Friday, May 19, 2017

Vintage All-Purpose Card

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's been hot, hot, hot here, so after weeks of doing nothing but getting the garden in shape for summer, I decided to spend some time indoors and make this card.

I have soooo many old rubber on wood block stamps, and I've been sorting through them to see which I can get rid of. I was on the fence about this one (as I am with many of the old ones--I am such a stamp  craft hoarder!) and set it aside to use for Mixed Media Monthly challenge "Put a Stamp On It".

The focal image (Magenta) is inked in distress Oxides. I painted the ink on the stamp with my water brush and spritzed it lightly with water before making my impression onto mixed media card. I went back in with Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass Distress inks to color the background and frame. The subtle script is by Bo Bunny inked in Potting Soil Archival. I inked the flowers and butterfly from the image a second (and third and fourth) time (Wilted Violet and Dried Marigold DOX), water colored with DI's (Blueprint Sketch and Squeezed Lemonade), fussy cut and shaped them for a tiny bit of dimension.

The background panel is colored with DOX and Distress inks (I can't remember the colors exactly, since this was my 4th background I made for this card!) and stamped and embossed with Prima's chicken wire and the tiniest script from Happy Little Stampers. I love that delicate script! The chicken wire die cut is Tim Hotlz Mixed Media Thinlit, and I also used his Linen ribbon. A splatter of Ground Expresso ink gives it some foxing. My quote is Stampin' Up, inked in Potting Soil, and adhered to waste chipboard to give dimension.

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. This is more than an's a work of art, Sara Emily!! Wow!! It should be framed and hanging on a wall!! The texture and layers are amazing!! I love the stamping and the flowers!! The colors are beautiful!! Each time I look, I see something new!! This is amazing, my sweet friend!! I absolutely love, love it!! I hope you have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, now how could you ever part with this gorgeous stamp? It is phenomenal! I am with you on the stamp hoarding. So many times something I see sparks to mind an old stamp and new way to use it! So many stamps, so little time! I truly love this card in every way, the color is spot on! Hugs, Autumn

    1. HUUUUGE congrats on your win at the Artistic Stamper! Woo hoo!

  3. Beautiful Sugar - boy do I ever love those colors together!
    Sandy xx

  4. Nicely done Sara Emily! What a unique design! Love it.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. Just BEAUTIFUL - so spring/summerish - and it has ORANGE in it too!!! I, for one, am so very very thankful to be God's special work of art - that brings great joy and hope to my days! Thanks bunches for the inspiration Sara. Xj.

  6. The background stamping is gorgeous and I just love those Blueprint Sketch blossoms, they look amazing against that wonderful background. The chicken wire stamping and die cut are perfect in your design too! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Absolutely stunning Sara Emily! The background is beautiful! Gorgeous mix of colors and oh ny gosh, don't get rid of the is spectacular! Fabulous design and wonderful dimension and textures!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Sherrie K

  8. This is really beautiful. Your flowers are gorgeous! I also love your layering ad that honeycomb die cut piece too. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Donna, DT Member.

  9. Wow!! This is a gorgeous work of art Sara Emily!! I absolutely adore your background .. definitely hang onto that lovely stamp .. and you've used such a beautiful mix of colour! The pop of purple looks amazing against it and the added texture is a perfect contrast!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!! hugs xx

  10. Delightful design Sara, the oldies can still be the goodies and this card shows off your choice of stamp beautifully. Have a great weekend xxx

  11. Fantastic! Love the texture and dimension of your design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Flowers Galore’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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  12. Your inky techniques are simply stunning on this card Sara and I'm loving your old stamp, so pleased you decided to play with it.
    Julie x

  13. Sara, this is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Super gorgeous vintage card Sara! Love all the flower images, the water coloured ones in the background are so beautiful and the fussy cut lilac ones are such gorgeous eye catching elements! Love all the ripped layers and the bits tucked in behind them. The chicken wire works so well for a garden card! Lovely little butterflies fluttering about too. So amazing, and works for any occasion!

    So your garden must be coming along nicely. I went to pick up some Morning Glories, as they are my favourite since I got that beautiful purple one last year. Come to find out they have been categorized as a narcotic and you can't purchase them anymore! Apparently some kids discovered that if you eat the seeds, you can get high!! GET A FREAKING HOBBY! I was so disappointed. So many of the popular plants are toxic to either the dogs or the squirrels, so I ended up with plants that I'm not that thrilled with. Next year, I'll be planting my own flowers!! sending hugs to you :)

  15. What a beautiful piece of art, Sara Emily, and it looks perfect in your garden on that gorgeous Hosta (looks like some of mine)! I love stamping on the torn panel and so glad you kept that stamp! Your inky background is equally awesome with the chicken wire, script and ribbon. Beautiful sentiment, as well. Hugs :-)

  16. Ohhhh! I do wish you had a step out or video! this is Gorgeous! I so love the watercolor y floral background with the crisp stamping on top!
    Bravo Sara Emily!! xx

  17. WOW stunning card and gorgeous image-definitely a keeper-and love the water olouring
    Carol x
    In answer to your question on A Inky Mess no need to use a stamp and we often get digis given to use-but if you do any designer is fine as long as there is some mixed media/inks used
    Carol DT x

  18. Oooh I nearly missed this! What a beauty - the stamping is amazing! xxx

  19. Oh Sara - this is absolutely delightful - so delicate - I adore this - those central words are amazing! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and good luck!

  20. A wonderfully beautiful card, I love the colour combination! I recently looked through my collection of wooden stamps to see which ones I could let go..... um that worked out to be zero : )

  21. What a wonderful creation. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Creatalicious. Hugs Nina

  22. Gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge


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