Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vintage Seed Catalog Card with Rosette Hearts Stamp

Card 2 (649x800)
The Rosette Hearts stamp set from Sin City Stamps  is perfect for a vintage, romantic look.  I used the large background image for my Vintage Seed Catalog Card.

I am a complete sucker for anyone holding up a beautiful object and saying, “This makes me think of you!”  So when a very sweet fellow dealer at my local antique store held up a roll of stickers and said just that, I had to buy them!  They reminded me of the fabrics and fibers I’ve been using to make pumpkins, and I decided to use them as my inspiration for today’s project.

I put some of the stickers on cardstock and coated them with Crystal Lacquer.  I don’t know whether an 1895 seed catalog would really have had a glossy cover, but I wanted some texture in my piece.  Although I originally left a border of cardstock around the stickers and rounded the corners, I eventually decided to trim away the excess cardstock.
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I had envisioned stamping my image in violet on natural cardstock, which I did, but I also stamped the image in two different shades of violet on several different types of paper.  I have found this to be a really good way of experimenting with inks and papers.  While I have the stamp inked up, I make several different samples.  Sometimes I get amazing results. Other times I just get multiple images to use later.  And sometimes I don’t like the results.  I keep most of what I stamp, though, if only for backgrounds and layering.  This time it turned out that the seed catalog sticker looked really good with the background image in ColorBox Chalk Ink in Wisteria on a piece of green scrapbook paper.
I used my paper trimmer to trim around the edges of my stamped image on green.  Then I cut a
piece of natural cardstock so that it would be about half an inch larger than the green piece on all sides.  I folded the cardstock in half.  Then I inked the edges of both pieces with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  I added some ink to the seed catalog sticker, too, but the Crystal Lacquer resisted most of it.

Inked card (800x573)
I wanted to add some pretty, vintage-looking fiber to the card.  Sitting on my table was a sample flower I had made earlier with a piece of purple taffeta.  It looked almost like the pansies in the picture!  I added some gold-colored silk sari ribbon to the center and some Distress Ink to the edges.  I wanted the flower to look like it might have been around since 1895, too.

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To assemble the card, I used double-sided tape to adhere the green rectangle with my stamped image and the seed catalog sticker to the card.  Then I adhered the flower to the card with a piece of adhesive foam.
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See how pretty the lacy background is? 

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