Saturday, 13 October 2012

Shabby Vintage Happiest Birthday Card - Simply Stampin' Oct Theme Challenge

The challenge over at Simply Stampin' this week is to make your own DSP.  I love the look of the Natural Composition Specialty DSP in the annual catty and that inspired me to use browns for my patterned paper.

I stamped the floral image from the Elements of Style set on Crumb Cake CS using Soft Suede ink.  I absolutely LOVE that stamp, it's so pretty and reminds me of a Toile design.  After trimming the square to size I sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink, added a strip of Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon (now retired) and matted onto an Early Espresso layer.  I then got busy with my Apothecary Art set.  I stamped the label twice onto Very Vanilla CS, once in Early Espresso ink and again in Marina Mist ink and I used a Labels Framelits die to cut out the Espresso image.  I stamped the image again onto Crumb Cake CS so I could get a contrasting banner piece, stamped the sentiment, cut out the banner and glued it to the Very Vanilla label shape.  I fussy cut the Marina Mist floral images and popped those up.  Like the DSP panel, I sponged all the edges with Soft Suede ink.  I then tied a bow and attached it to the card front with a beautiful Antique brad.  The whole front panel was then adhered to a 5 3/4" square Marina Mist card base.  To finish off the front I added some pearls at the corners.

Then I set to work on the inside and the envelope.  I stamped a strip of Crumb Cake CS again to create more DSP for me to use.  I added a fancy Early Espresso die cut border and some fussy cut Marina Mist flowers.  I love to layer a sentiment over a paler stamped image so I inked the floral stamp with Marina Mist ink and stamped off on scrap paper once first before stamping on the Very Vanilla panel.  I don't have a large SU! birthday sentiment for inside a card so I'm afraid I've snuck in a non SU! one.  I used the floral image again and Labels Framelits dies to make the element for the envelope flap.

Not content with that I felt the need to decorate the front of the envelope as well.  I had some stamped DSP strip left over so I thought I may as well use it!  I inked the label stamp with markers - Crumb Cake for the lines, Early Espresso for the outside border and Marina Mist for the flowers.  I die cut the label, sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink and glued it to the envelope.

Quite a time consuming card but it was lovely to make, I enjoyed myself immensely!  Hubby was at work and there was nothing on TV I wanted to watch so I was very happy to potter in my craft room for a long while.  I hope you'll join us for our Simply Stampin' challenge this week and get to enjoy yourself in the process!

Stamps: SU! Elements of Style & Apothecary Art sets, Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' clear set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla

Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Marina Mist & Early Espresso
Tools: SU! Labels Framelits dies, Adorning Accents Edgelits die, paper piercer, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon (retired), Antique brad, Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals



Michelle said...

Gorgeous acrd Ruth, love the colours you have used and love that background you have created xx

Mynnette said...

Oh, I adore the bright blue with the browns!!! Gorgeous card--and I LOVE the use of the Apothecary set--I need to use mine more! :)

Kirei said...

Loving all of the layers and the colour combo is fab! Very vintagey, love it! Kirei x