Monday, 23 June 2014

Cardmaking: with scraps, vintage book pages, typing ... and decoupage. [Bet you weren't expecting the decoupage]

Hi you.

Did you hear I bought a typewriter? [I blogged my top tips for anyone thinking about getting a typewriter last week. It involves a sandwich. As all the best life advice should.]

And so there's likely to be typewritten erm ... typing  ... popping up on my papercraft projects from now on, starting with ...

A birthday card I made for a friend and, as I tend not to buy many 'sentiment' type stamps or labels, I can already see the typewriter's going to come in very handy for adding a quick message to my cards:
Here I typed directly on to a sheet of Spanish text paper [similar sheets are available in mixed Modern European language text packs here] that I'd toned down with the white 'Picket Fence' Distress Ink. I then layered up scraps of paper, washi, and trimming on top and machine-stitched it down:
And yes, it doesn't happen very often but, occasionally I come across certain designs of decoupage image that I feel would work as a focal point on my preferred scrappy, messy, collagey style of card making. [This one was from the Papermania 'Bellisima' range]:
If you like the feel of this card then here are a few ideas you could take away with you ...

4 'take away' ideas to transfer to your own projects: 
  1. Use text as a backdrop for a vintage feel - text in other languages can help add interest but also [if you don't speak the language] can help avoid the words being a distraction.
  2. The white Distress Stain is a useful one for covering up some text, without obliterating it entirely.
  3. Decoupage can work on less 'traditional' styles of card especially if you leave out the initial base image [the one you generally build the design on top of which is often a large frame shape] and instead layer the design directly on to your choice of backing paper.
  4. And ... a typewriter can come in handy for tapping out a quick, personalised, greeting.
Anything there grab your card making fancy today?

Can I tempt you to get your crafty bits out as soon as you get the chance?



  1. Love how you've incorporated the decoupage onto your card.

  2. Now that's lovely! You have tempted me to think about getting some white distress stain. I've been looking for something to give a light cover over things

  3. Not a decoupage girl but loving this idea xx

  4. Oh what a fabulous looking card! I so wish I had a typewriter...

  5. Such a beautiful card ... I love the washed, vintage look. Mind you, I was intrigued as to what was hiding behind your lovely cake stand which made the Spanish writer note that Someone couldn't contain him/herself any longer, let out a yell that seemed to come from the depths of his/her soul, and then fell down onto the ground! However, the inclusion of 'la enamorada' (the beloved) seems most appropriate :). I'm heading off to find that distress stain ...


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