Vintage Meets Calypso Coral–AGAIN!

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!

Creative Elements from Stampin' Up!

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). 

  Vintage Background with Creative Elements,

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.

Embossed flowers from Creative Elements

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.

Tire treads in sand
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 stepsPlayful 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:

Vintage Background Experiment
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 from Stampin' Up! 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!

Sage Kimble
aka The Mad Stamper

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9 Responses to Vintage Meets Calypso Coral–AGAIN!

  1. Kathy July 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    really like the vintage look you have done and the colours you used. Love the card.

  2. Kris McIntosh July 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Beautiful Sage. Love the way the flowers stand out against the background. Really lovely.

  3. Leigh July 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    This card is absolutely gorgeous Sage. Just love it.

  4. tiffany bauer July 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I am totally in love with this card and anything vintage!!! I will be showcasing this card on My Crafty Picks #27 with a link back to your blog on 7-31-11. If you wish to decline please email me at

    Take care

  5. Sage Kimble July 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Thanks so much, Tiffany. I am honored. I post vintage cards frequently, so come back to visit again!

    Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time

    Sage Kimble
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator


  6. Mary Davidson July 31, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Sage, you have such a gift for creating this style of card! Each one is more beautiful than the one before and this is no exception! It’s gorgeous! TFS!

  7. Sage Kimble July 31, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Thanks so much, Mary! This is my very favorite style of card. I am really excited when I get to sit down and create a new one.

    Sage Kimble
    aka The Mad Stamper

    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

  8. Julie Beaulieu August 6, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    Thanks so much for showcasing your vintage technique. I’ve loved it ever since you first shared it and made a couple of cards with it. Thanks to you, the recipients jaw fell open which is always a huge compliment.

  9. Sage Kimble August 6, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Thanks so much, Julie. Dont you just love that jaw-dropping reaction?!! So glad you are able to make use of the techniques I showcase.

    Sage Kimble
    The Mad Stamper

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