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Hello Crafty peeps! I’m sure some if not all of you love and have seen these shabby chic styled cards and wondered how they do it. Because I know I did, so today I’m going to show you how.

My idea of shabby chic is a vintage, girly and distressed look. Most of all it has to be over the top embellished with lace, jewels, pearls, butterflies, flowers and lots of pretty stuff. A little curled up corner with some tears here and there will also do the trick. I will be using a few key products that really help add to the over all shabby chic look. Go grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

shabbychic copyHere is my card!

Below is the How To Do Shabby Chic

papersAs always I start off with a selection of design papers and my coloured image.

cheese cloth and sicssorscheesecloth can be found at most grocery stores, it is great for crafting and making soups too!

Cut and manipulated cheese clothAfter cutting a square of cheesecloth, it needs to be manipulated. To achieve this look pull and stretch the cloth in all directions, then gently fray the loose strings along the edges. Pictured top is a cut a 3×3 square, on the bottom are two different shapes of cloth that were manipulated.

Burlap suppliesSame goes for the burlap, cut a piece and manipulate it by stretching and pulling to your liking.

Manipulated burlapA close up

Paint and embossing pasteThese two products combined help put the shabby in the chic.

Applying paintThis distress paint has a dauber top applicator great for easy use and application. Along the edges paint it on starting from outer edge and feathering inward. Repeat until you are satisfied with the depth of paint colour and distressed look.

finished paintFinished look with distress paint.

paste on brushAnother super fun product to work with is the embossing paste, I’ve seen it used with stencilling but thought it would work good for a shabby chic look.

paste on paperThis paste is quite thick and gives a great 3D distressed effect. Using a sponge pouncer I applied the paste along the edges with a carefree approach.

finished pasteFinished look, allow this step to dry.

paper an suppliesThis fun step involves embossing powder, embossing enamels, glitter and mica fragments.

paper with clear embosssing powderI inked up the edges with versamark and covered it with a clear ultra thick embossing powder. The ultra thick embossing powder is an essential base to allow the mica fragments to have something to adhere to. (sticky embossing powder works too)

paper with mica and enamelI sprinkled on a medley of embossing powders, glitter, fragments and mica.

clse up of finished mica and enamel

close up of enamel

Here is what they look like after being heat set. Always heat set from underneath or you will loose all your beautiful powders and fragments! (left is with embossing powders and fragments, rightt is just embossing powders.

unfinishedcardFinally raid your stash for ribbons, lace, pearls, jewels, flowers and embellish until you cannot embellish no more!

Have a fabulous day!!

Supplies Used
Bella Sole Gifts of Love(Whimsy), Sponge Pouncer Mini(Tulip), Frantage Embossing Kit, (Stampendous), Frantage Mica Kit(Stampemdous), Studio 490 Embossing Paste-White(Stampers Anonymous), Tim Holtz Distress Paint-Picket Fence(Ranger)

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