Victorian Calling Cards/Kathy by Design

Victorian Calling Cards

Hello, Friends!  What a great line up I have for you on the blog today!  I’ve combined gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon  with a fabulous creativity kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy to make a soft and feminine trio of Victorian Calling Cards.

These cards have a definite shabby chic vibe going on with all the pretty ribbons, flowers, pastel papers and graceful Victorian images.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02You can never have too many birthday cards….especially when they are adorned with beautiful details like this!  I picked up on the pink in the camellia by adding the papers (which come in the creativity kit, along with ephemera, tags and some pre-tied bows) and a strip of 2 1/2″ wide natural cotton ribbon in this pretty garden print. I stitched these together, glued them on the card and then created a great shabby chic bow by tearing the ribbon in half and tying it on my Zutter Bow it All.  I topped it with pretty lavender organza polka dot ribbon to give it a light, airy feel.  The little metal butterfly is from my stash, and I painted it to match the card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02aI love the texture that the ribbon adds to this card, and the colors are a near perfect match!

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02bThis kit is loaded with beautiful papers and ephemera…so much so that I was able to finish the inside of each card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03This card makes me think of a soft blue sky filled with puffy white clouds.  After dry embossing and inking some cardstock from my scrap drawer, I added the pretty blue gingham paper and bumblebee image from the kit to the front of my card.  The big loopy bow made with white organza ribbon is topped with a sweet Light Blue Micro Gingham Bow and a vintage button from my stash.  I added Prima flowers and a bumblebee charm  from my stash, and then created a series of loops with natural, light blue, and ivory burlap string.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03a I love the little bit of texture and visual interest these loops add to the card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03bI used a scrap of my embossed gingham check paper to finish the inside of the card.  The Queen Bee stamp is available in digital format from Crafty Secrets.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04Can I just say, I am in love with the colors in this card?  This digital image is so elegant and I love the frame that came in the kit.  I split it in two, mounted it on bronze metallic paper and layered it on either side of the card focal.  It’s a perfect match, isn’t it?  I die cut some lattice with the bronze paper and layered it over the beautiful teal and brown paper that comes in the kit.  To add even more texture and a light, airy feel to the card, I created a belly band with 1.5″ wide Cream Mesh Ribbon.  I just love the soft sheen of this ribbon, and the way it allows color and images to peek through.  It’s wonderful!  I used the last little bit of this twinkling Aqua Shimmer Satin Ribbon to make the bow, and then topped it with a trio of pink chrysanthemums to pick up on the pink in the card focal and add some color contrast.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04aThis gorgeous shimmer satin ribbon comes in a rainbow of colors, and I want them all!

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04bI used another of the pre-cut card panels along with some cardstock from my stash to create the interior of this card.

I have several more cards made from this same kit to share with you in another post later this month.  I hope I’ve introduced you to some new ribbons that you can use in your crafting.  These are some of my favorites!  If you love ribbon, like I do, you might want to spend some time perusing the amazing selection at RRR.  Some of the ribbons I’ve used here today are currently on sale. And, while you are there, take a minute to check out the Ribbon Club. It’s such a great deal, and the monthly assortments are delivered right to your door.  It’s like getting to celebrate your birthday every month of the year!

Thanks for stopping by….which one of these Victorian Calling Cards do you like best?




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8 thoughts on “Victorian Calling Cards

  1. barb macaskill

    WOW! These are all so lovely!! I love things from the Victorian Era and have always wished that I could travel back in time for a day or two to that Era. TFS!

  2. pollyspaper

    Well these cards are just amazing. Each and every one is a work of art. The layers and details are just over the top beautiful. You always make me proud with the kits from my shop!!!

  3. thecobweboriumemporium

    My goodness, these three are beauties! I love them all. I really like the colours of the first card (the Happy Birthday card), and love how you’ve teamed the 3 background papers, they all look so perfect together – like three beautifully dressed ladies having afternoon tea and cakes – all so sweet and all well spoken. I also love the flowers and ribbons you’ve chosen. Everything works so well together and nothing ‘shouts’ louder than anything else. Great make.

    I love the second card (‘Thank You’) – firstly because I adore Bumble Bees – especially the big, rounded plump ones who’s ‘buzzzzz’ is deep and soothing. I’m drawn to the colours on this card as I really like the beautifully soft blues you’ve used and the fabulous gingham ribbon (checked ribbon). I also like the choice of flowers you’ve added. Perfection, all in a card.

    And finally … the Thinking of You card … again, I’m drawn because of those beautiful blues. My Grandma had some china in those exact colours which she kept in a cabinet. I longed to drink out of one of the cups, but the china never made it out of the cabinet. At least … not when I was there. I think if I were to say what drew me to this card the most … I’d own up and say the flowers. Daisies are my favourite flower of all time. (especially white ones with a yellow centre). They’re such friendly little flowers and they don’t yell and scream to be noticed. This card is also a winner with me

    If I had to choose one? … oh my word. I’m not sure. Hmm… maybe, possibly, perhaps I’d say the Thank You card … but … my heart would always call to the other two. They’e all beautiful Kathy. But then, they would be. They’re yours – and you only ever make beautiful things.
    Sending big hugs and love. ~ Cobs. x

  4. Jen

    Oh Kathy can you imagine getting one of these every time they called. You would be inviting them every day. Xxxx jen

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