Sunday, 11 May 2014

Espresso To Go! by Lynne Moncrieff


This week sees me return to the Artistic Outpost Generation Redux stamp set with a card telling the story of two brothers who depart their beloved homeland of Italy to the distant shores of America, their destination New York. 



Twinkling H20s:- Passion and Shades of You
Distress Paint:- Tea Dye, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
TCW Stencils Mini Ledger and Mini Gothic Romance
Maimeri Light Modelling Paste
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Idea-ology Mini Clip
Shipping Tag (substitute with Crafty Individuals Mixed Tag Pack or Ranger Manilla Tag)
7”x5” pre-scored cardbase or white cardstock
Extras:- Old lid, fragments of lace and stained seam binding



Overall, I wanted this card to have colours representing coffee. I immediately formed this tale of the brothers setting up a small store specialising in their freshly brewed  Italian coffee.


With the stencils and light modelling paste create texture on watercolour paper.

When dry apply Twinkling H20s. Build up layers, working with very wet paints, continually spraying with water. Add Distress Paints. 

Apply Vintage Photo Distress Paint to an old lid and stamp onto the panel. Randomly stamp text from Times Past. Adhere to cardbase, abrading and inking edges. 

Apply Twinkling H20s to tag. Heat until nearly dry. Stamp coffee guys – by stamping onto a slightly damp surface it creates a lovely diffused appearance. 

Re-ink the coffee text on the stamp and stamp onto scrap piece of the painted watercolour paper. 

Apply paints to another piece of watercolour paper. Stamp various stamps from Times Past, distressing each element to within an inch of its life!   

Create a collage with the stamped tag as the focal, attaching some pieces with a Tiny Attacher, a Mini Clip and a Mini Fastener to a charm. 


Next week I will be sharing another Generation Redux card. 




  1. Guten Morgen, Lynne...
    das ist eine fantastische Karte.
    Ich traue mich immer nicht, alles in einem Farbton zu halten.
    Du beherrscht das einfach perfekt. Es sieht immer sehr schön aus.

    Umarmung und liebe Grüße
    Sophie xx

  2. Fabulous work Lynne, Love all the wonderful layers & design... Fabulous image & the colours are perfect....Hugs May x x

  3. Beautiful vintage art Lynne! xxx

  4. This looks wonderful Lynne. I'm so glad I visited. Love the colours and the layout is just fantastic. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. stunning work Lynne - and love all the coffee colours - brilliant - looking forward to next week now too! Hugs rachel xx

  6. This is absolutely wonderful Lynne, I love how you 'aged' it and thanks so much for the tip about stamping into slightly damp card, it really does give a beautifully diffused look and the 'coffee stains' is a lovely touch too. Hugs, Anne xxx

  7. Stunning Lynne, I adore these rich coffee tones and I absolutely love how you layered up all the distressed stamped elements around the vocal stamp. Gorgeous piece!

  8. I love how you distressed and aged this project and how 'coffee' became a predominant element! I so love projects with a story! I love all the beautiful aged elements and embellishments too! Stunning! Julie Ann xxx

  9. This is absolutely beautiful, Lynne. Love how you have expressed the story. These stamps are gorgeous,

    Lucy x

  10. Magnificent - I love the coffee colour palette to go with the Coffee Guys - fabulous vintage look altogether.
    Alison x

  11. Just gorgeous Lynne and really love those rich coffee colour tones.
    Fliss xx

  12. Beautiful! I love all the details.

  13. Another fabulous Lynne Make !!! Love it !
    Corrie x

  14. Is anyone else having trouble accessing the TC shop? I just get a blank screen... bah!
    Alison x

    1. I can see it fine, Alison. I'm using Firefox.

  15. You have such a brilliant way with embellishing, Lynne - especially on this fab card.

  16. Just wonderful Lynne. I love this.

  17. It is amazing dear Lynne.
    I so love the distressed edges, and your background,-oh so fantastic!!!
    The stamped scrap pieces ,also torn- are a wonderful way of embellishing ,and those two brothers looks like they just stepped out from back then, to tell us their story!
    Beautiful dear friend.
    Hugs, Dorthe-x

  18. It does look so aged, like an antique. Very beautiful!

  19. A gorgeous project Lynne :-) with such a stunning background and fabulous detail around the wonderful details

    TFS Annie x

  20. Really lovely
    very inviting
    this certainly does tell a story!!!

  21. Beautiful Lynne - love your vintaging warmth. Hmmm - you have put me in mind for some coffee... Too late this evening though. Gorgeous work. Nicola x


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