Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Vintage Fifth Avenue

Hello there everyone,

I’m coming to you today (as usual) with Makeesha Byl’s weekly challenge. This week it was a colour challenge, the combo sounded interesting but what to do with them. This was Keesh’s colour pic.

For some reason the colours made me think vintage - may’be because they were all slightly muted tones. I wanted a big flower feature and the only rose I have is Fifth Avenue Floral – quite modern in style – so what could I do but vintage it.

I started by stamping the large rose three times in Ruby Red onto Very Vanilla. Then I inked up my Linen background in Ruby Red, then stamped it off twice then stamped over the roses. Next I inked up my En Francais in Ruby Red, stamped off once then stamped over the roses. I trimmed the flowers so the final one would have three layers, then using a sponge dauber I added depth with Ruby Red around the edges of the petals. I also sponged the edges on the back side so that when I curled the petals a bit you would get glimpses of the Red. The flower layers were mounted on top of each other using dimensionals. The final touch was to add some little vanilla pearls to the centre. The flowers was mounted onto a Very Vanilla panel that I had stamped with first Linen and then a tiny script text, in Mellow Moss. I distressed the edges and sponged around them with more Mellow Moss. Some little leaves, for the rose, were also stamped onto this layer in Mellow Moss. I used some of the Bella Bleu paper for the panel down the bottom, distressed and sponged, separating that from the upper panel with a border of Brocade Blue. The bottom edge had been punched with the Eyelet border punch. Over the top I layered ruffled Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, that was sewn on. All of these panels were layered onto a large Brocade Blue layer, again distressed and sponged, then that was attached to a the Very Vanilla base, sponged around the edges with PTI Chamomille ink. The final touches are a largish Vanilla grosgrain bow, with a nice big button tied with linen thread and an oval silver hodgepodge frame, to house the sentiment (Mother). The crystal effects I put over it has unfortunately made it a rather blurry. Perhaps I could argue that this suits the whole vintage effect? It is readable and I do like the lacquered layer (mind you I also can’t remove it without destroying the card!!). I might try using some red stazon on acetate and laying that over and see how that looks. End result I kind of like it which is a good end for something that is not my normal style and somewhat out of my comfort zone. So thanks for the challenge Keesh (and the bonus – I have one Mothers day card done already!)

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, En Francais, Botanical Blooms (R), Linen (R), Background Text Style (PaperTrey Inc), Mother stamp from local stamp store
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue
Ink: Ruby Red, Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, PTI Chamomille
Accessories: Eyelet border punch, distressing tool from Cutter Kit, wide Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Bella Bleu DSP, Silver Hodgepodge, Pearls (Kaiser), button (Spring Rain from PaperTrey Inc), Linen thread, Crystal Effects, dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Glue dots


  1. Gorgeous Kim, love everything about it

  2. This is so stunning - I LOVE the vintage look - you've added lots of great elements to this card. Well done and thanks for joining in on the challenge.

  3. Stunning Kim. I love what you've done with the rose. I'm also impressed with how organised you are - a Mother's Day card already :)

  4. This is such a lovely card .... that rose is just stunning ... a beautiful card for a beautiful occassion!!!

  5. Hey there Kim!

    This is absolutely sooooooooooo pretty! You've done the 'vintage look' so well!!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog........I really appreciate it. You've been a great inspiration to me along the way and I look forward to stopping by and watching your wonderful talent!



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