Wednesday, March 26, 2014


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France Papillon is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Vintage". If you'd like to play along with this challenge, visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!
This is what France has to say about her challenge.
‘Hello lovely Stampotiquers,
Lots of us get so excited when we get our hands on an old ledger, old books, or old family photos even from people we don’t know. But those are often hard to come by, or very expensive.
Because of that, lots of us became very agile in making new things look old by using inks, paper distressing tools, and yummy techniques.
How about we combine that love for all things vintage and all those yummy techniques with our favorite stamps to create a vintage looking Stampotique piece?
Can’t wait to see where that leads you! Ready? Create!’
Here's my tag, which features the Stacked Cups stamp by Stampotique. 

My mother collected beautiful porcelain tea cups which I loved as a child. They were only used when my parents gave parties and I was not allowed to touch them. When my Mom gave me a fancy luncheon party when I turned sixteen, the party was made even more special and festive when the tables were set with these beautiful tea cups. My mother recently gave me her collection as a gift and I truly treasure them.

The  Stacked Cups stamp reminds of these tea cups, which are now vintage heirlooms that I'll pass along to my daughter!

I wanted to give Stacked Cups a vintage look, so I painted 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock with Baltic Blue Fresco Finish Acrylic paint by Paper Artsy, then heat set it to make sure it was completely dry. I applied Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze in a very thin layer and heat set. A layer of Cheesecake or Vanilla Fresco Finish Acrylic (bad me can't remember which) was painted. Cracks immediately started to appear and got even more pronounced when I heat set the cardstock. I added some Tea Dye Distress ink here and there to age it even more.

The cardstock was lightly sanded, wiped with a baby wipe, and heat set again, which made even more cracks appear like magic. Stacked Cups was stamped onto the crackled painted cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink then heat set. The  Stacked Cups were colored using Distress markers, then fussy cut, and set aside while I worked on a background for them.

I took the reserve piece of crackled painted cardstock and sponged Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress inks over the Dot Fade Layered stencil (on sale!).  Since once again, I wasn't sure that my project met the theme, I sponged Faded Jeans Distress ink over the word "Vintage" from a stencil by Wendy Vecchi. The saucer of the Stacked Cups needed to be grounded, so Stormy Sky Distress ink was sponged over vertical stripes from another Wendy Vecchi stencil. The Stacked Cups were adhered and the piece was roughed up with a Distressing tool by Tonic, then sponged with Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, and Tea Dye Distress inks.

Here's a close up of the image panel.

This panel was layered onto yellow and blue cardstock, fringed lace was adhered using the Tiny Attacher, and blue and yellow ribbons were threaded through the tag's hole. The tag was finished with a piece of blue twine which attached a teapot charm to the ribbons.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: No patterned paper 
Moxie Fab World: Stylin' with stencils 
Anything but a Card Mini Challenges: Use two or more stencils


  1. what a beautiful way to combine a childhood memory and a new challenge! I say mission more than accomplished :)))

  2. Those mugs look too good!!!! Beautiful

  3. It's so pretty Kathi and such lovely memories too xx

  4. What wonderful memories and a great way to cherish them! Well done!

  5. A walk down Memory Lane for you, Kathi! Love the Stampotique "Stacked Cups" and you have used it beautifully here, especially with that soft blue color! Love it!

  6. Lovely memories and a great tag ! Love the blues.
    Corrie x

  7. I really love your vintage creation Kathi, beautiful :)

  8. Really fab tag, Kathi! Love the image, coloring, distressing and cool bg. You used such great embellies on this--especially that little teapot! And I love your story about the tea cups! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  9. Absolutely gorgeous Kathi, and I love the story behind the tag xx

  10. What a lovely story about your mum and the tea cups, it goes so well with your tag and shows how it was your inspiration!
    Love that stamp of the teacups by Roc

  11. adore the blues on this tag and the lace ribbon you used.

  12. Lovely story and an equally lovely tag :) I keep meaning to play along with these challenges....... must remember to do so!

  13. Love this, it really feels very vintage!

  14. Such subtle, pretty colours, and I love your tower of vintage china - great tag!
    Alison x