Saturday, July 08, 2017

Old School

Way back when I first started crafting there was nowhere near the choice we have today so I went 'old school' with todays card by using bubble wrap to create my background.

I'm still using the Tim Holtz Blossom Sketchy flowers stamp set which includes a double stencil.  

I started by stamping the flowers one by one and heat embossing with white, then again for the masks.  I used the stencil that came with the stamps to create the honeycomb type effect with TH Distress ink in tea dye to start with then again using black ink.  Next I inked up the bubble wrap with TH Distress ink in vintage photo and randomly stamped over the kraft cardstock.  I coloured the echinacea flowers with watercolour pencils using a combination of brown, yellow and orange shades.


The verse is designed to look blurred, like someone who thumped too heavy on an old typewriter, I'm guilty of doing that too only when I did it all my keys used to stick together infront of the roller, not quite as friendly as our modern day computers but they do have a wonderful nostalgic feel.

Challenges:-

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Versamark ink pad, white embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress inks in vintage photo and tea dye and clear stamps with the verse included, Stazon ink in stone grey, Inktense watercolouring pencils, sequins (colour changed using Sharpies) and a few Hobby Craft gems.


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13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous design, Claire. I love the flowers and the background is beautiful. I was only thinking the other day about how crafting has changed since I started making cards years ago. I remember getting my first die cutting machine, the old, red, heavy Sizzix one with dies so thick they took so much room to store and were such basic shapes, but so much more advanced than just using punches. Rubber stamps were all wood mounted and ink pads were just for stamping. I wonder what craft things will be invented in the future? xx

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    1. Oh Liz, I remember that beast and wasn't it so ugly looking. It would make a cool challenge to limit ourselves to old supplies and tools ;) x

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  2. Often the old ways are the best - bubble wrap can be so handy in many ways. I learnt to touch type on a heavy old fashioned typewriter (of course it wasn't old fashioned in those days!!) Another great card using the flower stamps.

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    1. I taught myself to touch type on an old fashioned one too, I used to copy Beatrix Potter stories and it took me quite a while to tap lightly on a computer :)

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  3. Flowers embossed in white always look so good but I rarely remember to do it. They look particularly good on the craft with your lovely colouring.

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  4. Beautiful delicate colouring on the flowers, and the embossing really stands out against the fabulous background.

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  5. Your card is beautiful Claire. I love the effect of white embossing on kraft card. I think you're absolutely right. We do tend to forget about the old techniques. Barbxx

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  6. Your card is beautiful Claire. I love the effect of white embossing on kraft card. I think you're absolutely right. We do tend to forget about the old techniques. Barbxx

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  7. Love that you went old school on this to show me, a newbie who doesn't remember the old days of crafting, what you can do with basic supplies. I love the effect! Love the sepia tones set off with the yellow of the echinacea. Thank you so much for joining us this month at the Flower Challenge. Ruth DT xx

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  8. What a lovely card. Great background too. Good to go old school every now and then!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  9. The flower just pop-up against the muted background.

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  10. You've been busy since my last visit Claire and this is one of my favourites as I have that Tim Holtz set of stamps and I love using them and finding different ways to use them too. Your card is stunning and you've given me an idea for another way to use them. I can remember those sticky typewriter keys from when I first learnt, the rotten things hurt my fingers and I used to miss the keys and my fingers often hit in between them Karen x

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  11. I really love your white embossing on kraft here and gorgeous layering of stamps - stunning design! Hugs, Autumn

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