Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shabby Chic Flower

The challenge: A Costume Party - "disguise" yourself in a stamping style that is not your own.

I've always liked the look of the shabby chic/vintage type cards but shabby chic is not my style and since it took me three days to complete this card that more than proved it to me. I really stepped out of my comfort zone for this challenge, guess that's why its called a challenge. All of the layers were distressed using the distressing tool that comes with the portable cutter from SU. Once I had all of the layers distressed I used crumb cake ink to give it more depth and to add to the distressed/worn look. The flower was created using vellum that was folded into multiple layers so it was easier to punch and I only had to punch out the flowers twice to give me enough layers. I used the fancy flower punch for the main flower and the 5 petal flower punch for the leaves. The flowers were inked with so saffron and the leaves were inked with old olive. Once the vellum was dry each piece was crumpled to give it a worn/aged look, layered and held together with a small brad. I tied a linen thread bow to the button and attached it to the flower using mini glue dots. Most of the cards that I've seen in the shabby chic style have some sort of lace or ribbon but I didn't have anything that looked right so I created my own lace look using some punches and very vanilla card stock. I started laying things out and felt that something was missing so I cut some swirls out of so saffron card stock using the scribbles/swirls die and added them to my layout until I was satisfied with how it looked and then I began adhering the elements together. The card base is a standard A2 card in so saffron card stock layered with bashful blue and Le Jardin DSP. The medallion chain (lace) was added to the top and bottom edges of so saffron card stock with the abstract flower chain (lace) layered on top. The sentiment was stamped in black ink on very vanilla card stock, layered on bashful blue card stock and attached with dimensionals and then the entire piece was attached to the card base. The swirls were glued under the lace edges and the flower was attached with dimensionals. I attached the leaf straight pin making sure that the sharp end was pierced through the dimensional and added the pearls.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Le Jardin DSP, White Vellum; Ink: Black, So Saffron, Old Olive, Crumb Cake; Stamps: Ageless Adornment; Other: Fancy Flower Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, EK Success Medallion Chain and Abstract Flower Chain Punches, Sizzix Sizzlits Scribbles/Swirls Die, Distressing Tool, Linen Thread, Soft Subtles Button, Leaf Straight Pin, Pearls, Brad, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals


Bev Gerard said...

Beautiful vintage card! And that blossom is wonderful!


Anonymous said...

Mom, I love this card! Look at the wonderful things you can create by stepping outside of your comfort zone! I demand a shabby-chic Christmas card :)