27 September, 2019

Vintage autumn

Shall we start another Scrapping4Fun challenge? Matching the season, we have an "autumn" theme this time, with an additional request of make your creation look vintage. 
For my GD task this time, I decided to create a card or a tag in brown-ish colours. However, the "vintage" thing bothered me a little as I'm usually not working on vintage projects. My confusion was once again saved by the Graphics Fairy, where I found a beautiful image of mushrooms.
Once I settled for an autumn card, I went through my stash to grab the matching papers. 
It took me quite some time to pick the right ones, and even longer to arrange them properly, and just when this ordeal was done, another one began: which embellishments should I pick to keep and/or enhance the vintage look without shifting focus away from those amazing mushrooms?
In the end, I went with a couple of cream/brown paper flowers alongside with some paper foliage from the collection of autumn papers created by Nina Štajner which I've purchased recently. I've cut the branches from the paper for no reason whatsoever, and it came pretty handily as I didn't have to cut them now, meaning I could work towards my final result without rushing. After playing around with the layout a little bit, I decided to place a bigger piece of greenery in the lower corner of the card...
... and a smaller branch in the upper right corner. 
And while the upper decor is rather flat except for the flowers...
... I layered the leaves with the help of 3D pads to create a vivid eye-catcher. 
As I intend to use my creation as a birthday card for a gentleman, I placed a short birthday greeting on the base of the vintage print, which I again decorated with a small floral element. 
For some more vintage touch, I added a rather broad lace that runs through the entire length of the card but is mostly covered by the paper arrangement. Once everything was done, I placed pearls of different colours and sizes all over the card for some extra bling.
To make sure the one leftover corner wouldn't remain all too empty, I remembered a vintage butterfly print I had in my stash from some previous project. 
However, as I printed it at home, it lacked the glossy shine of the leaves that were in the rest of the card. Being the horrible perfectionist that I am, I tried to imitate the shine by adding colourless nail polish. It didn't bring the desired result at first, but after adding a couple more layers  I couldn't tell the difference between home and bought print. 
To be totally honest, the piece carried the distinct smell of nail polish for a while, but it completely cleared within a day or two and I will certainly use this random life craft hack in future! 
Before I sign off for the day, just a quick peek to the inside: with the rich outside, I decided to go for a little decoration inside as well rather than leaving everything empty. In the end, I picked a light brown paper from another set of autumn papers and placed a punched beige strip atop of it to create a pocket for the birthday wishes. 
A little contribution to the September collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
a place to startATG
allsorts challengeblog: trees and leaves
basteltraum: autumn
brown sugar: ATG
cardz4guyz: treea/leaves
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: lots of layers
crafty gals corner: fall colours
crafty sentiments: ATG
creative inspirations: lace & pearls
creative moments: ATG with optional twist "masculine"
cute card thursday: dies/punches
cutie pie challengeblog: celebrations
everybody art: dies
little red wagon: fall
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
pennys papertake: ATG
male room: embellishments
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: autumn
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. A really beautiful Autumnal creation with so much attention to detail, thanks so much for sharing with us and joining in our 'Trees and Leaves' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  2. I like ALL of this card!! The flowers are really cute!
    Thank you so much for participating in our Brown Sugar challenge.
    Hope you participate in our next!!
    Bettascrap DT

  3. What a lovely autumnal creation this is.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
    Lynn x

  4. Very pretty fall card and so nice with the bloom and lace.

    Thanks for joining us this week @ Little Red Wagon and i hope to see you back again soon.


  5. amazing creation ! Beautiful fall colours thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x

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  7. Love the mushrooms! Your beautiful embellishments have obviously been prepared with skill and patience and you made me smile when you said it was an ordeal - shouldn't card making be fun?! Thanks so much for playing at The Male Room, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  8. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Calendar. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}

  9. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  10. What a beautifully designed mushroom project. Love your colours. Awesome project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  11. Beautiful autumnal creation.
    Thanks for joining us at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  12. What a fantastic autumnal creation, which is nicely neutral.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  13. Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us in the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's September "Anything Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  15. back again! Thanks also for sharing with us at The Male Room.
    Linby x

  16. Nice project. I always like the decisions you make when embellishing your projects! Thanks so much for playing along with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer
    A Place to Start Challenge
    613 Avenue Create Challenge

  17. Cute card with lovely embellishments. Thank you for entering at BrownSugar Challenges . Good luck with your entry. Keep playing.
    Good luck with your entry. Hope to see you in the October challenge as well.
    Sharmitha @ Crafter's Icon

  18. Really beautiful design! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday Challenges! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  19. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design
    Team Challenge
    and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  20. Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper