Vintage Elegance

Vintage elegance Heather Telford

Today’s vintage style card has a slightly different look to it because I gave the watercolour paper some colour before I began. While I was working with vintage photo ink and different stamps I just cleaned each stamp with a wet wipe. The wipe became quite ‘vintagy’ itself but before I threw it away, I tried wiping it across a piece of watercolour paper to see how much colour transferred. The result is the yellowed look on this card.

Vintage Elegance 2 Heather Telford

I let the paper dry completely before stamping the ‘Elegance in motion’ stamp in vintage photo ink. Once again I used the elegant writer pen but only on a couple of leaves. The rest of the colouring was done with a blue water colour pencil, a pale first layer then more intense details.

vintage elegance close up Heather Telford

I added some lines using the ‘library card’ stamp then splattered and blurred the stamping in a few places. I was happy to find some blue ribbon in just the right tone and some linen twine for a little accent on the side. You can find my earlier ‘vintage watercolour’ cards here:birdhouse, butterflies, tulips, jubilance, poppies.

Stamps: Elegance in Motion, Life’s journals (PB)
Inks:  Vintage Photo distress ink,Vintage Photo distress stain (Ranger) Elegant writer pen (Speedball)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, brown cardstock, Neenah natural white cardstock
Also:  Albrecht Durer watercolor phthalo blue pencil (Faber-Castell), blue ribbon, linen twine

One Layer Simplicity: Fruit Smoothie

OLS Fruit smoothie Heather Telford

It is my turn to host the One Layer Simplicity challenge this month and I want you to make a fruit smoothie. Fruit smoothie inspired card that is, you can make an actual smoothie too, that is entirely up to you. There are two ways to go about this challenge, you can pull out your fruit stamps or your inks with fruity names. You know which inks they are: the Memento pear tart, the cantaloupe and the tangelo, the Distress picked raspberry and seedless preserves, the SU blackberry bliss and cherry cobbler or any one of the many inks named after fruit!

I chose inks with fruity names for my emboss resist card above. I taped two edges of watercolour paper with painter’s tape then stamped and embossed the new ‘elegance in motion’ stamp with clear powder. I then coloured with picked raspberry and seedless preserves distress markers and blended the ink with water. Once it was dry I removed the tape and ironed it. (one layer watercolour cards sometimes need to be ironed)

I have a sad and sorry fruit smoothie tale to share. I enjoy smoothies but rarely make them because my children do and often offer me some. One day I had all the right ingredients so I filled the jug and started blending with the stick blender. For some reason I turned away to do something else; the jug with stick blender in it did not tip over immediately, it stayed steady just to taunt me I guess, then it fell off the counter onto the floor. The berry coloured smoothie went far and wide. It was further up the walls than my height, it was on the kitchen windows and curtains, a cupboard door was open so it was all over the inside and contents of the cupboard and on the underneath of the drawer above that open cupboard. How on earth? I spent 1½ hours cleaning it up!

Don’t let my carelessness put you off entering our challenge; I’m sure you won’t make half the mess I did!

Stamps: Elegance in Motion, Treasured Sentiments (PB)
Inks:  Picked raspberry, Seedless preserves (Ranger) Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper
Also: clear embossing powder