Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a Journey Inspired by my Crafting Muse

Miss Monica over at TaylorMadeCards4U is turning 50! In celebration, we're bringing you a Journey inspired Hop full of amazing prizes! All you need to do is hop along and if you're inspired, create your own Journey Inspired project and link back to Monica's blog post.

Monica has long been my card making muse. Her eye for a vintage flair and her steampunk influence are what I aspire to create. I was honored when she asked me to hop along with her for her birthday and hope I am able to inspire you to try something new!

The greatest thing about mixed media is that anything goes. Any items you find laying around can be used and it's a great opportunity to upcycle! Keeping that in mind, here is my creation

I started out with a page from an old book. It had very few photos in it, but with our hop theme of "Journey" I thought this image was a great fit.

Using Ranger Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo, I used a sponge dauber to darken the edges of my photo.

Grabbing two rolls of washi tape, I adhered random lengths to the right side of my image.

Using a script stamp from Rubbernecker stamps, I stamped a little script in the lower left corner. It's tough to see, but it's those little details that make for an added vintage feel.
I then took a scoop of Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste and mixed it well with a spritz of Walnut Ink in Terra Cotta. Using a paper towel, I spread it over the entire card front then hit it with my heat gun. This provided a glossy finish, and strengthened my very brittle book page.

I then hand tore the edges and opted to leave them white, for the simple contrast.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Unity Stamp Co February Kit of the month in dark brown pigment ink and clear embossed it in the upper left side. It reads "Life Brings us to Unexpected Places, Love Brings Us Home." I thought this was an excellent tribute to our challenge!

I mounted my card front onto some terra cotta paper and onto a chocolate brown card base.

This card was very quick to put together and I'd encourage you all to give something like this a try!
More so, I encourage you to hop on over to Monica's blog and leave her some Birthday love, as well as read about all the ways you could win one of many fabulous prizes in honor of her special day!
Thanks for stopping by on your journey!


  1. What a great card! I think YOU also have an eye for Vintage! Thanks so much for helping me celebrate this month.
    ♥ Monica
    Be sure to check out the link up party with lots of prizes!
    My personal Blog - Taylormadecards4u

  2. This card is gorgeous! Love the idea to take an image from an old book to create a card :D

  3. I LOVE anything vintage - gives me some ideas!

  4. awesome vintage project :) thanks for sharing