Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Old Mail

When I got ready to make this card, I went looking for a die set that I KNEW I had. It is similar to the one I used, but looks more like a stamp's perforated edges. Well, turns out that I don't have that set -- or if I do, it has disappeared. I actually think I have a couple of punches that look like stamps but they definitely were too small. So, while I like this card, I was a bit disappointed (more on that in a minute).

Here is the sketch:

Our sponsor this week is Pink and Main, and the prize is an ADORABLE St. Patrick's Day stamp set. (Being from Irish ancestry on both sides of the family, I'm quite fond of anything Irish!). Here is a picture of the set:

I'm running a bit behind getting my posting done today, so a quick recap. I went with a nostalgic theme for my card. The sketch just said "postage stamp" to me, and I thought of how much the hand written letters have always meant to our men and women in uniform. The letters were/are their connection to home. I started with a chocolate brown base and layered a vintage military themed paper on top of it. I then used a Martha Stewart border punch for my scalloped piece which I cut from the brown. I used a Spellbinder nesting die to cut my stamp shape, also from the dark brown.

The postmark circle is from a set of vintage stickers which I've had for more years than I can remember. The adhesive on the back was totally not sticky any more due to age. That was fine with me, though, as I popped the post mark circle up using foam dots. I used a slightly lighter taupe color for the fish tail banner -- which is a perfect place to stamp an appropriate sentiment (or type before cutting). I know it may look a bit unfinished without the sentiment, but I will wait until I need the card to actually stamp on a sentiment since I don't yet know to whom or for what I will use it. 

Have a good week. Spend some time crafting. Being creative is not only fun, but it is good for the disposition (smile)!



  1. Very nice and vintage looking. Would make a great military/veterans day card.

  2. Wonderful card! I love the vintage feel!

  3. I designed this sketch with a die I "know" I have - yay, an opportunity to use it. Well, I guess I imagined it just like your disappeared die. lol Your card is wonderful, I do love a vintage card.

  4. I agree with above, thanks to your story I remember that I think I have a die like that too LOL I'll have to check I think I even know where it is. I love how literal you translated the sketch - great job!!

  5. The collage effect is perfect for a military card, and I really like the vintage feel of it too! If only we could all find those lost items when we need them, huh>? I once lost my light box if you can believe it! LOL