22 May 2011

Vintage Affair ATCs

I made these for the May ATC swap at UK Stampers with the theme of A Vintage Affair. I really struggled as I could not find any suitable vintage stamps in my stash and I am not allowing myself to buy anything until I win the lottery... or receive a massive pay rise. I found three images on Graphics Fairy and began creating backgrounds for them. I applied distress ink to some of TH Kraft resist paper and matched images and bits and bobs and thought I was ready to go... but wait no stamping - quick rethink. Does anyone else begin with an idea in their head only to discover the finished item is totally different?
I used TH Shabby French and Spooky scroll stamps on the backgrounds and then embossed and inked them some more. I also stamped over the images.
It worked quite well with this one and then I added the flower things that I had coloured with alcohol inks, a piece of inch ruler and little bit of text.
I also sprayed some inks on this one and mixed some Blonde Moments pigments to give it a shiny effect. The lace is antique (my grandmother's) and I then sewed on pieces of a broken bracelet.
I ended up redoing the background on this one by using dictionary definitions and adding distress ink and an embossed stamp. I added the image and stamped around the edge. More lace and then some buttons and ribbon. I made the ribbon flower and added it to. I like them all but think the first one is my favourite. 
Thank you for dropping by - I always appreciate the comments people take the time to make.


  1. Those are simply gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful ATC's. I had the same problem as I had nothing either. I wound up buying a sale Decoupage sheet and cutting it up. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

  3. Oh how I love these ATCs. I love vintagy stuff and these are just perfect

  4. Fab set of ATCs - I'm with you on my favourite, the swirly stamped framing works so well with the image!

  5. Gorgeous ATC's.
    Regards Florence.

  6. WOW - love love love your ATC's - have you thought about (or you may already do so) joining in on the UKS trail for ATC's - you can swap ATC's as often as you like and they don't count as one of your three quota's. Anyway, well done again, they're LOVELY.