Sunday, January 10, 2016
Paris Eiffel Tower vintage look card
I picked up this new Sizzix Framelits die/stamp set, French Flight, at a booth at Les Automnales, Geneva's annual autumn fair in November. I was so excited to see a booth selling scrapbooking supplies I felt it my duty – a sign of crafting solidarity if you will – to buy something. Yes, Madame Digital Devotee actually inked up traditional rubber stamps for this project (GASP!). It's been so long I'm surprised I remembered how.
This is a thank you card (the sentiment's inside) that was sent to my brother and his family back in the States. I went all out in embellishing it, yet the embellishments are relatively flat and lightweight, so it didn't cost a small fortune to mail. The paper is a mix of vintage – a 1951 Paris transit guide and stamp book – and new chamois paper (see Crafty Tip below).
I was very pleased with this set. The stamps and dies work beautifully together and I'm sure this is one of the rare rubber stamp sets I'll be inking up again soon.
*Crafty Tip* Blank vintage paper can be hard to find and when you do, working with it can be tricky. Some vintage papers are more porous, making a cleanly stamped image difficult to achieve. Edges can be crumbly, making it worrisome to run through your printer. If you want the look of vintage paper without actually using vintage paper choose a chamois paper to work with. All of the stamped images on this card – the Eiffel Tower, the butterflies, the fleur de lys, the Paris sign – were stamped on new chamois paper that blends so perfectly with the vintage papers you can't really tell which is which. You can see another example of where I've used chamois paper for a vintage look on this male golfer card.
Paper – cardstock, chamois paper, vintage Paris transit guide, vintage stamp book
Rubber stamp – Sizzix Framelits French Flight 659884
Ink – Versacolor Ultimate Pigment Ink black
Dies – Sizzix Framelits die set French Flight 659884, Toga Film Strip DCT 19, Nellies MFD 027 corners, Memory Box Cherry Blossom flowers 98316,
Embellishments – vintage doily, pearls, watch charm, watch face, bow tie
I'm linking up with: Crafty Calendar Jan. – Something New, Crafty Friends #22 – Use Something New, 613 Ave. Create #157 – Anything Goes, Brown Sugar #180 – Anything Goes, Creative Fingers #100 – Always Anything Goes and We Love Vintage #61 – Anything Vintage.