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More for men-Antique look

Good Sunday morning Everyone! Another hot one in the heartland! Good day to stay indoors by the AC in my opinion.

Which means, of course, a good day to make cards or other papercrafts after church.

Today’s card is for a man who does nice things for me sometimes and will NEVER take payment. So, when he went above and beyond to make a couple of 60 mile (one way) trips with his pickup, he at least deserves a Thank You card, don’t you think?

The card base is Early Espresso card stock with a Very Vanilla mat. The art panel is also Very Vanilla, but it is VERY messed up Very Vanilla!I began by using an antique looking script background stamp in Soft Suede . I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges in Crumb Cake with a Stampin’ Sponge (which I had cut into fourths), laying the ink on more heavily around the bottom to ‘ground’ it.front

Distressing was done with a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures. Hmmm. Now what? It needed something something. Maybe copper? Ultimately the new 1/4″  Copper Trim was what this card front needed, but not as a ribbon. I cut a short length and spread it out so it looked like a piece of copper mesh. Using a piece of fast fuse under where I put the other embellishments I adhered it to the card front.

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A piece of hemp cording from Hobby Lobby in a dark brown got wrapped around three times and taped onto the back. After digging around in my stash of embellishments I found some gears and a pocket watch which I think really add to the antique look. I used several Glue Dots to secure them over the cording and the copper mesh.

The sentiment is in Early Espresso from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a strip of Very Vanilla that I sponged. I did not re-ink the sponge, I just used whatever ink was left from doing the card front edges. I think that was enough to ‘antique’ it a bit.

The bone folder comes in handy to sort of curl the ends, one up and one down. The ‘valley’ was adhered with liquid glue and the ‘mountain’ is held in place with 2 stampin’ dimensionals stacked. This finishes the card front.

By the way, this is a tent-fold card. The inside mat is Soft Suede cardstock and the Very Vanilla panel got the same sponging technique as the front, only with a lighter hand.inside

The distressing is stamped off twice  Early Espresso, done in triplicate. The sentiment, also in Early Espresso, is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Liquid glue adhered this panel to the mat and into the card base.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope got the same antiquing sponged treatment, in a VERY light hand on the front, but what to use for gears or a clock? I have no gear stamps, and no clocks either. But, I do have a sort of gear looking stamp that actually worked quite well. It is from the  retired That’s the Tag stamp set. I stamped it 3 times in the corner without re-inking the stamp.envelope front

The flap was given the ‘antique’ treatment and stamped all over with as many thank you phrases as I could find, all in Early Espresso. Several stamp sets have thanks or thank you stamps you can use to mix things up a bit. With that, the envelope was done.flap

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Soft Suede: Inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla: Card front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Inside panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Front sentiment 3/4″ x 2-1/2″.

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Medallions for Sympathy

Good Day Everyone! What a Fabulous Friday it is.

I began this sympathy card with absolutely no idea what to do. After looking at my paper stacks I settled on Night of Navy for the card base and the card just made itself.

I didn’t want fussy, just classy, so I paired it with Smokey Slate and Very Vanilla; no bling, no embossing, no ribbons and bows.

This is the result.

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Card Cuts at the end of this post.

First cut the card base from Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin’ Trimmer. The first mat is Smokey Slate card stock and the top mat is Night of Navy. The mat in between is Very Vanilla card stock stamped with an old background stamp in Night of Navy. This stamp has a sort of Eastern Medallion look to it.

The medallion is cut with the Eastern Medallions thinlits from Very Vanilla card stock, as are the two pieces with sentiments. The sympathy piece is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ pad using a Gina K stamp. I like the font and it was the exact size needed for this project. The sending thoughts sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set, again, stamped in Night of Navy. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up all the sentiments.

The Sympathy sentiment is glued to the medallion which is adhered to the Navy mat with mini stampin’ dimensionals. Sending thoughts is glued to the navy mat below the medallion and the finished art piece is adhered to the stamped mat. This is then glued to the Smokey Gray mat. The card front is now finished.

On the inside I again used the Smokey Gray card stock as the mat, with the sentiment piece in Very Vanilla. To dress up the sentiment piece without overdoing it, I used my Simply Scored board and the stylus to emboss a border around all 4 sides, crossing the lines at the corners. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I think you can discern where it is. I did this from the back side as I didn’t want a debossed look. Using the sentiment from Strength and Prayers stamp set (retired), and Night of Navy ink, I completed the sentiment.inside

This was glued to the Smokey Gray mat and into the card base.

I then attached the card front and the card is complete.

On to the envelope! Using a medium Very Vanilla envelope I inked up part of the background stamp in Night of Navy and stamped the flap.

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On the front corner I stamped the little corner design from the Make A Medallion stamp set. Then, I mirror imaged it and stamped it again. This finishes the envelope.envelope front

I think it turned out quite well, considering I had no design in mind when I started.

I hope you like it and if you need supplies, please contact your demonstrator. If you don’t have one, I would be very happy to help you. Just click on the ‘shop online with me’ button at right to go to my store. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts:  Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″;        Smokey Gray:  (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: (2) 3-3/4″ x 5″, medallion 3″ square, sentiment 5/8″ x 3-1/2″, sentment 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

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