Jan 22, 2024

Sweet 'N Sassy Vintage Bird in Window Frame Card


Hi everyone!  I'm back with another project featuring the January new release from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  I was playing with the new Arched Window die and decided to pair it with a favorite image, the simple bird from the Singing Praises stamp set.  You may remember these projects that feature these lovely birdies...  click the photos to visit the posts.  I just can't get enough of them!  

I created an inky background using Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce, Pumice Stone and a little Vintage Photo.  I then used Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink to stamp the Christmas Pine, using the dies to pop out one of the boughs.  I colored the bird using Chipped Sapphire and Uncharted Mariner along with the aforementioned neutrals.  The sentiment is also from the Singing Praises stamp set.  I cut the Arched Window die from chipboard and gave it a dry brush of white gesso, and splashed the card with more watered gesso for a snowy look.  I've been very sick, but will be back soon with my remaining samples.  Stay warm and well my friends!  xx, Autumn

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Jan 10, 2024

Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Doily Valentine & Anniversary Cards


Hello lovelies!  Happy New Year to each of you!  I'm so pleased to be joining Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps as a guest designer this January helping with their beautiful new release.  If you've followed me for any length of time, you know how much I love incorporating doilies into everything.  You will certainly understand how utterly delighted I am that Sweet 'N Sassy has released a new "Delicate Doily Die"!  Yippee!  It has quickly become a new favorite for me.  It cuts beautifully and has a truly beautiful shape, is perfectly symmetrical and is sized just right for a standard greeting card.  :)  For my first card I layered the Doily with a sentiment from the also new With Love stamp set.   I added a sentiment along the bottom from the Encouraging Peonies stamp set and cut it out as one.  I loved how the fonts worked together.  I then used the Encouraging Peonies stamp set to repeat stamp a background panel in Vintage Photo Archival ink and loosely watercolored it with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone for the background.  

For my next pair of cards, I enjoyed getting inky with and made two cards to give you some ideas of various colorways that can be used.  The With Love stamp set has an AMAZING 1 Corinthians 13 background stamp included so I stamped it onto each of my inky background panels.  The first was created with Seedless Preserves and Pumice Stone Distress Inks by dipping the panel into watery inks.

The second was created with Festive Berries and Pumice Stone.

I used flowers from the Long Stem Silhouettes stamp set and layered with both the Valentine and Anniversary sentiments from the With Love set.

I added a doily half and a seam binding bow to each card and some adhesive pearls by Studio Light.  I really like the pops of black in the silhouette stamping, sentiment & pearls against all the whites.

For my last card my mind strolled back to some beautiful Basic Grey paper from years gone by.  I snagged the Forever & Always stamp set at the last sale and used it to create a background with Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.  I tinted the bottom half of the panel with the same reds and added some washi tape to break up the two sections.  

I adhered half of the Delicate Doily die then cut the other half into two pieces to adorn the bottom of the card.  I then embossed the beautiful Valentine sentiment from the With Love set in Antique Pearl EP by Ranger onto a scrap of inky red.  I finished by doodling around the hearts to add some extra black emphasis.  I hope these cards have inspired you today!  xx, Autumn

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