Thursday, March 26, 2020

Before and After - Penny Black Vintage Stamp

No matter how long the winter,
spring is sure to follow. 

Penny Black vintage stamp, Tonic Flip Card die, flower and butterfly dies,
white gel pen, lace sticker trim, mounting foam tape, Nuvo drops, designer paper

Hey there,

The blessing of extra time in my craft room lately has meant going down memory lane with some boxes of my very old card creations.  I've kept a few of my originals because I wanted to revisit some of my favorite vintage stamps and do a "before and after" project just to see how far I've come.  I've been stamping since 1995, so things have changed a lot since then. I remember when the advent of heat embossing rocked my world.  This little cutie from Penny Black has always been one of my favorite stamps, and I was excited to dust her off and color her with some pretty pastel copics for spring.

I felt a little constrained because I couldn't size her like I do my digi stamps, but  her smaller size made it possible for me to put her on this  fun flip card with a fancy border that's perfect for some spring blossoms.  

I added the slightest hint of a smile to her face because she's eyeing a pretty butterfly and is obviously delighted to have picked the most humongous flower in the garden. The butterfly and small flowers are die cuts and the flower centers are Nuvo drops.  I also added white gel pen dots to her dress and Stickles to the center of the large flower and the small flower print on her dress. 

I haven't chosen the recipient of  this card yet, so I added a more generic sentiment, but one that I think goes with my image.  

Yikes, here's my first card created almost three decades ago!  What an enlightening and encouraging exercise to document my progression. Time flies and our skills...and tools.. improve. I think I colored her with water color pencils, which I thought were the greatest invention known to man at the time. And a paper crimper was a must in any crafty tool kit. As for embossing folders, well they weren't even born yet.

I challenge you to do a "before and after" yourself.  I'll bet you have some cards you'd like to update with some new techniques and modern savvy. And you probably have a little extra time, for now. 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and make something old new again and see how far you've come..

Playing along with:
                                                   Sisterhood of Crafters Spring Challenge


  1. How pretty! I really love your sweet little girl and the flip fold was perfect for her. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  2. Oh my gosh! Your card is wonderful, lovely coloring and fold. Thank you for joining us at Stinkin' Inkers!

  3. Gorgeous card! I love the vintage girl! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  4. Oh My! How adorable is she!! LOVE your design ... so, so sweet! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. You've come a long way baby!!! LOL

  5. Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  6. What fun to do this Nancy! Your older card is cute, but your new card is stunning. Amazing difference.
    Hope you are keeping well?
    Hugs Monica

  7. Wow, you have been busy! I love the layout of your cards, your coloring and the image are all so lovely. Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

  8. How very beautiful and so nicely colored!
    Thank you so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  9. Thank you for joining us at challenge Lemon Shortbread
    DT Maria

  10. This is such a sweet image and I love the design and fun fold, your coloring of this little girl is truly beautiful.
    Thank you for playing with us at RETRO RUBBER.

  11. Beautiful card, love the layout and your coloring! Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  12. What a sweet little girl and I love your fold...very pretty colors and papers! Thanks for sharing this at Retro Rubber this week!

  13. Adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.