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Day 9 – Next…..

Regular readers will recognise this image as I have used it before.  It IS one of my favourites… such a serene picture and versatile for a lot of occasions.

I’ve used the “Belly Band” punch in white for this one.  Silver card mat under the picture, although in the photo here it just looks a bit “grey”, tut.

Thought I would pick out the brighter colours of the paper with the flowers and buttons… bit of colour contrast this time.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL Aug 17

Day 8 – Vintage Style Card

Day 8 - I have used the first of a packet of butterflies from…. oh… I’ve thrown the packet away!  I think they are from Papermania!

Stick-on lace trim this time rather than the real thing.  I thought I’d show a nice blue-green card today.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL Aug 16

Day 7 – Next Vintage Style Card

Day 7 – A piece of “script” style background paper has been wrapped around the card front and onto the inside cover.  It was then layered with a piece of contrasting (darker) paper which I pinched with the Martha Stewart border punch.   Bit of lace and a flower, which, I have to admit to squashing slightly as it would be too deep for the envelope!

Vintage Style Card by SundayL 15 Aug

Day 6 of a Card a Day for 20 Days

Day 6 and a bit of colour blocking with scraps!  I cut them to fit the card front with a border, matted the picture onto a piece of silver card, adhering with 3D pads and added a bit of lace (before sticking the mounted picture to the card base btw!).

Vintage Card by SundayL 14 Aug

Day 4 – A Card Variation on a Theme

Day 4 – Same Vintage Photo used as on yesterday’s card… but with a slightly different treatment.

The graphic is matted on silver card (although I notice that it mostly comes up as a dark mat on most, if not all the photos! tut!), but the background is just one piece of paper this time (yesterday it was two pieces) from the same pad of papers.

Vintage Card by SundayL Aug12

I haven’t taken a separate picture, but the patterened paper wraps around the front of the card and finishes on the inside of the card with a punched border edge (as does the card on day 2 which does have a picture of the inside!)

So that’s just one mat + one piece of patterned paper wrapped around the edge and punched + one piece of ribbon to go with the graphic… simples!

Day 3 – Vintage Card No. 3

So the third card, I thought we’d have a break from pink today!  I have had these papers (6×6″ pad) for a couple of years!  I have occasionally used them, but thought that they could definitely be used up on vintage style cards such as this one.

Vintage Card by SundayL 11 Aug

These sorts of papers do a lot of the “work” for you, something which I try to explain to any newcomers to my crops.  Cardmakers especially are guilty of putting items straight onto a white or cream background andwondering why they look a bit boring!

Get your patterned papers out girls… it’s so much easier!

Day 2 – Vintage Card and another Martha Stewart Punch

Ok, day 2 and my second card.  This is also sporting the latest in Martha Stewart Punches.  It is a special one as it is a “belly band” (as they call it) punch rather than a border punch.  Not particularly easy to see on this card, but it will appear again on another card in this series!

Vintage Card by SundayL Aug10

I also want to show you the inside of this card as I have folded the paper over (as to trim it would have only given me a small off-cut), and I have used the border punch just to give some interest.

Vintage Card (inside) by SundayL Aug10

20 Cards in 20 Days!

Hello All!

I recently took a well needed break and visited my folks in Surrey last week and whilst my mum made a couple of scrapbook pages I made some vintage style cards which will be for sale in the Gift Shop area in the Tearooms (it appears all my other one’s have sold out!)

So I didn’t take a complete break, as technically I was still doing something for the Tearooms, but it does mean I can share my cards with you, and so I thought I would show you all 20 cards that I made… but one-a-day for the next 20 days!

So here is the first…

Vintage Card by SundayL Aug9

I am showing off my new border punch from Martha Stewart!

I got all the images for free from the internet… and you can too… just search the term “free vintage graphics”  to get you started.

Tea themed card (BG Nook & Pantry)

Another  “vintagey” (is that a word?) card with a tea theme provided by the teapot and teacup and saucer stamps from the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry Collection.

I actually made it as a mother’s day card… my mum likes the pinks and greens together.

Tea themed Mother's Day Card

Ironically the lace (which is wrapped all the way round the front cover) has ended up from whence it came… My mum gave it to me from her stash of old bits and pieces about a year ago.

In the picture below you can see the inside of the card. I always like to place something on the inside of my cards, either a stamped image or, when I can, ribbon or lace wrapped around.  It adds that special “extra” touch to the card.

Tea themed Mother's Day card inside

Video Tutorial – How to Distress Paper Edges to Add Interest

Distressing the edges of paper to great effectI am often asked how I achieve the “distressed” look to paper edges on my scrapbook layouts and cards… something I do quite a bit, especially on Vintage style things, (layouts and cards).

So I thought it would be a good idea to make a video for you, showing exactly how I crumple, fold and rip the edges. 

By the way, it’s not just for vintage stuff, oh no… it can be used in almost any setting, or theme.  The beauty of the effect is that you gain dimension to your page/project without the bulk. 

craft-video-logoIf you use this technique on paper for a birthday card, for instance, it doesn’t matter if the edges are then flattened in the post… they look just as good “squished” flat!