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.
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.
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.
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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!
- Julie Nutting French Flea Market Collection
- Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals and Picot Petite Circles Dies
- Coral Rose Mini Check Ribbon 3/8″
- Iridescent Metallic String
- Little Birdie Fiona Roses Pearl Pink
- Mother of Pearl Buttons