Sunday, January 30, 2011


I've been having tons of fun with my new set of watercolor pencils; I really love how the images turn out, especially the "vintage" ones. I've become really intrigued by the vintage style long-loved by cardmakers, but I don't tend to use enough embellishments... But I've gained enough confidence to really enjoy "distressing" paper, so I tried my hand at a few of vintage-y cards.

There are a ton of stripes and/or dots challenges out there right now, but my first stop
had to be Delicious Doodles' Challenge #10, sponsored by TLC Creations. I totally heart TLC Creations' vintage images and wordart, so I decided to use one of each for this challenge. [Skip to more about this card]

This week's "Theme" challenge at CDAC is "to make a birthday card suitable for one friend to give another, looking like it was made at least 100 years ago, in other words, really old." Hmm, quite the challenge! I made a card with the gorgeous freebie from Nicecrane Designs, but it didn't look very
old, so I made another.

Using the Color Throwdown combo for guidance, I colored the image with watercolor pencils (not easy with a digi image...I had a lot of issues with the printer ink spreading), aged a brown mat that I had around, and dry-embossed a lace pattern onto some light green ("kiwi".) I also wrapped a piece of diamond-patterned paper over the card crease. Everything's sanded, and aged with Antique Linen distress ink. The ribbon and button were things I was saving for a special project.

Theme: CDAC Holiday/Special Occasion Challenge #cdachsoc16
Color: Color Throwdown #126: Early Espresso, Kiwi Kiss, Marina Mist, Old Olive
Digi stamp:
Incredible Friends DS2 by Ignacio for Nicecrane Designs
Supplies: decorative papers by Paper Studio, Recollections cardstocks, Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink, StazOn ink, HP printer & ink, Cricut + SCAL, Fiskars papercutter, scallop scissors, circle punch, and texture plate + tool, found ribbon & button, emery board and nail file, Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils

I had printed out a couple of these Butterfly Fairy digi stamps by TLC Creations, to color at my leisure. Between the Spots & Stripes challenge and the sweet color combo at Color Dare, I knew I had the project for them. I sprayed one of the copies with a light spritz-and-a-half of yellow spray ink, which has a nice glimmer as well. I cut the details out of the second copy, and again used watercolor pencils. I especially like how using yellow for the wings makes them look almost translucent.

I just couldn't resist colorizing the lovely sentiment digi, which was a snap in Photoshop (Layers/Layer Style/Color Overlay). And I can't tell you how tickled I was to find these striped "plum" brads! There's a lot going on here, but I find it all comes together in a sweet, sunny way. Thanks for the inspiration, everyone!

Update 2/4/11: This card was featured, in incredible company, on Create with TLC.

Theme: Delicious Doodles Challenge #10: Spots and/or Stripes
Color: Color Dare #94: Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizazz, Perfect Plum
Digi stamps:
Vintage Butterfly Fairy and Nothing is Impossible by TLC Creations
Supplies: decorative papers by Paper Studio, MS detailing scissors, ZipDry glue, Recollections cardstocks, HP printer & ink, Cricut + SCAL, Fiskars papercutter, deckle scissors, Offray ribbon, Kurio brads, Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils, Inkadinkado spray ink


  1. So pretty! Great layout and I love your ribbon.

  2. This is just gorgeous!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Color Dare, can't wait to see what you will create with next weeks colors!!

    Hugs & Smiles

  3. Really pretty project. Thanks for joining us over at Delicious Doodles Challenges this week. Good luck. Claire x

  4. A couple of yummy cards here hun!
    Thank you for playing our Spots & Stripes Challenge at The Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog this week, and good luck!
    Teri x

  5. Very nice - I love all the different angles and textures. Thanks for playing along with the Color Dare.

  6. Nice to see TLC Creations WA.Fab card fits DD Challenge perfectly, hope to see you next time too


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