Several years ago, one of my first scrapbooking projects related to genealogy. I was lucky enough to get some photos of my grandparents from their younger years that I wanted to create layouts for and tell their stories. Some of those bent and partially torn photos in sepia really needed to be surrounded by classic and shabby chic papers and embellishments to maintain their look of days gone by.
Many of those vintage scrapbooking layout techniques can also be applied to vintage card art.
Very recently I took a little time to experiment with a perfectly cheerful and whimsical piece of My Little Shoebox' 2009 Sky's the Limit - Nice to See You paper covered with some houses and words. I wanted to see if I could give it a vintage feel. This photo shows a bit of the paper before I went "shabby" with it . . .
I tore the edges with my Distrezz-it-All then crumbled the sheet into a little ball, trying to get as many creases and folds as I could. Some of the edges ripped naturally - cool! I unraveled it, not being at all gentle, and roughly patted the paper flat again. I used a brown Cat's Eye to ink the edges and ran the ink pad over the sanded creases.
I adhered that piece to some distressed cardstock, added a lace border and some mini brads.
I used coordinating Copic colors to fill this Crafty Secrets Home Sweet Home image of a cottage retreat . . .
I added a sentiment from the same Crafty Secrets set and attached a very simple but effective Prima Vintage Trinket using a Tim Holtz Charm Clip . . .
This photo shows the completed card front . . .
I can't decide if it looks vintage or just thoroughly battered - LOL!!! Your thoughts?
wood - E31, E35, E47
pine, grass - G82, G85, G99
mountain top - B000, bottom - C2, C0
chimney, house - C4, C2, C0
owl - Y13, Y26, Y28
sun - Y21, Y23, Y26
sky, landscape - Y13, YR12, R12
roof - E97, E02
border - atyou Spica chocolate