Hello folks! Here it is Tuesday afternoon, and I’m just getting around to post a project. I have been running behind ever since we got home from our little beach escape. It was such a nice time! I still don’t have photos, but as soon as I do, I’ll share them. (The grand-girls were especially cute!) And speaking of cute (how’s that for smooth transition?)it’s time for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party. This time, I created an anniversary card titled, “A Couple of Cuties,” which also happens to be the name of the stamp set I used:
It’s another water color card. Now that I finally figured out how to get a decent result, I want to watercolor everything! Here’s a closeup of that sweet stamped image:
I began this project by printing the pretty papers from the Creating With Vintage Patterns CD. I love this small brown check with its pretty lace border. I cut it to 6 1/2 by 5″ , cropped the bottom corners and stitched around the perimeter to add a little extra texture. The edges were then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I then stamped the Couple of Cuties image twice in black Archival Ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used my Aquarelle watercolor pencils and Tim’s detail water brush to color in the image. This is such a fun technique, and virtually foolproof. I even figured out how to add speckles and spatters to the dirt road this time around. I fussy cut the cute couple and car and foam taped them onto the background image. This adds so much dimension to the image, and really only takes a couple of minutes to do. I treated the car headlights and the driving goggles with a little Glossy Accents and set it aside to dry.
I framed the image with a chipboard frame from Want 2 Scrap. After sanding the edges of the frame, it was treated with a light coat of white acrylic paint. After this dried, a heavy coat of Broken China Distress Crackle Paint was added to the frame. Once it dried, I inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sanded it lightly to increased the distressed look. The stamped image was adhered to the back of the frame, and the frame was adhered to the card front. The sentiment “A Couple of Cuties” was stamped onto a Spellbinder’s Fancy Frame that was inked with Vintage Photo and mounted on brown cardstock. And no, I did NOT fussy cut the brown frame. I simply die cut the frame a second time, cut it in half lengthwise and glued it to the back of the stamped frame, leaving about an 1/8″ gap between the two halves. It acts as a perfect mat for the stamped tag, and looks great. You can do this with any Spellbinder’s tags or labels. It’s a huge time saver.
I die cut the flowers using Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch Flowers Pre Cut Set and the matching Daisy Cut Die. The end result is a beautiful dimensional flower that doesn’t require any fussy cutting on my part. The flower petals were stamped onto another beautiful piece of printed paper from the CD. I topped the flower with a button and twine. I love how it looks!
I finished the inside of the card with a couple of verses from a song that my mom used to sing. This tune was my parents’ theme song, and I heard it so often while growing up that I’ve committed the words to memory. Mom and Dad had very little money, but they were rich in love. The song just went so perfectly with the image, I had to use it. Here are the words:
Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money.
Maybe we’re ragged and funny,
But we’ll travel along, singin’ a song
Side by side.
We don’t know what’s comin’ tomorrow
Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow,
But we’ll travel the road, sharin’ our load
Side by side.
Through all kinds of weather, what if the sky should fall?
Just as long as we’re together, it doesn’t matter at all!
When they’ve all had their troubles and parted,
We’ll be the same as we started.
Just travelin’ along, singin’ a song,
Side by side.
And, of course I had to line the envelope!
That’s it for me today, folks! Why not pop over to the Crafty Secrets blog and add your own vintage project to the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party. There’s a $50 gift card to Crafty Secrets up for grabs…and that’s worth playing for! I hope you enjoyed my Couple of Cuties card and the story about my mom and dad’s theme song. Thanks for checking in, and for leaving me a comment. When you do, it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,
Product used in this card: Crafty Secrets: Creating With Vintage Patterns CD, Couple of Cuties Clear Art Stamps; Heartfelt Creations: Daisy Patch Die (HCD 703) and Daisy Patch Flowers Pre Cut Set (HCPC 3318); Want 2Scrap: Vintage Fancy Frames;Ranger Industries: Broken China Distress Crackle Paint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Detail Water Brush; From my Stash: Button and twine, white acrylic paint, Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils