Skip to main content

Vintage Anniversary Card

Vintage Anniversary Card by Neil Burley
This is my April Foils Challenge card, combining the wonderful WOW! Fab Foils, WOW! Embossing Powders and a bit of distress ink magic... Sorry I've not had chance to do a photo tutorial this time - but read on to find out how I made the card and some top tips on using the foils.

For the card:
  1. Use a blending tool to apply Fired Brick Distress Ink round the edge of your card and age it with a gentle edge blend of Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Set aside to dry.
  2. On a separate sheet of white card, cover the card with Old Paper Distress Ink or Distress Stain and dry thoroughly before moving to the next stage
  3. Stamp WOW! Vintage Wallpaper in clear embossing ink, and cover with WOW! White Pearl Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess and heat set. Allow to cool.
  4. Using a blending tool, apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and across the bottom section. Set aside to dry.
For the male portrait:
  1. Use Google Image Search to find a male silhouette and resize it in a word processor to be 3.5cm high to fit in the frame from WOW! Simply Amazing stamp set. Print it onto 160gsm white card using a black and white laser printer.
  2. Cut some WOW! Red Fab Foil to size and place over the printed image, shiny side up. Cover with a sheet of plain paper and then run it though a heat laminator - the foil should adhere to the laser toner - alternatively use an iron as the heat source, pressing firmly.
  3. Cut out the foiled silhouette and use a red pen or ink pad to colour the cut edges.
For the female portrait:
  1. Use the female silhouette from WOW! Simply Amazing stamp set, and stamp it with clear embossing ink
  2. Cover with WOW! Bonding Powder, tap off the excess and heat set
  3. Cut a piece of WOW! Red Fab Foil to size and apply it to the image as above
  4. Cut out and colour the cut edges as before.
The Bonding Powder works better through a laminator if it has been heat set first.
If you find the foil doesn't stick so well to the laser printed image, try using the printer settings to high quality to add more toner or putting the whole thing through the laminator again - without moving anything between!

For the frames:
  1. Stamp two images using the frame from WOW! Simply Amazing in clear embossing ink and cover with WOW! Bonding Powder. Tap off the excess and heat set.
  2. Cut a piece of WOW! Glitter Gold Fab Foil to size and set the foil as above - don't cut out just yet.
  3. To give a bit of dimension and to take back some of the shininess, print over the foil with the frame stamp again and apply WOW! Clear Matt Dull Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess and heat set. Cut out each frame.
  4. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a piece of white card and place the cut out frames over it and blend their edges, keeping them still. You should now have an outline of the frame which you can then cut out, leaving a border. Spritz the background with water to age it and dry with the heat tool.
  1. Stick down the vintage wallpaper background to the card with double sided tape. Draw round the edge with a black fine liner.
  2. Edge the background with metallic tape/peel off strips/gold embossed lines.
  3. Stick down the frame backgrounds with double sided tape/glue.
  4. Stick the foiled portraits to them with double sided tape/glue.
  5. Mount the frames with foam pads for some dimension.
  6. Use a suitable sentiment - peel off or stamped.

WOW Shopping List:


  1. Great idea Neil - Mr & Mrs Cameo's. I really like the colourway you've used; definately vintage x

  2. Neil, that´s such a stunning project again! Using the frames as chipboard shapes is a fab idea! xx

  3. I love how the frames are 'floating' above the image. Looks great.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Handy Stamp Storage Idea

Hello everyone... Happy Tuesday! :D

It's Sarah here with today's blog post created for our Monochromatic theme.

I don't know about you, but I always find I need to use stamps from a mixture of stamp sets and I thought it would be easier if I didn't have to slide each stamp set in and out of the packets all of the time.

I have a bunch of empty CD cases that I had almost thrown out but thankfully I hadn't as they turned out to be the perfect solution! The part that holds the CD easily popped out so I could then position my different stamp sets within them.

I found an old wooden CD box but it had no lid and as all clear acrylic stamps are best stored out of the light, I decided I would make a box lid for it... not just a plain lid though... a Wow Embossed box lid!

Here are brief instructions on how to make it:


Using pearl silver card, I created a square to the size that I needed (145mm) and added 30mm wide rectangles around the square adding in some t…

Life's A Beach

Good morning crafty friends, I hope you're all well and getting very creative this month!
As this month's challenge is summer and I live on an island it seemed only natural that my inspiration card would feature sea and sand.
To create my beach scene I started off with a piece of pale blue card and a rubbed a Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad across the top several times. I then sprinkled WOW Peppermint Tea Powder and Under The Sea Glitter over the top, tapped off the excess and melted with a heat tool. I created the sand underneath using Gold Pearl Powder.

For the sea I ran a line of PVA glue in the middle of the sky and sand with my finger, sprinkled with Under The Sea Glitter and melted with a heat tool. For the waves I added small areas of PVA straight from the nib of the bottle when added Opaque White Powder.

The birds and sentiment I have used Opaque British Summer Powder which is one of my favourite new powders, great colour and great name!
Finally, I added beach in…

Happy memories - embossed background

I must admit I was having a bit of a problem coming up with a memory keeping project for this months post. I have been making almost only cards lately and had a bit of a problem filling a whole layout. I do make some layouts and lately I've been partial to letter sized layouts because the format remind me of cards and makes it easier for me to plan the page. This time I made a A4 sized layout because it's easier for me to find the page protectors in regular stores here. I used some good cardstock that doesn't warp much when you heat it or add water since i knew I would emboss it.
Here's what I did. I picked the pretty Chrysanthemum background stamp and embossed it in Silver Pearl embossing powder three times in a row across the background. I must admit I was more than a little inspired by Isha Guptas cards for her guest post earlier this week. I used distress inks in Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon and applied with an ink blending tool randomly over the embossed are…