Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vintage Meets Modern Valentine's Card

 Hi everyone! Charlotte here, and today I have a Valentine's Card to share with you. With this card I combined vintage and modern using an image with a vintage feel along with a more modern and graphic background design. 

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Other materials:
White card base
Scrap paper and repositionable adhesive, or masking paper
Stamp platform and/or stamping blocks
Small brayer
Black ink
Two shades of teal ink
Alcohol markers or other coloring medium of your choice
Paper cutter with scoring blade, or other scoring tool of your choice

Begin by positioning the image stamp in your stamping platform. When I'm stamping directly onto my card base I like to stamp first onto a piece of acetate laid over it, so that I can be sure the position is correct before committing to stamping on the card.

Use black ink, ensuring it is safe for use with your chosen coloring medium, stamp the image onto the card base. When using a particularly large or intricate stamp it can be helpful to run a brayer over it to ensure that it stamps evenly and no areas are missed.
Stamp the image again, this time onto a piece of scrap paper or masking paper. Fussy cut the image out. If you are using scrap paper, apply a repositionable adhesive to the back to create a mask. 
Position the mask over the image on the card base. The mask will allow us to add further stamping around the image without getting any of it on the image itself. Masking is a great technique when making one layer cards like this one.
Using the "forever" sentiment from the Romance Classic Couple set, stamp repeatedly across the card base with a medium shade of teal ink. Continue until the card base is covered. For extra interest, use the small "forever" sentiment from Inhale... Exhale with a lighter teal ink in a few random places between the larger words.
 Placing the card base into your paper cutter use the scoring blade to add a scored frame around the edges of the card. You could also use a score board for this.
Place the card base back in your stamping platform and position the larger sentiment centrally below the image. Stamp again, this time with black in, to create the focal sentiment of the card.

After removing the mask from the image, use alcohol markers (or other coloring medium of your choice) to add color to the image. As the line art of the image is so detailed it is not necessary to add detailed shading, though you can if you like.

I hope you enjoyed this one layer Valentine's card. Repeated stamping of a word or phrase can be a great way to add an interesting background to a card, and by masking the image it can remain all one layer making it easier to mail. Whilst I made this as a Valentine's card it could also work for an anniversary or even a wedding card. The technique could even be adapted to work for any occasion - how about switching to a "happy birthday" sentiment for a fun birthday card? 

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  1. Oooh, love the forever background. Well worth the effort. Hugz

  2. I really love the forever background. Such a clever idea!

  3. Ohhh... Charlotte this card is just perfect! Your background is amazing. Such thoughtful use of the stamp. The colors too pop very well against one another. Thank you for sharing


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