May 18, 2009

Shabby Chic Moments Card for Twinkling Tuesday

I LOVE this card. It just makes me happy to look at it! No special purpose for this one; just more practice at shabby chic. Hope you like it. I LOVE the sentiment most of all, it really sums up the time I spent with my babies. My ‘baby’ is now just a few days from being TWO. While I still consider that a baby, I know a lot of people don’t. **SIGH**

Today I played with a few ink pads I’ve had for ages but have never or rarely used. Instead of acrylic paint for the white on my shabby porcelain measured breathsKraft CS base, I  used VersaMagic, a white pigment-based ink instead. Almost the same look with less mess and clean up. I started by swiping the pad over the CS but it wasn’t as opaque as I had hoped for. So I pressed the pad straight down on the CS and after getting enough coverage, I swiped it to remove any lines caused by the edges of the foam pad. Then, knowing I would have to use a pigment ink to get any brown distressing, I got out a Colour Box Cat’s Eye brown chalk ink. For beginners info, virtually all pigment inks act as a resists to dye inks. While you clip_image002might have gotten some decent coverage from dye ink, it would rub off on everything it touched including me and other papers and embellishments I was using because the pigment ink prevents the dye ink from soaking into the CS. The chalk ink worked well. On the pink layer, I used Distress inks – frayed burlap and tea rose – to distress and sponge it, same with the blue layer. The swirls and sentiment were stamped with the same Colour Box pad. The card opens to the right, I cut a slit in the spine to accommodate the twine.

This great layout is from Madelynn’s lil’ brother Jacky for Twinkling Tuesday! Fun sketch right?? We all hope you will play along! Create something fabulous using this sketch-doesn’t have to be a card!!-and upload to SCS or PCP using the keyword MTTSC23 or upload to your blog. To be sure we all get to see it, come on over to Madelynn’s blog, Twinkling Tuesdays and link us up so we don’t miss it!! Be sure to visit all the other Twinklettes and leave ‘em all some fabulous comments. (PS I love comments too!)

Enjoy, Rebecca

sentiment-Verve, Swirls-Autumn Leaves
Ink: Colour Box dark brown, Distress frayed burlap and tea rose, VersaMagic cloud white
Paper: Kraft CS-SU!, pink-Porcelain by Basic Grey, blue dots-UK
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, roses, lace and twine-UK, button-Basic Grey Eva, SU! bashful blue marker


Kimmie said...

Your cards are always so classy. I love coming to see them!

Bonnie said...

I love this vintage look Rebecca! You do it so well! and naturally I LOVE this sentiment!

Yvette said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card! Love all the details! It would make me happy too! :)~

Heather Schlatter said...


You are really developing your own Shabby Chic Style!!! Great job on this card and love the colors too!!!

I think you achieved the look very well!!!

My "Baby" turns two on June 27th and I still consider him very much a Baby!!! So I totally get what you are saying!!!


Debbie Lee said...

Love the vintage look of your card! :)

Darla said...

Very pretty Rebecca! You're getting good at this Shabby Chic look. I love that saying also. Great work!

Sandra MacLean said...

Ahhh! This is so beautiful Rebecca! Great job on the challenge this week!

Cassie said...

this is just so, so pretty Bec! you always rock these elegant cards! i just love it!