Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Card Concept {Vintage Notes}

Today is the day for a new challenge to begin at The Card Concept!  This is Challenge #73 and our theme is "Vintage Notes".  I made my card a few weeks ago as soon as I got my Papertrey Ink 2017 Anniversary Set called "Grand Finale". The way I used it today, I did not need a die, but the coordinating dies are scheduled to be available with the May Release on the 15th.  I love the look of this set and I know it will be great for so many occasions including Anniversary and Birthday Cards. You could stamp or add die cuts for whatever number birthday or anniversary it is in the opening. I look forward to using this set more!

I wanted to keep my card very vintage feeling today with only the hint of color in combination with the Charcoal Grey and White. I used Sweet Blush Cardstock for the solid layer of the butterfly. The background paper is almost the very last I have of that pattern but as soon as I saw the Anniversary Set, I thought how great it would look together.  It is a sort of Eggshell White Color with a deep grey print which was a perfect match to Papertrey Ink Rustic White Cardstock.

Grand Finale is the 2017 Anniversary Set from Papertrey Ink.  You can't purchase it, but you can redeem your points for purchase. You accumulate points based on purchases. Dies are not currently available, but are supposed to be available during the May Release. I die cut the background panel with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die. Next I stamped the square shaped box rotated 45 degrees to make the diamond shape. I think the diamond fits in better than the square shape with the background paper and I like the versatility of rotating to get whichever look you want. I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black (twice in my MISTI because the background paper is very textured) and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.  To bring the diamond shape forward in the design, I cut a True Black square using Limitless Layers 1½ Squares and the interior square from my patterned paper.  I mounted the black square using Foam Tape and adhered the patterned paper square using Thin 3D Foam Squares

The Butterfly was cut with some Charcoal Grey paper that was a scrap from another project with the Sweet Blush behind it.  The "hello" sentiment is from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cuts and was cut from Smokey Shadow Cardstock twice, then glued, one on top of the other. Once that was dry, I smooshed Versamark over the top of it and heat set it with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, repeating that two more times. It gives the look of a metal embellishment. For a final touch, I put three little jewels on the butterfly body and one just underneath the "hello" sentiment.  I know they are hard to see here, but in real life, they do really sparkle because they are Genuine Swarovski Crystals. I've started using a few of these on special cards.  I buy them at Hobby Lobby when they have the 50% off sale and attach them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I think this is my favorite card that I've made in a while.  I know my daughter will love it when I send it to her.  It's very understated but super elegant and the crystals are just the perfect thing to finish it off.  

Be sure to hop over to the Card Concept Blog and see all of the inspiration from the Design Team! We hope you can join us for this Challenge. Thanks for stopping by today!  


  1. Vicki, this is gorgeous! Love the background paper, the new stamps and, of course, your sweet butterfly with the crystals! Thanks for inspiring us with your creativity- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week!

  2. Vicki, I love your take on the challenge. Your card is so beautifully textured. I love the double die-cut butterfly and the wee black fronds, so perfect.


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