Do you love the look of colorized vintage photos? With photorealistic stamps and watercolor pencils, you can easily add that look to your cards and other projects! In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to do it, as we make a darling Easter card featuring the Sweet Little Something stamp set.
Colorized Vintage Photo Effect
When flipping through the Sale-A-Bration catalogue a few days ago, I noticed something I hadn’t before. On page 5, alongside some card samples for the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, is this little tip: “Use a single ink color — one and done — or stamp in gray, and color with our watercolor pencils or an Aquapainter® for a cool colored-photo effect.” What a fun idea!
I tried it right away, and loved the results. When stamped this way, the image doesn’t just look like a colored photo — it looks like a colorized vintage photo, where every color is a bit softer than in reality. Isn’t that a neat effect?
The key to this technique is using photorealistic stamps, or at least ones that have lots of shading built into them. Also, it’s important to color the entire image with your watercolor pencils — not just the white spots.
The interaction of the various shades of gray with the colors you apply is what gives these images that soft, colorized vintage photo look.
Colorized Vintage Photo Effect Easter Card
When I think of soft colors, spring and Easter come to mind. So I used this vintage colorized photo effect technique today with Stampin’ Up!’s newest photorealistic stamp set — Sweet Little Something — to make this darling little Easter card.
Sweet Little Something is a two-step stamp set, with three stamps that you have to layer on top of each other to ‘build’ the bunny image.
So to create the colorized vintage photo effect with this set, I stamped each piece in a different shade of gray, on Whisper White cardstock. Then I colored over the gray ink with Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo watercolor pencils.
TIP: These two watercolor pencils are available exclusively in the Lots of Happy card kit.
Although these colors are bright, the gray ink underneath makes them look soft! To smooth and soften them more, I also went over the pencil with a blender pen.
Doesn’t the bunny look super sweet done up this way? I feel like I’m looking at an Easter photo from when my mom was a child!
To make this card a bit more festive, I also decorated the inside, with the ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment, and little flower images from this set.
Tips to Make This Card
Want to make this colorized vintage photo effect Easter card? Here are the supplies you’ll need. To see how to put the card together, check out my tutorial video above!
Shopping links are included at the end of this post.
Stamps: Sweet Little Something (Occasions 2018)
- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch vertical card base in Lemon Lime Twist
- 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece of pink patterned paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely designer pack
- 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece of Whisper White cardstock to line the card
- 3-1/4-inch square of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the bunny on
Ink Pads: Smoky Slate and Basic Gray
Other: Clear blocks C and E, Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo watercolor pencils (exclusive to the Lots of Happy card kit), blender pen, 6- and 8-1/2-inch pieces of Basic Gray Shimmer ribbon, SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, scotch tape, scissors to trim the ends of your ribbon, scratch paper you can stamp on.
All of the supplies that I used to make this card are available through my online shop. Please note that you can only get the Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon (part of the 3/8-inch Shimmer Ribbon Pack) for FREE with your qualifying Sale-A-Bration order between now and March 31st 2018.