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Thursday, 15 May 2014

A spotlight on the Twenties

It's been some time since I contributed one of my designs to the DT blog, however I intend to blog on here every month from now on; so let's start with May's offering.

When I first saw these Fabulous Flapper stamps I knew exactly how I wanted to use this particular image. During the art deco period it was all about shapes and angles and I liked the idea of using a circle to spotlight this lovely lady.

To create the spotlight illusion I stamped the upper part of the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a self adhesive circular label. I happened to have some in my stash but you could die cut a circle from an A4 single label sheet. I then coloured the image with my alochol markers and set aside to dry.

The card itself is a piece of A4 dark grey pearlised cardstock folded in half from which I trimmed off 1.5" down the side edge. I found a twenties advert amongst my ephemera stash which I glued to a piece of plain card to give it some strength. This was then attached to the front, overhanging the trimmed edge.

The image of the flapper was stamped onto another item from my stash (a Whist scorecard). Once dry I stuck the self adhesive circle over the top, ensuring the images were matched up. This was then matted onto a piece of Old Gold pearlised card and attached as illustrated with 3d foam.

Finally I stamped the words 'Just a Note' from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set and finished it off with the ribbon.

I have been using self adhesive labels for many years now and find them useful for all sorts of crafty projects. However when it comes to stamping they are an easy way to add an image to a background without having to create a mask. 

I hope you are inspired by all my fellow DT members' beautiful artwork, there are more gorgeous things to follow so please keep watching.


  1. Eine schöne Karte.
    Ich liebe diesen Jugendstil, und es ist eine wundervolle Stempelplatte.

    Liebe Grüße

  2. Very special image , Lesley I really love this card!!!


  3. Great to see your work here Lesley, love the spotlight technique on the Flapper! xxMiranda

  4. Great to see you crafting Lesley. Love the style and the layout. Wonderful!
    Flo xx

  5. A stunning card and I love the spotlight of colour along with the vintage paper behind.

    Sue xx

  6. Beautiful card. The spot light circle and the printed background really make this gorgeous flapper pop.

  7. Fabulous Lesley, love the vintage advert, and the coloured spotlight. Lovely to see your post on here, Judith xx

  8. I love the Spotlight Technique. It cuts down on the amount of colouring when you are short of time but looks oh so impressive.

  9. great spotlighting lesley - fabulous xx

  10. What a great card Lesly I love the spotlight effect
    Jackie x

  11. Fabulous Lesley, I love the spotlight which highlights this gorgeous stamp superbly.
    Linda xxx

  12. A beautiful creation. Love the way you did the coloring.
    Thanks for showing Anneke.

  13. Very elegant and very beautiful, thank you for sharing Karen x

  14. Beautiful backgrounds for this beautiful coloured stamp!

  15. This is something just a bit different and the spotlight technique suits this perfectly. I love the vintage backings and the lovely black and white ribbon.

  16. The way you offset the circle of your spotlight on the whist score card yet managed to keep the spotlight itself central on the twenties advert is a masterful piece of designing. I love the way the space from your trimmed strip is balanced by the space of card on the spine of the card where the ribbon is placed - hard to describe in words but oh so effective visually.
    Paula (PEP)


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