Friday, October 30, 2020

Old-Fashioned Lady


The “Old-Fashioned Lady” in the title is my grandmother at the age of 22 in the year 1915.

The image itself isn’t the best: it’s a copy of a scanned copy of a tintype, enlarged to almost twice its size. I do think that the graininess fits in well with the Blue Fern Studios’ Jane’s Memoirs collection that came in Très Jolie’s October 2020 kit. Even more, I think that the photo itself is a perfect fit for the sketch that Kim has challenged us with.

I selected the larger of the two chipboard frames and decided to “antique” it. First, I ran it through my Big Shot with an old Tim Holtz embossing folder to give it texture. Next, I covered it with Distress Ink in Black Soot and let it set. I finished it by using a stipple brush to apply a layer of metallic wax.

Now for the layering: I selected the papers that I wanted to use and tore and inked the edges of all but the bottom layer. This was hallowed out in the middle to create an 8” scrap and taped to packaging to give it stability. (Those two layers in the middle are from the same sheet, using the “A” and “B” sides.) I put all the scraps aside to use later and began to assemble my layout.

Among the goodies included in the kit was a length of gorgeous lace. I cut off 24” or so inches and soaked it in coffee to make it look aged. I used 12” of this to run down the side just under the top sheet and put the rest aside.

After adhering the layers of torn strips and lace, I taped an 11” x 7” piece of thin chipboard in the middle so the top sheet (torn on both sides) would lie flat.

The framed photo was backed with several layers of packaging to give it dimension and glued down.

I guess I went a little crazy with the flowers, even adding a few Darice blooms from an earlier kit. I cut the rest of the coffee-dyed lace and tucked it here and there.

The kit came with a package of chipboard butterflies, but they seemed to be awfully big for this page. (No worries; I know that I’ll find a use for them later!) I found a package of wood butterflies that I’ve had for a while that were perfect. I wanted them to blend with the flowers; a coating of Shaded Lilac and another of Wilted Violet around the edges did the trick…

A few closeups:



 ***Très Jolie October Kit***

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Le Petit Echo #70077

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Locket & Key #70087

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Mercantile #70097

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Country Blooms – Punch #CB-88528

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Enchanted Petals – Parchment #EP-89012

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Fancy Frames

Très Jolie – 1 ½” Lace Trim – White



Darice – Floral Embellishments – Paper Flowers – Natural – 36 Pcs #30062068

Darice – Finishing Accents – Mini Laser Cut Wood Shapes – Butterflies – 45 Pcs #2015-01



Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Ground Espresso #TDP47353

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Black Soot #TDP39860

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Shaded Lilac #TDO56218

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Wilted Violet #TDO56355

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold #963958



Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations – Texture Fades – Damask & Regal Flourishes Set #656648



As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.



  1. thanks for all the details—you remind me to use glorious wax and the treated lace is just so perfect for this LO. Cards are quick and fun—but LOs are the heart of this hobby for me.

    1. Thanks so much for your kindness...
      Oh yeah - the wax! I can't believe how much I use the stuff, don't you just love it?