Sunday, 16 June 2013

Come Join Me in Paris by Lynne Moncrieff


The theme of Paris never grows weary for me, especially when it comes to incorporating the iconic image of the Eiffel Tower. On this card I’ve used two different sizes of Eiffel Towers from two different Oxford Impressions’ stamp plates.
The most enjoyable part of this card was creating the background for the card and tags with paints and stamps.

Distress Ink - Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint -  Vintage Lace, Irish Cream and Moonlight
Seam binding (substitute ribbon or crinkle ribbon)
Blunt scissors (or use a paper distresser)
A4 white cardstock (make card base) x 2 sheets
Mini Mister (or spray bottle for water)
Baby Wipes 

Note:- I used two extra stamps, a text stamp and damask. Both of those are from Oxford Impressions’ French Script plate but there is an alternative lace stamp available from Crafty Individuals.


·       Let’s start with the background for the card base and three tags. Most times, when I am using paint, as I like to create layers, I prefer to work on a piece of cardstock cut to the size of the card base and then adhere it to the card base once all the painting and stamping has taken place.

·       For the cardstock and 3 tags, start with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Irish Cream. Then it was a matter of building up the colours, introducing Vintage Lace and Moonlight. I always blend with baby wipes.

·       In-between the layers of paint, I stamped with Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender. Aim for a subtle background by blending paint over some of the stamping, resulting in a diffused background.

·       The stamps used are as follows:-

               Cardstock - Fleur de Lys and Paris from Oxford Impressions With Love
               and damask stamp.

               Tag no. 1 - Paris (With Love) and text stamp 

               Tag no. 2 - Eiffel Tower (With Love) and text stamp 

               Tag no. 3 – Fleur de Lys (With Love) and text stamp 

·       Now that the backgrounds have been prepared, we move onto stamping the main images onto the tags with Distress Ink Dusty Concord.

              Tags no.1 and 3 – Eiffel Tower (With Love)

              Tag no. 2 - Eiffel Tower (April in Paris) 

·       Distress the edges of the tags. I use scissors (!) to abrade the edges but it would be more sensible to use a distressing tool. Sponge Distress Ink Antique Linen onto the edges.

·       Apply Fresco Finish Moonlight to scrap of cardstock. Stamp postal cancellation mark (With Love) and lace stamp. Cut out. 

·       Create a top folding card base from A4 cardstock. Adhere the stamped panel. Now adhere the tags with silicone glue, adding the stamped lace and postal mark. 

·       Stain the seam binding with Distress Re-inker Tattered Rose by adding a drop of re-inker to craft mat and spraying with water until desired depth of colour. I prepared a very weak solution. Once dry, tie into two shabby bows and add to two of the tags.

·       Finally trim the top edge of card with lace.




  1. So lovely... the Eiffel Tower image is just great - a delicious trio!
    Alison x

  2. The Eiffel Tower is one of my favorite icons. Beautiful and delicate. Bravo!

  3. absolutely beautiful. i love hearing how you did it. xo

  4. Good Morning Lynne. I knew this would be special and I was right. I love the layout and the pale hues . You always give us a great tutorial too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. Hi Lynne, Gorgeous work, I love the soft tones & the trio of tags are perfect... Beautifully stamped images...Loved the tutorial... Hugs May x x x

  6. Fabulous project Lynne. Love the trio of towers and your bows are exquisite. April in Paris is a beautiful stamp set from OI and I need to use it more. TFS

    Annie x

  7. A stunning make Lynne, love the Paris theme and great step by step too. A x

  8. Such a beautiful piece!! Totally gorgeous project, love everything about it!! The colours are so soft and pretty and give it real shabby chic feel!

  9. Love this Lynne and thanks so much for the step by step - that really helps to see how you got such a beautiful background to your tags. Margie x

  10. A beautiful Parisienne make Lynne! x


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