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More Victorian Calling Cards

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 01More Victorian Calling Cards with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Polly’s Paper

Hello, Friends!  As promised, I’m back with another trio of all occasion cards featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon and Victorian Calling Cards from Polly’s Paper Etsy shop.  I used Polly’s Victorian Trading Card All Occasion Cards Creativity Kit  and loads of my favorite ribbons to make these soft, feminine cards.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02Sympathy cards are often the hardest cards we have to make.  So I’ve used soft colors and delicate ribbon on this card. The cutaway card base is embossed, inked and then brushed with Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a very soft, shabby feel.  I lined the card at both the edge and at the fold with s strip of light, airy Lavender Dots Organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02aA simple white satin bow was topped with a double layer bow made with the same ribbon.  A delicate lavender cosmos daisy finishes off the bow treatment.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02bI like to take a little extra time with my sympathy cards, so I finished the inside of this one with more papers from the kit, more embossing and whitewashing, a stamped sentiment and double rows of that lovely lavender dots organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03This birthday card makes me think of Paris.  I don’t know why…perhaps it’s the touches of gold.  I spritzed the papers, image and doily with my homemade gold mist.  That glorious bow is made with Variegated Gold Ribbon...which is so luxurious and shimmery….and on SALE! Honestly, the luster and shine of this ribbon cannot be rivaled. I tied that big, loopy bow with the aid of my Bow-it-All Tool, of course.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03aTo add some extra texture, I made a rustic multi-loop bow using a double strand of natural burlap string.  That bold pink button is from my stash.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03bI layered papers, tags and ephemera from the kit on the inside of the card, along with a hand written sentiment. The tag was topped with natural jute string, then the ends were frayed with a craft pick.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04This final card is so cheery and bright that you feel better just looking at it.  After joining two of the papers from the kit together with stitching, I used some ribbon scraps to create little flag elements beneath the card focal.  A sunny bow made with Yellow Gold Diamond Satin ribbon ties all the elements together perfectly.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04aThe rhinestones and stick pins are from my goodie drawer, and the loopy burlap string bow is made with light blue and navy burlap string. Adding a few dark elements like the button, navy twine and brown rhinestones really anchors the card.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04bThe inside is finished very simply with a strip of paper from the kit and stamped sentiment.

So what’s the tally now for cards made with this Victorian Trading Card Kit?  Six?  Well, believe it or not, I managed to make two more fabulous projects with this amazing kit…and I’ll be sharing those with you in May.  So stay tuned!

I hope you were introduced to some new ribbons today, and learned some of my tips for using ribbon to add the finishing touch to a card.  To me, no card is finished until you add ribbon or trim!




11 thoughts on “More Victorian Calling Cards

  1. barb macaskill

    These are lovely!! Victorian era projects are so pretty! They remind me of a simpler yet much harder time in our country’s history! Thanks for sharing these with me!

  2. LuvtoKraft

    All three are absolutely lovely, Kathy, but I do believe my favorite is the Get Well card. What a great combo of colors! Thanks, as always, for all the wonderful inspiration! 🙂

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, Hope you had a good week-end. I love these. The sentiments, the flowers, and those gorgeous ribbons, make a gorgeous creation. thanks so much. for inspiration

  4. karenladd

    These are so beautiful! The whitewashing, layering and ribbon turn these into real keepsakes! I can imagine them tucked away in an altered box and kept forever!

  5. Diane H

    Gorgeous cards Kathy…wow…I thought the lavender one was my favorite, then I loved the yellow one, well then I loved the 3rd…so no favorites from me, I love all 3 of the beauties…you have such a great eye for layering…I’m telling you I need lessons in that!!

  6. Carla Hundley

    More beautiful cards!
    Thank you for sharing
    them and giving us so
    many great ideas.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Candy Colwell

    Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for your lovely comment you left on my blog. I have been AWOL from commenting lately. Your three Victorian style cards are beautiful. You ALWAYS create all of your cards with such precision and perfection. Your blog posts really reflect how much you love and enjoy creating your lovely cards and each card reflects that joy. Your choices of images on your printed cardstocks and your matting of solid cardstock are always so complimentary of each other. Your ribbons and bows are always perfect for your card creations…never overbearing but always the perfect compliment.

  8. Sheila Rumney

    What gorgeous cards! I always love visiting… your place is always filled with inspiration and beauty. Just wanted to let you know that weeds grow well in my garden (much better than any other thing!). Wishing you a beautiful spring, Kathy.

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