Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shabby Vintage: {PPC9} & {CCCC41}

Tonight I have an entry for two of my favorite weekly challenges to share with you. Lesley and the design team over at Paper Players challenged us with a "vintage" theme and boy, is that ever a challenge for me! Is there such a thing as too much vintage?! This card has been distressed, smudged, spritzed, shimmered, embossed and stamped within an inch of it's life! I'm not sure but...I think I like it!

The color scheme was inspired by another favorite over at Stacey's Stamping Stage. I did take a little artistic liberty and changed the neutral from Whisper White to Very Vanilla to better coordinate with this lovely bit of Victoria Crochet Trim from the new SU catalog. Otherwise, the colors stayed true using Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake. What a beautiful

At stamp club with my upline this week, we
made these wonderful flowers with the Scallop Circle Punch. I don't know where this technique originated...if anyone knows please tell me so I can give proper credit. You can use as many layers of scallop circles as you wish depending on how full you want your flower to be. For this one, I used 5 Marina Mist scalloped circles--4 punched with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch and 1 using the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch (new). The technique is super simple:
  1. Punch desired number of scalloped circles.
  2. Punch a small hole in the approximate center of each circle. I used my 1/16" circle punch but you could also use a Crop-o-Dile or even pierce a hole. Don't worry if the hole isn't in the center--you want each layer to be a bit wonky so it looks more natural.
  3. Using a regular spray bottle, spritz each circle with water so it is covered. I just held it in the palm of my hand and sprayed a couple times.
  4. Scrunch each circle in your hand.
  5. Unfold each circle and layer them one of top of the other, aligning the center holes and with the largest circle at the back.
  6. Place a small brad through all layers of the flower.
  7. Starting with the top layer, scrunch up each scalloped circle until it looks the way you want it to look. You can spray the entire flower with water a few more times to get the desired effect.
  8. Set your flower aside to dry--should take about 15 minutes or so. You'll be amazed at how quicky it dries and how beautiful it is when finished! Leave me a comment if you would like me to post a photo tutorial on how this is done. I've been thinking I need to start doing some tutorials so this might be a good place to start--let me know if you're interested.
Before my flower dried, I used SU's Color Spritzer and an Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker to give it an aged, vintage look. After color spritzing, I sprayed on a mixture of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol for some extra sparkle and glitz! I warned you this one was spritzed within an inch of it's life! LOL. (click on the photo above to get a better look at the shimmered spritz!)

Finally, the inside. A piece of Very Vanilla was stamped with the En Francais background stamped I used on the front. Also stamped in Crumb Cake but this time I stamped off twice so it looks almost like a watermark. I wanted a soft and washed-out image that wouldn't compete with any writing on the inside. The little piece of Marina Mist is punched with my new favorite punch--Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border--and the Night of Navy flower is from Charming. And because I couldn't let well enough alone (!), I sponged the edges of the inside with Crumb Cake just as I did on the sentiment oval from the front. That little background stamp in the oval? It's from Charming too and is also stamped in Crumb Cake...pretty, eh? Maybe I do like this vintage thing after all...what do you think? Don't forget to go check out all the other vintage entries at the Paper Players Challenge and the beautiful colors at the Curtain Call. It's always fun to play along...cheers!

8/8/10 edit: I'm so excited! Stacey chose this card as the LEAD in the Curtain Call Color Challenge {Act 41}. I just can't believe it...I'm thrilled...thank you!

8/9/10 edit: WOW! Just found out that this card also made it as a Cut Above at the Paper Players...a big thank you to Lesley and the design team! Hmmm, maybe vintage is my style afterall. :-)

stamps: en francais; charming; because i care
ink: night of navy, marina mist & crumb cake
paper: crumb cake, night of navy, marina mist, very vanilla cardstock
xtras: vintage wallpaper impressions folder; 1 3/4" scallop circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle, wide oval, 1/16" circle; dotted scallop ribbon border punches; lots of tags & little leaves sizzlit dies; victoria crochet trim; basic pearls; champagne shimmer paint; color spritzer; early espresso stampin write marker


Julie Gearinger said...

This card is gorgeous! Great job on both challenges- thanks for sharing!

Ann Schach said...

Love, love, love it! A great vintage card! Thanks for joining in the Paper Players challenge!

Carol Hodson said...

All I can say is WOW! Just love finishing the inside of my cards too :-)

Lesley said...

This is SO gorgeous Nance! I LOVE it! You knocked "Vintage" out of the park with this one!! Thank you for playing along...
Big Smiles,
Lesley :)

Diane - said...

Nance this card is absolutely stunning! I have seen this flower technique before(can't remember either) but it looks GORGEOUS in blue! I also love your small details; embossing foler on "half" the piece on front, background stamp on sentiment, touch of pearls, and as always the inside. Hope you win with this beauty! di

Diane - said...

PS: I would LOVE your tutorial .... you know where to find me and your mom! 8-)

Nancy said...

Another stunner, who'da thunk...Vintage! You know I absolutely love the Blue and the lace it's lovely, but can't believe you bought lace!
Di's right the little background stamp on the sentiment is perfect...a definite winner.
Oh, and possibly a tutorial can't wait.

Christina said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Nance! I really love every vintage detail, including that gorgeous flower!

Hands On said...

So beautiful! I love all your layers and your flower tops it off beautifully!

Marisa said...

Gorgeous flower and card! Love how you used this week's colours. Thanks for playing the Curtain Call.

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a great vintage style with the flower, script background, pearls and lace.

jaydee said...

Nance, you might not be sure if you think you like it:-) but I love it. Your flower is gorgeous. I love what you did with the inside... the pearls... the lace.. the tags - all of this work together to produce a beautiful card.
thank you for joining the Paper Players again this week

Stacey Schafer said...

oh my word, Nance! this is one of the most gorgeous things I've seen in a long time:) love it! thanks for playing the Curtain Call!

Pam Speidel said...

OUTSTANDING!! Congratulations on being selected as the LEAD in the Curtain Call! You Go Girl! This is one GORGEOUS creation and you deserve it! :)

Jamie Garity said...

I am going to give you the highest form of flattery and copy every darn thing. I just love it all! Your directions sound easy; but, I will find out tonight. Thanks so much! Congrats!!!

Linda Callahan said...

You are a superstar! This is gorgeous - Congrats on being the Lead - I am delighted for you!

Julie Davison said...

WOW! This is absolutely STUNNING! I love every details! Congrats on getting the "lead"! It's much deserved!

Tracey Parrott said...

Congratulations to you Nance, I knew this one would be a winner for sure and just honored to be in it with you!

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Anonymous said...

This is beautiful ... I just love it!

Anonymous said...

Beyond words!!! I love all the colors and love all the special details. With your consent I would love to use it as an example to make a card. Thank you for the clear instructions. I am very interested in tutorials. Congratulations, Peggy