Wednesday, February 17, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Goes Vintage Tea Room

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We visited a lovely tea room last week, vintage-themed, but fresh and funky at the same time. It inspired me to make a set of tea room styled cards.

You saw the green sundae card on my blog and the STAMPlorations blog yesterday. Here's a little run-through of how I made the macaron card.

I started off by applying some Distress Ink minis onto acetate then spritzing and smooshing onto white card.

When the card was dry I inked up the edges of the Distressed Damask background stamp with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint then stamped it over my smooshed panel. For the other two cards I had stamped the Brushed Pewter first, but it doesn't matter which way round you do it because the Brushed Pewter acts as a resist for the Distress Ink.

On spare white card I stamped the macarons from Sugar Rush and coloured them with the same Distress Inks as the panel, then fussy cut them to fit the arrangement I wanted. On the panel, I stamped a grungy doily using one of the stamps from the Mixed Media Grunge set.

Using a stitched rectangle die, I trimmed the panel. UK card sizes differ from US card sizes, so the stitched rectangle didn't quite fit. I could either trim down my card, or use the white border at the bottom for my sentiment, and I think that worked quite nicely. Here's a close-up of the finished macaron card. The orange card is on my blog, along with a photo of inside the tea room.

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  1. Oh how fun are these?! Awesome backgrounds! Love the little bit of grunge. Great stamps used, too. :-)

  2. This would be a great set of cards to box up and give to someone. The colors and designs are so fun. I love that Sugar Rush set!!

  3. Love your cards Shirley - and I too have the same problem with the different sizes! I often use a ribbon or washi tape in the 'gap' from the die cuts and or the embossing folders being too small. Other times I just make a smaller card!

  4. Such pretty results. Love the distressed pewter:)

  5. Loving the idea of stamping around the edge of the stamp only and then this could be used as a resist. Such lovely colours and such a fabulous idea x

  6. Gorgeous set of cards Shirley. It's so fun to go out to a tea room with the delicious treats and lovely teas ... and these cards really convey that feeling. Great job! xx

  7. Love your set of cards! Awesome and scrumptious colors as well as great stamps!


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