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Soft Shabby Chic Birthday Card – Mixing Textures & Embellishments –

Adding various textures and embellishments is an essential part of a shabby chic design. All the different elements contribute to the dimension of the card and there is almost no limit as too how much you can add to it. Today I’m sharing a birthday card and a few tips and tricks I follow when creating a mixed media card like this.

Main Supplies
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Elegant Ovals, Classic Ovals Small, A2 Scalloped Borders One, A2 Valiant Honor / Our Daily Bread Designs: Angel Wings, Fancy Foliage
Stamps – Graciellie Design: Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Paper – Our Daily Bread Designs: Shabby Rose Collection
Ranger: Dried Marigold re-inker, Mini Mister, Blending Tool, Old Paper Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste
SU Rhinestones
Miscelaneous – Resin heart, wood bird embellishment, pearl flower stamens, 2″ white lace, 6/8″ iridiscent lace, tulle, white acrylic paint, brush, Leather textured cardstock in white and beige.


Tips on creating Shabby Chic projects:

1. Embossing – Texture or embossing paste looks great on a background, and one great tip is you can DIY your own texture paste using baby powder, white glue and white acrylic paint.

2. Stenciling – As for stencils, you can find affordable stencils everywhere. On this card I actually used a very inexpensive stencil I found on a hardware store. 
3. Distress – Another technique you can try out to add texture is to tear, fold or roll your front card layer just as I did here around the edges, and I even tucked a piece of lace underneath.
4. Ribbons & Lace – Add a lot of crinkle ribbon, lace, tulle, gauze or other similar textures, which will give the design the shabby chic look you’re looking for.
5. Embellishments – These are important too, from pearls to wood elements, flower stamens, rhinestones, buttons, die cuts and even resin or clay pieces, almost anything goes with layered shabby chic cards. I learned to make my own resin and clay embellishments using homemade molds. You can try out making your own molds using pieces you already have at home and Easy Mold Silicon Putty. You don’t neccesarily need to make the embellishments out of resin, you can also make them from Air Dry Clay which is faster and easier!
6. Splashes of paint and ink – From sprayed cardstock to droplets of ink, this gives the card the final aged look and it also adds depth to the design. You can create your own ink spray by mixing a bit of re-inker with water. You can also use inexpensive white acrylic paint to add a white patina effect to the embellishments (just like I did with the pink resin heart).

    I hope today’s card and post are helpful to you. Remember each of our creative journeys is different, so don’t feel pressure on using elaborate and/or expensive elements on your cards. Look for things you already have in your stash and play with them to layer your projects!

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    Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum – New year’s Inspirational card –

    With the new year also come new crafty tools and new techniques to try out; New opportunities in every sense and new energy to give it our best. So today I have a card for you that represents all of the above in an elegant and inspirational way.

    I went for black and white, adding gold as my transition shade and the result ended up reminding me of the old 30’s glamour. The Arched Elegance dies also contribute with the look of the card and since they are new to my stash I went ahead and layered them as uniquely as I possibly could.

    I used so many different materials on this card: vellum, craft metal, decofoil and even acrylic paint for the monoprinted background. I started out using a 5″ by 7″ Gelli plate to create a gold and silver background (love the effect), then I heat embossed in silver a few snowflakes on it; I also cut the flourishes from the same paper. I die cut a few archs on craft metal (which looks like aluminum foil but it’s sturdier), and layered a few other archs cut from black patterned paper. I also foiled stamped my flowers on vellum, using Stamp ‘n Bond and Gold Decofoil sheets and then colored them (from the back) with Spectrum Noir markers. The process requires a bit of patience but the result is absolutely worth it! The inspiring sentiment is stamped with gold glitter embossing powder (my new favorite).

    I wanted to add a few unexpected elements to my card such as the gold lattice ribbon pieces on the sides and the snowflake die cuts under the flowers that I heat embossed with Bridal Tinsel powder to add a bit of sparkle. I wanted this design to be sort of transitional, with a new year feel and a bit of a winter touch. It all blends nicely in the end thanks to the neutral tones.

    Hope you enjoyed today’s project. Update: I added a quick tutorial on how I foil stamped my flowers and you can find it HERE. Until next time.

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