Thursday, 6 January 2011

Creative swaps - vintage notecards

I Have a Great Mind
I'm taking part in Lenna's (creative swaps) latest swap, which is Vintage Notecards.  I've made 3 as requested.

Merrily Sing
 The backgrounds are all original vintage book papers/letters/music score which has then been lightly gesso'd.  The main images are all from a (very tatty) Girls Own Annual, dated 1885.  So fairly vintage!
A Birthday Letter
I used watercolour crayon around the outside, which I hope isn't too bright, but they really did need some colour or they would have been too bland.

Finally I added vintage style ribbons, braid and buttons.  I stamped the envelopes and added the same colour edging.

I'll be sending them off to Lenna in USA tomorrow and look forward to receiving 3 back from other swappers in due course.

16 comments:

Martina2801 said...

A big aplause Joanna!
What you make is a feast for my eyes to look at!
Well done!!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

These are wonderful vintage note cards, Joanna. I especially love the buttons, lace and bits of fabric you added. The hint of watercolor crayon around the edge is perfect! Of course, I love that you decorated the envelopes too. I so look forward to seeing these in person. Thanks for sending them off with plenty of time. Oh! I love your new blog design -fabulous!

missy k said...

Hi Jo

What lovely notecards. I LOVE all the trimmings.

I am really surprised to read that the Girls Own Annual was around in 1885.... I don't know why but I am!

Karenx

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Jo,
your notecards are wonderful!I love that vintage look.Have a great day.
Hugs,
Marie

SusieJ said...

Wonderful Joanna! Real vintage feel to them.
Hugs,
Sue xx

Irish3 said...

Ohhh cool new blog look!!! A new look for the new year, I like it! These notcards turned out beautiful, I like the birthday letter best of all with the sweet detailing in the corner. I have a bunch of hand stamps that I love finding good use for so your envelopes get two thumbs up as well!! Have a great day!!

Nathalie Thompson said...

I never visit you without leaving inspired!

Margaret said...

These notecards are just wonderful! such a perfect combination of colours and images! The piano is my fav! M

Jewels said...

Oh man Jo I really need to get my rear into gear - everyone who is in the swap is doing such lovely stuff including you! Really like the technique you used...

bad penny said...

Jo these are divine. I'm sure the recipients will adore them. Looking forward to seeing what you receive.

daisy said...

These are gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

~*~Patty S said...

Just had to pop by for a visit after seeing your gorgeous art creations on Nathalie's blogblogblog ;)

I really appreciate your attention to detail; your creativity is really special and inspiring!

Lots to see and enjoy on your lovely blog...I will linger a while

Happy New Year to you!
oxo

Anonymous said...

Your note cards and decorative envelopes are gorgeous! I so enjoyed looking at them. Marsha

Nancy said...

These are wonderful! Great images.

Linda said...

Joann your cards are wonderful! Such pretty colors and lovely vintage images. The trims and buttons are the perfect extra touch. I hope I get one!

Linda said...

Sorry...the "a" dropped off your name in my last post. I'm such a bad typist!