Saturday, April 18, 2015

Experimenting with Vintage

Hi everyone.  Today I'm doing something a little different for me.  I'm trying to do a vintage / shabby chic type of card.  :)  I had fun, but know that I need a lot more practice with this style! :)

I have an on-line friend who makes the most incredible shabby chic and distressed cards.  If you haven't visited Pamellia Johnson's My Little Craft Things, I suggest you check it out.  She is one amazing card artist, and she has so many wonderful details in each and every creation.

So I thought I'd give it a try, just starting out simple and keeping my card CAS as that is my style.  First, I used white embossing paste over top of a damask stencil. This stencil is the ultimate in vintage style, in my opinion.  I love the white on white, but it's hard to capture the detail, raised design in photos.

Next was my flower spray.  I used a couple of products that I had on hand that Pamellia uses.  First I punched my flowers from light pink card stock and sponged darker pink around the edges.  Then I dabbed on a little Picket Fence distress paint. Once that was dry, all the flowers were coated in Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. This is where I got tired of waiting for things to dry :) ... this type of card takes a lot of patience :)  After the crackle was dry, more pink ink was dripped over top so that it went into the cracks -- very subtle as I used pale pink ink.  The last step was to dab more picket fence distress paint on top and add pearl centers.  Whew!  Lots of steps, but I think they turned out pretty well for my first attempt.  The leaves were die-cut, sponged with green on the edges, shaped and then dabbed with the picket fence distress paint as well to tie it all together.

Here's a close-up so you can see some of the details.  I need LOTS more practice :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

ATS&M #140 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

SCS CAS Challenge #320 - Stencil it

And it's another reminder for Happy Little Stampers - April CAS Challenge - Stenciling ...

... and another reminder of April Mixed Media Card Challenge - Flowers.

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Damask Stencil made with my Silhouette Cameo, Embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Hydrangea Punch (Martha Stewart), Wreath Strip (Cheery Lynn), sponges, Picket Fence Distress Paint (Tim Holtz), Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress Paint (Tim Holtz), stylus and mat, half pearls

ATS&M #140 - Photo Inspiration
SCS CAS #320 - Stencil It
Happy Little Stampers - April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
Mixed Media Card Challenge - April - Flowers


  1. Loll, this is gorgeous! I love white cards. The embossed background is perfect for your floral arrangement - Love this.

  2. your card is just lovely Loll - still "you" but so very shabby chic too! i'm like you - it's a difficult style for me to do, but i love what other people do.

  3. This is just fabulous Loll, so elegant and most definitely chic! Have a lovely weekend! Hazel xx

  4. Wow that stencil and embossing paste is so stunning :)

  5. Beautiful arrangement Loll! The stencilled background looks awesome with these pretty flowers, love the look you've created, Cathy x

  6. Loll, this is beautiful. I love the combination of shabby chic and CAS, the flowers look amazing.

  7. This is lovely, that flower spray is gorgeous. Gail xx

  8. Your card is stunning loll - so soft and pretty....I love it! So happy that you joined us this week at ATSM xx

  9. Hi Loll,

    Stunning! So beautiful. Pamellia is one of my craft friends too and yes she does amazing creations as do you but in a different style. I am very happy to have you both as friends.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  10. This is beautiful Loll. Carol x

  11. Beautiful Loll, you have captured the licture ao well in this lovely card. I just adore it. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

  12. Oh, my...for a first try at the shabby chic style, you've nailed it, Loll! Your CAS still shines through, but the addition of that gorgeous damask stencil totally makes it shabby and oh so chic! So happy you could join us at ATSM with this beauty!

  13. This is gorgeous, Loll! I really need to try the embossing paste some more. Love your flowers!

  14. Beautiful, Loll. Love that stencil in the BG. And you are so right, Pamellia is so talented. Did you see her recent baby card (also in the MMCC gallery)? Hope you are well.

  15. Wow! This is stunning Loll! I love the white on white-that always works to me and is always so elegant looking. Your spray is just beautiful, lots of steps for sure and not sure I would have had the patience for it, but you did! I love how it came out and I think you did fabulous, I'm not seeing where you need to practice either. Love love, love! Hugs, Brenda

  16. Absolutely breathtaking Loll. I see what you mean about Pamellia's AHmazing creations, oh my.

  17. This is gorgeous!! I love the flowers, they are perfect with the stencil background!! Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

  18. Loll what a beautiful card. Love the background,

  19. You combined CAS an shabby chic beautifully, Loll ... this is so elegant! Anita :)


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