Flower Fancy {Distressed Look}

This style is not my strong suit, but there is so much of the vintage/distressed look going on lately that I figured now is probably the best time to try it.

I had my eye on this Fancy Flowers stamp set for a while, and when it went on sale last month, I had a chance to buy it for 20% off!

While I originally was drawn to the large flower image, I decided to try the flower and stem image first. I stamped it a few times on Gina K Luxury White card stock in Memento Black ink and colored it in with Copic Markers.

Next, I cut along the top of the flowers, just following along the image, with my scissors. Since this is a “distressed style” card, I used the Distressing Tool along all the card stock edges, going back over the distressed edges with Old Olive ink and a Sponge Dauber. Then, I sponged some Creamy Caramel ink all over the White card stock using a sponge that happened to have some old Chocolate Chip Reinker/Champagne Shimmer Paint on it. The darker brown spots were just a happy accident as a result. Finally, I spritzed some Frost Shimmer Mist (Frost Shimmer Paint mixed with 70% Rubbing Alcohol) all over the card stock.

Behind that, I randomly stamped the small flower and leaves in Old Olive ink (stamping off first) on Old Olive card stock. That was also distressed using the same method described above, minus the creamy caramel. I also sprayed it with Frost Shimmer Mist. In the upper corner, I added 2 Circle Rhinestone Brads in purple, and the sentiment is from Well Scripted, stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Marker on Whisper white that I “distressed” with sponges and Shimmer Mist. Then, I punched out the “Happy Birthday” with the Large Oval Punch and layered it onto Rich Razzleberry textured card stock, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. I adhered it to the base with Stampin dimensionals.

The striped paper is from Cottage Wall DSP, which I layered over the Old Olive card base. At the bottom of the card, I added a little Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon. The “pleated” look was easy to do, simply by putting Sticky Strip along the length of the ribbon and then folding it into pleats.

Letterpress Christmas Cards

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I did some more playing with my L Letterpress kit last night. I can’t stress enough how little ink you really need to get a good impression. The slightest bit more and you’ll have problems with smudging.

The above card was made using the A2 size cotton letterpress paper (it comes pre-scored). After arranging the printing plates on the platform where I wanted them, I inked up the Holiday Printing Plate in red ink, the reindeer in brown, and the greeting in red also.

I use the Big Shot with the Letterpress kit. I don’t need to use any card stock or shims with mine. The impression is always nice and deep.

To finish off the card, I wrapped a piece of Chocolate Chip 1/4″ Twill Ribbon around the card and tied it into a knot. This is really beautiful and I think it would make a striking Christmas card.

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The Holiday Printing plate collection includes this gorgeous tree image. I inked up the tree in red ink and the Christmas greeting in Silver ink, running it through the Big Shot with A7 size cotton paper. I trimmed the paper down and layered it onto textured chocolate chip card stock, cut to 7″ x 10″ so I could use a 5″x7″ envelope.

To give the tree some more sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the image while the ink was still wet. It picks up a little of the shimmer in the metallic silver ink and just makes it more festive. At the top of the tree, I added a small sticky rhinestone for the star.

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