Friday, February 5, 2010

Vintage Valentines

Hello to all of my cyber-visitors :-)


Yes -  I have made two valentine cards this week, it makes a very welcome change from baby cards.  


Talking of babies, DD has a 4-D scan today and we have a couple of beautiful photos of our Grand-daughter at 28 weeks gestation.  Oh the marvels of modern technology!!


This first card is the better of the two, I think - mainly because I prefer clean and simple cards.


This image, and the one on the second card, have both been downloaded from Clearly Vintage, where Cora has been sharing vintage Valentines images for the past few days.  For me to venture into vintage images is a real 'out of the box'  experience!!


I printed three copies of the image and cut them with three sizes of nestabilities, embossed them while they were still in the die, and then sponged the edges with distress ink.  I then mounted them, to give some dimension between the layers I used multiple layers of double sided sellotape.  A bit fiddly but worth the effort - they look far better IRL than in the photo, which has faded the colours somewhat.  


This was then mounted on a cream card stock which I sponged with the same distress ink.  I was then at a loss as to how to finish the card - I had already selected the maroon background  and the white base had the edge sponged with Rouge chalk ink.  As the recipient is a male, I wanted a strong accent, but was at a loss as to what to use - I was fossicking in my ribbon draw when way at the back I found the reel, unopened, of the glorious gold and red from way back when I first started cardmaking.... It was rapidly opened and used!!  To great effect!!  I am so pleased with the end result.


This next card was the first one I made using the vintage image, and my cutting was a bit 'off' - oops!!  The background is a medium blue, but would have drowned the image, so I muted it by using a layer of white mulberry paper, which has gold threads through it.  I deliberately wet and tore the edges to soften it.


The ribbon is layered also - a white organza with gold edge and on top of that a red organza.  The straight layer was simple to place, but the bow was very tricky to make, but I got there!!


Again the 'stack' of the vintage image(s) was sponged on the edges, with a darker ink this time, and then I mounted it on foam tape...  I am still not really sure if I like quite so much dimension!!  


Overall I am happy with this card, and again I feel the photograph does not do it true justice.


I have realized that this can be entered in Stampin' Royalty Challenge #6 as both cards are valentine themed!!


Thanks for calling by and taking an interest in my work - I truly appreciate all your comments and am greatly encouraged by them.



16 comments:

  1. Hi Maxine - I am loving these vintage Valentines - you are amazing the way you can adapt to any style! I have learnt something from you today - to wet Mulberry paper before tearing it - thanks for that, especially as I have some to use! Both of your cards are gorgeous Maxine - you have used the perfect ribbon for each, I may have to case you!! I am lovng these! Thank you too Maxine, for your support and those lovely comments you leave me on my Blog - you are such an encourager - thank you Sister, you bless me! {{{hugs}}}

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  2. Maxine,
    They are both lovely. The ribbons really make the card pop. I of course love the images as well. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Maxine! You have done an amazing job with these vintage cards...these are some of my favorite that I've seen! The colors and layering are just stunning! By-the-way, what does this word mean? It sounds like such a good word if it means digging around in something! fossicking

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  4. Nice job with the vintage valentine look. :)

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  5. Both lovely cards! Love the use of the pretty ribbon and your design! Lovely, Maxine!

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  6. What a beautiful look to these vintage designs!

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  7. Two terrific vintage Valentines! Both are great, but I really love the hot air balloon one-the way you layered the image is terrific. Great job on the masculine Valentine challenge! So happy to have you joining in the fun with Our Creative Corner this week!

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  8. gorgeous!!! so glad you played along with he odbd challenge team!

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  9. These are both such sweet cards! Love the vintage images. Thanks for joining us at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge.

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  10. Maxine these are both beautiful! I really like the effect of the mulberry paper! what a nice touch! So glad you played along on the ODBD challenge and hope you'll be back next week to play again!

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  11. Hi Maxine! Love your vintage style!!! Thanks for playing in the ODBD challenge!! God Bless!

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  12. I love the vintage look! Both cards are awesome.
    Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Stampin' Royalty!

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  13. Beautiful creations! Wow, love the bow and layering!

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  14. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for playing along with us at ODBD Shining the Light HEARTS challenge!

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  15. Very cute - thanks for playing with us at Stampin Royalty.

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