How To Make A Distressed, Vintage Style Card

Hi Guys, hope you enjoyed the new Natural Beauty Stamps illustrated by Carmen Medlin for SCACD blog hop yesterday. If you are interested here is how I made the card from yesterday’s post.

Inspiration note: When I first saw this fabulous stamp the idea of making the image look a bit ethereal immediately jumped out at me. The layering of this delicate looking image onto a ‘decayed’ background grew whilst I was working on the image. The overall effect puts me in mind of Estella from Great Expectations for any of you Dickens lovers out there (more from the 1946 movie perhaps than the book).


Stamp – Carmen Medlin SCACD Naturally Styled

Papers – Prima Melody; Kraft Card (make a card blank); Book page; Vellum or Tracing paper

Inks – Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks Vintage Page

Colouring – Caran d’Ache

Usual Suspects – Glue; Double-sided tape

Tools – WRMK Sew-Easy;  WRMK Sew Easy Piercing Mat; Brayer; Paint brush; Heat tool; Paper piercer

Other – Make It Crafty Lasercut chipboard Filigree Jewels; Calico Fabric; Thread; Gesso; Scotch tape; nail file; Perfect Pearls; Golden Gel Medium

Making The Image Background

I started by glueing a book page to a Kraft card support and brayered it down for a to get rid of any winkles then set it aside to dry.

I then covered the old book page with some diluted Gesso, dried it with the heat tool (too impatient to wait!) and added another layer of Gesso.

Stamp Out The Image

I then used Archival ink to stamp out the Carmen Medlin SCACD stamp onto the book page and on a piece of vellum, but I didn’t have any vellum so I’ve actually used tracing paper. Allow the ink to dry then line up the two images and tear to the size you want the image to be on the card. Also tear the edges of the Kraft card blank.

TIP – Be very careful not to move the stamp on the vellum / tracing paper otherwise it will smear and smudge.

TIP 2 – When using unmounted rubber stamps use a little bit of glue stick to stick the back of the stamp to the acrylic block, you can use other products such as Tack n’ Peel, or sticky sprays instead, but glue sticks like Pritt stick work just as well and wash off easily. I then use a foam mat under the item to be stamped to get a good image. Practice on spare paper first to find out how hard you need to press to get a clear image.

Colouring On Vellum / Tracing Paper

I then used coloured pencils to colour the stamped image on the tracing paper, pressing lightly and building up the colour in layers.

Distress The Designer Paper

Next might not be for everyone, I know many of you might feel it a bit of a crime to distress those lovely designer papers, but sometimes a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! Don’t judge me too harshly!

So a bit of paper distressing. First get those rips in the surface using Scotch tape, torn in thin strips, burnished onto the paper with my nail and pulled up, practice on a spare piece or in a place that won’t show to see how hard you have to burnish and pull to get the effect you want.

I topped this off with some sandpaper distressing and then lightly inked with the Distress ink and added a touch of Perfect Pearls in some areas. Also use the Distress ink on the edge of the book page, Kraft Card blank and a small torn strip of spare book page.

Prep The Papers For Sewing

Using the WRMK Sew-Easy tool pierce some sewing holes in the small strip of spare book page. Tear a piece of fabric and layer them on the distressed designer paper and stitch them in place. 

Stick the book page image to the designer paper with double-sided tape. Carefully line up the two stamped images and prick holes to stitch the image down.

Finish With Embellishments

I added a bit of Distress ink to the Make It Crafty lasercut chipboard then brushed with Perfect Pearls and used Golden Gel Medium to stick the embellishments down.

There you go, all distressed and vintage-fied! 



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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Juls

    I do adore this image, I can see it popping into my basket at some point! I love the real distressed vintgae feel to it, and thank you so much for the tutorial, its much appreciated! Hugs Juls

  2. kissinia

    Oh Kim! You are so good! Many useful tips I learned from this tutorial. Thanks so much!

  3. Carolyn Phillips

    This is gorgeous. I love how you have the distressed vintage feel and it has still remained delicate and pretty.

  4. kurlygirl

    Oh wow! This tutorial is so helpful! Thank you so much for writing this! Bookmarking this page… 🙂

  5. misteejay

    Thanks for sharing this – the piece is stunning.

    Toni :o)

  6. She

    Hi Kim. Love this ♥♥♥ it is stunning….may take me a while to actually 'distress' my papers though……Love S xxx

  7. Janine

    how great to show us this Kim, thank you for sharing, I love the result before, now even more ☺ have a great weekend, love Janine

  8. Martha

    This is beautiful and thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Louise

    I find vintage so hard to do, thanks for the wonderful tutorial

    Hugs, Louise x

  10. Riet

    What a gorgeous card Kim.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  11. Amy Tidd

    Such an informative tutorial! and the end result is amazing! Well done! xxx

  12. Sarpreet

    gorgeous card – thank you so much for putting your tutorial together, it is well appreciated. I did cringe at the distressing – i can only manage distressing the edges and not the main panel. But i guess that is what distressing is about.

  13. I love your card!!!!! Thank you so much for telling us how you made your card. It is STUNNING!!!

  14. Kirei na Kami

    What a STUNNING creation!!! I love that you stamped and colored this fabulous image on vellum!!! It truly adds to the magical feel of this beauty! I also love all the distressing:) Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!


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