excess cardstock.
Stickers (800x526)
I had envisioned stamping my image in violet on natural cardstock, which I did, but I also stamped the image in two different shades of violet on several different types of paper.  I have found this to be a really good way of experimenting with inks and papers.  While I have the stamp inked up, I make several different samples.  Sometimes I get amazing results. Other times I just get multiple images to use later.  And sometimes I don’t like the results.  I keep most of what I stamp, though, if only for backgrounds and layering.  This time it turned out that the seed catalog sticker looked really good with the background image in ColorBox Chalk Ink in Wisteria on a piece of green scrapbook paper.
I used my paper trimmer to trim around the edges of my stamped image on green.  Then I cut a
piece of natural cardstock so that it would be about half an inch larger than the green piece on all sides.  I folded the cardstock in half.  Then I inked the edges of both pieces with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  I added some ink to the seed catalog sticker, too, but the Crystal Lacquer resisted most of it.

Inked card (800x573)
I wanted to add some pretty, vintage-looking fiber to the card.  Sitting on my table was a sample flower I had made earlier with a piece of purple taffeta.  It looked almost like the pansies in the picture!  I added some gold-colored silk sari ribbon to the center and some Distress Ink to the edges.  I wanted the flower to look like it might have been around since 1895, too.

Flower (800x687)
To assemble the card, I used double-sided tape to adhere the green rectangle with my stamped image and the seed catalog sticker to the card.  Then I adhered the flower to the card with a piece of adhesive foam.
Card (689x800)
See how pretty the lacy background is? 

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  1. I absolutely love your vintage card, and I think you achieved the look of something from 1895. Lots of inspiration here.

  2. Fab project and love your step by step!

  3. Fab project and love your step by step!


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