Priceless Jewels Card from Crafty Secrets
Hello again, Friends! Do you ever see an image that just captures your heart and fires your creativity? That is what happened to me when I found this wonderful vintage image in the Crafty Secrets Childhood Vintage Images Booklet yesterday. I was browsing through my stash when I happened upon this gorgeous painting of a mother and child. There is such a feeling of love and acceptance depicted here. I can’t tell you how many times our children came up behind me like this when they were little. It brought back so many wonderful memories, and I just had to make it into a little piece of art to share with all of you.
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I printed off the beautiful vintage background paper from Creating with Vintage Typography CD #3. I’ve only recently dug into using this CD, and now I can’t get enough of it. So many gorgeous papers, tags, bingo cards, word art….it’s amazing! I printed the paper to 8″ square and cut out a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangle for the backing. I love the way the paper picks up on the colors in the vintage image, don’t you?
I have been on a bit of a mixed media kick lately, so I had to get out my paints and inks, some old book pages, vintage sheet music and corrugated cardboard to add texture and dimension to the card. I painted with Antique Bronze Distress Paint, distressed edges and used UTEE to give the image the appearance of old glass. It’s one of my favorite techniques, and you can find a tutorial explaining how to do it HERE.
Here you can see all the lovely layers of painted cardboard and book pages as well as a peek at the inside of the card.
I added a two layer bow made from green satin ribbon and a handmade cream ribbon rose on the side of the card. I love how well this works with the background of the image.
I wanted some sort of sentiment on the front of the card, but wanted to keep the card sort of all occasion in nature. I searched through my word fragments and found this copper phrase. I framed it with a G45 metal label that I painted with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then colored with a tan Spectrum Noir marker. It looks all old and vintagey…and I love it! I did the same thing to the little key up in the corner.
I used more of the vintage music paper, old book paper and the remainder of the gorgeous background paper inside the card. I stamped the sentiment with an old Crafty Secrets stamp set. It’s out of print now, but maybe we can encourage Sandy to release it in a digital form. The sentiments on it are wonderful. This one says, “Jewels like you are priceless.” Love that!
I lined the envelope with paper I found in my scrap drawer.
And I covered the envelope flap, too. This would make a great card for Mother’s Day, a birthday, a thank you card, or even a new baby card. I almost turned this into a wall hanging because it is so rich with texture and dimension. What do you think? Should I have gone that route?
Thanks for stopping by today. I loved sharing my Priceless Jewels card with you. If you’re looking for vintage inspiration, be sure to check out the Crafty Secrets blog, our Facebook page and spend some time browsing in our online store. You can also visit the other designers’ blogs by clicking on the links in my sidebar. If you love vintage art the way I do, I know you’ll find some priceless jewels that will make you happy right down to the tips of your crafty little fingers!