Thursday, 7 January 2010

...Vintage Valentine

Last night my DH put the wee folk to bed which gave me a little while to play with my new stamps!!! I'm so excited about the Faux Fun set which released in my store the day before yesterday - scroll down to see the artwork for this set. It's a pre-order and will ship from next week - I pulled it forward to go with my Sweethearts set!

I used the large broderie anglaise border to make the faux ribbon for across the front of the card, I love the look of this vintage effect you get by using the second impression. I used Memento rhubarb, which is one of my favourite colours. The first impression was a little strong and so I ended up making the entire card using the second impressions. I'll bet there's a name for this and I don't know it.

I trimmed out the border roughly by hand and then distressed it with with a knife edge. Alternatively it could have been trimmed with a corner rounder, see here.

I made the patterned background by stamping the lace border from Faux Fun a couple of times behind where I wanted the broderie anglaise border to be. Above that I made a sort of negative version of the broderie aglaise border by using a clever little stamp from the Faux Fun set - if you look at the artwork for the set - it's the second stamp down on the right hand side. If you stamp it repeatedly beside itself you get a pretty, simple border in the same style as the solid border. I used my favourite Antique linen Ink for this (Ranger) I also smooched around the edges with antique linen and rhubarb.

The main focal point was the heart stamp from Seasons of love - Tags, together with a sentiment from the set, stamped in rich cocoa, second impression, memento ink.

I finished off with two little hearts from the Sweethearts set, both stamped in rhubarb but one distressed a little by pressing it against the lace border stamp before making the impression. Hand trimmed and distressed.

I love how the colours worked for this, so soft. Hope it tickles!!

Don't forget!!

Folks whose orders go through before midnight tonight stand a chance of winning their entire shopping cart for free!!!!!!! I will announce a winner at some point tomorrow, my apologies for being vague but I have a scary dental appointment tomorrow and can't guarantee just at what point I'll be lucid enough to post!! lol, wish me luck!!!


  1. Lovely, Claire, just LOVELY! PS: My kids & I are finally all moved into our new home (in the process of a divorce), so I hope to be back for more frequent visits soon! LOVE all your new stamp designs from the past few months and hope one day to get a chance to work with those I've already ordered from can sure get in the way of our creative sides, no?

  2. Gorgeous Claire!! Love that lace and these colours are soft and beautiful!!

  3. WOW! What a beautiful card! Love the distressing!

  4. This is sooooooo beautiful Claire! I love the delicate lace on the background stamping - that soft tone on tone look is absolutely delicious! All the best for your appointment tomorrow - it really sounds like something you'd rather miss! Praying it all goes well!! {{HUGS}}

  5. My goodness Claire! I can see we are going to have to expand our vocabulary to include the words 'broderie' and 'anglaise'!! LOL a beautiful description for this stamp! I love the soft pink on this -

    I believe the technique is called 'stamping off' when you ink it, stamp it off lightly on paper, then stamp on the card where you want it to give a lighter color impression.

    Hope you are still alive after your dental visit!!

  6. Spectacular!!!
    GL at the dentists.

  7. I had to look up broderie anglaise. Gorgeous idea. Cannot wait to get my hands on this. This card is gorgeous. It definitely tickles. Hope the dentist wasn't too awful.

  8. Gorgeous card, Claire! Love the shabby chic look!! Love both of your new sets .. hope to be able to order them soon :)

  9. Love your card! I am completely smitten with those borders, particularly the lace. I fear (not really-lol) it will be on several cards for some time to come. I've just placed my order and will be oh so patiently awaiting their arrival for my Stamp'n'Squeal playtime.
    I can hardly wait!!

  10. Simply beautiful, Claire. Love how delicate the lace looks.

  11. This card reminds me of an old quilt - soft, sweet and a little worn. What a perfect Valentine!

  12. Hi Claire, Happy New Year to you and yours. Lovely colours on your card. I have also seen this stamping off technique referred to as 'second generation' stamping. Bit high falutin' for my liking, I think 'stamping-off' is much more descriptive!

  13. WOW Claire what a wonderful card, absolutely stunning.


  14. Wow Claire, love the card!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Good luck at the dentist, I am sure you will be fine.
    Take Care

  15. Really wonderful card . The colors are so soft. The distressing is so lovely . Brava ! Ciao from Italy

  16. Stunning...absolutely beautiful! Everything about the card is just fabulous! I can't wait to play with these sets...just have to wait till the next paycheck to order!!!

  17. Hi gorgeous card love the colours and your style....
    hugs Kaylou xxx


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