Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vintage Brooch Card

This morning when I announced the winner of my giveaway I also presented this card as a token of how I feel about all of the people that have been a part of my journey here in blogland so far. This vintage brooch card's sentiment, "You are my Inspiration", really says it all.

So, I am back this time to share with you how I made the card as well as a few more pictures.

As always, I started off by making the card itself using 65 pound cardstock. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you always want to use heavy cardstock at least on your first layer. I cannot begin to impress upon you what a difference this makes in the quality of your card.

The patterned paper I used for the second layer is from one of my favorite's, Basic Grey the Shabby Collection. I went around the edge with a gold leaf pen for an added accent.

One of the elements that I was asked alot about today is the brooch image. This is simply a ephemera image from one of the Emphemera Books that Design Originals came out with. I cut it out, glued it to grungeboard for durability, added a layer of Crackle Accents by Ranger, let it dry and adhered it to the card with pop dots. It really does look like it's in a frame doesn't it...

Tip: I highly recommend that when you have a collection of ephemera images, that you copy them so that you can use it repeatedly, instead of being lazy like myself and just cutting them out and using them. Now I don't have another one, and I would of liked to have been able to make this card again for my Etsy Shop, Scrapping With Sherry.

I have had these gorgeous stick pins, in the photo above, for a long time. I know that I got them at JoAnn's. I want to say they were the maker to, but I am not sure. I tied a bow around the base of the beads with organza ribbon and then added a heart charm at the top by Blue Moon. Blue Moon makes beads and jewelry making supplies. You can find a large variety of them at Michaels. Because the stick pins are heavy I adhered it to the card and in the flowers, using glue strips, usually used for ribbon.

Tip: Before buying scrapbooking or card making embellishments that look like the heart charm used in this card for instance, look in your jewelry making section of your craft store. More often than not I have found pieces to use instead at a considerably lower price. 

The flowers are by Daisy Doodle. I layered two large ones and one small one on top to get this look. The brads are called Gold Wedding Pearl Brads, made by K&Company. I finished off the flowers by adding some Diamond Stickles by Ranger.

I'm not usually one to add so much glitz and glam to a card, but there are a lot of things that I have been  doing lately that I don't normally do. And you know what... I'm liking this new creative side of me. Or should I say creative sides of me?


Before any of the embellishmenst were added I adhered a strip of pink satin ribbon layered with white organza ribbon. You can barely see it in the photo above, but it looks like I have added a strip of white crystals on top of the layered ribbon, when actually I just added a few to both ends so that I did not waste a bunch of them that noone was going to see anyways. Believe it or not it took me a while before I learned that lesson. So that I didn't take a chance on tearing the tags I tied a bow using organza ribbon and stuck it on separately.

I made a couple of tags using white vellum with gold specks. I then went around the edges with a gold leafing pen. Using both tags I stamped part of the sentiment on one and the rest on the other. I then added three small pink crystals and attached both tags to the card using a small glue strip.

TIP: You have to be careful as to what type of adhesive you use on vellum. Most of them will show right through the vellum leaving a tacky, unfinished look. If I cannot use my adhesive in some way that I can hide the area that it has been applied to, I will apply a light coat of spray adhesive and attach immediately. Another technique that has worked for me is to use my Xyron Machines.

Whether you are here to learn about making cards or looking around for some inspiration, if you make something because of this post, I would love to see what you have created. Please send me an email with inspired by vintage brooch card in the subject line. Please Let me know if I have your permission to show your work here at my blog, Scrapping With Sherry

Thanks for taking the time to visit today. Your comments are welcomed and enjoyed.

Until Next Time... Take Care!


  1. THis is an absolutely gorgeous card Sherry! And you have explained how you made it beautifully! I thought it was a real cameo brooch. Hugs June xx

  2. This is so beautiful Sherry and I'm so HAPPY for Lisa--it is wonderful and I know she must be jumping for joy!!!
    Hugs from me,
    P.S. We got 2 of the bookcases put together...now the huge one will be put together tomorrow...

  3. oh wow so beautiful. you have won the first halloween mini album, please send me your address so i can mail it out today. enjoy.

  4. Just beautiful. I think its my favorite. I must like alot of things on a card.
    Happy Wednesday.

  5. Brilliant! Stunning! Love this card a lot. Thanks for sharing how you made it in such detail. Love your tips.
    Hugs & Blessings Bernie

  6. Fun, colourful, superb, awesome and best work you done here. It is mixture of colours. Also it is so cute and beautiful creative work. Well, your idea is unique.

  7. I done it same way but kept a mirror on the middle. Your idea of glittering is very best way to attract viewers. I gifted this card for my sister son.


Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. Each and every one is like finding a gift in my mailbox. ~Sherry

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