Hey everyone it’s Michelle here today and I wanted to help those that struggle with Shabby Chic and Vintage cards. I myself struggle greatly with this style. It’s not me at all. I spent the last week really looking at this style in various items across the web and the two things I have found is 1)it contains a lot of brown and 2) it has a lot of layering. I am not a huge fan of brown so I set out to create in this style with color and to simplify it for all of you. Ready, set, here we go…
Yes, it’s brown…I figured I would start with what I know and take off from there. The steps to creating a simple Shabby/Vintage card are pretty easy. Products will be listed below. Here are some steps to simplify it for you:
1. Start with a distressed looking patterned paper. I chose a piece of Basic Grey that I had a scrap of.
2. Use a shabby color. I went with cream and brown.
3. Use a vintage looking stamp
4. Use a definition stamp
5. Distress Inks (it’s in the name 😉 )
6. Some twine and vintage looking buttons.
With these 6 products you can make anything look vintage. I added a bit of stitching to my card too and the edge of my scissors to rough up the edges of the papers. It took no time at all and I was thrilled at how “shabby chic” it looked.
This one is a little more detailed but still very simple to do. I started with the Leaf and Floral background in Sand and stamped it on a 4 x. 5.25 piece of paper. then I die cut the hexagons using Hero Arts Frame cuts and Bella Blvd.’s Kiss Me collection…it’s hip, fun and bright. I love it. I inked the edges just a bit, attached them and then stitched around them with my sewing machine. Very quick and simple.
For the label on the front I chose 2 Hero Arts images from the Silhouette store. I used a sketch pen to draw out the sewing machine on the label with a customized saying. I then sent it back through the Silhouette to just cut the label out. I inked the edges of the label with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry and then toned it down a bit with some Brushed Corduroy. Twine and a button finish it off.
I started with a 4×4 primed block that I picked up at Michael’s. I tore a page out of the phone book and modge podged it onto the block. I then used some Distress Stain (white picket fence) and swiped it all over it to tone it down. I inked up the flourish stamp with Picket Fence and Broken China Distress Stains and then stamped it. I used a little more Picket fence over it when it was dry to tone it down. I took the Life of the Party circles and put some green paint on them and stamped that in the upper and lower corners:
I also stamped some butterflies in Hero Arts Cup O Joe.
I kept adding stuff until I was happy. I stamped some Technique Tuesday stamps on there and I used a Maya Road chipboard house that I covered in Picket fence and then Soft Granite with the Hero Arts Newpaper text & Clouds from Hero Arts that I cut out of my Silhouette. Once I had all my flat layers down I covered it in Modge Podge. Attached my bulky items and here is the finished product:
I hope this post was helpful. Shabby Chic/Vintage is really easy once you have the basics down. It’s all about layering and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Now go try your hand at it! You still have time to enter the Shabby Chic/Vintage challenge we have going on over here.
*NOTE: Products will be linked very shortly…sorry.
Just a Note Supplies:
4×4 Block supplies (note was having issues linking product, if you need to know something please don’t hesitate to ask. )