Friday, May 15, 2009

Simply Feel Better

Guess who got new stamps for Mother's Day? Oh, yeah. This is my version of old school. And old school is my way of saying vintage. But vintage implies old and these stamps are brand spankin' new! Fresh out the package and already inked. I was gonna keep the making of this card a secret, since my mom likes to think that everything I do is hard work and takes hours, but since I'm running low on things to blab about, I'm gonna take you through the process. First, I saw somewhere (where exactly escapes me now) that someone used Vintage Cream and Ocean Tides together and I loved it. And I knew I wanted that combination for this particular card that I had to make for someone who could really use a feel better card. So, I stamped the teapot in Ocean Tides onto my Vintage Cream paper. Then I cut it out. K, I know what you're thinking. Wow, how long did that take? Well, I didn't time myself, but I'm gonna guess about 2 minutes. Yeah, that includes using my xacto knife to cut out the handle. Then I sat & stared at my stamp cases, reading the titles, wondering which one of these had just the right stamp to create a background. Hmmm. Ooh, Guide Lines almost made the cut, but then Damask Designs caught my eye and it was decided. It even has a stamp that's made for repeating backgrounds.

Yes, that will be the background. Now I need to find a color to use on my cream cardstock that will be close in color, but not overwhelming. Of course, Versamark is too light. Can't even see it. The only cream inks I have are craft and I don't want to wait a year for it to dry. I hate using my heating tool to dry large inked areas, cuz it warps the paper. Got it. I'll use my antique linen distress ink.

Holy cow, that's way too dark. Ok, how about if I stamp it off. Aahhh, perfect. Ok, here we go. Let's put this bad boy together! K, stamp the background. Sponge the edges. You all know I love me some sponging!

Mount all the cream onto Ocean Tides cardstock. Put my lovely cut out teapot onto dimensionals, so it stands out. Stamp my sentiment and ta da. I'm done. See, mom, not too bad.

Stamps: Damask Designs & Tea for Two (PTI), Ink: Ranger Antique Linen Distress, Versafine Onyx Black, Ocean Tides (PTI), Paper: Vintage Cream & Ocean Tides (PTI)


rachel said...

Do you have any idea how much of a tea junkie (snob) I am? I LOVE this. I'm already planning the different tea's I'd send with the card!
The colors are perfect (like when they use back tea to give paper an antique look?)
The little flower detail on the tea pot makes the whole card. Such a nice touch. Very pretty and simple- classic!

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, indeed. It still seems like a whole lot of work. That's a lot of steps, and quite the creative process. But I love the fabulous vintage look you achieved! This is one of my faves.
Bestest Mom Ever

Stephanie said...

I so love that card.

Stephanie said...

distressing ink is my friend. i like to make everything look old.

Angie said...

I love,love my beautiful card ! You put so much work into it.
The teapot looks like it was bought & stuck on ( I know you did it ). You pick the best colors to put together.
I feel better :o)

Sandy in Epping said...

I have recently discovered the Distress inks; and love those teapots myself, so can envision all the possibilities you have opened up. Lovely color combination here; just can't go wrong with that pairing.

Lisa said...

Lovely card, love the idea of using distressing ink to stamp with. Thanks for sharing.


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