my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

A bit of Vintage

I haven't made any challenge cards to show yet this week so I thought I would show you some ATCs that I have been making instead. The theme this month for one one of the swaps I regularly take part in is embossing. No particular subject just anything, but including either dry or heat embossing. When there is no specific theme I have trouble deciding where to start!. While I was thinking about it I remembered that one day when my husband was going to be out all day, I decided that with no fixed mealtimes to worry about I could just have a fun play day. There was a technique using embossing folders and mica sprays that I had been wanting to try, so having covered the table with craft mats I had a lovely time spraying various colours onto embossed card. The mica in the spray settles into the grooves in the embossing and gives some lovely effects. I believe I learnt how to do this from a Glenda Waterworth video tutorial somewhere on the web but I'm not sure where. So, having remembered this I realised that I had a number of ready embossed backgrounds waiting to be used. I also wanted to add some heat embossing to the project so I decided to use these little frames which I bought from Crafty Individuals ages ago . They had very small circular appertures in them, so I made them a bit bigger using Nestabilities dies and coloured them with distress inks. Then I stamped and heat embossed them, some with a crackle background stamp and some with small image stamps, and used vintage images from Crafty Individuals Minatures books, People and Places 1and 2 behind them. I am afraid some of the embossing on the frames and some of the shimmer on the background doesn't show up very well in the photo. Then I just added various embellishments to finish them off. I am quite pleased with the result and glad that I found a use for my lovely shimmery pieces of card.


  1. A beautiful set of ATCs Jean. I shall be very happy if I get one in the swap. I am way behind you. I havent even thought about mne yet!

  2. Beautiful set of ATCs, love the vintage look. Yvonne x

  3. I love these ATC's Jean, the vintage look is great. Dianne.