Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

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Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to this Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial!  Today we’re working with some gorgeous Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful board and Julie Nutting’s 2017 French Flea Market Collection from Photo Play.  We’re going to chat about some important design principles while we make a beautiful card together.

Julie Nutting French Flea Market Card with Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement

Does this ever happen to you?  See a gorgeous paper collection.  Fall in love with gorgeous paper collection.  Allow the gorgeous paper collection to fall into your cart.  Take the gorgeous paper collection home.  Put it neatly away.  Forget about it for 4 years.  Find it while you are cleaning out the Closet of Shame.  That’s pretty much how this card unfolded.   Please tell me I am not alone in this.  But better late than never!  Let’s dig in and get our craft on!

Card Making Design Principles to Remember

Many people tell me that they struggle when it comes to working with patterned papers.  So I thought that in today’s video tutorial I’d share a few simple principles that I follow when selecting patterned papers for a card.

  • Begin by finding a good background paper.  You want something that sets the tone for your card.  For instance, a bold geometric print would not work very well with these Shabby Chic images.  But this soft floral print is perfect.
  • Now, pick a couple of patterns that play well with the background.  I chose a neutral toile and a very soft script.  The toile is a large print, so you might think it shouldn’t work.  But because it is such a neutral color, it blends beautifully.  And the soft script pattern reads almost like a solid.  So these three patterns harmonize well together.
  • Then you need to add a pop of color.  So I chose the large rose print and die cut it with an oval shaped die.  The rounded corners provided visual relief from all the square corners. That is also a good tip to  keep in mind.
  • The final layer is the soft microdot print.  I chose this panel because it allows my focal images to pop.

Make sense?

More Design Tips

Another great tip for card design is to add dimension to your individual layers with foam tape or waste chipboard pieces.  This depth lends the illusion that you could walk right into the vignette on the page.  You also want to think about texture when making a card.  Machine stitching, mulberry flowers, shell buttons, metallic string, and ribbon all have different textures.  Mixing textures makes for a more interesting card design. I’ll share a few more design tips in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love this paper collection?  I can’t believe it took me so long to use it.  (She hangs her head in shame.)

A magnetic flap element gives me a spot to add a journal card .  You can tuck a photo or write a note here.

The pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift ensemble.

And this little tea wallet is not just a stylish addition to the card.  It’s a great way to clean up some paper scraps!

Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to see this card come together, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed making this pretty card with  me.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

To see previous Throwback Thursday projects, please click HERE.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!




Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, retired paper collections, dies, stamps, etc.  Many times these items are no longer available for purchase.  If an item used on this card is not listed below, it is because I could not find it for sale online.  Thanks for understanding!


7 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

  1. Priscilla Hughs

    Always learn something new by watching your videos! This so pretty, and the image of the gal is lovely. Layering, layering…love your techniques…nice way to begin my morning!

  2. Gena Krannig

    You are not alone!! Yes I have done that and worse, I have bought the same collection twice because I forgot I already had it. LOL This card is absolutely stunning, Kathy! And this paper collection is just gorgeous. Love all of the pretty images. That young lady on the front with the flowers is so lovely and the way you have framed her with the roses and ribbon is just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing and making the video! Hugs!

  3. Terry Law

    What a fabulous video and gorgeous card you have created Kathy! I did learn a lot from reading and watching your video. I just love love love this card! And yes, guilty of the “closet of shame” trick of putting stuff away and then not using it! Good grief! lol

  4. Christal Gill

    GORGEOUS CARD! I love everything about it! Button, Charms, Ribbon, Flowers, and the vintage image! TFS – Hugs, Christal

  5. Renea Harrison

    Kathy, this is soooooo gorgeous!! I love the tutorial on how to use pattern paper. So many papers are so busy and some artists have a really hard time with them, and your suggestions will help them out a lot. You are such an asset to the crafting community. Thank you for taking the time to share not only your amazing art, but your techniques and experience with us as well.

  6. Susan Steele

    Ohhhh Wow!!! This is another absolutely gorgeous gorgeous card creation!!! I am so luving these Renebouquets images!!! And yes I do too …find some beautiful papers and just hate to cut into them, so put them up … and then ….forget to use them! Guilty! Absolutely adore these shabby chic cards! Thank you for your tutorial and all the tips and tricks of “Kathy” card making!!! It’s been a rough week this week and I needed some Kathy time! Thank for another great Throwback Thursday creation! Big hugs, Suzy Q

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