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Friday 26 June 2020

Creative Card Making with Jennie

Hello everyone! Jennie here sharing the creative card making tutorial with you this month.

As our theme this month is Rustic Charm I decided to collect some "rustic" elements for my card. I didn't set out to make this particular design but used my "finds" to detail and design my card.

I found some great hessian pieces - paper and real! and little bits of lace and cork .....

... which all got stuck down in layers.

So here is how it all came together.

It was finding this hessian piece of paper in my stash which got me started on the Rustic Charm theme. I had no idea it was there and the edges were a bit tatty so it has been "around" for a while. I managed to cut it into a 5.5" x 5.5" piece which I thought would look good layered onto a piece of ivory card measuring 5.75" x 5.75" and then onto a kraft 6" x 6" base.

I decided to add a little more hessian. This was very difficult to cut straight !!! and I realised too that it would be difficult to glue. So I decided to stitch the edges of the card and catch it along the straight edges. Just enough to hold it in place.

I felt it all needed brightening a little so added the little ivory doily to match the layered card.

I find it is always best to get the base card stuck together at this stage - once the card starts to get decorated it is then very difficult to get it on to the base card.

Next up came a piece of cork which I also found in my bits box. There was enough (just!) to cut it using the Tim Holtz Trellis Die. 

This is one of my favourite dies for cards - it is so lovely and airy and just adds a wonderful vertical element to a card without being overbearing.

Next came a tiny little bit of lace. You can see the glue still wet here and I don't normally wait for anything to dry as it means I can lift things to snuggle other embellishments underneath. Once dry it is not possible to do that.

Muslin and some tea dyed ribbon came next. Sometimes a bow is too much, so by tyeing a knot in the middle of the ribbon this allows it to lie in a "bow" shape without all the bulk.

Finally I added a sentiment under the handmade rose .......

..... and tucked a stamped butterfly in behind the flower and muslin.

Finished! Relatively quickly and easy to put together with stash I already had.
I normally keep a bunch of handmade flowers and stamped butterflies ready for cards which saves a lot of time.

Thank you for joining me today and don't forget that there is still time to join us in our challenge RUSTIC CHARM. You can get all the details here.

Jennie x


  1. Your rustic charm card is fabulous Jennie x Loved the process details and items from your stash, creating wonderful layers and textures x As always your floral is beautiful xx TFS

    Best wishes to everyone and stay safe
    Annie xx

  2. A gorgeous card with some lovely touches of rustic charm, Jennie. Wonderful balanced design. Really enjoyed seeing and reading how it came together.

    Have a lovely weekend
    A x

  3. A fabulous rustic card Jennie, love all the layers and textures of your found pieces! Your beautiful flower and butterfly finish it off to perfection!

  4. Loved the card . Shall they making one . Much love . Stay safe