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