Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vintage Vintage Card

I came up with this idea of grapes out of buttons last week when thinking of something for the "Button" challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.  I played around with different techniques over the last week and finally came up with this thank you card.

The card is a piece of cream-colored cardstock.  I stamped it with a sheet music stamp and added a piece of newsprint scrapbook paper that I covered with matte multi-medium mixed with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain.  A piece of canvas-textured scrapbook paper was cut with Tim Holtz's On the Edge Ticket Postage die and grunged to form the background for the grapes.  This piece was laid aside until I made my "button grapes" .

To make the grapes I started with a piece of Ranger Gloss Paper and that I covered with a combination of Sail Boat Blue, Cranberry, and Eggplant alcohol inks.  I cut the paper with Sizzix Buttons #5 die.  The buttons were stamped with a variety of vintage images in Tsukineko Brilliance - Archival Pigment Ink in Moonlight White.  I added shading and highlights with Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Markers.  After laying out the buttons in the "grape pattern" that I wanted on top of the Postage-edged background, I took a picture of it my phone and used that as my template for sewing the buttons onto the paper with embroidery floss. 

 I took a 6 x 6 piece of paper from a scrap pack and freehand sketched my grape leaf.  After cutting out my leaf, I used Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress ink to go around the edges.  The leaf also got a coating of matte multi-medium and Frayed Burlap stain.  The leaf veining was drawn on with Vintage Photo Distress Marker.  The leaf was added with tape runner and a couple of foam adhesive squares.

I finished my card with a "Thanks A Bunch" sentiment.  

I'm so glad I finished this card.  I really enjoyed working on this project.  I think I'll submit it to Country View Crafts' Die Cut challenge.  Now it's time to call it a night and pack for a business trip that begins tomorrow.  Have a great weekend.  

Until next week -- Mary Elizabeth.


Candy C said...

Mary Elizabeth...this vintage button card is not only gorgeous, it is so creative! I love it! Using buttons for grapes...WOW! And I love the colors, too! I also wanted to thank you for the very nice comments you left on my blog. So sweet of you! <3 Candy

butterfly said...

This is so beautiful... the "grapes" look amazing; the tiny white stamped images are delightful. A really gorgeous, creative make.
Alison x

Anita Houston said...

WOW!!!! Your button grapes are exceptional!!!! I love the large leaves as well! Any Kraft on here? If so submit it to this weeks challenge! GORGEOUS make, just gorgeous!

inkypinkycraft said...

this is very clever, great use of the button die cuts for grapes! love the vintage feel .
thanks for joining us at country view crafts challenge x Trace x

sara j said...

As a fan of vineyards I was immediately drawn to this card. OMG. The level of detail in your work is so foreign to me...lately I have been realizing I need to go not so fast, although I'm not sure I can apply that to my art. At any rate, the grapes are simply divine. Whoever got this card is a lucky chap!!