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Holiday Hints: Vintage Greetings

November 14, 2013


Soft, muted colors give holiday stamps year-round versatility.


Place drops of alcohol ink on a non-stick craft sheet and swipe glossy cardstock though the color to create a mottled background.  Stamp Song of Joy in black archival ink and let dry.  Carefully add a touch of color with dye markers.





And if you want to give a card that keeps on giving…


When you’re ready to make your own, here are the Penny Black products Elizabeth used today.


SHOP: 4344K Song of Joy, 51-014 Nature’s Song

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2013 4:25 am

    This is a lovely piece of art! So many useful ideas here, too. Time to ink up that stamp!

  2. Judy permalink
    November 14, 2013 5:26 am

    Lovely card; I love the background Elizabeth created with alcohol inks–thanks for the inspiration!

  3. November 14, 2013 5:39 am

    It’s the details that make this such a delight to look at. The embossed background which is almost white on white but not quite for the edging gives that hint of cold winter. Rounding that particular corner draws the eye to both the swirl & the birds head shapes in the image. The golden mat brings out the warmth of the golden greens & I absolutely love that bit of rustic embellishing. A real feast for my eyes for the the more I look the more I see.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Anne Fletcher permalink
    November 14, 2013 7:10 am

    This is beautiful. What is the difference between archival black ink and Memento Tuxedo black? Will that work? Also, I am not familiar with VersaMark watermark inks. I am fascinated and will have to try these. Thank you!

    • November 14, 2013 7:52 am

      Hello Anne….I used a black archival ink since I was stamping on glossy cardstock. Archival ink is a dye-based ink that is water resistant and will not smear when colored with water-based, dye markers. Tuxedo Black Memento can be used on coated papers and dries quickly with the aid of a heat tool. This ink is water-based and once dried is water resistant. I would recommend stamping a small piece of glossy cardstock with Tuxedo Black, heat set, and test with the markers you have selected for the project to see if the two are compatible.

      The VersaMark Watermark ink is a clear ink which when stamped on paper produces a slightly darker image (watermark effect) than the paper stamped upon. It can also be used as an embossing ink pad when creating heat embossed images with powders.

      Thank you for your visit today.

  5. Marti_L permalink
    November 14, 2013 7:33 am

    Love the subtle elegance of this card! I am not sure how to get a die to emboss, and not cut through???

    • November 14, 2013 8:01 am

      Hello Marti….you will need to incorporate an embossing pad/mat. Each die cutting machine manufacturer has information as how to stack their plates with the pads. Essentially the mat is placed on the main plate, then the paper with the die on top and the final plate. The pad/mat is akin to a thin rubber and will allow the die to press into the paper leaving an impression without cutting all the way through. A quick google search will help you determine how to set up the plate “sandwich” for your type of machine and give options for purchasing a pad/mat.

    • Anne Fletcher permalink
      November 16, 2013 5:12 am

      I love this card and the techniques you used. The “Song of Joy” is one of my favorites, too.

  6. Susan Holton permalink
    November 14, 2013 9:38 am

    Another beautiful project, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing!

  7. November 14, 2013 9:40 am

    A very pretty card!

  8. November 15, 2013 8:15 pm

    Amazing project! The embossed background with light inking is the perfect background for the gorgeous image! I should try again to use my alcohol inks–never have been successful. Elizabeth is always inspiring!

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