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Vintage looking card with salt & watercolour background

Joy crafts Retro Cars  Finetec Bronze TCW Coffee Splotch Kaisercraft Scrap Yard Gansai Tambi

In the next couple of days I‘ll have a mini-series for you, all using the same fun technique. If you don’t know this technique yet, in the last post of this series I’ll explain what you need and how you can make the backgrounds for these cards with salt and watercolour paint (Note: you can find the "How to"-post here:

Today’s post will be a couple of vintage looking cards for men! For the background I used my Gansai Tambi 36 watercolour set: I used the colours 44 and 54. After removing the salt I cut the background piece in the size that I wanted with the Crea-Nest-Lies XXL dies. I matted this piece on dark brown card stock that I also cut with the same dies, but then the slightly larger stitched rectangle set.

Kaisercraft Scrap Yard Joy Crafts Retro Cars

On my background piece I used a Kaisercraft stamp set called “Scrap Yard”, that fitted the design I was going for. The sentiment says: “Growing old is inevitable, Growing up is optional!” Very suitable for a male card, right?

Since the salt left a little residue/texture on the card stock I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment, I stamped two or three times to make it dark enough for my liking (I used Memento “Espresso Truffle”). Next I used a stencil from The Crafters Workshop (“Coffee Splotch”) with the same Memento ink and combined that with the Distress Ink “Gathered Twigs” to make the splotches. I also used a little Bits & Pieces stamp (nr. 4) from CreaLies to make smaller splotches with the same Memento ink.

For the car I used a cool stamp set from Joy Crafts called “Retro Cars” that features seven different old timers. This set is a great investment if you are looking for cars that fit the vintage theme! I picked one stamp that wasn’t to big so my background would still show and stamped on some crème coloured card stock with Memento Espresso Truffle. I die-cut the car with a My Favorite Things “Stitched Rectangle Stax” die and matted it on the same brown card stock I used before, that I cut by hand in the right size. Around the edge of the crème pieces I used some Distress Ink in “Antique Linen”.

Finetec Bronze

For the finishing touches of this card I used some brown embroidery floss and for a little something extra I spattered on some FineTec Pearlcolor in “Bronze”. It was a bit difficult to catch the shine in the pictures but this stuff is really awesome, it’s more opaque than the metallic colours in the Gansai Tambi set and they come in a lot of colours (I customized my own palette and it was hard to limit myself, I can tell you that)!

You can buy sets or customize your own set (and put them in a tin/container that you buy separately) or just buy an individual pan (they come in little plastic bags) over at

I first considered buying the gold set you see a lot but then I figured I didn’t need that many gold tones. I really like this Bronze tone which is a bit more of a coppery “gold”. There are very clear swatches on Coliro’s website and international shipping costs are quite reasonable.

Joy Crafts Retro Cars Finetec Tibet Gold Gansai Tambi

I also made a more cool toned card with the same elements: from the Gansai Tambi set I used the colours 55 and 66. I stamped with Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and stencilled with that ink and Memento “Espresso Truffle”. To make the metallic splatters I used FineTec “Tibet Gold” from my customized palette. I also used some Prima Marketing Metallic Chalk Edger in “Gold” around the white pieces to make the gold accents more pronounced. I love the gold on this cool coloured card!

Joy Crarfts Retro Cars Finetec Tibet Gold Gansai Tambi

You can find parts two and three of this mini-series here and here

And that’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed!

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