Sunday, 23 March 2014

Something a little shabby vintage

Hello everyone....Just a really quickie post from me today, but I haven't posted since Friday and thought I would share another card with you from the Heartfelt creations - Once Upon a Time collection or it will take me weeks to get through them all:) maybe not a quickie post lol:)
I spent yesterday with a wonderful class of girls at Sir Stampalot in Peterborough....we made 3 cards!!!
I new I was pushing it a bit to get 3 cards done as the first was a criss cross card and my classes always involve a lot of die cutting, but YAY!!! we managed it lol.
I will get them photographed today and post them during the week:)

Todays card is what I call a shabby vintage style.....with a quick colouring technique!

  • I started with a 6 1/2"x 6 1/2" peachy card blank which I made from co-ordinations. I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distress tool and added a little Tea Dye distress ink.
  • I then took a 6"x 6" panel from the Once Upon a Time paper collection. Again distressed the edges. I made a little tare about 1" from the right hand side edge and rolled it to create a little pocket and adhered it to my card.
  • I already had some elements die cut and stamped out so I went for the 'Time is Short', distressed a little with some versafine pigment ink - Mocha (508) which is a pad containing 5 shades of browns and adhered it just inside the little pocket that I created.
  • I heat embossed the Brick and Clock stamp using Cosmic Shimmer Bronze detail embossing powder onto cream card.
  • I coloured the image in with a quick colouring technique using the Versafine inks as above and some little sponge finger daubers which I used on a Hobby House show a few weeks ago.
  • To colour the leaves I just used a little distress ink - Crushed Olive and Frayed Burlap.
  • I matted the image onto some card the same as my main card, distressing the edges again and adhered it to my card.
  • I added a lace and twine bow, small Majestic morning flower, some leaves and a sentiment from the papers.
  • To finish I have added a few pearls and some Stickles glitter - Pink Taffeta.
So this post wasn't as quick as I intended, but I do like to give you the 'How to Make it' bit :) x
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your! well I will be catching up on a little housework, a little crafting, a little photography (well, not sure that's how I would call it ...I just have my camera set on auto and hope for the best).... and then Mr Selfridge tonight:) programme ever, but my Sundays  are just not the same without 'Call the Midwife:( Ohhhh and I mustn't forget to cook Sunday lunch....not that I do much cooking but hubby is fishing today so it is my turn:(
Must go now lol
Take care x


  1. Nikki, I Truly love today's Card I Love the Colours you've chosen and the Fabulous technique on the Bricks and the Clock it's made them really stand out, I'm thrilled you had a great day yesterday at Peterborough with all the ladies in your Craft Workshop making three Cards is great and I bet the ladies loved it.
    Take Care Nikki Love and Hugs from Sam x

  2. Hi Nikki,
    Oh this is the subtle colours. So pleased you had a good day with the girls in Peterborugh...can wait to see what you made.
    I agree Sunday nights won't be the same without Call the Midwife but the lambing season is back on BBC 2 with Kate and I am such a sucker when it comes to the baby lambs being born they are just so cute! Lol!

    Love Sheila xx

  3. Beautiful card and lovely colours. I agree Nicki loved watching the midwifes and then Mr Selfridge, Sunday nights was lovelyx

  4. Stunning card Nikki, the colours are just beautiful. I agree about Call the Midwife, fabulous series and those of us who are a certain age can remember so many of the props they use. Hope we get another series soon. Nikki, can you tell me what the quick colouring technique is please? Pat x

  5. Hi Pat,
    Good question:) Well, I basically use either chalk ink or similar....on this card I used just versafine pigment ink as I liked the colour combo. I then just use a little sponge finger dauber and use a blending technique rather than using a pen or paintbrush. For the smaller images I still use my paintbrush ie: the tiny leaves in this stamp. Nothing really special just taking the Tim Holtz method of blending but using a much smaller sponge you can actually colour in the images very could of course use distress ink too but I do like the colours of versafine and chalk inks.
    I hope that has helped. x
    I will add this to my list of must do videos ...which I hope to start doing soon:) x

  6. That is oh so beautiful Nikki, a truly wonderful card with great colours and stamps! Hugs, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  7. Hi Nikki, beautiful card, love the colours, lucky ladies doing one of your classes, xx

  8. Hi Nikki
    Gorgeous card, love the colours you've used and the rolled back pocket, thanks for the " how to " instructions
    Do envy those ladies who got to make three cards with you, looking forward to seeing the photos
    Best wishes, Pat

  9. Hi Nikki
    Such a lovely card! Can't wait to see what we'll be doing in Gravesend next week!
    Best wishes, Anne O

  10. Oh Anne, you may just get a sneak peak very soon:) x I can't wait to meet you all:) x

  11. Gorgeous card Nikki just love the colours. I am one lucky lady as my husband bought me the once upon a time set for my birthday in may, but it seems a long time off. I have been hooked on your cards since seeing you on c&c and am enjoying all you do. I was so impressed with the gorgeous scrapbook you showed that I have been on you tube to learn how to make one. Am now hooked and look forward to making my very own using the once upon a time kit. Thank you so much for inspiring me. Any advice would be appreciated. xx

  12. Morning Nikki, A truly beautiful card, with fabulous colouring and stamping, gorgeous papers and fantastic compilation. I have my bundle of stamps and die and papers, and I have just got some of the finger daubers, I will definitely be trying this card. Thank you for the inspiration, and hoping to see more of your fabulous samples.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Morning Nikki
    These cards are stunning, just love the delicate colours, I have ordered the stamps and die, but must get these papers Ido not think you can work with one and not the other.
    Carol x

  14. Hi Nikki
    So wish you could come nearer to Leicester - would love a class with you
    Carol x

  15. Hi Nikki
    Love todays card. These stamps are gorgeous and so are the colours used. Love that you are giving us the instructions. Thanks for the extra comments on how to blended.

  16. Hi Nikki
    A fab card ,just love the colors used and the fine sparkles really stands out .

    Elaine H X

  17. Really beautiful card, the stamps look fabulous and the colours are just super. x

  18. Another lovely card, Nikki! Your work just keeps getting more beautiful all the time!

  19. Another lovely card, this is such a beautiful collection, once upon a time. I have bought this
    & it arrived last week but just haven't had time yet to play as busy doing card orders, hopefully
    will have caught up by wed & then woohoo playtime, Sue x

  20. Hiya niki. I truly adore the vintage chic look. I went with this look for my mothersday cards an they were an instant hit. I guess ill need to step up the game next year! Lol
    Love Tracy from killie xx

  21. Beautiful Nikki, love the design and colours.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx


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