Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Vintage Travel

The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie and it is called Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  The lovely Kathy is our hostess and she describes it this way:

Summer is a great time to travel. For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic travel themed project. Think folded maps, cruise ships, road signs, compasses, passports, trains, planes or automobiles. As long as your project features a travel theme, you're headed in the right direction.

I have been admiring the tall and skinny cards that my team mate Jenny has been making lately and thought I would give one a try. She makes them look so easy but I took a while to come up with a design that I liked and that was flat enough to mail without having to rob a bank to pay for the postage.

I started with some cream card stock (Staples) for the blank and then added a panel of rusty red card stock (Bazzill), which was distressed and inked on the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  Pretty well everything on the card was distressed and inked in the same manner.

Next I took another piece of cream card stock and inked it all over with Aged Mahogany, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).  This time I spread them on using a very wet paint brush adding a colour at a time in random areas and then drying with a heat tool (Tim Holtz) before I added the next colour.

Once the panel was dry I added some stamping using Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and one of the Travel Mini Blueprint Stamps (Tim Holtz).

A panel of rust card stock (Recollections) came next.  It was embossed using a Gears embossing folder (Tim Holtz) and then the highlights were rubbed with Rich Copper Metallique Wax (Prima).

I cut a chevron from Memoranda paper (Tim Holtz) and added that next followed by a half circle of some map paper from the same paper pad.

Some venise lace was dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added to a smaller chevron cut from the Memoranda paper before the chevron was added to the card.

I used Versamark Embossing Ink and a pocket watch stamp (IndigoBlu) to stamp onto some acetate and then it was embossed with Copper Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I fussy cut the watch and added it next.

The lovely lady is from the Paper Dolls (Tim Holtz) and has been inked with Vintage Photo DI as were the clip art suitcase and the Small Talk Sticker (Tim Holtz).  A bit of Black Soot DI was added to the suitcase straps using a water brush (Tim Holtz)

Finally I altered an arrow (Tim Holtz) by coating it with a blend of Terra Cotta and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz).

These products for my vintage card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. That inked and stamped background is so perfectly vintage, Cec! I love all the clever layers you created, too. It's hard to achieve that without adding a lot of thickness, but you did it beautifully. Your travel lady looks like me when I have to leave home. LOL I love the creative journey you took us on with this project. Fabulous!

  2. This is such a lovely card with such a vintage vibe. Love the lace and your background of oxides. Beautiful work Cec!

  3. Cec: I love your vintage traveling lady! Wonderful inspired tall and skinny card with so many beautiful paper elements that the layering provides the perfect amount of texture without having to pay extra to send it out!

  4. Well done! Great layers and the colors are just lovely! May have to take a shot at this challenge...

  5. I love your vintage travel card Cec. The addition of the lace is perfect and I love all the details. <3

  6. This is one of my top favorites from you, Cec! When I first glanced at it on Frilly and Funkie, I had to rub my eyes to see if I read the designer's name correctly! You have taken Jenny's inspiration and ran with it! Great colors on your background and a wonderful collage! Hugs!

  7. So glad you gave this size card a go Cec as you've nailed it! LOVE the composition and that inky background. A huge thumbs up from me xx

  8. I love your background, the layers, and especially how your arrow and pocket watch turned out! I'm always nervous to use wet media on my paper because it tends to curl, guess I should just practice!


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