Friday, February 12, 2010

I Heart Vintage

I really do love vintage--anything shabby, distressed, antiqued, nostalgic truly speaks to me. For a long time I used to clip out vintage style images from magazines or save them on my hard drive just because I loved them so much. Then one day, about a year and a half ago I was suddenly struck by the idea to make my own greeting cards featuring vintage images--imagine my surprise when I soon there after discovered that there was a whole community of crafters doing the same thing! There's a famous quote from the author C.S. Lewis which is " We read to know that we are not alone", I truly believe that we create art for the very same reason.

Melissa Phillips has once again picked out a beautiful inspiration piece for all of her blog readers to play along with. I just couldn't resist once again creating my own card based around this photo.

One of the main reasons I love her design challenges is simply for the reason that it's not actually a contest. I think one of the reasons I've slowed down on participating in sketch challenges is because I found I was compromising my style in order to suit the challenge, and that really wasn't any fun for me. Now I know most of the time the cards I create based on the inspiration pieces are very loose interpretations, but that suites me fine. I love to see where the inspiration will take my creation and it's wonderful to know that the seed was planted by one particular image.

Shabby Chic Cupid Handmade Valentine's Day Card

Shabby Chic Cupid Detail

I normally love to include a sentiment on the front of my cards and leave the inside blank. Since I felt that a sentiment would over crowd the front of this card I went ahead and finished off the inside with a sentiment this time.

Just one more quick pic. to share with you today. I made this final card using a vintage image that is currently being offered as a Valentine's day gift to all the readers of the Heartwarming Vintage blog. You should stop over there and pick it up, maybe even make your own vintage inspired card. So if you do, make sure you send it in for their Love Vintage Challenge--you just might win a $25.00 gift certificate. Good luck!

Heartwarming Vintage Puppy Handmade Valentine's Day Card

I hope you enjoy,


1 comment:

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Tina, I just found your blog from Melissa Phillips...what pretty cards. I can't wait to see what else you have to share. You are so right about sacrificing your style to fit another' never works for long and it's just no fun.