When I was a girl I really, REALLY wanted a pink princess phone in my room. I probably would have been thrilled with any phone in my room instead of the one corded phone in the kitchen. But if I could have any, I wanted a pretty and fancy princess phone with PUSH BUTTON numbers! (swoon) Our family phone was a round dial phone. When you live in a town where all the numbers started with 86, you really learned to hate that dial… (if you don’t know what I am talking about, you are young!!) The closest I ever got to that pink phone was the little plastic key chain version that I used for my Barbies.
When I first saw this new phone stamp by Tim Holtz I thought instantly of that pink princess phone. Even though a princess phone was a different style, I imagined that in Europe a princess phone was surely more fancy! I *knew* that this card featuring the vintage phone had to have a fancy pink French princess phone!
To create this card, I started with a card base made from plain natural colored cardstock. I embossed a piece of pink Distress Core’dinations cardstock with the new French Script Texture Fade. I decided I only wanted the cardstock to cover about 2/3 of the cardstock so I trimmed it using the new Torn Notebook On the Edge Die. I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the raised areas and edges of the piece of cardstock and then adhered the cardstock piece to the front of my card. I also applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the card base that showed.
I die cut a piece of white Sticky Back Canvas using the new Arch Frame die. The shape reminded me of fancy telephone alcoves and thought it would be a perfect setting for my fancy phone. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the canvas and then adhered it to the front of my card. I added machine stitching around the edge of the Sticky Back Canvas. Next, I wrapped the card front (I slit the card open on the fold for the ribbon to go through) with Crinkle Ribbon that I colored with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Stain. I placed the ribbon so that it rested just above the bottom edge of the embossed cardstock.
I can not tell you how much I LOVE the new Simple Sayings stamp set! I literally gasped out loud when I opened the box and found it. I love typeset style fonts. This one is perfectly distressed. They sayings included in the set cover tons of occasions. I know that it is a set I will be using over and over again. To create the label for the card, I distressed a piece of manila cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Stain and water. After drying the cardstock, I stamped the frame and phrase with Fired Brick Distress Ink. After cutting out the label, I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I placed the label on the card front so that it overlapped on the ribbon slightly. I added a couple of Tiny Attacher Staples to keep it in place.
I stamped the phone image using Jet Black Archival Ink on Specialty Stamping Paper. I stamped the image several times so I could cut out different features to adhere together to create a more dimensional look. I used my Sizzix eclips and Stamp2Cut cartridge No. 25 to cut the different detail pieces. To color my pieces, I pounced Antique Linen and Spun Sugar Distress Inks onto the Specialty Stamping Paper. I misted the stains with water to blend the colors. I blotted the ink with a dry cloth and then used a heat tool to dry them. I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool to the edges of each piece.
After assembling the pieces, I adhered them to the front of my card using adhesive foam squares. I colored a piece of white Paper String with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and used it to create a cord for the phone in pace of the stamped image.
I love the way the pieces came together, and I really love the way the Distress Stain on the Specialty Stamping Paper created such a cool vintagey look. This was such a fun card to create. I hope that it gives you some ideas of what you could create with this stamp too!