I don’t usually make shabby chic cards. Don’t get me wrong, I like them, I just don’t make them. The same used to be true of clean & simple cards, though I’ve made a few of those in the last couple of years. Combining the two styles, however, is not something I’ve done. Until now. This card is very simple, yet shabby. And to top it off – made entirely from scraps!! I found a piece of a lovely Dotted Swiss cardstock from Bazzill (Sunset Rose), just large enough to make a cardbase (A2 size – 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″), a panel for my sentiment and a few butterflies. While rummaging through my scraps I also found this green patterned paper by Maja Design (The Elegant Wine House from the “Sofiero” collection). I added gesso altong the edges of the cardbase and the patterned paper as well as a light tough of gesso on the sentiment panel and the rest of the cardstock I used for the butterflies. I stamped the sentiment from North Star Stamps with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on the cardstock. The texture of the dotted Swiss cardstock and the layer of gesso makes the stamped sentiment look a little worn – perfect for a shabby card. I distressed the edges of the patterned paper and the cardstock, added a doily from Helz Cuppleditch, butterflies, and some ruffled satin ribbon, as well as a few Kaisercraft pearls on the butterflies.
Believe it or not, but getting the ribbon just right was the most time consuming process on this entire card. The very lovely Renate has perfected the art of the wrinkled ribbon, but she uses glue, which, for some reason, seems like an impossible task for me. I bet she puts her fingers right into the glue, and since I hate (I really can’t stress this enough) getting anything on my fingers (glue, paint, food, ANYTHING), I do what I can to avoid it.
Very simple insides. The pieces of white cardstock (Bazzill Classic Smooth) also happen to be a couple of scraps, diecut with a Spellbinders die (Lattice Rectangles). The stamp on the left is another great stamp by North Star Stamps, and there’s plenty of room for a personal greeting on the right.
The back of the card. The rest of the patterned paper by Maja Design, the rest of the doily I used on the front, and a few more butterflies to tie the whole thing together, along with a stamped sentiment at the bottom, also from North Star Stamps.