Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lady in Brown

I created this vintage card using stamps from Artistic Outpost's Distant Generations stamp set. My initial goal was to make a Mother's Day card. I couldn't quite find a way to add an appropriate greeting. In the end, it became a vintage lady card!

My inspiration was a new Spellbinders' die: Labels Three. I cut a frame using a Labels Three die & a circle die out of some patterned paper that I had created with a Butterfly Impressabilities used as a stamp.

Here's how I created the paper: I laid the Impressabilities over a piece of paper & sprayed it with Tattered Angels Tattered Leather Glimmer mist. Then I picked up the Impressabilities plate, turned it over & quickly pressed it onto a blue green piece of paper (actually the back of a Whitewash Co'ordinations paper). The result was a wonderful "stamped" image of the Butterfly Impressabilities. I really like how the Glimmer Mist spread before it dried so the design is blurred. It seemed perfect for the vintage look I was creating.

Once I had this frame, I chose the lady from Artistic Outpost's Distant Generations stamp plate (stamped with Adirondack Espresso). This image is part of a larger stamp with a gentleman & a child. I wanted to use just the lady but my original frame showed some of the child. Now, what to do? That led to cutting another frame of dark green using the same size Labels Three die with a smaller circle center. Better! I liked it but the circle wasn't quite small enough. I cut another circle mat out of pearlescent dark brown paper to mat under the dark green. Perfect!

The lady is colored with Copic markers. Since the hat on my lady didn't stamp quite solid brown, I went over it with my Copic marker. I added a hat band and a tiny paper flower also colored with Copic markers.

What next?

I then stamped the scrolly corner pattern on a square of ivory paper using Adirondack Pesto ink. I love how this turned out! A little Distress Antique Linen & Vintage photo around the edges.........perfect! I added pearlescent brown & dark green mats.

I added some little brads to the corners of the frame. My brads weren't quite dark enough so I colored them with a dark brown Copic marker. The frame is mounted with foam tape for dimension.

At that point, I left it overnight. The rest of the design just wasn't working. The next day I chose a card size and decided to use the same Co'ordinations paper for the background. I added Distress inks to the edges.

I punched the lace edge - Martha Stewart punch - out of the dark brown pearlescent paper and also out of ivory paper. I layered them and added a dark green piece that just peeks out between the points on the edge. I added a strip of the patterned paper and a satin ribbon. I colored the ribbon with Pesto started as tan. Some little brads to compliment the brads in the frame were my final touch.

What do you think?

Smiles to you........I'd love to read your comments!



Debby said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you walked me through all the steps :-).

WritingEli said...

thanks for sending me the link. I love this card. It reminds me of Titanic in a this woman is looking out of the ship's porthole or something. Very mysterious and romantic. Awesome.