Category Archives: Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m still working away on this year’s Christmas cards.  While red and green are traditional and beautiful Christmas colors, I’m having lots of fun playing with shabby chic colors this year.  This pink shabby chic Woodland Christmas easel card is adorned with Pearl  Pink Swiss Dots Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 1

I love the soft shimmer that satin ribbon adds to a card.  And how sweet are those little birdies in their winter nest?

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 2The triple loop bow is tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  I don’t know what I would do without it!  I use it literally every single time I create!

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 4Like all easel cards, this one folds shut for mailing or storage.

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a little treat/gift pocket on the inside along with a journal card for a personal greeting.

So how do you feel about this Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas easel card?  I’m loving the pink and blue hues because really, you could leave this card up all winter long.  I  kind of love that idea!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio with  RRR and Kaisercraft Mademoiselle

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today’s card is gloriously vintage and features one of my favorite themes: sewing!  This Stitched with Love Friendship card folio features custom dyed seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and paper pretties from Kaisercraft’s Mademoiselle collection.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

My mom was an incredible seamstress.  She could take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into new curtains, or a dress or a darling little pillow.  I spent hours and hours by her side watching her create with fabric.  Perhaps this is where my early love for pattern, color and design was born.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2I know everyone is smack dab in the middle of creating for Christmas right now, but I woke up with the urge to play with these pretty papers.  And can you blame me?  Who can resist polka dots, chippy buttons,  and vintage sewing images?  I ran into a bit of a speed bump when it came to ribbon selection, however.  Nothing in my considerable ribbon stash was quite the perfect color match.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon: The Ribbon Lover’s Secret Weapon

If this has ever happened to you, then you are going to love what I’m about to share with you.  Create your own custom dyed ribbon with seam binding and ink.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. First, cut a 1 yard length of white seam binding ribbon.
  2. Next, “smoosh” Distress Ink that complements your papers onto a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.  Spritz lightly with water until little beads of ink form.
  3. Now, dip the ribbon into this delicious puddle of inky goodness.  You can choose to fully immerse it, or just pick up bits and pieces of color.  You really can’t go wrong, so just have fun and play with ink and ribbon until you like the end result.  Then, gently heat dry and tie as usual. I always use my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.
Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

The inside of this card is filled with vintage goodness. The die cut vintage sewing machine makes a perfect tuck spot for little tags and a tiny gift envelope.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4

To create a tuck spot, glue just one edge of an image to paper.  It’s so easy, and so much fun!

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5The large side pocket holds a little art tag, tea bag and honey stick combo.  I’ve used extra bits of my custom dyed seam binding on all these little goodies inside the folio.

Now that you know how to make your own seam binding ribbon, I bet you’ll have lots of fun coming up with reasons to use it.  It’s such a great way to add a designer touch to your card creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Halloween?   I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat 

I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat.  If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat.  The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project.  Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing  You’ve Been Booed.  Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.

The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.

In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.

I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box

This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame.  It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box.   I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Photo 1Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.

  • First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
  • Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
  • Now, ine the inside base as well.
  • Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape.  The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3Building the shaker top took a little time and patience.  And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio.  Heres how I did it:

  • First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
  • Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
  • Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock.  You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
  • Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
  • Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges.  You do not want any gaps.
  • Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame.  I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
  • Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
  • Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like.  Be sure NOT to overfill.  Less is more.
  • Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place.  Use binder clips if needed.
  • Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
  • Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
  • Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
  • Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper.  I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking.  Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain.  Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5Here’s  a look at the interior of the finished box.  Isn’t it fun?

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.

The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries.  Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Peony Ribbons

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color palettes!  The pretty peony pink ribbons on today’s shabby chic birthday blessings card are the icing on the cake!

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Pink and brown papers, peony ribbons and polka dots?  Yes, please!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card features papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Prize Winning Peonies….

This bodacious bow cluster started with a triple loop bow tied with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a Crosshatch on 3/8″ Satin double loop bow and a pretty posy. This combo really amps up the shabby chic vibe .

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends

Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend!  Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success.  I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool.  I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.

