Friday, 21 February 2014
While in England, I discovered one of my favorite diversions was browsing antique fairs and hanging out in auction rooms. There is a regular antique fair held at the Epsom Downs Racecourse, just up the road from where we used to live. The last time I was there, my crafty friend Pam and I stumbled across a young man selling all kinds of vintage office supplies and furniture odds and ends. He had stacks and stacks of manilla-style tags, which he said were from the 1950s. Well, paper crafters LOVE to use tags, and Pam and I almost bought out his entire collection.
I finally have put some of these tags to use on this 'vintage lady' card. I thought: vintage lady, vintage tags! And I set out to distress and age the tags even more.
First of all, I dropped some of Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Reinker onto the waterproof craft sheet.
The next step was to apply Broken China Distress Stain to the edges. The stains have a nice spongy applicator, which worked perfectly to drag around the tag. I used my sophisticated tool, better known as my index finger, to smudge and spread the blue ink even more.
I played around with a variety of background papers, embossing folders, and flowers to finish the card.
I made about eight versions of this card, and I often like to keep my sentiment labels separate until I know how I will use the cards. There is nothing more frustrating when you have a perfect card for a friend's birthday, but you've already stuck on a 'thank you' label. This way, I'm always ready to go and pop just the right card into the mail.