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Paris Eiffel Tower vintage look card

Sizzix French Flight die & stamp set with blend of vintage and new papers, by Paperesse.

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.

Supply List
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.


  1. Shani, this is stunning! I am in love with the palette! The kraft color accented with the black and raspberry is really awesome! There is too much wonderful detail for me to list, but the texture and depth in this design are fabulous! A very nice tribute to the city of Paris! Thanks for sharing with us here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  2. Wowza girlfriend - congrats on your Top 3 at 613 Ave C! Acknowledgement & recognition by the DT and owner... NOT just a random pick!! Well deserved toots!

  3. So pretty!


  4. This is a very lovely vintage card. Nice details....very pretty. Thanx for joining us at WLVC....are you a follower ??? To be playing for the prizes you have to be.....
    xxx Plony

  5. Thanks for sharing your card with Crafty Friends 'Use Something New' Challenge... your card is fabulous and there are so many embellishments to look at... happy new year and good luck in the challenge, Diane Louise (DT) xx

  6. OMGosh Shani, this is a stunner! Love the layers and embellishments. The flowers matching the background - super! C'est magnifique!

  7. A stunning card Shani. It may be a while since you inked up a stamp but you certainly haven't lost the touch! I love this stamp/die set and the way you have used it on this card is just beautiful. Clare x

  8. WOW... I know you brother and his family loved your card!!! Love all the details and beautiful spread of vintage on this card!

  9. I really love this romantic Paris card! Thanks for joining WLVC!

    gr. Jacqueline

  10. Hi - what a stunning vintage card! Love the colour combo. So many elements to look at on this project. I'm sure your brother & his family adore it. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
    Bev (DT) x

  11. Lovely vintage card you have made, thanks for sharing with us on WLVC. Gr. Liesbeth

  12. Whaouuuu Shani! Elle est juste SPLENDIDE!!! J'adore les les carte avec pour thème Paris et sa Tour Eiffel, et je trouve que le style vintage lui colle très bien, ça rappelle les beaux jours de la Belle Époque... J'adore!!
    Bises et bon chance dans le challenges ;o)

  13. Wow. I love everything about this. Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar. Hugs Traci DT xx

  14. This really is a beautiful piece! Never seen or felt Chamois paper, would like to. Everything is lovely on here. It seems whatever style you make Shani, you have such style!!


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