Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vintage Elements

Hi everyone!

Okay...the secret’s out.... {g}...I love the vintage, shabby chic and distressed look! I had so much fun creating this card. It’s so exciting to see Vintage Cards popping up everywhere and there are so many really great ideas and I love them all...this card is inspired by everyone!

I really tried and tried to get a good picture, it is so pretty in real life, and the picture just doesn't capture it well.


I lost all sense of time as I stamped, sponged, tore and distressed my cardstock! I started out with Very Vanilla cardstock and then used my Folk Flowers Stencil (#118139) if you haven't tried these stencils...try them!  They are so much fun.  I positioned the stencil where I wanted it and smooshed the Versamark Ink pad all over, holding it carefully in place.

Then I clear embossed and took time out to clean my Stencil with a baby wipe.... I couldn’t stand the sticky Versamark on know the saying 'Take care of your tools'! Then I lightly stamped En Francais with my Close to Cocoa spot and put my stamp down on the table, laid my cardstock on top and lightly tapped it, so that the stamping wouldn’t be a solid image....more of a here and there technique! You can't really see it in the photo. 

Next I stamped with Elements of Style and the little flourish from Tiny Tags. After the stamping, I rubbed tissue over the embossing to make it really pop.  I ran my Kraft Satin Ribbon straight over my Soft Suede ink pad and sponged it as well.  I added a few little branches from my garden and used my new Martha punch for the leaves (it came with clear stamps and matching punch).  Then I cut out the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die, stamped the Tiny Tags flourish all over it, sponged and added some gold wire for the antennaes. 

I added the butterfly with 2 dimensionals onto the branches so it would look like it was just resting there. Finally I added the sentiment on a dimensional and dabbed my 2 way glue pen randomly all over, especially the butterfly (!) and then sprinkled on some Champagne Fine Galaxy Glitter. 

Do you like it?  I love it!  It's definitley one of  my favourite things!!  Here's a little peek at the to shabby that up too!

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your time with me!  I'm compiling a list of my favourite ways to distress, at least how I like to distress things.  It's not a professional artist list....only things I have tried that I love.  As soon as I finish it I'll share it here for you all to play with...bye for now!



  1. THis is gorgeous!!! I'm with you--distressing and aging and scrunching things for a vintage look is my idea of a good time! Well, some would say I am a little warped, but . . .
    Anyway, I love the layers and the way you did the embossing and the glitter and the colors, and, and . . . Great job.

  2. WOW! Another gorgeous card! Shabby chic is quickly becoming a style I love. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful cards.

  3. Judy, I bet that butterfly is gorgeous what a great card, wish I could see it in person, I bet it is phenomenal!

  4. Judy, I loved! Your card is totally beutiful.
    Martha Lucia -

  5. Judy,
    This card is one of the most stunning examples of Vintage/shabby chic I have ever seen! I think I said WOW! 10 times before I could scroll down and read your post! Keep up the fantastic work!!!!

  6. This card is positively gorgeous!!! Love the beautiful, glittery butterfly!!!