Vintage Bonjour – the challenge and the faux filmstrip tutorial

I’m not sure if any of you remember… during the SCS Dare to Get Dirty challenge week, Jacksonbelle hosted a black and brown challenge…you could only use black and browns. What a cool challenge I thought and promised to get around to it. Well…I kept my word, even if it did take a little while! This card is inspired by that challenge.

It is kind of funny because in creating this card, the finished design inspired another challenge and that is the one I’d like to challenge you to try this week! πŸ™‚ A spiral challenge!What’s that you say? Anything to do with a spiral. The spiral notebook punch(as I used), decorate a spiral notebook/journal, go with that scrappy style and tear a page right out of a spiral notebook…you can even take some wire and make your own spirals to use as embellishment….just have fun with it! If you’d like to play along…check it out at WT131! πŸ™‚ Everyone is welcome to play along!

Vintage Bonjour


This filmstrip idea was originally inspired by a fabulous layout by Sharon Harnist. I started this card with the black/brown idea, the stamp set and the paisley stamped piece of River Rock. I had stamped it weeks ago for a project that just didn’t turn out but I kept that piece. Hmmm….black, browns, Paris…a vintage look. Snapshots from Paris popped into my mind and then this fabulous filmstrip idea that I had seen on Sharon’s blog. She had done hers with photos laid on top of black cardstock and I tweaked the idea a little to make it my own. These darling little Ooh La La images from Lizzie Anne Designs would be perfect fit for a punched filmstrip. How fun! My photo tutorial for my version of the filmstrip is at the bottom of this post.

For this design, I took my pre-stamped River Rock cardstock and sponged the edges before stitching it to my Chocolate Chip cardstock cardbase. The Big Paisley simple singles stamp is one of my favorites…it seems to go with anything! I then made a smaller Close to Cocoa panel and stamped it with the swirls background stamp from the Ooh la la set. I tied it with a piece of May arts ribbon, keeping with the brown theme. To age my card a little and give it more of a vintage look, I pulled out my ???? and sprayed the background with a random chocolate chip splatter.

I then created the filmstrip and stamped in my images to look like snapshots. Using an aquapainter and some Close to Cocoa ink, I quickly watercolored parts of the images loosely. I think these image work best with a loosely watercolored look.

My little bonjour tag was created with a Marvy Tag punch and a couple more stamps from the same set. A Karen Foster thumbtack brad holds it in place. Another of these brads holds a Hydrangea Prima flower in place for a collage look over the filmstrip. I’m not sure why it looks so pink in the photo…really, it looks brownish in person! πŸ™‚

Quick Tip: LOL Come back later tonight…I have a surprise for you. πŸ™‚ Sorry! I’m just popping back in to let you know it will be first thing in the morning. I’m swamped right now! Wasn’t life supposed to get easier when the kids went back to school?!

Card Sketch D


And now…on to the tutorial…

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Punched Faux Filmstrip Tutorial


Supply List: black cardstock, 1 1/4″ square punch, spiral punch (Stampin Up)

1. Cut black cardstock into a 5″ x 2 3/4″ strip.


2. Punch squares into center of cardstock, sliding along edge. Move punch1/4 inch to the right of each punched hole.

3. Trim cardstock to 1/2″ on either side of punched squares.


4. Punch edges with Spiral Notebook Punch.


5. Adhere lighter cardstock behind filmstrip.


6. Stamp through holes. Sponge for vintage look if desired.

Variations and Ideas:

  • simplify by just spiral punching the edges of the black cardstock and laying photos on top
  • use a larger punch size…just adjust the size of the cardstock
  • use a small double square punch to create the sprocket holes

36 responses to “Vintage Bonjour – the challenge and the faux filmstrip tutorial

  1. I love that card! I can’t wait for Lindsey to get the new stamps in her e-store! Thank you so very much for the wonderful tutorial! You rock!

  2. This is such a nice look for this theme. I love all the elements you used (colour, stamps, layout and the filmstrip created with the spiral punch! I don’t own the spiral punch…today, but I am definitely putting it on my list! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  3. Fantastic design, J! That’s YOUR stamp set!! πŸ™‚

  4. What a cool use for the spiral punch! Thanks for sharing the photo tutorial! I really appreciate the time you spent on it! Awesome card too!

  5. Absooooolute-leeeee a beautiful card–Just stunning!!! So nice of you to give such wonderful details-thanks much.

  6. cuiao from Italy
    absolute belloooooooooooooooooo

  7. This is such a cool idea! I definitely need to try this. Great tutorial. Love the card!!

  8. love your filmstrip tutorial! I think I need to get that punch! Just wanted to thank you for your efforts with the challenges, I really enjoyed today’s!

  9. Wow Julia! You are rockin’ with this set! I’m in love with this card!!!!!!

  10. This is a work of art! your cards are so beautiful, love everything about it, the layout, the colours, the images, the filmstrip, it is truly amazing!

  11. You are so clever! Thanks for the tutorial! And for sharing your lovely card!

  12. Your filmstrip is way cool!! Gorgeous card!!

  13. Beautiful card — love the layout!

  14. Julia, this is wonderful!

  15. Love it, J! such a cute filmstrip!!! love the colors and sponging too!

  16. This is beautiful. I love your color choice…hey thanks for the comment at my new blog too! Don’t know how you found me, but honored to have a dirty dozen take notice of it!

  17. Charlene Austin (SCS - Willow01)

    Hi Julia….I just saw your snowman Group Hug drawing that Bella is selling as a stamp. Of course I ordered it but I wanted to just tell you how much I love it. Great job!!

  18. Girl…You are a creative genius!! This is awesome πŸ™‚

  19. So very pretty!! Vintage Francais!!

    I wish you would have posted this tutorial 3 weeks ago when I was making my filmstrip swaps for Jami s swap!! LOL J/K!! I wouldnt have wasted so much paper! I had a hard time making the 3 punched holes even!! erg!

  20. Wow what a great vintage card. Your tutorial was so easy to follow. Thanks for showing us stampers how easy it is to make this filmstrip with all the punches. You ROCK!

  21. This card is gorgeous, Julia! You do the vintage French look SO well. Thanks for the tutorial!

  22. Great tutorial! Now, I want this punch too!

  23. Love the vintage look of this card, Julia! It’s fabulous! I’ve got to give that film strip a go today…so cool! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the sketch too!

  24. Bonnie aka raduse

    WOW! Thanks for the tutorial too.

  25. I love your card. The brown and black looks fabulous together.

  26. Great tutorial – I would never have thought of that. Thanks!

  27. Thanks for this tutorial == I have tried to do this in the past and it was difficult because my measurements were off. πŸ™‚

  28. This is so cool! What a great new way to use my spiral punch. Thanks!

  29. great tutorial πŸ™‚ it’s very generous of you to share how you did this. thanks a lot

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  31. hola a mi tambien me gusta Paris…
    aunque no entiendo mucho de tu blog…

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  34. Shelly Schmidt

    Wonderful vintage card- love the idea of the filmstrip!

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