Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Genealogy and cards....What a combination!

I had been thinking about doing this card for quite some time.
I just kept seeing all of these incredible cards, tags and altered art items using vintage photos and thought, "How cool would it be if I only had some images like that?"  Duh.  I'm an amateur genealogist....I have loads of those images!  So then when I saw a challenge for anything with wings I knew it was time.

I started with a photo of my Mother-in-law, Carol,
when she was about 10.  (Can absolutely hear her Mother telling her to stand up straight for the photo!)

Here are the steps I used to make this card:

  •  I printed the photo with my home laser jet printer onto light weight white card stock.
  • Next, I did a faux water color treatment of her collar, buttons, hat and socks using Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink before fussy cutting it.
  • For the base I used a dark coral toned card stock from my stash.  And all of the mats are dark gray Bazzill.  I think it's Blackbird but I'm not positive. 
  • Using Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White card stock, I stamped second generation stamps from the Harvest Berries and Guidelines stamp sets for the main patterned paper.    The greeting is also PTI.  It's from the Birds of a Feather set.  Yes, I have started to develop a serious love of all things Papertrey Ink!  The background paper was stamped with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and the sentiment was done with an unknown black stamp pad.  (It's kinda old so the color ends up being more of a dark gray and matches the mats better than any other black ink I currently have.)
  • I used a little scrap of DCWV paper for the horizontal piece of  patterned paper.
  • Inking around the edges of all lighter colored papers was done with more of the same distress ink.
  • To get the sentiment layer, I cut the main piece with an EK Success punch and layered in on Bazzill dark gray card stock. For the corners of the sentiment mat, I just used a good, old fashioned paper punch and notched out the corners to match the contour of the EK Success punch.
  • The wings were cut using my Cricut and the Art Nouveau cartridge at 3 1/2 inches.  They are the butterfly wings trimmed way from the body of the butterfly.  After I layered the base cut and the Layer 1 cut, I filled the spots in with Glossy Accents.
  • I added 3 tiny coral brads to the sentiment block and a bow of seam binding I had colored with none other than Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet.Hope you enjoy the card!

It was really a lot of fun to do.  And that's a good thing because my hubby has 3 sisters and now I need to make 2 more of the same card.  I'd never hear the end of it if I sent a card like this to just one of them.  I'd love to send one of this card to each of them. 

These are the challenges I'll be participating in with this card:

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  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Word Art Wednesday this week!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to more challenges at Word Art Wednesday.

  2. Great card and good use of that vintage photo. You're correct PTI is the best. Nancy

  3. Thanks Nancy. I have a feeling I'm developing an addiction to PTI....but there are worse things that could happen. Right?

  4. This is really cool! You are super creative, and I enjoy seeing your cards SO MUCH! Thank you for playing along in our challenge this week and sharing your talents with us. I'm so grateful to have you join us!
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. If you'd like to BLOG HOP this weekend, I'm participating in a blog hop for Paper Sweeties ( - or at my blog for the chance to win an amazing prize. Hope to see you there!

    Thanks again for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words...and the invite to the blog hop this weekend. (I haven't participated in one yet and really excited to give it a try.) However, my hubby and I are going to our 30th high school reunion this weekend so I won't be able join you this time.

  5. What a delightful card Roberta! I really like your color choices and your layout! Thank you for sharing your project in the “3-D Challenge”!
    Design Team - Craft Your Passion
    RubberMAD at

  6. I look forward to joining more challenges at Craft Your Passion. Thanks Ginny.

  7. Roberta, this is fantastic! Love the wings and the vintage photo. Great color combo and wonderful papers and ribbon. :-D

  8. Thanks so much Connie! You're so sweet.

  9. This is really LOVELY! Great use of that picture of your mother-in-law...I LOVE it! Found your blog from your post on the Make It Monday challenge. Your double background is a great combo! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jann, Thank you so much for stopping by and the sweet words about my card. Can't wait to enter more Make It Monday challenges!

    2. Lovely card, very special. Thank you for joining us at Fashionista.

      with greeting from Holland,


  10. OH MY, I just love this card! I am stealing this for a graduation card and use the image from when the graduate was little, or maybe even in their graduation gown. TOO PERFECT. THANKS for the inspiration!

    1. Kari, You are so sweet! I really love this card too and I'm planning on doing another card using a vintage photo of my grandparents. I'm sure your graduate will love their's....and I vote for a pic of them when they were very young.

  11. Wonderful card - great design and fabulous technique.
    Thanks for playing along with The Divas this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

    1. Thank you for that sweet compliment and I look forward to more challenges with The Divas!


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