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All images, patterned note card & papers, The Cottage Series, by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks in Warm Red, Creamy Brown and Chestnut Roan; Decorative Scissors, Cloud by Provo Craft; Coluzzle Companion Template; Marvy Uchida Mega Scallop Oval Punch; Ribbons by May Arts; Mulberry Flowers by Prima; Mini Brad; Detail White Embossing Powder by Stampin’ Up!

This design was inspired by Becky Rusher .  Becky is one of my favorite "shabby chic" artists.  Because the bulk of my design work these days tends towards clean and simple, folks mistakenly assume that I don’t appreciate art styles outside of that.  I actually do!  I just shy away from doing anything "shabby chic" myself, because I never seem able to pull off the look. (chuckle!)  But, in this case, I was shooting for "clean" shabby, and looked to Becky’s work to guide me.  Her sense of style is soft and understated, and makes me think of a cozy cottage somewhere.  I was so happy with how this turned out–rare when I attempt anything shabby–that I had to share it here. (bouncin’!)

I DTP’d (Direct To Paper, a term used for applying ink directly to the paper from the pad) just the edges of the smooth oval just to give it definition.  I resisted the temptation to DTP any other areas of the card, to keep it clean and light.  I have always loved red paired with chocolate, and this is a nicely subtle variation of that color combination.

This very simple pocket card was created by simply rotating a pre-printed card with the gutter crease (gutter crease = main fold of a card) to the bottom, scoring a line where I wanted to fold down the front, and then trimming the front edge with deco scissors to create a pretty feminine edge.  To trim with deco scissors in a straight line, I drew a pencil line and used that to guide the blade; when the flap was folded down, of course, you don’t see the pencil line.  Staples secure the front of the card to the back, to make the "pocket", and are concealed under the folded scallop edge.  The raw edges of the ric rac are also concealed underneath there as well.

The mini brad was "pearlized" by holding it by the prongs with tweezers, heating it with a heat gun, and then dipping it into detail (fine grind) white embossing powder.  I prefer detail EP for this little trick, because it tends to produce smoother results, but you could certainly use regular grind to do the same thing.  Contrary to what’s been said, you don’t actually need to ink the brad up with Versamark or embossing ink to do this; when the brad is hot, it fuses the EP almost instantly to the metal.  If any of the EP appears to be granular, just heat that area again, lightly, until it does melt completely.

Hold onto it until it cools to avoid smearing it!  Some artists like to plunge them into a glass of ice water, when doing a bunch of these at one sitting, so they can quickly move on to the next one.

The scalloped "hi" is attached to a white insert, where you can write a message to the recipient.

  1. Such a pretty card. As usual, you rock. BTW, you’re not the only one who has problems with shabby-chic. For the life of me, I can’t get it right either.

  2. Absolutely lovely, Julie! Soft, beautifully designed. Ü

  3. Great card… I lvoe the idea of putting the brad in the flower centre!

  4. Oh, so pretty! I was about to go crazy waiting for a new card on the site!! ;)

  5. i love your brad trick – i just tried it and it looks great! thanks.

  6. Wonderful creation Julie! I totally agree with you, artist can appreciate so many different styles other than their own. I think your banner turned out great. Ties in nicely with the rest of the page (And your way too cool new photo!)

  7. Love the brad pearling technique… hadn’t thought of using tweezers… DOH! The card is a gem.

  8. YAH! Finally, you post a card! I’ve been waiting, like forever! Just kidding! But really… I always look forward to your wonderful designs -can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up next.

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