Wednesday, 27 March 2013

I Loved Grandma, Grandma's Liberty Bodice

My Grandmother was born in the late 1880's.  I remember her wearing Directoire knickers, they were made of a cotton jersey, a sort a salmon pink colour, the legs came down below her knees and were elasticed.  Needless to say twanging the elastic was a great game.

Another type of clothing from the time was the Liberty Bodice, I loved mine, fleecy on the inside and cuddly warm. Some friends had ones that buttoned to their knickers ( no cold backs) and some had rubber buttons down the front.

My memories were a big part of making the card I am showcasing today.

I had bought the stamp at GNPE, I used it and looked at it, it was so like Liberty Bodice!   

What I did:

Stamped image on to white card, embossed it, then coloured it with Putty Pro-Marker.  Blue and green pro-markers were used on the flowers on the image.  Matching satin ribbon was pleated round the cutout image.

I used a Craftwork Cards, Tunnel Card, and one of the embossed shapes, which just fits nicely on the diecut front.  The back of the card had a sheet of creamy pink, pearlised dotty paper attached, I tucked small pieces onto the corners of the front, to cover the white card. 

The embossed frame was coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet. I also used it on the edges, sides and inside of the card.

To put the card together, I cut a strip of acetate to fit the width of the card, sticking it to centre folds, then I used double sided tape on the centre folds of the sides to encase the ends of the acetate and join the centre folds, have a look at the photo below, which shows the inside of the card.

I added the image to the acetate.

Then the fun began adding "bits" lace, ribbon, blooms ( Thanks for the tutorials, Karen Hayselden!), buttons and hooks and eyes etc.

Hope you enjoyed having a look at "Gramdma's Liberty Bodice", I loved doing it, and feel a canvas coming on!




  1. I adore this Andrea and it really is stunning. You have created such a work or art. Can't wait to see what you do with a canvas! Fab blog hub. Hugs Ali xx

  2. Thank you so much Ali! My first comment and such a lovely one! XOXO Axxx

  3. This is a stunning card! Love it! Like Ali I'm looking forward to your canvas! Xxx

  4. Thanks for the lovely comment Mo! XOXO Axxx

  5. Hi Andrea

    What a fabulous card I love it. Welcome to Blogland - be warned its very addictive but I'm guessing you know that already! If you add the "Followers" gadget to your sidebar we can follow you too!!


  6. Hi Tina, Thank you for the lovely comment, Yes it could become addictive!! Think I have the follwers gadget enabled! Cheers, XOXO Axxx

  7. STUNNING Andrea
    Oh how I can see you have enjoyed creating a little loVe from the past...
    I am soooo smiling from cheek to cheek for you hunny x
    I loVe the shape you have created with your tunnel card - it gives the feel of a 'YE OLDE SHOPPE' shop window!
    Kassa x

  8. Thanks, Kassa, you did inspire me!! The tunnel cards are something I love to work with, Thanks! XOXO