I am a big fan of the shabby chic, girly grunge type looks, but often find it hard to achieve. I am drawn to pale and interesting cards with lots of white – lace, doilies, flowers, stitching, but it’s not really a style I find easy to re-create. I love to play with colour and sticking to a muted palette is a challenge for me. So this card is slightly outside my comfort zone, but I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.
I started by stencilling the base card with Memento inks (Toffee Crunch) using the Crafter’s Workshop stencil Capricious, which is a lovely swirly design that I’ve used a lot. I used the same ink around the edges of the card after removing the stencil, so the pattern is quite subtle in places. The paper is Kaisercraft (These Days) and I dug out my little cheap sewing machine to do the stitching. I just stitched around the paper itself, then I took a paper distressing tool to the edges and inked the edges before sticking the paper to the card, over the doily. I made sure that my double sided tape covered the stitching on the back, so it looks like it has been stitched right through.
The sentiment is from Curly Birds, stamped onto a scrap of Artylicious paper. The rose is from Prima and the leaves are Crealies Shapes 16 cut from olive cardstock. I did try it with an all white rose to start with, but just couldn’t resist that shot of colour that this one gives it. On the whole though, I think I’ve been very restrained with my colours and I’m happy with it.