Sunday, 15 June 2014

O, Father of Mine by Lynne Moncrieff



This week I am sharing a Father’s Day card but it could as easily be a birthday card for a Father.

The cardbase is 8”x8” and as you can see, there isn’t one inch of the card which isn’t covered with something!  I used Rust Effect rusting powder for the first time and I was particularly impressed with the results on the metal frames.

Initially I intended on using vintage pen nibs on the card but instead I simply fussy cut the pen nibs from The Family Man pen nibs stamp.


Oxford Impressions:-
Times Past (photo real stamp, labels, passaporto)
April In Paris (script tag, Eiffel Tower, map, postal mark, postage stamp)
Wonderland (pocket watch)
The Family Man (pen nibs, Father)

Distress Inks:- Old Paper, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
StazOn Timber Brown
Top Boss Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons
Idea-ology Ornate Frame, Tissue Tape, Adage Ticket, Mini Fasteners and Tiny Attacher
Manila Shipping Tags (I used regular shipping tags but you can purchase tags from Ranger in various sizes)
8” x 8” Cardbase
Cream Glossy Cardstock
Silicone Glue
Extras:- Metal frame, trim, ribbon, chocolate brown burlap, rusted fabric and dissolved walnut ink crystals. Script stamp (Oxford Impressions French Script).



The cardstock I used for the background had already been prepared. To achieve a similar effect use:- dissolved walnut ink crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Stain), olive watersoluble crayons, copper metallic acrylic paint.

Background:- Onto the cardstock, stamp map, Eiffel Tower, Passaporto and pocket watch. Adhere torn pieces of Tissue Tape and trim.

Stain tags with dissolved walnut ink crystals and watersoluble crayons. Abrade edges and rust with Rust Effect embossing powder. Stamp script tag onto smallest tag. Eiffel Tower, script and postal mark onto second tag. Onto third tag repeatedly stamp Passaporto.


I always clean a photo real stamp and brayer prior to inking, the tiniest speck of dust can ruin the appearance. This time I wanted an distressed appearance to the man so I didn’t clean either the brayer or stamp. 

Ink up collage stamp using brayer and Archival, stamp onto cream glossy cardstock.  Abrade and ink edges. 

It would be too long a post to write up the instructions for all the stamped elements.

I either stamped onto Tissuestock (using StazOn) or white cardstock stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals. Age all the stamped elements with Distress Inks.

Simply stamp as many elements as possible and have fun.

. I also stamped the edge of the collage stamp onto stained cardstock – isolating script, fountain pen and pen nib.
. Flip over an Adage Tag, sponging on Distress Inks and layer with label and scrap piece of stamped Tissuestock. Attach to tag with Tiny Attacher.

. Scrunch pieces of the stamped Tissuestock to create texture.

Frames:- Rust the frames with Rust Effect embossing powder. On Ornate Frame apply Distress Paint Vintage Photo prior to applying clear embossing ink. Layer the frames over stamped word and script. Insert Mini Fasteners.

Card:- Gather the tags, frames and all stamped elements to create a collage onto the cardbase including scraps of ribbon, burlap and rusted fabric.


Until next week



  1. A perfect masculine vintage make... this is absolutely fantastic, Lynne.
    Alison x

  2. Oh Lynne I completely adore this piece! Fabulous collage of stamped images in you very special unique style! The bits of trim just finish it off to perfection! Stunning masculine make, love it!!

  3. Oh my goodness how I love this Lynne. The collaged layering and the rust effect edges jump out in particular. Thank you for the tip about stamp cleaning. Jenny x

  4. Wonderful creation Lynne. Those images are so stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. This is one of those cards, where each time you look at it, you see something different - it is wonderful with all those lovely elements. I particularly love the rusted elements. This is a stunning card Lynne. A x

  6. Such a stunning make Lynne with beautiful details, which really catch the eye. aged to perfection and right up my street.
    TFS Annie xx

  7. Your Dad will love this Lynne, it's a wonderful vintage card! xxx

  8. amazing work lynne. love all the texture you have created. so much to look at xx

  9. You create the most incredible works of art, Lynne - so much more than cards! This is full of exquisite detail and beautifully composed. I love the antique look and the rusting. Wonderful. Julie Ann xxx

  10. This is an amazing piece of art, Lynne. Love all the detail !
    Corrie x

  11. truly stunning. such rich coloring and imagery. xo

  12. Wow, an amazing collage project.

  13. Fabulous card Lynne, the background, pen nibs and all your work on this is fantastic!! x

  14. It is gorgeous, Lynne, if this is what you made for your dear father, he has been so happy seing it. How wonderful with all the stamped bits and pieces, and the man stamp is fantastic on that background.Also love the pen nip stamped over the card, and your fantastic colours, with the little touch of salmon pink.
    Hug from Dorthe

  15. What a wonderful card Lynne, I love all the elements and how you've put them together.
    xxx Hazel.

  16. What a gorgeous creation! Love all the layered bits and pieces and that fabulous distressing.


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