My idea of shabby chic is a vintage, girly and distressed look. Most of all it has to be over the top embellished with lace, jewels, pearls, butterflies, flowers and lots of pretty stuff. A little curled up corner with some tears here and there will also do the trick. I will be using a few key products that really help add to the over all shabby chic look. Go grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
Here is my card!
Below is the How To Do Shabby Chic
As always I start off with a selection of design papers and my coloured image.
cheesecloth can be found at most grocery stores, it is great for crafting and making soups too!
After cutting a square of cheesecloth, it needs to be manipulated. To achieve this look pull and stretch the cloth in all directions, then gently fray the loose strings along the edges. Pictured top is a cut a 3x3 square, on the bottom are two different shapes of cloth that were manipulated.
Same goes for the burlap, cut a piece and manipulate it by stretching and pulling to your liking.
A close up
These two products combined help put the shabby in the chic.
This distress paint has a dauber top applicator great for easy use and application. Along the edges paint it on starting from outer edge and feathering inward. Repeat until you are satisfied with the depth of paint colour and distressed look.
Finished look with distress paint.
Another super fun product to work with is the embossing paste, I've seen it used with stencilling but thought it would work good for a shabby chic look.
This paste is quite thick and gives a great 3D distressed effect. Using a sponge pouncer I applied the paste along the edges with a carefree approach.
Finished look, allow this step to dry.
This fun step involves embossing powder, embossing enamels, glitter and mica fragments.
I inked up the edges with versamark and covered it with a clear ultra thick embossing powder. The ultra thick embossing powder is an essential base to allow the mica fragments to have something to adhere to. (sticky embossing powder works too)
I sprinkled on a medley of embossing powders, glitter, fragments and mica.
Here is what they look like after being heat set. Always heat set from underneath or you will loose all your beautiful powders and fragments! (left is with embossing powders and fragments, right is just embossing powders.
Finally raid your stash for ribbons, lace, pearls, jewels, flowers and embellish until you cannot embellish no more!
Have a fabulous day!!
Bella Sole Gifts of Love(Whimsy), Sponge Pouncer Mini(Tulip), Frantage Embossing Kit, (Stampendous), Frantage Mica Kit(Stampemdous), Studio 490 Embossing Paste-White(Stampers Anonymous), Tim Holtz Distress Paint-Picket Fence(Ranger)