Saturday, March 6, 2010

A little bit of shabby

So how has your week been? As you can see from the lack of posting, mine has been rather busy. I did find some time to create this little rustic gem. As I had mentioned in my last post, I wanted to get out of my rut and spice things up a bit. So with one arm tied behind my back I put my Martha Stewart border punches away. But I didn't say I would put all my punches away.

Today's card is a bit on the shabby chic side but in more earthtone colors rather than the typical lighter softer colors. The DS paper is Double Take- Sweet Shoppe Collection layered onto hot pink card stock. I distressed the edges of the paper to pull in the shabby and then layered a piece of celery paper that had been embossed with Swiss Dot in my cuttlebug. It is a bit difficult to see but the ribbon is actually a metallic burgundy color, unless you enlarge the picture it looks brown. The pink flowers were punched out using the MS Water Lily punch and completed with Prima Velvet Heirloom Rose Leaves in Meadow. The brown flower is also from Prima that I sanded and then applied Beedz-Shimmer iridescent glue to make it sparkle. It is very easy to get the shabby look if you are using Prima or Melissa Francis products. Another product line that will help you achieve a shabby look is Maya Road. The "Strength for Today" sentiment tag is from Melissa Francis- Indexed Ticket Company the Lighter side of Breast Cancer. This was a great find in a clearance bin and there are several tags in the booklet. The scallop chipboard tag is from Prima's Raspberry Tea collection which I just love and I stamped the "best wishes" sentiment on it with sepia ink. A few embellishments and my card was complete.

Don't be intimidated by trying to achieve this look. If your are a newbie to shabby, I would suggest you start with something from Melissa Francis and build around that. Just rough up your embellishments and paper. You can even rub some distress inks on your paper to tone them down a bit or you can go the lighter side of shabby and use the whites and creams. I would love to see what you create, so send me a link to your projects. If you have any questions I would be happy to share my techniques with you.

I found time to create an easel book with my favorite paper- Maripso from DCWV which I will share with you in my next post.

Have fun and enjoy!

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