Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vintage Dress Forms with Blockheads Stamps

Hi Dreamers!
I am back from a little blogging break.  I had a few days off and now I am ready to blog away.  Today, I would like to show you some vintage cards I have made using one of my favorite themes--the dress form.  The stamps are all from Blockheads Stamps and I added lots of simmer with Perfect Pearls powder.
I made a total of four samples.

Card #1

Materials List for all the Cards:
Stamps: Dress Form from Vintage Light and Form; Notions; Crackle Background
Inks: Rich Cocoa, Espresso Truffle,  and Toffee Crunch Memento;
Butterscotch Adirondack
Gingerbread, Malted Mauve, and Red Birch Versa Magic 
Perfect Pearls Powder
Dimensional Adhesive
Page from a Mixed Media Paper Pad (Strathmore)

Detail Card #1


  • Tear a page from the Mixed Media paper pad.  
  • Stamp the Notions Collage stamp on the paper with Toffee Crunch ink.
  • Tear the paper around the image.
  • On a second piece of paper, stamp the Dress Form with Rich Cocoa ink
  • Tear out the Dress Form

Detail Card #1

  • Distress the edges of both pieces with Gingerbread Versa Magic.  (Gives a nice dark opaque edge to paper)
  • While ink is still wet, sprinkle Perfect Pearls powder onto paper.
  • Brush excess powders off .  This adds lots of shimmer to the edges.
  • Layer onto tobacco colored CS. Add the Dress Form with dimensional adhesive
  • Wrap bakers twine around
  • Mount on Tan CS

Card  #2

Made the same way as Card #1 with these changes:

  • Stamp Notions Collage Stamp with Butterscotch ink and use Red Birch and Gingerbread Versa Magic ink on the edges

Detail Card #2

  • Stamp the button from Notions Stamp set with Rich Cocoa ink; sprinkle Perfect Pearls powder here too.

  • Add a scrap of sheer fabric that has been tied in a knot.

I made two other examples before I made the two above.  I thought it might be nice to put a sealer of some kind over the Perfect Pearls.   I put a coat of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish on them.  Well, it negated the shimmer.   I still like the cards and think they are cool, but you can't really see the shimmer.  So, I would not use the Decoupage finish on Perfect Pearls again, but would on a plain surface that I have not  planned as a  shimmery piece.   Here are the non-shimmery samples.

  •  I used the Crackle Background stamp here and also stamped the Hooks and Eyes (Notions set) with Espresso Truffle ink.
  • Use Malted Mauve and Gingerbread Versa Magic on the edges.

You can see that these two samples have a matte finish.

How about a few Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and show: a favorite stamp---The Notions Collage
Love to Create: wrap it up-bakers twine
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: glimmer and shine

We are supposed to get a winter storm here in Michigan later today.  I have all errands for the week done and don't have to worry about going out tomorrow if we get lots of snow.  Good excuse to make a few cards. LOL  I wish you a day full of joy.  Love ya


  1. Oh, that's nice - your blogging break coincided with my visiting falling behind - gives me that little bit less to try to catch up with!! Fabulous cards, love the sepia vintage look, with just the right amount of glamorous sparkle...
    Stay warm if the storm hits!
    Alison x

  2. Lovely vintage cards, love the sepia tones and the distressed edges. The dress form is gorgeous and works so well with the warm vintage tones. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  3. Fabulous image and design detail. Love the colour palette. Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenge this week.

  4. Beautiful vintage feel and stamps! Love the color! Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for stamping with us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  5. Great vintage designs! Thanks for joining us at the FTTC. :)

  6. Very cool cards! I bet the pearly shimmer is beautiful in person!! Thanks so much for joining us in the Timeless Tuesday challenge!

  7. Very cool vintage cards Karen! Love the stamps. Thanks for participating this week in the Flourishes "Timeless Tuesday Challenge".


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