Sunday, 3 March 2013

Vintage Masculine cards

Yesterday I once again headed up to the central coast to teach a Vintage Masculine card class.  Leaving myself plenty of time, including stopping for petrol, I left home at 8.40am expecting to arrive around 10am.  Silly me - there was a 4km traffic jam stretching south from Mt White due to an earlier accident, so crawling one car length every few minutes meant that I arrived for my 10.30am class at 11am - grrrrrr!!   Thank goodness for mobile phones.  The ladies were patiently waiting for my arrival and had already cut the card sizes and were enjoying cups of coffee.  AND it was another rather wet day!

We were using Tim Holtz' "Warehouse District" stamps and different colours of Distress Inks.  Once the backgrounds were inked up, a quick spritz with water followed by paper towel mop-up, and the aging process is looking good.  I'm quite intriqued by how Distress Inks react with water, if you haven't tried it out, give it a go and see for yourself.

The 'ticket' was inked, spritzed and scrunched before opening out for a battered look.  The plane is popped up on dimensionals over the top.

The blue strip across the panel is a piece of tissue tape which has been scrunched and pleated and inked up.  The compass has been placed over the top using a brad to secure it in place.  A little bit of tearing on the panel completes the aged look.

In this card, the distressed tag is cut by hand from scrap.  The ribbon tie is another piece of tissue tape, coloured and poked through a punched hole.  I was watching Tim Holtz on youtube a couple of weeks back and he had been using tissue tape like this and I thought "what a great idea".  It's a little bit stiff as it's doubled over, but it looks great, it doesn't fray and it stays in place.  Thanks Tim!

The trip home was uneventful and I got back in just over an hour.  Glad I don't have to do this drive every day.  Many do, including my older brother who quite often shares the driving with others who live nearby.

Happy crafting!


  1. What fabulous projects Helen! This technique works with any water-based ink and was invaluable for making pirates maps and 'ancient' scrolls for my boys when they were younger! I feel for you about the traffic jam - so frustrating to be sitting there, helpless, feeling that you're letting people down. Sounds like your ladies were very understanding though! Vicky x


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