Saturday, 2 June 2012

Modern Retro Flower Card by Alan Scott

This card was made by using a new stamp set by Andy Skinner called Retro.
When this stamp set was given to me to make samples from, I have to be honest, I was in that state of 'WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?' I picked them up, took them out of the packaging and played around with the images, just stamping to see what the printed image was like. I cut the images out and put them away with the stamps and placed them back into my storage.
I was flicking through an old book I have with some Victorian interiors and I have to say, that something just clicked into place and I raced back to my stamp collection and pulled this stamp range out. By placing the large circular image out, I was going to build up a vase of flowers - it was too large but this had put me on the creative path that the resulting card was born.


Andy Skinner Stamp Set - Retro
A4 card base made up
Blue, yellow, red, buff and green card
A4 backing paper
Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 

Buttons and ribbon
Embossing folder of your choice
Small brads (I used 7 per flower head)
3 large circle brads
3 Glossy Accents beads (just big enough to fit into the centre of the circle brad)
Foam pads
Ticket die
Standard tools from a crafters tool box ie: scissors, heat gun, glue gun


I have an electronic die cutting machine, so this helped me in the construction of this card. The flower head is 3.5 inches wide, so I cut it out using the machine - one in each colour and then over stamped with the large circle stamp. Then using an embossing folder, I ran the folder through the Cuttlebug.
The flower stem was one of the standard flower stems that was available from the free images included when I bought the machine. Then picking up the FISH advert, I just inked up the fish segment and over stamped the leaf section first then down the flower stem.
The next step was to make the boxes for the flowers. By using a labels metal die, I cut out the nearest size to the ticket stamp.
There, I had stamped out all the components - all I had to do is take each image and using the Vintage Photo ink, I distressed and inked up to give that Old Shabby look.
The backing paper was one that I had that was black and white. Then I did the worst thing I could .............
I crumpled up the paper and threw it into an empty clean bin (get the picture lol?) I picked it up and then flattened it the best I could, securing it into place using a wet glue onto my made up card base. Then when it was safe to handle, I took the Vintage Photo Ink and ran it over the face of the card. The creased ridges of the card then picked up the colour. The final act to the card base was to use the Vintage Photo on the edges.
The ribbon that I had was a cream thin crafting one. So once again, I put some of the Vintage Photo Ink on to a craft mat and then changed the colour of the ribbon. I wanted it to stay creased and old, so I used a heat gun and a high heat making sure that the ribbon did not dry flat.
Taking each of the flower heads, finding a centre point, I secured into place the large circle brad. The centre was covered by a large plastic bead and the 7 small brads were just secured at random points.
I picked the yellow flower to be in the front, so I placed some dimensional tape on the back of the flower head/stem and box. Securing the blue flower followed by the red one, gave me the area that was left to place the yellow flower.
The ribbon was secured at one end and over the flower box, then under the middle box and finally over the far end box. There was some ribbon left over after cutting, so I just cut it in half and then tied a knot in the center of each box. As the rule of 3’s always comes into play, a button covered each end of the ribbon and a smaller button was secured in the middle.
There you have it a Modern Retro Flower Card.
Any questions please send me a message and l will do my best to reply a.s.a.p.



  1. Really great card! I love Andy Skinner stamps but I don't have this particular set - yet! Your background is wonderfully inventive.

  2. Amazing card. I am sure Andy would approve! Great to hear how you found your inspiration and always fab to see how your card came together. Love it!


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