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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Guest Post - The Mantlepiece by Veronica Pell

This week I would like to issue a warm welcome to Veronica who will be 'guesting'  for the next three weeks. For her first week she has chosen to create a wonderful vintage style card with the Santa Baby stamp set. So, it's over to you Veronica.

I thrilled to be asked to do a blog post by Glenda, as I have always loved her stamps since discovering them on C&C many years ago, back in the days when they only came on wooden blocks.

When I received my stamps to play with – Santa Baby and Holly Bells – the one image I really couldn’t see how to use was the mantelpiece – to me, it was unfinished, I wanted the rest of the fireplace! Funnily enough, it is the one I have used the most..............

My moment of inspiration came when I was using a friend’s holly wreath stencil and suddenly thought that the mantelpiece stamp would fit in the centre. I quickly stencilled it in Vintage Photo distress ink onto some spare card and took it home to play.

To me, this was a very Victorian image, which was why everything is vintage photo. I stamped the image in the centre and coloured it by dragging the colour out with a waterbrush. I sponged Scattered Straw distress ink very lightly round the image, then Vintage Photo working from the edges in towards the holly, finally adding a touch of Black Soot in the corners. Finally I matted it onto dull gold and dark brown card before adding to a white 7"x 7" card base.

This actually resembles a vintage photograph Veronica, very clever and thank you for designing is for us. I know you will want to add your comments to show your appreciation and if you want to see more inspiring creations then why not visit Vernoica's blog -Vrons Cards


  1. Gorgeous designed card Vronnie. Love the vintage feel and really enjoyed reading your ideas and how you made your project. tfs. Look forward to seeing more of your projects.
    Hugs, Flo x

  2. Lovely vintage feel to this Vronnie, a fab design with the holly wreath around the central image. Love the sepia tones, Judith xx

  3. Beautiful design and colour,This is just

  4. I agree that this is a very Victorian image & I love the old sepia photo feel that you've given it by your layering of the background inks - using Black Soot in the corners is masterful & really adds super definition to the whole. The gold on brown matting is a lovely contrast, both in terms of the image panel & your card base.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. This is a lovely vintage themed card Veronica. I love the colours and dimension you have got is great.
    Jackie x

  6. Great designe and beautiful colours, I love how you give us a look in interieur of your home wat Christmas!!!

  7. Victorian, vintage... eiter way it's stunning. I just love that you played with sepia tones - it really takes you back in time. The matting is perfect. Well done, Veronica!
    xxx Asha

  8. Fabulous vintage card Vronnie, I love the sepia tones, and the stencilled holly.
    Jean x

  9. Beautiful that combination of stamps! And so good to use for a male...


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