Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tea and Cookies Birthday Card

My father-in-law's birthday is coming up next week so I needed to make a quick masculine birthday card. I have been having fun using vellum lately that I was inspired from my acetate kitty card shown here to create a card using vellum this time as the card base. Just like the acetate, the vellum I used is very flimsy so the more layers, the better.

Back in the Spring, I bought a whole box of aged newspapers (you can kind of see the front of the newspaper in the background), music sheets and bound books from a local flea market. The lady said she found these in her attic while cleaning up and did not want to throw them away so I took some off of her hands since I am such a fan of vintage items as you couldn't tell already. LOL!

The front of the card uses a newspaper clipping I scanned and created a jpeg file out of so that I could resize it for my card. I recently acquired a digi stamp set called Relax from Bean Pod Frog Shop (an etsy store) whose very new to the digital stamp world. Ann and her daughter have teamed up to create some wonderful digital images. Her daughter is the illustrator and Ann creates samples for the Bean Frog Pod blog you can find here. I thought this was the perfect image to use except I had to alter it a bit since it was going to be a masculine card (Ann - I hope that is ok! SMILE). There was an area in the cup where flowers were doodled in it and I just simply replaced it with curvy lines in my PSE software program. The image is printed twice - once directly on the newspaper clipping and a second time on cardstock, colored with prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil, cut out and popped up with Scotch mounting tape. The edges were inked with Tim Holtz distress ink (Antique Linen) and the edges of the cardstock panels were distressed using the edge of my scissors using a back and forth motion until the amount of distressing is achieved (I don't currently own a distressing tool).

Again, I used the newspaper clipping as a base for the inside of the card so that I had a sturdy base and created a panel to write a message on distressed with Antique Linen ink to match the front cover. When the front cover is closed, you can see a silhouette of the newspaper clipping through the vellum which makes for a very cool effect!

So make sure you stop by the Bean Pod Frog blog and leave some lovin'!

I've attached a scanned image of the newspaper clipping if you would like to use it on your cards/projects. It's a clipping from the Dakota-Farmer published in 1930. You should read some of the articles and ads - they are hilarious!


Dishtowel Dame said...

What a wonderful card you have created with the teacup/cookies image! The use of the vellum and the newsprint clipping is an awesome combination. Thank you so much for featuring an image from our store! We really appreciate it!

Jane said...

What a great card!
I love old newspapers/sheet music papers too.
Thank's for the newspaper, and the link to that store, they do have lots of great images!

JazzyH said...

I love the card and the use of the newsprint.

Jaspere said...

Fantastic card. Love the background.

=o) kel said...

i love what you did with it... i have been looking for coffee/tea stamps and this one is gorgeous!!!

lovies, =o) kek

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is wicked cool!

Kendra said...

Great card... love the news clipping idea! What a great way to use up old books/newspaper without wasting them :)

Stephanie said...

i just LOVE the newspaper clipping! gives it such a vintage feel & it's great paired with the tea favorite Sunday morning ritual is to drink a cup of tea and read the paper :)

here's the link for the neverending card tutorial video:
it' an impressive card, but definitely takes a while to create

Rebecca said...

This is gorgeous. The newspaper in the background is so perfect. I love the look of this card!

Jennifer Scull said...

this is just a fantastic card! I love everything about it!!!! and thanks for the download - I know I'll be putting it to lots of good use!