Vintage Candlelight

It has been a while since I created a vintage style card but the pretty ‘candlelight’ stamp from Penny Black has worked well for this technique. I embossed the image on hot pressed watercolour paper in gold powder then used Karin brush markers to paint the candles and foliage before switching to distress inks for the background.

It probably wont surprise you that I used a limited palette for the colouring. I used a mix of red-209 and magenta red-170 to paint the candles, a mix of rosewood-272 and magenta red for the candle sticks, a mix of rosewood and lush green-228 for the leaves and straight red for the berries.

As usual I had not planned my background before I started but the colours on the candlesticks already looked vintage so I blended antique linen around the edges of the panel first then blended right up to the stamping. I stamped the music stamp from the PB set ‘footnotes’ in vintage photo then added more blending and splatter with the same ink. The stamp is tall so the card is A6 (4½” x 6¼”).

As the days are so short right now I am enjoying lighting candles and sometimes the fire. Hope things are cosy where you are.


5 Comments on “Vintage Candlelight”

  1. creatingincolors says:

    Perfect! I love your vintage design with this candle. Merry Christmas!

  2. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and I love the hint of music in the background giving the vintage look to complement the style of the candlesticks, and also the gold embossing and the pretty green and red for the holly leaves and berries and with the gold twine wrapped round, finish it perfectly. x

  3. Bonnie says:

    Very pretty, Heather! I love the glow of the gold embossed candles with the vintage background!

  4. nancystiz says:

    Love the warm glow of these gorgeous vintage candles. Your background is So perfect for these too. As always your painting is just beautiful! Love this!

  5. ND says:

    A beautiful traditional card, thank you. Also enjoyed three mornings of exhilarating, challenging surf with protective grand children watching over me. Tears of joy. ND

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