Monday 23 April 2018

2018 #7 Kraft card: Vintage sewing cards with Hot Picks {by Florence Adam}

2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card

Wow it is pretty obvious that Florence got super carried away stamping with her sewing stamps! But wow they look amazing on kraft card, and she tries all kind of inks too - she made several cards she was on such a roll! Enjoy, the results are beautiful!

Hi everyone, it's Florence Adam here, and I'd like to share these lovely cards with a vintage sewing theme.

I like kraft (and craft!), because I really like the look of it, it goes so well with black and white but with any colour really. This theme was made for me then! Except the faux leather technique (I will share with you later). This project is not really technical, so instead of a step-by-step, I will share all the cards I made with you.

Usually when I start a project, I have no idea in which direction I am going with it. I started to stamp randomly on kraft paper and white paper with Jet Black, Plum Archival Ink & Vintage Photo Oxide Ink. Here are the Hot Pick stamps I have used:

For this card, I wanted to create a faux leather background. I watched a few YouTube tutorials about this subject, and they were talking about mixing glycerine and water to soften the kraft paper. The problem was I didn't have glycerine. I found lip balm at home, so I tried to apply it to the kraft paper, then a miracle happened: It worked perfectly! It softens the fiber, so it creases easily. I added some ink, some spray to add interest to it. The oily aspect on the kraft makes it even more real. 

Look how it looks great with blue jeans ink!

Just a little bit of inking with cut and dry, and I looks so good. Especially on kraft, I like to do faux stitching, and draw line between each hole with white gel pen.

This was a little crazy, but I did it, look, I hand sew all the hooks on the stamp.

By the way, don't even try to ink with Stazon over the lip balm, the result is not good, let say disappointing.

I thought I'd make 2 or 3 and ended-up making 7 of them! Give it a try for your own ones and you will see how addicted it is. I love these cards!

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Helen said...

you found some great colours to match your kraft cards to - gorgeous!!

Miriam said...

These are beautiful Florence.

Words and Pictures said...

Exquisite work with all those intricate images and additions - these are fabulous!
Alison x

Unknown said...

This is beautiful! Everything is perfectly balanced and I love the new technique you discovered in your creative process!
This gives me a wonderful idea. I was creatively blocked on a project I wanted to do for my nieces, 5 of them to be exact. I inherited a lot of my grandmas vintage sewing notions, buttons, embroidery threads.. that kind of I came up with a cute idea to use old wooden cigar boxes to create a small starter sewing kit for each of them containing items from their great grandma. I had the basic design concept down, that I wanted to alter the boxes to look like vintage wood purses but was stuck on the actual look I wanted to go for and it being something so personal and close to my heart I needed it to be perfect, not something I just threw together so it was very important to me that I made these just so...
So seeing what you were able to create with a similar theme has given me that “creative jumpstart” that I needed to pick this project up again!!! It’s only been sitting here for a year now.. I put it to the side in the hopes that I’d eventually get some sort of devine inspiration.
Now I have so many great ideas and I’m so excited and inspired to get these back out and get going again! Whew.. I honestly thought they’d be grown adults before I finally got them finished.. lol.. so thanks again for sharing your gorgeous project and for the creative jumpstart to my project! - jess

Art By Wanda said...

Wonderful cards!!!!

Dawn said...

Glycerine is used in many beauty products, so that's probably why it works. You HAVE to try it with glycerin, it will be a lot better. Sheena Douglass has one of the best faux leather techniques videos (I'm sure she was the first to use it. It was pretty mind blowing when she first showed us it at a workshop!) Because there is no glazing product in it, the paper has a matte finish until you add the 'gloss' at the end. You will find you could stamp on it. Sheena uses embossing folders on her faux leather. Anyway, I'm probably teaching you to suck eggs, but thpught I would add this just in case xx

SewPaperPaint said...

These are the most beautiful, feminine and artistic cards I've seen in ages! I'm wild over every last detail. You have paid close attention to every element and the result is beyond wonderful ! Oh I'm so inspired by these beauties and will be pinning away! :) Hugs, Autumn

Cocofolies said...

Bravo Florence elles sont exquises toutes ces cartes !!!
Coup de coeur pour la dernière...
Bises et bonne continuation au sein de l'équipe et dans tous tes projets.

Pink Bunkadoo said...

I'm super inspired by this series. Thanks!

Hazel Agnew said...

I love your work Florence. Pure artistry. Xx

Susan Battensby said...

These are all so so gorgeous.

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are so gorgeous Florence. I love the plum shade with the Kraft and the composition is wonderful,

Lucy x

Chris said...

VEry beautiful work Florence!