23 July 2013

Vintage Childhood

Hi everyone. Lovely to have your company today. The card I'm sharing today has been a while in the making. Do you ever have times where you start/stop something as inspiration hits and then fades? Well so it was for this, and the thing that rescued it was the fabulous image from Nicecrane Designs (from a set called New and True).

I'd started by stencilling the birds/birdcage image onto a piece of patterned paper with a mustard/aged gold colour pattern, adding some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain over the top, but it didn't feel right and got put to one side.

By chance I'd been using some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink on another card and dabbed a little onto this background. It looked a whole heap better, so the whole thing got covered. Then another pause - well what can you do with what seems like a rather busy background?

It was the image that saved it from being buried at the bottom of a pile forever. As well as the adorable Edwardian children, it contained a beautiful birdcage. I printed it on watercolour card and die cut it ready for altering.

Having spritzed/flicked water over a background wash of Antique Linen, I painted in the shadows with extra layers of the same and used Victorian Velvet/Aged Mahogany for the dresses. Always remember to dry each layer of colour as it is applied if you want to stop the paper from starting to breakdown in places.

Finishing the card was a balance of embellishing without going over the top: Antique Linen Paint was used to colour some texture paste ready for stencilling; one of my new Penny Black lace stamps was used on tissue to add detail over the top; another new Laura Kriste designed Penny Black applique stamp set was used onto vellum for the lacy trim; and some filigree metal corners and handmade flowers completed it.

My message for today - never give up, inspiration can hit at any time.
And here's another link to that inspirational set of images (click on them);

I'm entering this into a new challenge,
Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x


  1. It looks fabulous Jenny glad you didn't bin it!. Lovely images.
    I'm not good at vintage but love it. I've decided I need to "do" more vintage :)
    Suzi B xx

  2. It would have been a real shame to ditch that beautiful background and it is just right with the lovely image of children. All ties together beautifully so obviously the two were just waiting for you to bring them together harmoniously.

  3. I know what you mean about the start stop process, happens all the time to me. I still can't get my tim tag finished for this month, something's just not right!!!
    Love your vintage card, superb background with the texture as always, love it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. Oh Jenny this is utterly gorgeous!!! Love, love, love it!! The image coloured so beautifully is absolutely perfect for that background, so glad you did not give up on it!!! A really, really stunning card!!!

  5. Hi Jenny,
    I just love this piece, the combination of the dark background with the lighter vintage but very soft& feminine watercolour is quite beautiful. I thought you had used lace until I read you how too and saw it was stamp emboss on vellum, this looks very realistic. Yet another triumph. Hugs Mo x

  6. Wowwww, Jenny This card is a Play of Art , my friend,,,,,,love the vintage effect,,Youy amazing vintage colorization in my little girls and all over these incredible embossed background,,,,Wowww Jenny, You are ally talented.

  7. The background is so perfect - Jenny you are created such beautiful cards with the Nicecrane Images.

  8. Beautiful card Jennie and love the stencil you used so effectively, Annette x

  9. This is awesome Jenny. I have 3 or 4 boxes of stuff that I started and never got around to turning them into something. Everytime someone shares a new idea for a paper flower or a new stamping technique or anything - I feel like I just have to try it out myself! At the rate I am going - I think one day I might have to have a jumble sale of tag backgrounds, flowers and other random elements or I am going to have to take over one of grocery cupboards and go hungry for all my little "experiments". I really cant bear to throw them out. I love how you rescued your image. The background is perfect. Love the whole colour scheme, everything works so perfectly together! You colour so well - it really looks like an aged page from a vintage book. Thank you also for posting the hyperlink to those images - what awesome images!

  10. Beautiful card Jenny! Its great to be able to gather bits together a nd create something as lovely as this, great colours and textures. Whoopie doo summer hols nearly here! We break up late here in Walsall so I still have one more day left! Love your fabulous collection of birthday cards and gifts, such lovely people these crafty bloggers! X

  11. What a great deal of wonderful work and thank you for giving us the details. All perfect for our challenge.
    Carol xx
    C2cu DT

  12. So much to love here! The background with all the stenciling and texture is glorious! Love that sweet image and the flowers and lace so pretty! Hugs!

  13. A very beautiful card Jenny. Love the way you have made the flowers and image the same colour.

    Chrissie x

  14. Morning Jenny, Stunning card, I adore the background, and can't believe that this was nearly left at the bottom of the bit box. The textures and colours are gorgeous, and the embellies complete this 'work of art'. Stunning !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Hi Jenny, I just love the background you created and that gorgeous Nicecrane image is just perfect on top. I am so glad that you and others have these moments - makes me feel so much better as this happens to me all the time! An absolutely gorgeous card. Greetings from sweltering Kent! Hugs, Anne x

  16. Such a wonderful card, great vintage feeling.

  17. I love the layers of rich colour in the background - and am so relieved that it didn't get lost at the bottom of the bits box. It looks just beautiful with the birdcage in the image, and the stamping across the stripes of texture is so lovely.
    Alison x

  18. This has turned out beautifully, Jenny
    Rosie x

  19. Good evening Jenny,
    Another stunning piece I love, love, love it. That image is so sweet, all your wonderful colours and textures finish it to perfection.
    Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave on my Blog. Might just take your advice, thank you

    Patricia xxxx

  20. This is absolutely stunning Jenny. I ADORE the rich background and then the way you have added the focal image and decorated it is truly wonderful. Bravo. Nicola x

  21. Ohh wow, Jenny! What a gorgeous card! Love the stenciling in the background! The image is so pretty and love the flourishes. Hugs, Sandra

  22. This is out of this world beautiful!I am not too good at learning something by reading. Much better if I can see it being done. Hint, hint - wish this was in a video!

  23. The image is beautiful, but the embossing had my jaw dropped! It looks like leather with the coloration you achieved! Fabulous!

  24. The embossing is incredible... talk about dimension!


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