Once again, I found this great vintage image on Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I just love the way these images remind me of times past. If you love digital stamps, you really must visit their site! This handcrafted thinking of you card – vintage baby in a highchair was inspired by three great challenge blogs listed at the end of this post.
When I first saw this image I just knew I had to make something with it! First, I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers. I am really starting to love these markers! The colors were selected by looking at the color challenge listed in the challenges later. Then, I cut the image out with the largest oval from the Stitched Oval Die Set from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. Finally, I inked the edges of the oval with Dried Marigold Distress Ink from Ranger.
This background was created using 4 different card stocks. The layout is from a sketch in the challenges listed at the end of the post. I really love sketches as they get my imagination going! First, I cut a piece of light greenish brown linen-like measuring 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″. Then, I cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″. Next, I cut a piece of teal linen-like card stock at the same measurements as the patterned paper. Finally, I cut the patterned paper and the teal card stock on the diagonal. To make this easy, I just lined up the opposite corners in my paper cutter and cut. In hind sight, I should have cut the opposite corners on the teal card stock. I ended up having to use the wrong side on the final project. Oh, well! Live and learn!
I used a piece of scotch tape to tape the two diagonal cuts together to make it easier to line them up on the light brown mat cut earlier. Then, I inked the edges of the patterned paper with Dried Marigold Distress Ink and the edges of the teal card stock with Pine Needles Distress Ink. Inked edges really help the final pieces stand out, in my opinion. After adhering these pieces to the brown mat, I glued the 3/4″ teal glitter card stock down where the two pieces met. Finally, I trimmed the edges of the glitter card stock and attached the whole thing to a 5″ x 6 1/2″ white card blank.
The Finished Card
To finish assembling the card, I glued the image to the upper center of the background. I stamped a “Thinking of You” sentiment and border in Dried Marigold on white card stock and fussy cut it. Then, I attached the sentiment with dimensional circles to make it pop! Finally, I colored three clear self-adhesive gems with an orange Spectrum Noir marker and placed them in the upper right corner.
I was inspired by the following challenges. Please take a moment to look at these great blogs and even play along! They have such great design teams and tons of inspiration.
Challenge #405 – Sketch from the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog. The layout of this card was inspired by this great sketch. Thank you for the great inspiration!
Challenge # 147 – Cottage Colors from the Sunday Stamps Challenge blog. I absolutely love this color challenge. The colors are so fun and retro! I used all of the colors and variations in this card. A matching brown and white are my chosen neutrals!
Challenge #333 – Thinking of You from the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog. This challenge inspired me to use a thinking of you sentiment. I think the sentiment is great for this image. Whether you are thinking of the person because of a new baby or they just really love vintage images, this is a great card to send!