Monday, May 2, 2016

Casements and Sea Faeries - Shabby Chic Vintage Literature Card

The rain here over the weekend was much needed to alleviate the drought but it did cause flash flooding.  The boys and I passed some very VERY swollen waterways and creeks on the way to Church yesterday morning, and it made me very grateful that we live on high ground.

With all this water everywhere, I dug out some ocean-themed papers and started playing around.
This stamp is one of my favorites because it is so different and it invariably reminds me of William Morris.  Naturally, old literature illustrations deserve a vintage writing background, right?

The exuberant bow and flower, together with the twine tangle, really complement the unexpectedness of the stamp graphic and its words.  I've always puzzled over the words but no matter what, they are certainly poetic:  "Magic Casements Opening on the Foam of Perilous Seas in Faerie Lands Forlorn."
I wish I knew the book or poem it comes from, but at any rate it is also nice to imagine.


I apologize for the somber lighting.  The cloud-cover from this storm front is really heavy.
You can't see it very well, but I switched between straight stitch and zig-zag for the edges of the inside matted writing areas. It adds just another bit of texture and interest.  The writing areas are also lightly spritzed with Tattered Angels' Gold glimmer mist so that they look like they've been through some real aging.

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock - Rustic white {Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {K&Company, The Paper Studio}
Burlap paper {DCWV}
Stamp {"Ladies of Faeryland #10022" by The Stamping Ground}
Ink and Clear Superfine Embossing Powder {Ranger}
Cotton twine - glued down with Clear-gel Tacky Glue
Fabric selvage scrap and burlap ribbon {stash}
Paper flowers - large and small {Recollections}
Brads {ki memories}
Glimmer mist Gold {Tattered Angels}
Copic sketch markers

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  1. A beautiful creation with a lovely image and embellishing.

    It's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensation this month, many thanks for joining in.

    I have some Tattered Lace candy here

    B x

  2. A gorgeous image and beautifully created card, thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
    Lorraine DT

  3. Oh that's gorgeous! Love it! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  4. Beautiful creation.Thank you for joining us at Addicted to stamps. hugs

  5. A fabulous project and I love all those gorgeous layers. I assume you are linking to us at Our Creative Corner for our Hit the Books Challenge this month rather than Our Time to Craft ? If so thank you for joining us! Jennie x

    1. Oh gosh, Jennie, you are so right! My apologies... I'll fix that. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. A fantastic vintage project! Love the colours and the bow is amazing! Great touch of details!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Catz
    Good luck! Nick DT

  7. This is so pretty!

    Thank you for participating in the OSAAT "Anything Goes with Vintage" Challenge!

  8. This is GORGEOUS!!! I so love it and am pinning right away. Major inspiration for some stamps I just got. Hugs, Autumn

  9. What a gorgeous vintage creation and I love that the inside is so beautiful too!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Create Too and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  10. This is sooo uniquely made Kathryn and I truly enjoy the unique. You made is so enchanting and very special in coloring and design. It's wonderful to see you at Our Creative Corner for the 'Hit the Books' Challenge. j.

  11. So awesome card. Specially the flower cluster. Thank you for sharing your stunning card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x


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