Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Shabby Chic Meets My Snowday!
One of the things I really wanted to work on this year was my ability to create amazing Shabby Chic cards, the likes of which can be found on Melissa Phillips blog LilyBean's Paperie. I found this challenge on Always Playing with Paper and thought I would case of my favorite cards by Melissa, found here.
A standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card seemed very limiting for all the elements I wanted to add to this card, and I recently found some 5x7 envelopes in my stash, so it seemed like a great idea to make a 5x7 card. I started with my color palette of Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Ridinghood Red.
This card began the night before when I dyed my Cotton Ribbon with a mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Pretty In Pink ink. I had so much ink left over that I decided to brush it onto some Silver Glimmer paper that was sitting on my desk. I dyed a few other things as well, but I'll probably use them on a future project. When I woke up I felt that the Ribbon and Glimmer paper just were not quite pink enough, so I pulled out my custom blended Melon Mambo Shimmer Spray that I made with a combination of Alcohol, Reinker, and Frost White Shimmer Paint. This worked out so well, that I even colored a second piece. Note to self: Do this first the next time!
You might notice that I used lots of things from my retired stash on this card. Some paper I just love so much - this stuff comes from a variety of retired packages. I layered them onto a 5x7 piece of very vanilla, along with some more Glimmer Paper and a piece of Pink Pirouette Card Stock cut out with my Finishing Touches Edgelit Die. I stamped my snowman onto Very Vanilla with Stayz-On Black and then cut it out using the Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die. I used my blender pen to color him in with More Mustard, Old Olive and Ridinghood Red. Then I sponged the edges with a big of Early Espresso. I completed this little guy with a spray of Basic Jewels and teeny Basic Pearls.
I stamped the pink DSP with a snowflake inked in Riding Hood Red, and the red gingham DSP with a pair of mittens from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. The Warmest Wishes stamp comes from a very old Stampin' Up! set, I believe I gave the remainder of them away but given my love for Snowmen, I couldn't part with this one! Both are inked with Early Espresso.
I used a combination of punches to create the snowflake medallion - Blossom Punch, Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle. I alternated between the Pink and Silver Glimmer Paper and popped the whole thing together with Stampin' Dimensionals...then finished it off with a clear resin snowflake I found in a dollar bin somewhere.
The rest is just icing on the cake, so to speak!
You didn't think I could stay home on a day like this without stamping something, did you??