I want to share one more vintage card using Calypso Coral, and then I promise I'll start using other colors! It will be tough, I keep being drawn to this color, and somehow it keeps ending up in a vintage design! I hope you aren't getting bored!
This card features the new stamp set Creative Elements from Stampin' Up! I used four other sets as well: Fabulous Florets (leaves), Nature's Pace (musical notes), Notably Ornate (just because), and Distressed Dots (background).
I did my current favorite vintage background technique–stamps on top of stamps, then sponging, spritzing, and brayered Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. I really like the effect of superimposing stamps on top of each other, creating layers of ink instead of paper. This gives a richly textured piece even though it is flat. In contrast, the embossed flowers, leaves, and Antique Brad, all create the dimension lacking in the background.
You can see the shimmer in this photo. It is more obvious in person, of course. I did a little bit of distressing, but liked the simple look of it without a lot of tearing and crumpling–just a hint of old and worn. I had trouble finding just the right green for the leaves. Everything I tried seemed too bright, except for Always Artichoke, which didn't give enough contrast with the background. I went with Pear Pizzazz, but toned it down considerably by sponging with Crumb Cake.
The vintage style doesn't appeal to everyone, but some people are really awed by it–so much so that it seems like something they can't do. One person wrote a while back and said that if she tried to do vintage, it would only look like something a truck ran over. But isn't that the point? To make it look old and worn? Maybe tire treads aren't exactly the best look, but who knows? I haven't tried it yet!
The point is, vintage techniques are learnable. It is not that any one step is difficult, it is that there are just a lot of steps! Playful experimentation is key. As with any design process, I found I had to be willing to reject one or two versions of my background before I found just the right balance of color and texture. When I find that harmonious combination, something inside me goes "Yes!" and I know it is time to stop. Here's one of my rejects:
This background turned out way too busy for my taste! When I put the embossed flowers on it, they didn't pop, they just added to the busy-ness. Instead of toning it down with sponging and spritzing, I started fresh with Sahara Sand flourishes, used only one color for the flowers, and stamped off first before applying them to the card stock.
This will go into my experiments box. Who knows, maybe one day I will be looking for a dramatic accent for a project, and use one small corner of this creation. Or not.
Creative Elements is a great stamp set for playful experimentation. Just imagine all the possibilities with these images! Add it to your craft room today! Click here to go to my online Stampin' Up! store.
Now get off the computer and get stamping!
aka The Mad Stamper