Stampin’ Up! Wood Textures Vintage for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I trust your Thursday is off to a good start. We have a blog hop today, just like we do every Thursday, so won’t you join me in hopping to see what everyone has created today?

We are working from a sketch today. Here is the sketch

And here is my card inspired by that sketch. It is pretty basic, plain and simple. Sometimes you just need to do one of those. Plain and simple, that is.

This also plays along with the Card Concept 100th Challenge. The challenge is elegant, fall or special celebration. I chose the elegant. Somehow I can’t see pink and gold pumpkins. And there are flowers in the inspiration photo, so I also used a floral stamp.

I began by going over my Petal Pink card stock for all the pieces of this card with my Embossing Buddy. This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. I then stamped the floral image from Very Vintage with Versamark on Petal Pink and heat embossed it in gold. This was cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle.

The bottom mat is Gold Foil Sheets from which I cut a gold circle from with a scalloped circle from Layering circles, using one just large enough to show behind my focal piece. Liquid Glue adhered the two circles together.

A sheet of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack was Liquid Glued over the Gold Foil mat, and the mat to the card base. The large circles were then Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat.


The smaller sentiment circle was also cut from Stitched Shapes circle Framelits and  adhered on the next largest size of Gold Foil Sheets scalloped circle with Liquid Glue. The gold circle was cut from the inside mat. The sentiment is from Merry Christmas to All and stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the sentiment, also from Merry Christmas to All stamped in Versamark on Petal Pink, was then heat embossed in Gold. The corners of this liner were then punched with the Detailed Trio Punch. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this layer to the Gold Foil Sheets mat and into the card base. This finished the card. On to the envelope, as we cannot have naked envelopes!5

The flap has more of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack while another of the Very Vintage floral images is stamped and heat embossed in gold on the front. I think Gold embossing raises the level of any card to an elegant level, don’t you?

This could easily be a non-traditional Christmas card, or New Year’s.

Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate any comments. Let’s go on with the hop.

Card Cuts below

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2)front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″ Use these to cut the circles before you glue them to the card base; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Petal Pink: large circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, small circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

Today is not going as planned. I need to mow my lawn, first time in about a month, but the weeds are looking pretty shaggy. However, it is cloudy and there was a heavy dew last night. The grass is still wet and my afternoon will be short as I am having dinner with a friend and have a meeting this evening. Tomorrow we will be canning my specialty, End-of-the-Garden Soup. I started doing this when my kids were small and I had a HUGE garden. About this time of year we dug potatoes, tomatoes were ripe, green beans had given me a second crop, onions were pulled, cabbage was ready and too plentiful to eat all of it fresh. So, I just put whatever I had in a jar and canned it. Really tasty when the snow flies and you can just have vegetable soup or add whatever meat you like. ON WITH THE CARD!

Long-time friends are celebrating their 50th anniversary, so today’s card is for them.

I began with a gold and Very Vanilla plan. Period. My next thought was not very creative or original. How about using the Large Numbers dies to cut 50 out of a Gold Foil Sheet? OK. Then what? I really wanted something fancy, but not too fancy. What follows is what resulted from my playing with paper, scissors and the BIG SHOT.


To conserve my precious Gold Foil Sheets, I cut the center out of both the outside and inside mats, leaving a 3/4″ frame on which I glued the fancy front panel and the inside sentiment panel.

This is another 5″ x 7″ card, just because I like them. I had a pretty, lacy oval die from Spellbinders that I used for the front, layering it on gold foil and fussy cutting around the edge. I cut a set of numbers in Very Vanilla, and layered them to the Gold Foil, Softly Falling TIEF embossed numbers with Liquid Glue. The numbers were adhered over the center of the oval with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals,

front detail and used regular dimensionals to adhere the whole to a Very Vanilla mat and onto the Gold Foil mat with the hole in the middle. For just a little more pizazz, I cut two flourishes from the Flourish thinlits, then cut them apart, using the lower half on the front and the upper part on the inside of the card. These were attached with liquid glue. The completed front panel was Tear & Taped to the Very Vanilla card base.

