Priceless Jewels (Crafty Secrets)

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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.

You can click on the photos to see all the details.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I lined the envelope with paper I found in my scrap drawer.

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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!



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13 thoughts on “Priceless Jewels (Crafty Secrets)

  1. tlady2b

    THIS is “beautiful!” 🙂 Love the vintage feel of this! Absolutely lovely! AND thank you for coming over to visit & your congrats! 🙂 It was such a NICE SURPRISE! 🙂 I’ve got to get busy & work on a card for the present challenge—I’ve been sick! (((Hugs!)))

  2. Robin

    Kathy –

    What a beautiful card! It truly captures the relationship between mother and child. I love the sentiment…here’s to hoping it will be available soon. Your work is always so lovely and I love that you take the time to include the little details about your creative process!

  3. elaine hood

    Hi i have just found you on facebook and have come across to join you , i am just loving your work , the colors on thisv card are just so beautiful , thank you for sharing
    Elaine H X

  4. pattie Jns

    A gorgeous vintage card, or framed image. a real keeper. thanks for the details on how you did this beautiful work. I would love to be in a class doing this. I am not on face book or use any digital images. but always open to new ideas, an learning…..have a good day.

  5. carol edwards

    Hi Kathy such a beautiful card, the image is so lovely. I checked out your info on how to crackle on digital images so thank you for the inspiration. . Whoever receives this card will love it, equally it would look great on a s a wall hanging. The inside and envelope are gorgeous too x

  6. candycolwell

    Hi Kathy. I’m back from our trip and trying to get caught up. Seems like an endless battle at the moment. haha The roofers will start tomorrow and they are loading all of their materials here now. Yikes…so much stuff up on the roof and we have a storm coming this afternoon. I just finished mowing around the house so that I wouldn’t pick up their roofing nails until they have a chance to get them. Your card is gorgeous. I love the vintage-ness (is that a word?) of this. That mother and child image is so lovely and I really like the way you’ve layered the corrugated paper behind it. The sweet yellow flowers and green bow really set off the vintage image, too. The interior of your card is also beautifully finished off. Love it all! <3 Candy

  7. Dee in NH

    Wall hanging or card, either way it’s absolutely gorgeous! I love that image and you used it perfectly! I love all the layers and textures!

  8. Birgit

    Wow! Kathy, this is fabulous! You’ve thought of everything, right down to the inside~out of the envelope!! You blow me away with your creative thought process.

    1. Tanya

      Sweeping nostalgia. What an incredible work and depiction of the simple natural affection of a mother and child. These cards are truly worth a thousand words.

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