Tuesday 10 May 2011

Springtime Vintage birthday card

The gorgeous Springtime Vintage papers in the mini catalogue have proved to be incredibly popular. They don't look much in the catalogue but you only have to glimpse them in real life to fall in love with them. They conjure up visions of 1940s frocks worn with white gloves, rose red lipstick and rolled hair, bone china tea sets... I can almost hear Vera Lynn being cranked up on the gramophone!

Here's a card inspired by that era:

The pink ditsy print floral is one of the prettiest papers ever! I mounted it on embossed Early Espresso card stock to ground it. Have you noticed how often I've been using the Square Lattice embossing folder? It's become a real favourite of mine!

I made the flower with the fancy flower punch. I love the design of the tone-on-tone pink paper I used - there's a great mixture of stunning florals and more sober prints in the Springtime Vintage series. The flower centre was made with one of the three little punches in the Itty Bitty Shapes punches pack.

There's a trend for these ruffled ribbons at the moment. I'm not really a fan but it's good to try new things! If you like this ribbon treatment, it's very easy to do: Just fray the end of a piece of the seam binding and gently pull a thread in the middle, gathering the ribbon with your fingers - that's it!

This sentiment stamp is one of my most used birthday greetings as it's a really useful width and it works very well for all genders and ages. It's one of the stamps in the Occasional Greetings set which covers most other occasions too. It costs £30.95 for 12  stamps - that's only £2.58 each - and I think it's a sound investment.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 12cm x 21cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base. (Note: this isn't a standard size although you can use a standard C6 envelope for it.)
  • Cut an 8cm x 8.5cm piece of Early Espresso card stock, tuck into the Square Lattice embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
  • Cut a 6.5cm square piece of the pink floral paper. Cut a 5cm length of coordinating green paper and trim it with the scallop edge border punch. Glue this under the floral square so that just the scallops show. Attach this to the embossed card stock.
  • Cut a length of Crumb Cake seam binding. Fray the edge and select a thread from the centre. Gently pull the thread and gather the ribbon softly. Use Snail adhesive to attach it around the embossed card stock, running it over the floral paper.
  • Now make the flower: Punch three fancy flowers, snip between each petal and curl the petals under. Punch a tiny flower from an off-cut of the embossed card stock, using one of the Itty Bitty punches. Layer this on top of the three flower shapes and pierce a hole through all the layers. Secure with an Early Espresso brad.
  • Arrange the flower over the top of the ribbon with leaves from Certainly Celery card stock using the two-step bird punch.
  • Stamp a sentiment onto the card front, using a stamp-a-majig to make sure it's straight. Glue the flower panel above the sentiment.

Stamps: Occasional Greetings
Ink: Early Espresso
Card stock: Early Espresso, Certainly Celery
Other: Springtime Vintage designer papers, punches, Square Lattice embossing folder, Crumb Cake seam binding, brad.

I visited a Vintage and Handmade fair at the weekend which was such a visual treat. The sun was shining, the vintage or vintage-style things being sold were beautifully laid out and the morning was enlivened by a trio of ladies singing Andrews Sisters songs. They, and many of the stall holders, had dressed up in vintage clothing and looked wonderful with their printed frocks, carefully styled hair and bright lips. I came away with this gorgeous little wicker hamper (which I shall fill with edibles as a gift) and the most gorgeous cream coffee pot.

There's nothing like a bit of vintage fun is there?! I'm bowled over by the Springtime Vintage range of papers and have plenty more ideas for them. Do come back tomorrow when they'll feature again in my long-promised box tutorial.

Hope to see you then,


  1. I love your vintage finds, Vicky, especially that coffee pot (beautiful sleek design)! Your card is just as amazing. The paper for that flower is so pretty!

  2. Beautiful card Vicky. I too am loving the springtime vintage papers, although I have yet to cut into mine. I just love to look at them in their virgin state. The square lattice embossing folder is also another firm favourite of mine, so versatile!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  3. Such a pretty card - love the tiny print on the paper. I know what you mean about 1940s dresses - reminds me a bit of one of my Nanna old dresses. Thanks!

  4. A very pretty card Vicky. One thing though - I love the ruffled ribbon and I think it works perfectly on your card - Jacqueline xx

  5. Sooo pretty Vicky, yep that patterned paper is so delicate. I really like the texture that the EF reminds me of textured wall paper !!
    Love how simple it is to ruffle the seam binding, easier than sewing:)
    Jenny x

  6. I love how you've curled the flower petals and the ribbon is the perfect addition for a 'vintage' feel. Caroline x

  7. Ooh very pretty.
    Hugs, Sandra x

  8. You are far too young to remember those things!
    Like you I am not a fan of ruffled ribbon but yours is lovely, not TOO frilly and evenly spaced which to an OCD person like me is very important.
    Where was the Fair held, sounds like a good place to go?
    Linda x

  9. Sounds like you had a good time at the fair and got your bargins just love the card that it inspired too Luv Sue x

  10. How could I not love this card!?!? My favourite papers ever !!! A xx

  11. So pretty Vicki, I really love the spring feel.

  12. Really pretty card Vicky - thanks for the tip to ruffle the ribbon! I like using it in my girly mini books :) Sarah x

  13. Lovely card - using my favourite papers as well Vicky.
    Margaret x

  14. Hi Vicky, That's a gorgeous vintage design, love the beautiful papers and the flower:0)
    p.s You're welcome to call me anything you like and Mac is fine too LOL :0) xxx

  15. Hi Vicky, Very pretty vintage design. I'm sooo needing that embossing folder now I've seen you use it a few times!! Cate x

  16. What a beauty ! and your cards not bad either. You certainly know your stuff, this is a beautiful creation with marvelous contrasting colours.


  17. Hi Vicky! I think this is one of my all-time-favourites :D Hope this list is not limited ;)
    Love the big flower and the vintage colour combi! TFS Janna

  18. That IS pretty paper Vicky. Yet another thing I never noticed in the catalog! Your layered flower looks so nice with the little brown flower and brad in the center.

  19. A very pretty card, love the flower! xx

  20. A very pretty vintage themed card, the flower is wonderful, and the layers are fab!


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