Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CPS Day 3 - Thank you shabby chic card

I've been working feverishly to catch up with the Card Positioning Systems daily sketches in celebration of their 5th anniversary. I'm going to *try* to complete all 15. Here is the sketch from day three:I had a pretty tough time with this sketch, since my very linear brain doesn't like things to be skewed or diagonal - even when following a sketch. And I know you don't have to follow each sketch exactly, but I'm trying to go outside my "straight-lined" box. After a lot of changes in plans for this card, I REALLY love it. I've been making a lot of cutesy cards lately, and I just love the shabby chic vintage style of this one. Last week I posted about Blue Moon Scrapbooking, and what great customer service they provide. The last time I shopped there, the owner gave me a My Mind's Eye stamp set that was a BRAND NEW release at CHA. I used the stamp set to make the staff a thank you card. Now for the paper yummies:
The large stamp and the linear stamp (dots/dashes/triangles) are from the new "Follow Your Heart" line by Rhonna Farrer. The stamp set is called "Be Amazing". The "thank you" stamp is Hero Arts, from the "Year Round Sentiments" set. I stamped the large image twice, to give it a bit of a shadow. First I stamped it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap (the same color I used to distress the edges of my paper). Then I stamped it again in black Versafine ink. You might be able to see the shadow better in the 3rd picture below.

I used a strip of muslin in place of ribbon, tied it in a bow, and pushed a stick-pin through the knot (**TIP: place a clear earring-back on the tip of your stick-pin so you don't poke somebody's eye out. I buy mine at Micheal's**). I've had these little heart stick-pins for years, and they're kind of a peachy/orangy color. I colored the heart with a Prismacolor marker to match the red stripes on the ledger paper. Both patterned papers are My Mind's Eye.
This next pic is a bit difficult to discern, but I tried Crackle Accents (like Glossy Accents, but it crackles) for the first time on this card. First, I colored in this little flower in the stamped image with a dark blue Prismacolor pencil, and blended it out with odorless mineral spirits. Then I applied the Crackle Accents, and somehow the crackle knew that it was on a flower! LOL! It's the weirdest thing - each petal cracked down the middle, and then outward, just like the veins on a real plant. I haven't tried it on anything else, to know if it always does that or not, but I really like the stuff so far.
I'm also playing along with Lily Pad Cards patterned paper challenge presented by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; patterned papers: My Mind's Eye; stamps: My Mind's Eye, Hero Arts; ink: Ranger, Tsukineko; edge punch: EK Success; crackle glaze: Ranger; muslin: Joann; stick pin: Heidi Grace; marker, colored pencil: Prismacolor; mini staples: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; pearl: The Paper Studio; Piercing Bug (for faux stitching in lower right corner): EK Success; gray pen (faux stitching): American Crafts


  1. This is my kind of vintage shabby chic - it has the style without too much stuff (which I just find overwhelming). You nailed this one.

  2. You have beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing... I'm your newest subscriber. Loving your work!

  3. wow! I love your style! Simply beautiful!

  4. Beautiful little details! Thanks so much for joining us at Lily Pad Cards!