Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Vintage Collage

Tim Holtz March edition of his 12 tags of 2014 was my inspiration for this card, which features a vintage-collage stamped image from Magenta and is adorned with an egg from the Stampin' Up's Backyard Basics.

Once again, I used some of the 1950s English manila luggage tags, which I had bought on an excursion to an antiques fair in Epsom, Surrey. The old string on the tag was repurposed as a tie around the body of the tag.
First, begin by stamping the tag in brown ink (I used Stampin' Up! Soft Suede). Then use a selection of light blue and blue-green markers to color and shade the dragonfly. The markers will blend the brown ink, too, creating a subtle mottled effect. Smudge the edges of the tag by using a sponge and Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink. If you don't like red as a highlight, you can play with other Distress Inks that suit your background paper choices.

Stampin' Up!'s new Backyard Basic stamp set has a matching Sizzix Framelits die set, so that you can easily trim out any of the pieces of the set.

To color the egg, use a blending marker and dab it into a Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze (or Marina Mist) ink pad. The goal is to create shading and highlighting, and a blending marker gives more gradation of color. Then use the blending marker in the Distress Ink Festive Berries, but gently wipe the marker on a paper towel to leave only a light hint of the red. To make the egg luminescent, and to hide some of the color strokes, spray the eggs with Perfect Pearls Biscotti (any pearlescent glitz spray will work).
The designer paper is made by BoBunny and the sentiment stamps are from Stampin' Up! As these cards will suit a multitude of uses, you can stamp labels that say 'happy birthday,' 'thinking of you,' 'thank you,' 'miss you,' etc. I like to keep a handful of these labels in a plastic bag and adhere them to the card when I know how I will use them. The manila tag was adhered using 3-D foam adhesive squares to raise it off the background paper. Play around with tying the string to get a knot you like.


Marilyn Miller said...

Now where have I seen a card like this before? Smiling! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Kathy the Teawife said...

Yes, Marilyn, you were the first recipient of this card! I made them with your birthday in mind . . . I do hope you have a wonderful Saturday birthday!!