Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Soup Recipe Card

Technique:  Papercraft
corrugated card
recipe card
vintage images (see below)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
* Vintage Photo
* Soot Black
blending tool
glue dots
chipboard letters
1200 grade sandpaper

steel ruler
stanley knife
cutting mat

The inspiration behind this one was the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge, the criteria this week being an "old wives tale".  I took a day mulling over what an old wives' tale actually is, and which one I liked the most.  The DT over at Simon Says have used a combination of old wives' tales, superstitions and proverbs, so I felt comfortable choosing "Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth" as my challenge entry.

I love these challenges as they really get the creative juices flowing.  I'm a pretty practical person, and whilst I can admire art in all it's forms, when it comes to making something myself the first question I usually ask is "what will I do with it once it's done".  If it's just going to become another object to dust on cleaning day, then I will rethink it's purpose.  I love beauty and functionality.  So for this project I thought the theme I chose really suited a series of vintage style recipe cards.


Use a recipe index card as a template to cut the base from corrugated card.  If you have a tab style die cut you could use this also, or you could cut one directly from a manila folder, which ever suits you best.

The recipe card itself was a lot of fun to create.  Start with a regular recipe card and trim it down so that it is nicely framed by the backing card. Using a lead pencil, cover the card in cursive writing, then sand it back to really dull and fade the writing.  Finally, use Vintage Photo distress ink to age the edges.

Print the image below twice, one quite large so it forms the title on the side, and a second time at a smaller scale to put in behind the image of the girl.  Distress and age both until you have an effect you are happy with.  I find that distressing the edges helps each layer to pop out from the one below.

The main image that I used of the girl is from a vintage embroidery pattern I found on Tipnut.  There's six in the collection, all of which I plan to use to make subsequent recipe cards.

Ink chipboard letters with Soot Black Distress Ink.  Play around with the layers until you get a design you are happy with and put together with glue dots, staples, paper clips and string.


  1. Really cute! I am loving reading all the old wive's tales! Great job.

  2. Aww very cute image! I love the corrugated card that it's on and how they're paper clipped!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


  3. A great idea and loving the vintage feel from the brown tones and sweet image.
    Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!