Friday, February 4, 2011

Old School And Still Cool.



This little number is (kind of) quick and (sort of) easy to make.  As it will be no surprise to you that I love all things vintage-y with a kind of Shabby flair. In actual fact, I prefer to marry the two styles and create a sort of legitimate love child type style of card from the two if left to my own devices.  Is that even a style of papercrafting?  Probably not, but that is what I seem to aim for when in the throws of my Dr. Frankenstein papercrafting groove.

This card would definitely have been classed a straightforward "quick and easy" card to make if I had found the flower die a lot easier to use.  I didn't find it at all intuitive to say the least, but I am okay with the end result, despite the need for much reworking and running repairs while creating this felt bloom.  Lessons learned here:  1) use top quality felt 2) Use a lightweight shim when cutting even if you don't normally do with other dies of the same brand 3)  Work with embroidery-like floss and an embroidery needle for cinching if needed and 4) don't be afraid to glue that son of a gun to within an inch of its life (I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive) in order to get a secure shape that you are happy with if all else fails.  Oh yes...and have fun!

So Cool! Card:


  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #4, Handwritten Notes, Hero Arts Variety and Quality Cling
  • Paper:  Misc. Red, Black and Gray Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Lady Bug, Versafine Black Onyx, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice and Old Paper 
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Bloom Builder #2 Die and Fillable Frame #4 Die, Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder, Provocraft Dots Embossing Folder, Keisercraft Rhinestones, Gray felt, Gingham Ribbon, and, Vintage fabric button, Papertrey Ink Baker's Twine in Pure Poppy, WRM Corner Chomper 1/4"    

10 comments:

Cathy Weber said...

Jen, this is a beautiful card. I love the bloom. No one will know it is glued to pieces! I laughed when I read that part. I love the fillable frame you used on this card. It fit so nicely tucked behind the flower petals.

Margaret M said...

Jen, I love this style you have! I can relate to the glue thing..have you ever tried using a glue gun to keep embellishments down? It's great for things like the flowers but not tiny items.

Linda said...

Very cute card!

Steph H said...

Nice color combo and layout. Thanks for sharing your lessons in working that die with felt - mine has not seen felt as of yet...Helmar's, huh? Need to get me some of that! Love that fabric button too. It coordinates beautifully with your card and ribbon.

Stephanie said...

So, so, pretty, Jen! Love the colors and your flower. I would have never known you had issues had you not mentioned it. Very lovely.

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

What a cool card! I love the background print, thats is so awesome! And the flower looks great in that color!

Angy said...

sweet - love all the vintagey goodness and all the layers. simply fabulous.

Kelly S. said...

Oh loooove this, Jen! Every little detail, so warm and snuggly! You know that red gingham ribbon is SPEAKING to me through the screen, hee! That label background is fantastic! And the grey felty flannel flower is positively swoon-worthy!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Jen! What a gorgeous card! That felt 3D flower is gorgeous!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Jen, I wanted to email you privately to answer a ? you asked on my blog but could not find an email address. I cut a card base to fit behind the cards I make using the Grand Nestabilities. Hope that helps :)