City of Romance


In a recent post (Rusty Gates) I used an Eiffel Tower stamp from The Stampsmith’s Paris plate. Staying with the same plate, this time I used the Arc de Triomphe stamp and one of the other Eiffel Tower stamps. For some reason, Paris, holds a great fascination for stampers, whether it is the sense of romance associated with the city, or history or how every building is iconic, for me, I never tire of the images.

for both cards the background is stamped using emulsion (latex) paint and the Eiffel Tower card has some craft grade copper paint mixed into the emulsion. When stamping with paint I prefer to apply the paint with a piece of household sponge then before applying to the stamp I dab the sponge onto some scrap paper.

I wanted to add “bits” to the card without covering the background so tore a strip of pattern vellum which runs down the middle of the card adding a bit of torn ephemera, etc.

a hydrangea blossom was dipped into beeswax

This is such a striking image, with quite an unusual perspective on the Eiffel Tower.

The background has a lovely shimmer created by the copper paint mixed with the velvet emulsion in lilac.  Again, little bits of papers were added

As well as being this week’s artwork for The Stampsmith, one of the cards will be submitted for the People and or Places challenge at LTD Challenge  this week.

Note: I will post Part II of The Altered Element’s tutorial this week. Thanks for the wonderful feedback on Part I, the comments were beyond my expectations. Lynne


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hilda
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 15:35:35

    Fantastic cards with stunning backgrounds

    Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda


  2. craftytrog
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 16:06:27

    These are both exquisite cards Lynne! The backgrounds stamped with paint are lovely! x


  3. KK
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 16:20:52

    Aren’t they lovely stamps? Love them – you use them well, too – of course 😀 The backgrounds are gorgeous, Lynne.


  4. joanne wardle
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 17:08:04

    really beautiful. so elegant


  5. basslady
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 17:31:51

    already been to both places…wonderful sights!

    and your card brings back those fantastic moments!

    xoxo silvi (germany)


  6. alcoholinky
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 17:33:58

    They are gorgeous stamps Lynne. You’ve made some very romantic cards with them.


  7. Janessa Patteson
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 19:03:02

    Aren’t they lovely stamps? Love them – you use them well, too – of course The backgrounds are gorgeous, Lynne.


  8. Chris
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 19:13:34

    These are gorgeous, Lynne. I’m especially taken with the backgrounds too. Also love how you’ve added the scraps. Oh, and the hydrangea is beautiful.


  9. 2amscrapper
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 23:56:57

    beautiful designs for these wonderful stamps. I love the bits and pieces.


  10. michele
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 02:52:44

    so delicate! truly romantic.


  11. Terry
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 03:34:38

    Just so elegant! Love them and the hydrangea is gorgeous!


  12. Nicks
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 08:46:34

    that is gorgeous, Paris holds very special memories for me, and your work has brought them back xx


  13. Cynnie
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 09:27:00

    What stunning work!!!….tooo beautiful!


  14. thefrugalcrafter
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 12:56:26

    that’s a stamp?!? Get out! wow looks like a photo! Beautiful cards Lynne!


  15. Lynn Stevens
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 15:29:31

    ohhhhh Gorgeous as ever Lynne!


  16. Jack
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 16:34:41

    These are fabulous . . . and only one is pink, lol xx


  17. debbiek
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 19:16:42

    Beautiful job, Lynne. You continue to do jaw dropping cards:)


  18. Marie
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 05:11:11

    Hi Lynne,
    oh, I love all things french and your cards are just beautiful.Wonderful background.Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day.


  19. Cynnie
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 12:15:39

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I could not reply to your email so I must come back to your blog to say …much appreciated….
    wishing you a creative day….
    I am also trying to subscribe by email….


  20. Crafty Dawn
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 13:54:30

    Oh Lynn I love these stamps SO MUCH! I can’t spend any more mony but I will defo write these down beautifully stunnng work

    Love Dawn xx


  21. neet
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 03:45:56

    Your backgrounds intrigue me – they are perfect foils for the photoart stamps you have used – and yes, I agree Paris is seen as a romantic city by stampers.


  22. Penny
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 21:08:36

    I love your paint stamped backgrounds – it almost looks like vintage wallpaper.


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