Vintage Card Tutorial by Linda Coughlin for Sugar Creek Hollow What is Vintage? The term vintage was originally a wine-making term, referring to the batch of wine produced in a certain year or by a certain vineyard. Over the years, it has been broadened to refer to automobiles, clothing and numerous other items. More recently, it has been used to describe second- hand merchandise originating from an earlier era, i.e., vintage clothing. What do we mean when we refer to a card-making style as vintage? It’s a loosely used term to describe a card/project that looks old. The aged appearance can be for a variety of reasons. The project may: be distressed (ink sponged or scuffed/torn edges or folded/crumpled) include products that look old use an image of an old object use rustic looking image use paper of a pattern, color or design from yesteryear include embellishments that are old or made to look old Vintage is my favorite style of crafting. I get a lot of comments from people saying that they love the style and look but they are hopeless at doing vintage work. Since the strength of our project line here at Sugar Creek Hollow is vintage and primitive, we thought a little tutorial might help those vintagely- challenged crafters out there. Step 1: Where to start? Start by selecting an image. SCH offers a wide variety of lovely vintage and primitive digital images that will make up into beautiful vintage projects. For this project, I have selected the Tiffany Lamp and Berry Frame. I changed the image color from black to brown. For the lamp print size I selected 3.15” and 4” for the frame This allowed the lamp to fit inside the frame. I printed it on my home computer and heat-set the ink using my embossing heat tool. Step 2: Paper selection. Give a little thought to the era that the image is depicting. I look for a design and color that looks antique to me. I like flour-de-lis, flourishes, botanical-type drawings, brocade, damask, etc. For this piece, I selected the image of a Tiffany lamp. Tiffany began making his handmade stained glass lamps in the late 1800’s and they became popular in the early 1900’s. So I want my vintage card to evoke a feeling of an era around 1900. Select colors and textures that will compliment your image and evoke the period you are trying to replicate. For a sepia toned Tiffany lamp, thinking about the early1900’s era brought to mind images of stamped metal and floral patterns. So I selected two brown-toned K&Co. papers as well as a piece of textured brown card stock. Step 3: Layout. There is nothing definitive about your layout. Any layout that works with your image will work for a vintage card. Step 4: Creating your main image. Let’s start the actual crafting work by creating our main image. I decided to make my entire card to resemble a sepia toned photograph. I used two SCH images – the Tiffany Lamp and the Berry Frame. I changed the color of the images in PSE7 to brown, layered the lamp over the frame using Publisher, printed and heat set the main image. Then I closely trimmed it out around the frame. Next I ink distress the image. Because the distress ink I am using is very dark (Vintage Photo), I sponge off some of the ink by tapping the sponge on my paper blotter a time or two before I move the sponge onto my craft sheet. Starting about two inches from the edge of the image panel, I sponge in circles on the craft sheet, moving slowly toward the edge of the image panel. I work around the outer edge bringing the color in gradually. I work all the way around once, then repeat around the outer edge several more times, each time bringing the color a bit closer to the center. You decide how far into the panel you want to bring the distress ink. Usually I make a mask to cover my image, but with this I didn’t get too close to the image because I wanted to show some bright light close to the lamp. Once I am satisfied with the amount of ink distressing on the panel, I sponge ink directly onto the edge of the panel to darken edge. I also printed a second copy of the lamp and trimmed out the lamp shade. After coloring the glass in my Copic marker, I applied Crystal Effects to give the shade a glassy look. When dry, I adhered this lampshade over the original with a small glue dot, which gave it a very slight 3-D effect. Step 5: Create your background layers. I like to use multiple layers on a card. For me, visually, the more layering, the richer looking the card (that’s not to say that CAS cards can’t look very striking too). The brown card stock was embossed using the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, which I think has a vintage look to it. It was sanded to review the white core. After revealing the white core, the entire panel was sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink. Since ink was being applied to a dark colored panel, I inked the sponge and applied it directly to the paper without sponging off on a paper first. If I had been sponging a lighter color paper or just at the edges, I would have started on the craft sheet, sponging in small circles and working toward the edge of the paper, continuing in small circles along the edge of the paper. Each time I re-ink the sponge, I start sponging on the craft sheet and work toward the panel. The edges were then scissor distressed. This is done by opening the scissors about half an inch and dragging the opening along the edge of the paper. Don’t be concerned if the paper rips. That adds extra distressing and character to your vintage piece. After scissor distressing the edges, they were sponged well with vintage photo. Step 6 – Assemble – Now that all the layers are finished, it is time to assemble them. Before I glued the first two layers together, I punched the corners of the upper layer with a corner punch that I thought added to the vintage feel. Then I machine stitched a straight stitch around the parameter. Next I glued the die cut K&Co. layer on, then wrapped a piece of wide brown lace around and tied it in a knot. Craft foam was glued to the back of the main image panel which was then layered over the lace. I added a sentiment tag that I had also ink distressed. The sentiment was printed on my computer in the same brown ink as the main image and likewise distressed as the main panel. I added a brass jewelry spacer and brad.
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