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Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Julie Nutting French Flea Market Spellbinders Picot Petite Circles Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

To leave a comment on this post, click on the blue REPLIES button located beneath the title at the top of the page.  I always enjoy hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

 

Laserowe Love Lavender Date Card Folio Tutorial

Laserowe Love Lavender Date Card Folio Tutorial with Gecko Galz Challenge Image

Hello Friends!  Summer is winding down, although you would not know it by consulting the thermometer.  It’s still very hot and humid here in North Carolina.  It was time to cut the blossoms from my lavender yesterday morning.  While I was gathering up those fragrant blooms, I remembered this lovely Laserowe Love Lavender Date paper.  It’s been patiently waiting its turn in the Closet of Shame. I decided it was time to make something beautiful with it.  I also had a gorgeous free image from Gecko Galz printed out and ready to go.  (Subscribe to their newsletter…they give away loads of free digital images! )

There’s something captivating about this image.  It makes you feel serene and happy when you look at it.  I wanted to create a card that enhanced the peaceful expression on the woman’s face.  I chose soft colors and simply, shabby chic accents to achieve that goal.  The end result is a card folio that feels like a framed portrait, and I just love the way it turned out.

Laserowe Love Lavender Date Card Folio Tutorial:  The Basics

This card is quite a bit larger than my normal 5″ x 7″, measuring 6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ with a 1/4″ top fold spine.  Since I haven’t done a card tutorial in a long time, I thought I would share a video tutorial for making the base and decorating the card cover.

Learn how to layer this Little Birdie Floral Cascade in the video tutorial.

I dug deep into my vintage button stash looking for these rhinestone beauties.  Then I tucked a few more “finds”  into the floral cascade.  These vintage clear buttons catch the light and add a subtle touch of sparkle to the card.

Laserowe Love Lavender Date Card Folio Tutorial:  A Peek Inside

After building the card base, line it with panels of the Lavender Fields and White Cardstock.  This is beautiful to look at, but it also helps to strengthen the card base.  Once that is done, add your layers of designer paper. Then you can put your interactive elements in place.

Build a simple pocket on the top half of the card by cutting your cardstock 3″ longer than the length of the card base.  Then score and fold.

TIP: Create “gussets” for your simple pocket by cutting 1″ x 2 7/8″ scraps of paper.  Score on the short side at 1/2″ , then fold and adhere to the pocket sides.  This makes it easier to fill the pocket.  Of course, you can always just glue the sides to the base if you are in a hurry.

I broke out my Envelope Punch Board to make mini envelopes for this card.  These both measure 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ .  A purple tea bag is tucked inside the envelope to go with the vintage enameled demitasse spoon and the honey stick.

The bottom half of the card has a sweet little flip page that’s secured with a ribbon closure.

Turn the flip page to find a hidden pocket with a little surprise tucked inside.

This envelope holds a lovely little button card made from a bit of ephemera.

The sentiment panel is hand stamped, then matted on more of the soft green and lavender papers.  I explain how I did this in the video.

Laserowe Love Lavender Date Card Folio Tutorial Video

If you’d like to learn how to build the card folio base and watch the cover design come together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I’ve loaded this beauty into my Etsy shop.  It would make a lovely gift or a bit of home decor.  You can find it HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

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Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for the fine folks at Gecko Galz.  This Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card has me dreaming of the walking barefoot along the shore.  It’s the perfect card for Gecko Galz August Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge.

I’ve combined some old Pion Design papers up with a gorgeous digital image from By the Shore and the beach clock from Time Flies.  The end result is a dreamy beach scene.  Little Birdie flowers, blue micro gingham ribbon and lots of pretty shells that I gathered along our North Carolina shores frame the card.  I feel like I could just walk right into the image on this card front.

TIP:  Thin white acrylic paint with a little water, then spatter lightly all over the card front.  It adds such a lovely shabby finish to a card,  To me, the spatters look like bubbles in the water.

Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card: A Peek Inside

Of course, there are pockets inside the card.  You have to have a place to tuck in all those beachy treasures!

I’ve stitched a little shell bookmark and topped it with some natural fibers, charms and ribbon.

This darling magnet features another image from the By the Shore Digital collage sheet.  Stitching natural fibers around the edges give it just the right beachy finish.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

 

Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial

Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a shabby chic Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The April Ribbon Club from RRR is the perfect playmate for the yellow/gray tones in Authentique Paper’s Poised collection.  Take a look:

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 

 

How shabbylicious is this?  Here’s how to create the cover of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

  • First, use steel grey cardstock to create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.  You can find a tutorial for doing this with one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper HERE.
  • Next, cut a 4 7/8″ rectangle of Poised 5.  Do not adhere it to the card base at this time.
  • Now cut a 4 7/8″ x 5″ panel from the reverse side of Poised 5.  Mat just the top and bottom edges with steel grey cardstock.  Center this on the first panel.
  • Then,  cut a 3″ tall belly band from Poised 2.  Once again, mat just the top and bottom edges and center on the Poised 5 panel.
  • Die cut a doily, or cut a ready-made doily in half. Adhere each half above and below the belly band.
  • To add extra detail, stitch around the perimeter of these panels on your sewing machine.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Card Focal

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

 

  • Begin by cutting a 4″ square panel from Poised 2.  Double mat this on both Lemon Drop and Steel Grey cardstock.  Then stitch around the perimeter.
  • Next, back this panel with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard. Center and adhere over the doily/belly band layer.
  • Now, die cut a Stitched Oval from Poised 6. Back this with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the Poised 2 panel.
  • Then fussy cut the silhouette image from Poised 6.  Leave a little grey border around the edge as you fussy cut.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the oval.
  • Note: I tapped the flowers with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive, then sprinkled with Art Institute Angel Dust Glitter.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Bow Cluster

