Wednesday 27 March 2024

Vintage Spring Delights

Hi everyone, this month’s Tracy Evans FB ATC swap is on the theme of “Spring Delights” which gave me another opportunity to break out my “Elegant Spring Florals” set, including inking up the lovely tulip stamp for the first time. I came up with 2 coordinating designs and actually made 8 ATC’s - 4 for the swap plus 4 more to trade privately … my largest ATC series to date!! I also decided to go off piste slightly with a vintage look for my spring ATC’s instead of pastel colours.

I created smoosh backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks on a couple of large snippets, and cut into 8 pieces each slightly smaller than a standard ATC. Onto each one I stamped “Bulb Gazette” using Golden Meadow Versafine Clair, then stamped either a daffodil or tulip in Pinecone. I coloured the stems with Distress watercolour pencils, then stamped the flower heads onto separate card, coloured with Distress watercolour pencils, cut out and attached. I added a little stencilling to the background in green, added white gel pen highlights to the flowers, and edged each piece with blended DOX in Scorched Timber to add to the vintage feel. I stamped my flower words onto separate cream card, cut out, distressed and attached, then matted each piece onto dark brown pearlescent card stock cut to standard ATC size.

Stamps: AALL & Create #623 Elegant Spring Florals, #907 Bulb Gazette;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Scorched Timber); Distress watercolor pencils (Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Peeled Paint); Versafine Clair (Pinecone, Golden Meadow, Nocturne); gel pen (white);
Tools: AALL & Create stencil #124 Lotza Diamondz.

Here’s a closeup of each design.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #773/4 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Beautiful Blossoms #15 - Anything Floral Goes (4th entry)
Craftlandia #18 - Easter or Anything Goes - WINNER
Double Trouble #162 - Spring Florals (3rd entry)
Mix It Up #70 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
Shopping Our Stash #518 - Spring Has Sprung
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Easter/Spring (2nd entry)

Challenges I would like to enter:

C.R.A.F.T. #713 - Easter/Spring  (2nd entry)
Creative Crafting Uncles #51 - Spring and/or Easter (3rd entry) - TOP 5
Creative Fingers #274 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
We Love 2 Create #2 2024 - Anything Mixed Media Goes (4th entry)
Word Art Wednesday #641/642Anything Goes 

I love taking part in this ATC swap as I so enjoy making them with Tracy’s stamps, and the ATC’s I receive back have all been really beautiful so far. 

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


brenda said...

My you have been busy Pauline, can understand with that stamp set though, it's timeless and know you will use it over and again.

Many thanks for sharing your pretty ATC with us at Allsorts challenge.

B x

crafty-stamper said...

Your ATCs are always fabulous and the backgrounds,love the beautiful daffodils and tulips.
Carol x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

A beautiful card
Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge.
Good luck Ginny DT for CRAFT Challenge Blog

Diane said...

Your ATC's are beautifully awesome, each and every one is full of Springtime goodness!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Stencil Fun!
Diane SF Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Stencil Fun}

Chris said...

A beautiful set of ATCs, your spring flowers are gorgeous.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning set of ATC's Pauline, the work that's gone into them is beautiful x

Ellibelle said...

A beautiful set of ATCs, love how they turned out and you will have some lucky recipients for these pretty trading cards! I've not used the tulip stamp yet in fact I think I only used the daffodil...need more hours in a day as I do love all of these stamps! Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts challenge!

Barb Finnical said...

Pauline, this is such a pretty stamp set and the cards you've made with it are lovely. I love the vintage look, yet they're still so reminiscent of spring. As guest designer over at Word Art Wednesday this round, I just wanted to come over and say hi and thank you for joining us this time! We are blessed by your work!

Linby said...

wow! these look so good. I wish I could find time to create so many.

Linby said...

Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts!

Debbie said...

Such pretty cards. Thank you for joining our CRAFT Challenge this week. Debbie M DT x

Donna Walls said...

Fantastic ATC's, love the smooshed backgrounds and the pretty florals. Well Done Pauline, Thanks for joining in and sharing with us at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge. We love seeing everyone's creativity.
Donna xx
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Sarn said...

What a gorgeous collection of Spring ATCs. Love the background inking and the focal flowers. xxx

dj said...

Your bulb flowers are fantastic!! Way to go shopping your stash...such a pretty collection!! Thanks for joining the fun and playing along with our "Spring Has Sprung" challenge over at Shopping Our Stash!! Deb Horst, DT #SOS518

stampinwithanita said...

This is a lovely set of ATC cards! Perfect blend of mixed media products. Thanks for joining us at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge this month.

Karen Letchworth said...

What a pretty card, Pauline. What a treat. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.

Mia said...

What a great collection of cards, Pauline. I especially love your tulip. Great coloring and lovely background. Thank you so much for joining Craftlandia Challenge. Good luck in the draw. Big hugs from Greece.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Pauline, such a beautiful set of daffadil and tulips for the ATC swap. Thanks again for sharing your unique projects with us at Double Trouble and Beautiful Blossoms.

Kellianne said...

I just love these vintage flower ATC's! They turned out so beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Double Trouble :)

*Vicki* said...

Wow, these are so gorgeous! Love the bulb flowers and the wonderful background you've created for your collection! Thanks for sharing this with us at Mix It Up!

Helen said...

Beautiful, Pauline - a great set of ATCs.

Thanks for joining us at the Creative Fingers Challenge.

Helen x

MARIELA Inspirada said...

So beautiful collection of daffodils and tulips cards. Stunning work!!! Besitos...

Helen said...

Me again!

Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge too.

Helen x