Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1882 - yesteryear

The latest theme from Simon Says Stamp & Show blog is 'yesteryear'.  I'm guessing that April 1882 will qualify.  I took a picture of my great-grandmother at age 16 (1866-1939) and enlarged it.  I didn't like the black mat so I painted it with gesso then added plenty of Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy and Forest Moss distress inks.  The original photo is now grayish-green on a pinkish-orange chipboard background.  I looked at the colors on the color wheel and decided that a sage green and grayish lavender would work nicely with the photo.

Wendy Vecchi's script background stamp (Live & Make Art) was stamped in Olive archival all over the mat and dots (Seriously Art) was stamped on part of the left side of the mat in in Sepia archival ink.  In the four corners I stamped the corner flourish from Tim's French Market in Sepia archival ink.

Wendy's 'Be Happy...Make Art' provided the image for the grungepaper flower (Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Milled Lavender).  I stamped two images then layered them, cutting apart the flowers for more layering with grungepaper scraps in between the layers.  On vellum I stamped Wendy's German text in Black archival, distressed with several brown distress inks then wadded up for even more dimension.  My great-grandmother was born in Germany and only spoke German so this was perfect.  I added a Maya Road Bingo piece (16) sanding it before gluing it down on the vellum piece.

Tim's flourish and ticket dies were cut from a sample tag of Scribble Stain Distress (Tim's technique from his latest book).  The flowers (smallest die from 'Tattered Florals') were cut from sage green grosgrain ribbon then tapped onto a brown distress ink.  They frayed without any help from me.  Tim's brads form the flower centers. 

I don't know the font that was used on the ticket die but I really love it.  There is no info on the bag as to the manufacturer or any other info.  The numbers are separate stamps but the months are spelled out...no separate letters, darn it.  I stamped 'April' in Wild Honey distress ink and '1882' in Coffee archival.

We have only a few pictures of Regina, as an older woman, so I'm ecstatic to have found this one from her youth.  It does pay to look through older collections...you just never know who you'll find in a photograph.


  1. Susan this is REALLY nice! Love the Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy and Forest Moss distress inks together.

  2. This is so cool, Susan! Really a tribute to "vintage"! And yes, I think 1882 does qualify as yesteryear! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  3. Ooohhhh. Love this! What a great way to feature your Grandmother's photo! Thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.

  4. A W E S O M E ! that 's all i can say! and thank you for all the how-to!

  5. This is just beautiful, Susan!!

  6. hello
    I like all your works,,I love it