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

 

To create the bow cluster:

  • First, select a few yellow flowers from your stash and arrange them along the left hand side of the card.
  • Next, use your Zutter Bow it All Tool to tie a Charcoal Shimmer Satin Ribbon 3″ double loop bow.   Tuck this slightly below the largest flower, using hot glue to secure in place.
  • Adhere a fancy button over the knot.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Finishing Touches

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

 

To create the banner element:

  • First, punch out all the banner letters from the Poised 12×12 Components Sheet.  Mat these on scraps of the Steel Grey and Lemon Drop cardstock.
  • Next, place foam dots on the back sides of the “B” and the “Y” pennants. Adhere these letters to the top of the card as seen in the photo.
  • Now, use adhesive to attach the corners of the “A” and “U” pennants. Back with foam dots and place as seen in the photo.
  • Then place foam dots behind the “E” and the “T” pennants.  Attach these so that they overlap the tops of the other pennants, as seen in the photo.
  • Tie 1/2″ bows with some twine and adhere in the corners.
  • Then attach bitty buttons using hot glue to secure.

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

To finish, punch out the sentiment from the Cardstock Components sheet.  Back the bottom edge with dimensionals and adhere as seen in the photo.  Add a mini paper clip in the top right hand corner.

This completes the card cover.

Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add a couple of pockets inside the card.  To make the side pocket on the top of the card, I simply cut my designer paper 1 3/4″ wider than the card base, scored, folded and adhered the top and bottom edge.   The side pocket holds a magnet made with the large sentiment panel from the collection.  I simply inserted a large Basic Grey Magnet between my designer papers and some cardstock, and stitched this up on the sewing machine. Top this with Yellow/Grey Chevron Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon and a posy.

Fill the bottom pocket with 2 little treat folios.

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

 

To make the folios,  cut cardstock scraps to measure 8 1/4″ wide by 3 1/4″ tall.  Score at 4 1/8″ and fold.  To make the pocket inside, cut a 5 1/2″ x 3″ panel of paper, score at 4″ and fold to create a  pocket.  If you are using a vertical image, orient the paper in portrait mode.  For a horizontal image, orient in landscape mode.  Then tuck in your treats!

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

A card folio like this does double duty as a gift, especially when you tuck in a little honey stick to go along with the tea.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration 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

Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Supply List

 

 

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m shaking things up with an Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 01

Does this ever happen to you?  It’s time to clean up the craftermath from a project.  And while you are tidying up, your eye falls on something that ignites your imagination. While cleaning up my Easter Bunny Banner, this cutie patootie Peter Cottontail hopped right off my work desk and into my hands.  How could I resist?

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Tall and Skinny

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 02

Tall and skinny cards seem to be all the rage right now, so I thought I’d take one for a spin, as I don’t recall having made one before.  This one measures 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ with a 1″ spine.  To pull out the blues in the paper collection, I matted my designer papers on Sno-Cone cardstock.  Then to anchor all those soft pastels, I matted a second time on Milk Chocolate.  Which I have to admit, is pretty perfect for an Easter Bunny card.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Use Your Scraps

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 03

Remember all the little diamond shaped pennants I die cut for the Bunny Banner?  The negative cut was just perfect to use as a banner flag layer for this card.  Use your scraps, people!   I recently acquired some vintage doilies at flea market.  I love the texture they add to a shabby chic project.  So I turned a square doily into a diamond shape, wrapped the ends around my card front and secured on the back with Scor-Tape.  (You can see this better in the photo below.) Add more texture by wrapping the base of the card with some buttery yellow embroidery floss.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: The Shaker Box

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 04

The frame for the shaker box is another Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard frame.  You get 6 sizes and styles of frames in each pack, so I think they are a pretty good value. These are so easy to alter with inks and sprays  Here’s how I altered this one:

  • First, Sponge on a light layer of Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, tap random areas of the frame with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the frame lightly with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.
  • Finally, heat dry the frame, blotting up any big blobs of ink with a paper towel.
  • Next, back the frame with a 3 1/2″ x 5″ panel of clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Then add a triple layer of foam adhesive.
  • Fill the shaker box with Buttons Galore Easter Chic Shaker Mix.   This mix actually contains small buttons, and that’s why we need the three layers of foam adhesive.  If you are using a different shaker mix, you can get by with a double layer of foam tape.
  • Finally, center the card front over the shaker box.  Take your time and make sure everything is centered and straight!
Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 05

Little Birdie Flowers cascade down the side of the card.  Alter these by dry brushing them with a little ivory chalk paint.  Tuck a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole in with the flowers to amp up the Shabby Chic Vibe.  A buttery yellow satin bow and key combo adds just the right pop of color.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 06

Oh look!  There’s a party inside this card!  The double pocket on the right holds a tea bag, chocolate treat, honey stick and a real treasure.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 07

I found this darling demitasse spoon on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is vintage silver/gold plated and engraved with the sweetest little cherub.  And…imported from italy!  I bought them all.  You know me and my passion for vintage spoons!

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 08

To add some interactive fun to the card interior, I created this little magnetic folio from scraps that were lying about.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 09

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 10

These sweet Easter images are tucked into that wee pocket.

So that’s all for me folks.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

 

 

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