Good morning stampers, crafters and friends and welcome to the June One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop! This month’s theme was Very Vintage, and I am just going to say that it was a tuffy. When I saw this theme I was kind of scared because I don’t really do vintage themed/styled cards. I love them and think they are beautiful but don’t really do them because it is such a big topic I think, but I met the challenge and thought long and hard about what I could do. I knew that I didn’t want to use the Guy Greetings stamp set because I thought that’s what most people would go with since it has such wonderful vintage themed images. I wanted to go with something different, so I picked two stamp sets that looked very vintage to me. I picked Father Christmas and Nature Sing; two Christmas sets from the Annual Catalog. Since Stampin’ Up! is running a recruiting promotion right now called Christmas in July doing vintage style Christmas projects was a great way to go. Here’s a look at my projects this month.
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I started out with my card, as I always do, very rarely do I come up with the 3D project first and build around that. Here’s a closer look at this month’s card.
- I started out on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 3 3/4 x 5 and stamped my images from Father Christmas (a carry over set from last years Holiday Catalog, and a must have if you love vintage looking Santa images) in Soft Suede Classic ink. After the placement of the Santa was right I stamped the smaller reindeer and trees from the Nature Sings Stamp Set (New in the 2017 Annual Catalog).
- Once I had the images stamped I went in with a blender pen and added some shadows just using the ink from the stamped images and pulling it out slightly. I didn’t want to add more ink and make it to strong. By doing this this way it allowed for a more vintage feel to me. I had tried it using a little more ink on my blender pen and pulling the color out to a lighter shade but it was to dark.
- Next I took the blender pen and added some shadows underneath the trees and dear and Santa himself, making sure to pull the color out very softly.
- After this was completed I added some distant mountain ranges in the background. I took a torn piece of cardstock and a sponge dauber and pulled the color up toward the top of the card. The torn cardstock gave me the jagged edges of the mountains and masked off the areas I didn’t want color.
- Then I added some dazzling diamond stampin’ glitter in areas of the snow to make it sparkle. I took my fine-tip glue pen and added glue on the ground, and trees where show would be and sprinkled my glitter on top. I then took and sponged around the edges of the cardstock using Soft Suede Classic Ink.
- I let this dry and then matted it on my Garden Green mat that was cut to 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 using fast fuse adhesive. Then I matted it again on a piece of Cherry Cobble cardstock measured at 5 1/4 x 4. I then took the Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim and placed it on the left side of the card beside Santa I then secured this on the back of the matted piece using Scotch tape. Then I added some fast fuse to the back of this piece making sure to go over the scotch tape and attached it to a Very Vanilla Thick Card base cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2. To finish off the card I sponged around the edges of the card base using my Stamping sponge and Soft Suede Classic Ink.
- I stamped Wishes For A Beautiful Christmas on the front bottom right of the card in Soft Suede Classic Ink to finish my card.
For my gift bag, it took me three or four tries to get exactly what I wanted I knew my concept but nothing I came up with was pleasing enough. It was either to busy, or just not right. So I took one of my prototypes and came up with a plan using my card as my main interest.
- I took a piece of Very Vanilla Thick card stock and the Gift Bag Punch Board and created the bags base. Since I knew that I would be using the lace trim to tie the bag close and dress it up a little I went a head and punched out the holes at the top using the punch on the reverse side of the punch board. Once I had the bag designed, I used my prototype to get the measurements for the front. The bag measures 7 1/2″ tall by 3 1/4″ wide by 2″ deep.
- Knowing these measurements I started with the Very Vanilla piece that I would be stamping on and cut two pieces the size needed. I did the same with the Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.
- Once everything was cut I stamped the same images as above and followed the same steps as the card front. The only difference was I took a scrap of garden green and cut out a small scalloped oval and stamped the greeting on very vanilla and cut it out using the smallest oval in the stitched shapes framelits. I sponged around the edge of this oval.
- Once everything was stamped and dried I layered everything up and placed in on the front and back panels of my bag using fast fuse. I took the greeting and popped it up using dimensionals and placed it on the front. I ran the lace trim through my holes and tied a bow on the front to hold it close.
I tired to pick colors that I felt were very traditional and would be a vintage combination. I added in the Soft Suede to give the vintage look to my card through sponging. So that the cardstock looked older then it was.
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Thanks for dropping by today I know that you will enjoy all the other ideas that everyone else has came up with for his month’s theme. You will find a list of Products below the hop list. You can always order 24/7 in my online store if you have decided that you can not live without either of these sets.
- Kelly Acheson
- Jessie Holton
- Jenny Hall
- Jennifer Hill
- Melissa Davies
- Tina Rackley Riddle
- Renee Ondrajka
- Marisa Gunn
- Pam Staples
- Maria Willis
- Rick Adkins (You Are Here)
- Jeanna Bohanon
- Justin Krieger
- Andrea Tracy=Tucker
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