How Stamping Has Changed in 16 years!

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge #393:

As soon as I saw the long narrow card sketch, with the optional theme "tiny things", I thought of a stamp I had bought 16 years ago that I had only used once (yes, impulse buys eventually do pay off). The stamp is by Penny Black and called "Daisy Windows". It is a block of four flower "windows" that are made for coloring. So, I stamped the 2x2 image twice (one on top of the other) Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink to create a 2x8 vertical image. To make sure the two images were aligned I pulled out my ancient stamp alignment tool (almost the same age as the stamp!) from Personal Stamp Exchange.

The flowers and their backgrounds were colored using Copic markers.

The birthday sentiment was stamped using the banner and words from Stampin' Up! (SU) "Birthday Banners" set. The banner outline was stamped using SU Blushing Bride ink, while the sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. My MISTI stamp alignment tool was used to match the curve for the sentiment to the banner. The banner was die-cut using SU "Bunch of Banners" framelits die, then to create the SU Pistachio Pudding cardstock mat for the banner, I traced around the outside of the banner with a pencil, and fussy cut the mat out. The banner and mat were glued together using Tombow. The matted banner was attached to the card front using adhesive foam strips.

The sketch required scalloped borders framing the main flower panel, so I turned to my DCWV "Scalloped Cardstock Stack" and trimmed the scalloped edges off a black piece in the stack. I glued these two scalloped trims onto the SU Pistachio Pudding green card base (4 1/2"x 7 1/2") using Tombow glue, then mounted the colored floral panel over the top using adhesive foam strips.

I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "2" because of all the hand coloring that was required. It would make a nice birthday card for someone who appreciates the vintage feel this card provides. I think the card does a good job of showing how the taste in stamp images has changed in the past 16 years of paper crafting.

Stamps: SU Birthday Banners, Penny Black Daisy Windows
Paper: SU Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, DCWV Scalloped Cardstock Stack
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Various Copics Markers
Accessories: SU Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies, Adhesive Foam Strips, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Personal Stamp Exchange Alignment Tool, MISTI
Techniques: Coloring


  1. I love it! The coloring is lovely -- it feels like spring.


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