Friday, 26 July 2013

Florence and Martha by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, something a little different from me this week as I wanted to make something with my most treasured vintage photo, which is of my Grandmother Martha and her big sister Florence. The photo was taken around 1910 and it always sends a shiver down my spine as my younger daughter is the image of her Great Grandmother and they were born 100 years apart.

Here’s What You Need: 

Stamps Used:

 Kaisercraft Clear Single Stamps – Script, Butterflies, Botanical

Old Book Page
Chipboard Sheet
Lace and Braid
Vintage Photo of your choice or you could use a stamped or collage image


Here’s How To:

·       Tear your book page out and then sponge with gesso. I used a dabbing motion as I wanted the text underneath to show through. The gesso softens the effect really well.

·       Using the script stamp, stamp randomly down the right side of the painted paper. I started off with a small amount at the top and made the script wider as I went down the side.

·       Next stamp the botanical image a couple of times – near the top and near the base. Add some further stamping with the flower from the large stamp set and then add some of the smaller butterflies from the butterfly set.

·       If you’re using a photo, cut out round the image leaving a narrow border of the background. You could do this with a stamped image or a collage one if the image is suitable. Just use an image panel if not.

·       Cut a piece of chipboard to suit the size of your book page then trim it and glue it on.

·       Add a scrap of lace around the centre of the left side and then add the trimmed image in the best position. Add some braid across the base and some pearls in diagonal corners.

·       Finish off with the largest butterfly from the set stamped on some of the trimmed leftovers from the book page and cut out. Punch 2 holes near the top and add some knotted lace to make a hanger.

Hope you’re all enjoying the sunny weather, 

Fliss x


  1. That wonderful background complements your photo perfectly. And what a great idea to make it a hanging instead of just putting it in a frame or an album.

  2. Stunning make! Love your hanging, the way you have cut out the photos against that wonderful background, looks fantastic! Wonderful photo too!

  3. Beautiful way to honour your relatives.
    Love the background.

  4. Absolutely beautiful - I love the book text background, and the photos are enchanting.
    Alison x


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