This morning has been a touch stressful with an internet service that was slower than dial-up. If you’re reading this is means that I have finally managed to get my photos uploaded after several hours of trying. Today’s project is a card created using the Very Versailles Stamp Set. To give it a vintage feel I chose a simple colour palette of Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate and Very Vanilla. This was really quick to put together. If only my internet were as fast.
To create a vintage-looking collage background I began with a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Using Smoky Slate ink I first stamped the text image from the Very Versailles Stamp Set onto the left side of the card. Next I reinked the stamp so I could stamp part of the same image coming in from the top right corner. Then I repeated this process to add a little of the image in the top left and bottom right corners.
After finishing with the text image I turned to the patterned border image from the set. I changed to Rococo Rose ink and stamped the border twice on the right-hand side towards the top. I followed this by stamping the image twice on the left-hand side lower down.
The large leaf image came next, stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink in the top left of the layer. Then I added part of the image on the right-hand side, with a tiny bit at the bottom on the left.
Although I was happy with the collage arrangement, it was too ‘clean’. So I took some pieces of Stampin’ Sponge to add some depth. First I sponged around the edges of the layer with Smoky Slate ink, and then I sponged Rococo Rose ink over the top. That really made a difference.
DRAMATIC RICH RAZZLEBERRY
At this point I wasn’t sure what colour to use for my card base. After trying all four colours from my vintage colour palette I decided I preferred the dramatic contrast provided by Rich Razzleberry.
So, using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored a piece of Rich Razzleberry Card. Next I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the collage layer into the front of the card.
For my sentiment I went back to the Very Versailles Stamp Set and chose “Always thinking of you”. I stamped this onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card than glued it to a wider strip of Rococo Rose Card. Once again this looked too ‘clean’, so I sponged a little Rococo Rose ink around the edges.
In order to add a little more of a vintage feel I wanted to add some lace. Sadly Stampin’ Up! only have lace in Very Vanilla, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Instead I reached for the Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. First I used the brush tip of the light marker to colour in my 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim. Then I added a little of the dark marker to the tips of the scallops before going over the whole piece with the light one again. Although the alcohol markers do dry quickly I’d used a lot of ink, so I set it aside for a minute.
While I was waiting for the lace to dry I got on with a final bit of stamping using the large leafy image. Using Rich Razzleberry ink I stamped part of the image in the top right corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Next I stamped the image in the top right corner of a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then using liquid glue I fixed this layer inside the card base.
To complete my project all I needed to do was attach the lace to the bottom of the sentiment with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals I fixed the assembled piece to the front of my card and I was done.
I’m really pleased with how this attempt at a vintage-style card turned out. In the past my experiments with this style have seemed more grubby than vintage. Today’s colour palette is definitely more appealing. What do you think?
If you’re looking for something brighter using this stamp set check out my blog post from last year: Very Versailles is very pretty.