 

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside

I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover.  Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape.  A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card

G45 Ladies’ Diary Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card for Frilly & Funkie With this Ring Challenge

Hello, friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  It’s June, which is traditionally a big month for weddings, and the challenge theme of “With This Ring” reflects this joyous season.  I pulled out my G45 Ladies’ Diary DCE and some fabulous Tammy Tutterow dies to create this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.  But before I share the details with you, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for this challenge, has to say:

Challenge Theme: With This Ring
It is wedding season so let’s create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day.  Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too.  So let’s dig in and take a look at this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Sometimes it comes from a color, or a photo in a magazine. Sometimes it’s an idea, or for me a patterned paper.  I’ve been thinking about this project for a few weeks, and while digging in my embellishment drawer for another project, I saw this little Tim Holtz “adore” Typed Token.  And that is where the plan for this card began to gel.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Plan

 

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I knew I wanted to use a very vintage, almost monochromatic color scheme for this card. Antique lace, pearls,  distressed papers, “messy” stitching and shabby flowers fit perfectly into my plan.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine because I also knew I wanted to add some special goodies to the inside.

Here are the steps I followed to build this card:

  • After building the card base from Ivory Pearl cardstock, I used my Tonic Distressing tool to rough up all the paper edges.
    • TIP: Lightly spritz the edges of your paper with a Distress Sprayer bottle for easier distressing.
  • Next, I used ivory thread and added messy stitching to most of the paper panels
  • Then, I aged the edges of the paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Next, I added cut up chipboard (from old packing boxes) to the backs of my card layers.  This adds lots of dimension to a card.
  • Now it’s time to add the Venise Lace trim.  It was a little too white for my color palette, but I just dyed it with Antique Linen Distress Stain and it was perfect.  It is held in place with 1/8″ Scor-Tape.
  • Finally, for my shabby chic ribbon, I first stamped it in Tea Dye Distress Ink using the Dear Ruby Stamp.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but in real life, this added a really subtle pattern to the bow.  To add to the shabby chic vibe, I also tucked in a burlap string bow. I love how vintage this bow cluster looks.
Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card:  The Flowers

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Now I needed to make my flowers for the card.

  • First,  I stamped Tammy’s “Dear Ruby” onto the small dot paper with Tea Dye Distress Ink prior to die cutting.  This added an extra layer of subtle texture and pattern to the flowers.
  • Next, I inked all the edges of the frayed posies with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Then, I shaped my flower layers with a mat and stylus.
  • Next, I staggered the flower layers and layered them together with hot glue.
    • TIP:  When adding one flower layer to the next, I placed them on a double foam mat. Use a 12mm ball stylus tip and press down firmly into the center of the flower.  This will cause the petals to “lift” and give you a more lifelike flower.
  • Now, cut foliage with Tammy’s Pom-Pom Posies Die.
    • TIP: Ink the cutting side of the die with Tea Dye Distress Ink before die cutting.  The ink will transfer from the die to the paper and make the vein detail pop.
  • Finally, add pearls and small gold beads to the flower centers and arrange on your card.
A Peek Inside

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

You can easily transform a card into a gift just by adding a few simple details to the interior design.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

For instance, I added a waterfall feature to the top half of the card interior.  Special photos of the wedding party can be added here, and suddenly, this card has become a mini folio.  I created this feature using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die.

To give each segment of the waterfall a little more definition, I cut 3 base pieces from kraft cardstock and 3 pieces from designer paper.  I trimmed the fold flap off the top of the designer paper die cuts, then layered them onto the kraft pieces.  I love the way this looks.

Then, I cut journaling spots from the Ladies’ Diary DCE to fit the width of each segment.  This provides a lovely journal spot.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I turned this gorgeous rose image into a tag pocket by just gluing the bottom edge to my card base.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die is the perfect size to fit inside a card pocket.  I added the decorative edge to each tag, then trimmed it out with Antique Linen dyed Venise lace.  These tags can hold photos on the reverse side.  They also make a lovely spot to add a personal note on the back. You can see the stamped seam binding ribbon better in this photo.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

For the next two weeks our theme will be “With This Ring.”  You will have until midnight on Tuesday, July 6th to link up your vintage or shabby chic wedding themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to pop over and see what the rest of the Frilly team has prepared for you on the blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available.  You can always substitute.

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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