flourish detail

On the inside I repeated the Gold Foil Very Vanilla mats. Over this I used the Layering Ovals framelits to cut one plain oval in Very Vanilla and one Gold Foil scalloped oval. My sentiment is from Falling For You, and stamped in Soft Suede on the plain oval. Using liquid glue I adhered the ovals together and onto the Very Vanilla mat.The upper part of the Flourishes was glued to the to the mat, overlapping the ovals just a bit. The completed sentiment panel was then Tear & Taped to the card base.inside

The envelope got a stamped Flourish in stamped off twice Soft Suede on the front. I die cut and dry embossed another 50 in the Gold Foil. This was adhered to the flap with liquid glue on the upper portion. The lower portion has Tear & Tape that will be stuck to the envelope after the card is inserted. I will be going to their open house and hand delivering the card, so the glued-on numbers won’t be a problem.

I hope you like this card for a special occasion.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, front mat 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, fancy oval 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 6″, sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, numbers and flourishes, scraps or 4″ x 6″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2) mats 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ (from these I cut out the centers leaving a 3/4″ frame), numbers-scrap from center of mat, oval mat 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ inside scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

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Technique Thursday

Hey Everyone,

Today is Thursday, almost the end of another week. Wow, time does fly!

This post is not about a finished card. I haven’t finished it for a couple of reasons: One, I am not sure if I think it is done well enough to finish and Two, I am not sure what kind of card I want it to be if I do finish it. Christmas? Thinking of You? Sympathy? I need to look at it awhile and think about it.

Anyway, on to the technique which I first saw on a You Tube video by Melissa Kerman. I looked further and there are other tutorials about tarnishing foil, some using aluminum foil from your kitchen and some using the beautiful foil papers. I am mostly following Melissa’s formula, which you can see here.

Here is the card front I created using the same technique of dry embossing, heat embossing and adding a bit of grunge.


I began with a piece of Silver Foil Sheets and dragged my Basic Black ink pad over it lightly, leaving some streaks. Then, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I stamped a couple of the evergreen trees, one tall and one only partially, in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I went back and stamped some of the little pinecone branches from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again in the gold.

art panel

Here you can see the trees and the pine cone branches as well as the streaking. The heat warped the paper a bit, but I just put an acrylic block on it while I did the next step

Taking a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I stamped another of the pine trees and some of the little branches in Versamark and, again, heat embossed with gold. Most of this will be covered up, so I did not stamp the whole piece. I took this photo before I went around the edge with a sponge and Crumb Cake ink, but I did sponge it.

side piece

Setting this aside, I went back to the foil piece and dry embossed it with the Pine Bough embossing folder. I really like this folder and it is on the clearance rack right now!

angled dry embossed

Then, using what I thought was a light touch, I dabbed some Versamark over the highlighted pine branches and a couple of other spots. Since you cannot see this, I think it will take some practice to get a truly light touch. Personally, I think I got a little heavy handed. I then heat embossed with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Now it is starting to look a bit more aged. The final step here was to again drag, dab, daub, whatever, the Basic Black over the surface to give it the tarnished look. I also applied some around the edges.

I then assembled all the pieces to get this look.


Each of the 2 art pieces and the foil strip were adhered to a Basic Black mat with liquid glue. The long panel was glued to the Soft Suede mat. The foil panel and mat were liquid glued together, then adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The foil strip and its mat were liquid glued to the base.

That completes the front, if I decide to keep it that way. It was not difficult, nor did it take a lot of time. That said, I think if I took a bit more time it would have been better. This is a technique I will definitely try again, so stay tuned. I want to try it using household aluminum foil.

What are your thoughts on this technique? Please comment below the products and card cuts details. And, if you want to order that Pine Bough Textured Embossing folder, just click on the order online button at right to go to my store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mats (1) 2″ x 5″ and (1) 3-1/4″ x 4″, (1) 3/8″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: 1-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; Soft Suede: mat 4′ x 5-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: 3″ x 3-3/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 1/8″ x 3-3/4″

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