Vintage collage card

A friend commissioned me to make a ‘vintage’ themed card recently and I happily pulled out a bunch of Darkroom Door stamps to do so. You can see the pocket watch stamp managed to feature three times but the French script, global postmarks, and gerberas also contributed. I stamped, blended and painted with two brown tones of distress ink, two blues and a black. (all the supplies are listed below)

To begin I smooshed some speckled egg and antique linen distress inks on a glass mat, added water swiped the panel through the diluted ink. After that the gerbera background stamp became part of the base layer in speckled egg distress ink. I layered the other stamps over the top in tea dye and antique linen inks and blended some speckled egg ink through the DD diamonds stencil. Of course there is splatter, watermarks and extra blending to darken the edges. To add a dimensional feature I die cut several stems of flowers with the Penny Black ‘shall we dance’ die, some are from watercolour paper, some from tan cardstock and a few from paper painted with salty ocean ink and stamped with the DD gazette stamp.

Almost finished, I added a strand of twine around the base and tied some tiny tags on with stamped PB sentiments on them and some little wooden stars I found. I was pretty happy with all this vintageness but decided to risk some gold paint. I splattered and added it to the tiny stars and heart, the flower centres. Where it worked best though was unevenly painted along the edges of the square panel. You probably can’t even see it clearly but it ended up being one of my favourite parts of the card.

By the way there are yummy new stamps on the Darkroom Door website. You will see them here soon, a few are winging their way here as you read this! Have a great day.


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4 Comments on “Vintage collage card”

  1. Pat says:

    I love all the different DD stamps you have used here Heather and the blue and brown combination is definitely a winner. I love the added PB die cut flowers and also the sweet little tags tied on to the twine which goes around the background layer of the card. A wonderful finishing touch. x

  2. Bonnie says:

    Wow! This is awesome, Heather! Thanks for outlining all the details! I’m loving the shades of brown and speckled egg!

  3. Loll says:

    Gorgeous card Heather. Love the shades of blue and brown together. Perfect for the vintage look. The images are so beautiful and I love the texture from your die-cut flowers. You always inspire me! xx

  4. nancystiz says:

    A definite WOW card. That is one, incredible background and so well done. I just love the color combination, another thing I admire about your work. You combine colors I’d never thing to use. This is just gorgeous! And now I need all those stamps!

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