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Friday 23 August 2019

Card Making Tutorial with Jo

Hello everyone! It's Jo from Let's Art Journal here with this month's card making tutorial. I always make cards for family and friends, so I'm sharing a Shabby Chic style card that I made for a forever friend of mine. 

Here's how is came together ...

For the background, I cut a piece of Kraft Card to cover a 6x4" card and ran it through a Tim Holtz Botanicals embossing folder. It is covered with a thin layer of chalk paint using a baby wipe which highlighted the texture more.

Next I created a small panel using white card and pieces of Tim Holtz Collage Paper that I stuck into place using matte gel medium. When dry I cut any excess paper from around the edges and gave it an aged look by applying Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool.

I had some leftover paper that I had coloured green and purple using various inks; they were created by stamping the ink pads onto a blending mat, spritzing with water and pressing white paper onto the mat to create a mottled ink effect. I used two sets of Tim Holtz Thinlets to die cut some foliage and the lavender flowers. I intensified the colour of the flowers and stems using some Milled Lavender and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

I applied some of the Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Ink again, this time to the Botancials embossed background to give more of a worn look and highlight the embossed texture more. Then I had fun putting all the different layers together.

I added a piece of purple chiffon ribbon and a piece of lace to the bottom of the card and layered the collage paper panel on top. Next I bound the lavender stems together with some dyed ribbon; I got very messy colouring this gold ribbon with green Distress Inks. The lavender is layered on top of the foliage and I added a pretty heart embellishment to the panel.

To finish, I added a Tim Holtz Quote Chip which reads "Love this Life" and stuck the whole thing onto a 6x4" card which I made from white card stock.

I love this design and I'm really pleased how this came together! If you are interested, you can find a full list of materials that I used to create this card over at my blog here.

I hope you enjoyed my card making journey today, thanks so much for travelling with me. 
Don't forget that there is still plenty of time to join in with our current A Cup of Tea for your Art challenge and that you can also start creating your tags to join Tag Friday next week too; it would be lovely to see you there!

Happy and Creative Wishes! Jo x


  1. What a beautiful card Jo! I love the chalked embossed background and the lovely colors on your floral stems - so pretty in the purples and greens! Julia xx

  2. Absolutely beautiful Jo, - lucky friend! The background looks amazing with that 3D folder and I just love how you finished it!!

  3. I love that whitewashed kraft background, and the beautifully coloured lavender stems - a really charming card, Jo.
    Alison x

  4. This is gorgeous Jo. Thanks for explaining how you made it. I love the purple lavender flowers and all the texture! hugs-Erika

  5. Great job Jo - love this. A beautiful composition and adore the varied embellishments with their different textures xx

  6. OOOOhhhh this is absolutely Gorgeous Jo !! Fantastic tutorial, thanks so much for sharing. Love the so fabulous design, and every detail, great textures! I wish you a very nice weekend, big hugssss,

  7. Great tutorial and card, thanks! xox

  8. Your card is beautiful Jo, the whitewashed background sets those flowers and stems off so well. Excellent tutorial too! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Gorgeous embossing and I love the mat with the flowers, great design and tutorial Jo. TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

  10. Love this card Jo! Fabulous work with the background! You inspired me! Barbara

  11. Wonderful ! Jo. You have used a few of my faves- the EP and the stems. Teaming them up with your other well chosen elements has resulted in such a lovely card.

  12. A beautiful card Jo ! Love the colours and textures, everything in harmony. great work ! x