Friday, 19 August 2011

Vintage - It's the old brand new!


It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new. - Tony Visconti

I love vintage clothing!  I am particularly fond of fifties style dresses and as soon as I find an occasion to wear one I will sooooo be in one!  I love the sticky out skirts and the starched stiffness and the net skirts which go underneath.  I also like the necklines, halter necks and wraps, enhancing the d├ęcolletage which give a really sexy look but without revealing too much and retaining that important air of demure.  I was thrilled to find that Michelle Perkett Studios are running a 'Vintage' theme to their challenge this time round and was even more pleased with the stamp they had on offer as a freebie.  This dress just rocks!  I seriously want to wear it!

I have coloured the main image with promarkers in vanilla, rose and baby pink to match a piece of backing paper I had in mind for the card.  I cut it to an oval shape then cut a slightly bigger oval from some Coredination paper which I ran thru my Sizzix with a polka dot embossing plate and then attacked with some sandpaper to bring out the dots.  The rest of the backgrounds I have made myself using a combination of a background stamp and a brayer to apply adirondack caramel ink.  The very back of the card is made using just the run-off ink left over from inking the stamp.  Brayers are fab for applying ink to that sort of stamp and always have plenty of ink left to make some paper.  Nothing is wasted!  Regular visits to my blog will know I love making my own backgrounds.  I have lots of designer papers but nothing is quite as much fun as making your own.  I am forever on the lookout for new ideas of things to do like that.  The DP I have used on this one is designer unknown... I have a habit of picking up papers just because I like them and think I could use them and sometimes pick up odd sheets here and there so I end up with loads that I haven't got a clue what they are or where they came from...

The paper ribbon behind the main image is a strip I had left over from another project, it's made using adirondack inks sploshed around and then stamped over with my favourite olde worlde wordy stamp.  I keyed the colours in a little by rubbing over with the caramel ink pad I used for the background.  I used some lace ribbon at the bottom to further add to the vintage theme (it's pretty old!) and added 3 amber coloured gemstone brads for that all important bit of bling!  The sentiment comes from an Anna Griffin set of stamps - stamped then embossed with gold.

I have used the sketch supplied by PaperWorks Co.  Creative Stamp Friends challenged us to make our own background so that's what I did!  Digi Design House wanted to see 2 patterned papers, a ribbon and 3 brads.

11 comments:

  1. Oh fantastic! That dress looks like one my mum wore in the late '50s - it was white with a 'waffle' texture, and of course she wore white gloves and a white hat with a wisp of veil, too - and white shoes!

    This is such an elegant and stylish card! Love it!

    luv, Mags x

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  2. PS There's a programme on BBC4 now, 'Exotic Pop at the BBC' which has some fab 50s music on it! Have a dekko on BBC iPlayer on their website!

    luv, Mags x

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  3. Sarah, I love everything about this! Thanks for joining us at Michelle Perkett Studio.

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  4. Gorgeous card! Love the image :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

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  5. That is a gorgeous card! I would love to wear one of these dresses too! maybe they will be coming back in fashion soon since the 70's have already come back around. Thanks for joining us at MPS this week. Good luck. Shelley

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  6. Gorgeous vintage card, Sarah! Lovely color combo, design and vintage details. Thank you for joining the vintage theme challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Great vintage card for this week's challenge at MPS! Thanks so much for joining in!

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  8. Hi Sarah,

    this is a beautiful card...

    Have a nice Day

    Heike

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  9. Gorgeous card you've made! =)
    Thanks for joining us at MPS this week!
    Hugs, Elenor

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  10. Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for joining us at MPS this week, your Vintage card is gorgeous! Congratulations on winning our challenge!! Please email me for your prize at:

    michelleenchanted@gmail.com

    Thanks, Sarah!

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  11. love the card Sarah, very vintage, wouldn't have had you down for a fifties dress though!

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