Monday, January 7, 2013

Embrace the old

This week our challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is 'Embrace the old'. It's a fun and broad topic: use your favourite old supply or technique, make something look old, be inspired by something old etc. I love old things and I had a project featuring vintage vehicles in my head for a while.

I love these vintage train, ship and car stamp sets by Tim Holtz and wanted to do a piece showcasing them. It ended up being a wall-hanging inspired by old post cards. Manila cardstock colored with Distress Stains (Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Brushed Pewter) forms the base. When dry, I stamped the large Folded Paper Background stamp by Stamper's Anonymous with Pumice Stone ink. I've used this stamp before to frame mini-book pages, and thought it would be perfect here. I cleaned the stamp and inked it up unevenly with Archival Jet Black ink and stamped it on top of the Pumice Stone impression.

Layers of stamping in different inks were added on each panel. The main vehicle, post card and one or two more stamps were stamped with Jet Black ink. Each panel got a sentiment stamped with Archival Ink Vermillion, probably my favourite red ink. I used Graphic 45 alphabet stamps to spell the sentiments. The rest of the stamping was done with Frayed Burlap.

On this card, I embossed the sentiment with red embossing powder, since I wanted it to be visible on top of the black boat. The vehicles were coloured lightly with Distress Inks and a craft nib.

word band was attached to each panel with brads. I also used some game spinners and all the edges were distressed.

Here you can see the great shine the Brushed Pewter Stain gives to the background. I rubbed black and silver paint into the sentiments on the word bands.

The three post cards hang together with Sprocket Gears and jump rings. I thought it was a pretty fun way of binding the wall-hanging together.

Join us this week and show your interpretation of 'embracing the old', as always our fabulous sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Folded Paper Background, Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Postcards, On the Railroad, Artful Voyage, Road Trip, Postcards, Warehouse District; Graphic 45 Antique Typewriter Wood stamp set
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black, Vermillion; Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Pumice StoneWalnut Stain, Stormy Sky, Black Soot, Barn Door
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Brushed Pewter
Paint: Adirondack Pitch Black, Silver
Embossing powder: Adirondack Cranberry
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Cardstock
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears, Game Spinners, Word Bands, Jump Rings, Brads; We R Memory Keepers eyelets


  1. Wow, gorgeous !!!!
    Best regards Berdien

  2. Hi Anna-Karin, love the vintage feel to this piece and the images are perfect . I love the touch of red from the text, really lifts your piece. Wonderful. Tracy x x

  3. Anna-Karin...your piece is just beautiful. I totally love all of the stamps you've used on your lovely vintage postcards. The backgrounds alone are works of art but then you added Tim's really cool old vintage vehicles. Beautifully done! <3 Candy

  4. Utterly inspiring Anna-Karin. Creating postcards in this way is such a great idea as they can be used as you have or as card toppers or to send to crafting friends. LOVE the layered stamping and your choice of colours. You are sending my creative juices in a new direction. Thank you so much. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. What a fabulous hanging. Beautiful stamping, and I love how you used the sprockets!

  6. Love this, Anna-Karin! What a great way to showcase the postcards! It looks so vintage! Hugs, Sandra

  7. beyond beautiful, as always!!!

  8. Love these! The vintage look is very pleasing with the pops of red.

  9. CLEVER CLEVWR CLEVER!!! Amazing! Love the whole vintage travel theme!!! Gorgeous!

  10. Beautiful artwork, Anna-Karin! Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration your piece provides! It's absolutely brilliant and I just had to become your latest follower!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie x

  11. Beautifully executed Anna-Karin, everything is just perfect. Love this lots.

  12. Anna-Karin, would you be able to tell me what dimensions each card is? Thank You so much. Your work is so inspirational!

  13. WOw! Love these! Beautiful use of images, colors and love the gears to hold them together.

  14. The amazing project! Very harmonious combination of stamps and accessories! Fine effect of an old card!

  15. Dit is verby mooi! Ek is mal oor die hanger van jou! Ek neem aan dit het 'n ereplekkie gekry in jou huis?!

  16. Sensational layered stamping - and I absolutely love the vintage look you've created! The pops of red, glossy text are just fantastic - you've done it again!!
    Alison x

  17. Super cool trio, Anna-Karin! I love how you attached the three with gears :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  18. I was admiring these stamps yesterday and just saw this today and just fell in love with your project just awesome.. My hubby so loves all things old and steam trains have been a love of his for years..
    Great use of the gears in between and all the little elements you have put together so well..
    Love it..
    Sandy :)

  19. Such an amazing vintage look - This is so inspiring x


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