Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card with Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Today’s project is a soft and shabby thinking of you card that is loaded with layers and texture.  You can add texture to a project in lots of different ways. But adding ribbon is the quickest way I know to get the job done.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

I wanted this card to have a very natural, botanical feel.  These Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane papers have been calling my name for a while now, They’ve been patiently waiting in the Closet of Shame and were overdue for a little paper play time.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

To age the papers, I first dragged the edges through a little pool of water.  We’re not talking total immersion here…just a quick skim through a teeny tiny bit of water to soften the edges.  Next, I ran my distressing tool all along the edge of every layer.  Then I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink,. This step adds that aged shabby look that I love so much.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

Once I had all my paper layers in place, it was time to add the fun stuff.  Vintage pearl buttons from my stash, flat back pearls, coiled wire, glittered foliage and soft florals from Little Birdie Crafts all add to the vintage feel of the design.  To tie all these layers and paper pretties together, I created this soft textured bow using Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

This bow cluster makes my heart go pitty pat!

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card: A Peek Inside

Sad to say, I needed to make another sympathy card.  Too many this year, and it makes me just a little bit sad.  My hope is that this card brought comfort and peace to the heart of the recipient.  I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards, but I do love to let people know that they are not alone during a difficult time.

So what’s your favorite way to add texture to your projects?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



14 thoughts on “Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card

  1. Helen

    Love the colors of this card, Kathy, and that great cluster of buttons! This paper set is definitely going on my wish list. Thanks for sharing the card design and the paper tearing tip.

  2. lynn legge

    I loved this card..the colors are so beautiful…and the buttons and ribbon sure give it a lovely shabby chic look. I love ribbons and flowers on cards..heck I love anything to do with papers..i admit I’m a hoarder,,,catch me on one of the hoarder shows

  3. Martie Rollin

    This card could be used for any occasion. Sympathy cards are easy to make…it’s finding the right words that is a challenge for me. I have researched what is available and I am pleased with several recently released stamp sets. This is a lovely cards. I’ll be trying your vintage distressing technique…very pretty results. Well done!

  4. Lillian Lumachi

    Love your idea on how to distress the edges of paper for that shaby chic look…gotta try that…I usually use my light brown ink pads or a dark gold pad…I like to emboss my paper for added texture and sand it down for shabby ness with a small pcs of sand paper. Once again you have created a fest for the eyes…I love this card and the person receiving it will to.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Lillian! You are correct. There are many different ways to distress paper…from crumpling it up and unfolding it, to using an emery board, distressing tools and ink pads….the list goes on and on! I so appreciate you kind and thoughtful comment! Thanks for making my day!

  5. Beverly Jordan

    Shabby chic looks divine in your masterful hands!! You crushed it!! Gorgeous from the KC papers, burlap ribbon, and those fabulous buttons! Kathy, your work leaves me with delight. As for distressing edges of papers, I used to do it much more than before and got the Donna Salazar’s Distressing tool. It requires electricity and I tend not to drag it out unless I am doing a layout or anything that needs more than a few edges.Thanks for your terrific tip! I look forward to trying it soon.

  6. Rosemary

    I am really crushing on this card! Sympathy cards are not my favorite either for obvious reasons, but this one is so soft and vintage looking, it would be sure to soften the heart of the one receiving it! I’m on vacation right now but can’t wait to try that water trick. Thanks for the tip, Kathy.

  7. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a beautiful, thoughtful card. It couldn’t help but lift the heart of someone who is grieving, because it’s obvious it was made with love and care. The colors and embellishments are just perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Suzy Q

    Just beautiful Kathy! Pink and green, buttons and bows, shabby chic and oh so vintage looking with all the distressed edges is just bound to lift someone’s sorrowful heart! I luv this card! And I too need to make a couple of sympathy cards this week! Thanks for the inspiration Kathy. Hugs to you from Suzy Q

    1. Suzy Q

      P. S. Did not know you could drag the edges of paper lightly thru water to help distress it! Thanks for that tip! Did you know if your on the road and forget your distress tool …an emory board on dry paper will almost do the same job!

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