Friday, 2 May 2014

Vintage Wedding and modern Graduation cards

Whilst digging in my, not inconsiderable, crafty stash the other day looking for materials for a project, I came accross an image I'd started making a couple of years ago but never quite finished.

I was practically brought up by my Aunt - my Dad's sister Jinnie and when I was small she'd let me look though her 'treasures'.  This was an old wooden box full of photos (usually with a shopping list & 'reckoning up' on the back and a few, old greetings cards from her late husband, Uncle Sammy who had died of a brain tumour when I was about three or four.

I loved the cards even then, with their lace and pretty, muted colours. They were usually sporting a heart and some floral embellishment and often a pearl or gem or two.  

Sadly, they're long gone, into the mists of time - who know where - possibly during a house move. But I remembered one or two quite clearly and had started to make up one or to sketches based on how I remembered them and then my own life got in the way and they became buried in all the other 'stuff' in my craft-room and i was only when going through a box of stuff I came across them again so i decided to actually do something with them before I 'lose' them again.

This is the first one.   I seem to remember it as being a Wedding card so I have made it as such.   The floral image, I'll eventually put on my site as a digi - when I get the time! lol!

I did enjoy making this although the scissored edges are a bit dodgy....! I printed onto a slightly textured ivory card and 'distressed' the dodgy edges with Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' and 'Wild Honey' inkpads.

The backing mat is embossed with a spellbinders A4 Embossing folder EG002 onto a pearlized pale pink card and the whole matted, in turn, onto an antique gold card, then onto an 8 x 8 textured ivory bade card. 

 I didn't 'gut' the mats as I wanted a substantial, quality feel to the project.   I feel it needs something else -a gold silk cord for the spine but I shall have to hunt that down.

Inside, I've made a simple inner with just a couple of corner cut-outs - a vignette of the floral image to the left and the verse to the right.

The verse is, as far as I know ( I DID look and it DID say it was) a royalty free one from  :-

I usually write all my own verses but there are a lot of very nice verses on there and this one hit the right tone for me.


A lovely American friend called Kris, asked me to make a card for her beautiful daughter Shanna who is graduating this month as well as becoming 22.

She sent me lots of lovely pics of Shanna and I made a drawing of her from one of them to use for the frontispiece if the card.

the inner

the box

The card arrived this week and my friend is thrilled with it.  I'm so pleased!

Hugs Ei x

I have entered these cards into the following Challenges:-

Sisters Of Craft


  1. Both of these are lovely, I really love the design and layout of the graduation card. Thanks once again for entering our very First New Challenge over at 'The Sisters of Craft'
    Hugs Donna DT xx

    1. THank you so much Donna! :D
      Good luck with the new challenge blog!
      Ei x

  2. Such amazing works of art both beautifully put together with lots of amazing added details. Thankyou for entering it into the Sisters of Craft challenge blog and good luck. Tina-Maree DT x

    1. Tina - thank you so much for your lovely comments - very much appreciated! :D HUgs Ei x


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