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Friday, 10 May 2019

Encore - Vintage French Postcards

Hello all!  I have been creating new things, but they have specific publication deadlines, so while I'm heading into the busy period of technical rehearsals, dress and previews, here's a little Encore for you from way back when.  I created these projects with vintage printable images for the Sponsor Spotlight slot at the Our Creative Corner challenge blog back in November 2014.  Nicecrane Designs was one of our sponsors, and I designed both for the company and for the challenge design team.

Sadly neither Nicecrane Designs nor Our Creative Corner are up and running any longer, but that's no reason not to share this post with you.  During my time designing for Nicecrance, I worked with digi images fairly regularly, not something I really do much of in the general way of things.  This was one of those times, and here's what I wrote back then.

Hello everyone, it's Alison (butterfly) here with the second Sponsor Spotlight of the month, and we're turning that light on to Nicecrane Designs.

If you've never explored the huge range of printable images and collections available at Nicecrane Designs, it's high time you did!  If you're not a scrapbooker or card-maker, you may have thought printables weren't really up your street.  I hope to show you today that they can play a role in mixed media crafting too.  Here's just some of what I've been creating...

I was playing with the Vintage French Postcards - enchanting black and white designs with a delicious Parisian feel.

[2019 - I've had to delete the now non-existent image link here, but you can see the designs in the next photo anyway.]

I started very simply.  Once I'd downloaded the individual files, I put them all into a Word document and re-sized them to approximately ATC size, so that all six were on one page - almost exactly as the preview picture above shows them.  Then, rather than printing onto plain paper, I chose an A4 sheet from the Prima Cartographer pad and printed them directly onto that.

A bit of simple cutting and inking and I now have six great little cards/tags to insert into a scrapbooking layout or to include in a layered vintage-style card.  (The four on the right are inked already; the two on the left are still in a nice pristine state.)  Homemade ephemera in an instant!

Next, I picked my favourite of the images, the swallow, and copied and resized it on the second page of my document.  I wanted to try printing onto tissue paper so that I'd be able to use the image more flexibly in mixed media situations.  There are many tutorials for this on the internet, including several on youtube.  You can't put the tissue paper through by itself, so you have to attach it to a "carrier sheet" of stronger paper.  Some use spray glue, some use glue sticks.  I ended up using this method with double-sided tape - partly because I didn't have any temporary spray glue, but mainly because I could see she had the same printer as I have, so that encouraged me to hope I wouldn't kill the printer by doing it!  And it all went smoothly, I'm happy to say...

Once printed and trimmed free of the taped edges, I tore around the images.  If you have a torn edge rather than a sharp cut it's much more likely to "disappear" once you've glued/painted/spritzed around it.  My plan for the larger of the two images was to make a shabby chic style wooden hanging. I started by coating a wooden plaque with DecoArt Chalk Paint, mixing Rustic (basically brown!) and Relic (a dark grey) directly onto the wood.

The next layer was a coat of the American Decor Crackle Medium - specially formulated by DecoArt for their chalk paints - and then a topcoat of Everlasting (a.k.a. white!).  Once it had dried and crackled to my heart's content, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to warm-up the edges and give it that shabby age-stained look.

I applied multi-medium to the reverse of my tissue paper image (not to the plaque as the moisture would make the Distress Ink run) and smoothed it down onto the wood.  Once I'd made sure there were no wrinkles, I applied the multi-medium over the top too to seal it.

I love that you can clearly see the crackles through the image, giving the impression that the whole thing has weathered together over the years.

I did a little bit of extra inking over the top of the tissue...

... and added simple rustic twine to hang the plaque up by.

Next, a tag (of course!) which uses one of my patterned paper ephemera pieces as well as the tissue paper technique, this time over a different crackle medium.

For this one I started by applying DecoArt Crackle Paste to a large tag with a palette knife and leaving it to crackle.

Well, I say leaving it...  It got going with the crackling as it dried, but time started to press, and I decided to see if I could help things along with the heat gun in the places where I'd applied the paste more thickly.  Lots of crackle mediums don't like being hurried, and sure enough the crackle was a bit reluctant to play ball under the added heat.  However I did get this fabulous bubble effect instead - just as much fun!

Patience is a virtue, but impatience leads to happy accidents.

I gave the whole tag a wash of white paint, and then applied multi-medium to my medium-sized tissue paper bird in order to stick him over the crackly top half of the tag.

The much subtler texture where the paste was fairly thin gives a lovely porcelain crackle effect to the image.

Once it was all dry, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink with a blending tool to highlight all the different textures.

I selected the Parisian chair tag from my homemade ephemera...

... and a photo of Gloria Swanson downloaded from the internet and printed onto glossy photo paper...

... and set to work to do her justice with the embellishments.  I altered some paper roses using sprays made up from Luminarte Primary Elements powders in Hopeful Honeysuckle and Hot Cinnamon, as well as a spritz or two of Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray.

I broke up the Prima wooden chequerboard embellishment and spritzed it with the same sprays to create a base for the flowers.  

And I used Ginger and Rust alcohol inks to tint the Word Band before smoothing on Antique Linen Distress Paint and wiping it back to leave the paint just in the lettering.

The Idea-ology Plaquette has had a drop or two of the same alcohol inks rubbed in to mute the bright white tone.

The Trellis Framework bits from another project have been sitting around for ages waiting to be used up.  They toned in perfectly with the palette here, and I added some flourish stamping around the edges to draw the eye inward towards that fabulous bubble texture!

And the seam binding at the top was gathered up from the tiny packages included when you order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (last month's sponsor here).  They were all a very delicate pink, so I spritzed a couple of them with the Hot Cinnamon and Hopeful Honeysuckle, while leaving the others pale and pretty in between.

And I still have five more pieces of ephemera ready to use on future projects, including another version of that lovely swallow...

So there you have it - printables used in pretty much their simplest form, as well as with crackle mediums, paints and inks.  I hope they'll inspire you to check out some printable images (2019 edit - and there are plenty out there, even if Nicecrane is no more!).


Not only printables but also pink... definitely a hop out of kin for me here!  But plenty of crackle and texture and that vintage vibe, so it still feels like home in some ways.  Thanks so much for stopping by today to enjoy this blast from the past, and keep your eyes peeled for some new creations coming your way very soon.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings...
William Shakespeare

Encore Posts
Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook while I'm busy.
As always, the Encore Posts are formatted differently from the regular ones, so that you can easily spot them.  Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a most impressive repost, dear Alison. I was delighted to follow along because these were all so impressive. I really enjoyed how you used the tissue. I've also printed using double sided tape on tissue and also on deli paper, which is much stronger.

I love how the different crackle effects look so different. I think you did a fabulous job and I know you were a great DT, because these were all simply stunning.

Dorthe said...

They are stunning Alison, the prints so detailed and with your hands on them they becomes even more beautiful, together with crackle , the chequerboard embellishment which I love in pink :-) , and the bubble effect is simply a hit !
Love them- Dorthe xoxo

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

These images are beautiful and I love the crackle. The tag is gorgeous...and red...lol!

Redanne said...

Was it really that long ago? Nicecrane and OCC are real blasts from the past that I had all forgotten about. These creations are definitely worth a second look! Anne x

Meggymay said...

It was a super revisit post to share and the projects were beautiful. The digi prints looked beautiful.
Yvonne xx

Helen said...

A gorgeous encore! Look at you and the pink!! Hope the rehearsals continue to go well and you can then relax a bit when they are all ready for their performances!

Amanda said...

Lovely to see these again, so beautiful
Amanda x

froebelsternchen said...

AMAZING to see this again! Terrific!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous Alison! Looking back is never wasted. Have a lovely weekend, Angela xXx

Cocofolies said...

Thank you for this great Encore post Alison, so interesting and useful as usual!!!
Exquisite creations as result of your image printing on tissue paper, I love the idea, and what you made with these beautiful vintage images which inspired you so well.
Happy Sunday, bises.

Katie said...

Stunning makes

Julia said...

The vintage images are lovely. I particularly like your crackled oval panel, it is gorgeous.
I did not see this post so its new to me but I have been missing for a few months. Apologies for not visiting and commenting for a while. I resolve to make amends x

Diana Taylor said...

These are just divine, I love the splashes of warm colour on them and the images you've used are gorgeous. Printable images are not something I've 'got into' before but now I'll certainly look on them in a different light.
Diana xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I remember those nicecrane images! These are both lovely projects bring back! Hugs, Chrisx

Sue said...

Beautiful projects, always happy to see these again xx

sarascloset said...

I always enjoy your encore posts. One cannot possibly remember everything they've seen, so they appear as fresh inspiration to me! And truly inspiring they are! I've been stuck on a project, and this gives me the push I need! Thanks so much for that, Alison! Hugs!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh Alison, All these processes added up to beautiful creations! I was looking and reading and going "wow, Wow, WOW!" Love all the vintage results~ Yes, downloads are very helpful at times. These were perfect, & the idea to reduce size and print on the Prima paper was great! And the tissue also gave a beautiful design; when you could see the crackle behind. Such an authentic vintage look! Love your work~ Have a blessed week ahead! Hugs, karen o

Neet said...

Where have I been, how come I missed this encore post. Again truly inspiring work. I love how you have contrasted your work with the addition of the warm pinks. So many beautiful details added here and there make your work so very special. Stunning as always.
Hugs, Neet xx

Amy said...

Truly amazing tag!! You rock!! Perfect in details! Love it alot