Monday, 18 January 2016

Vintage inspiration

My favourite theme being Vintage, I was inspired by both the Vintage Journey and the We Love Vintage challenges. The first has a theme of travel and the second... not entirely sure as Google translate let  me down and, despite having spent inordinate amounts of time in the Netherlands, the Dutch I picked up could be written on the back of a (small) envelope. Actually strike that, since I wouldn't even know how to write the few words I did learn!
Anyway, I think it had something to do with lace and an edge, I hope I have fulfilled the remit, if not, you have my apologies.

For my background I used a Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder (Eiffel Tower), inked up with Distress inks, sprayed lightly before running through the die-cutting machine. Such an easy technique for a colourful background! I added highlights with chalk for more variety as my base cardstock (kraft colour) is quite dark.

My focal image had to be from the The Journey stamp set (Stampers Anonymous CMS021) and I used Distress inks to age it.

For embellishments, in addition to the lace, I added some Calico Crafts gears/cogs and a DIY cog I embossed with a mix of embossing powders.

Thanks for coming by,

Also entering the Artistic Stamper, We Love To Create challenges.


  1. I just love the wonderfully vintage background you created and the old car image is superb. The cog embellishments are lovely finishing touches.

    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this month at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  2. Google translate does offer up some 'unique' translations at times Christine.

    You have certainly captures the brief here and loving the warm colours achieved.

    B x

  3. Love the folder used and what you have done with it. Why is it we forget about all our fabulous crafting goodies and keep buying more????

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  4. It was the lace we asked for so your beautiful card has everything we want to see at our WLVC-challenge. Vintage with lace......that's what you made and we thank you very much for playing with us at WLVC. Have a very nice day, xxx Plony

  5. Great card you have made, thanks for sharing on WLVC. gr. Liesbeth

  6. Je viens de lire par hasard ce que t'as écrit Shirley... et c'est bien vrai hélas. On achète toujours de nouvelles choses alors qu'on a des trésors dans nos placards!
    C'est tout simplement superbe, ça forme un ensemble parfait!

  7. Wowwww such a beautiful card and thank you so much for joining our WLVC-challenge! Good luck and hope to see you next time! Warm hugs, Chantal

  8. What an original vintage card! Thanks for joining WLVC

    gr. Jacqueline

  9. I absolutely love this! The dry embossing is executed perfectly and the colors and details are spot on! What an amazing image and gorgeous use of crocheted lace. Beautiful work! <3

  10. Such a lovely design and gorgeous vintage looks!

  11. Love that auto image and your wonderfully colored and embossed background! thank you for joining us in the AVJ travel challenge! Julia xx

  12. What a brilliant image, and I love the glow of the background. Great to have you join us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x