Thursday, 4 February 2016

Shabby in Pink...

Happy Thursday,

Something a little different in style from me today slightly shabby and hopefully vintage!

 I really wanted to highlight the flowers on the Tuileries frame stamp to die for with a simple card that shows the detail.

I stared by stating the stamp in watering can archival ink twice, I coloured the flowers on one of the stamped images, using watercolour pencils.

 These were coloured by shading around the outside of each flower then pulling the colour in using a damp paintbrush.  I then went over these with a  white pencil to highlight the individual petals adding a 5mm stick on white pearl in the centres of the larger flowers and a 3mm one in the smaller ones..  I then cut the 2 flowers sprays from the first stamped image ( that's the beauty of stamps you can "print" as many copies as you want quickly!

Next I cut the second image out using the matching Auckland die form the New Zealand collection and shaded whilst in the die with pretty ink pink colour cloud blending ink to give a shaded and shabby feel to the image.  I added the flowers using foam tape so that they domed out from the background.

I then added this to  card made from some of the beautiful pages in the Gypsy Gypsy paper pad from Craft consortium ( another one in my growing collection of 12 x 12 paper stroking pads!)  I added a frame made form double pierced squares set A which I shared, again shabby style, using more of the colour cloud.  A final layer of the paper from the pad ( a pink dotty paper if you zoom in) and a couple of layers of white and taupe to finish.  The sentiment, from my pierced flags clear stamp set for CE , is a real favourite being slightly tongue in cheek put great for putting a smile on someones face!

I hope you like my travels into shabby its a new one for me I usually like classic and clean however I have to admit I like how this one turned out!

Card Size: 21 x 21 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Baby Pink, Taupe Gypsy Gypsy 12 x 12 paper pack 
Dies: Auckland die set, double pierced Squares set A
Stamps: Tuileries Frame stamp to die for, pierced tags clear stamp set JL
Inks: Watering can archival ink, CS colour cloud blending Ink Pretty in Pink



  1. Morning John, a beautiful card keep on your shabby journey it is great.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning John, a beautiful stamp set and the colouring is brilliant...your talent is endless.....

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you,a nice card, not sure about the sentiment, that is easier said than done.
    take care Kitty.

  4. Morning John, beautiful card today x

  5. Good morning John, love the sentiment it made me smile!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  6. Lovely card & a great sentiment!


  7. Such a beautiful card and stamp John. I love the way you've decoupaged the flowers and the sentiment is really good.
    Love Val x

  8. Gorgeous card John welcome back can't wait to see all your new ideas xx

  9. Good morning John. Certainly a different style for you - lovely.

  10. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card. It is certainly good to try different styles. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  11. Hi John, this card is fab, love the colour combination. Have a great day. Bx

  12. Morning John, A very gorgeous, shabby chic card. I love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Eh up John
    The colour is not doing it for me today,sorry, but lovely design & fun sentiment.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  14. Morning John, great to see you at Frankfurt, a beautiful creation and I am now following you too :)
    Linda xxx

  15. Hi John
    Not sure about the colors sorry , however i do like the style of your card.
    Elaine H X

  16. Hi John ,certainly a different style from you today,but it is growing on me .Gloria (Sidcup) xx

  17. Hi John,
    A different card today, I'm not sure I like the colour combination though.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Good morning John I like the stamp and the Auckland die. May be it is my screen but the colours don't gel for me and I'd leave out the splodges of ink on the framing. Sorry. Jackie xx

  19. This is wonderful John cant wait to see new stamps, xxx

  20. A different sort of card for you, it is good to experiment. I think I like it but you know my views on bows!!!!!


  21. Hi John
    A lovely card, but not sure about the colours.
    B xx

  22. I think this is one of the cards that looks better in real life. Love the composition but am not sure about the dazzler on the bow.

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Hi John,
    A very different look today, maybe the colours look better in real life but your stamp is so beautiful and I love the way you have coloured the flowers.
    Thanks for sharing

  24. Lovely card John. The flowers are gorgeous.

  25. Morning John,]
    Like some of the others the colours do not blend well in my eyes, and you know I'm not keen on big bows. However, I do like the design.

  26. Beautiful card John shabby as you call it I'd call it a winner
    Thank you. Love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  27. You are enjoying being different here !!
    Not sure about the colours but that may be in the photo. Love it otherwise.
    Sue Mac

  28. Beautiful John. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Hi John, what a really unusual colour combination, not one that I would ever have thought of using, but I think it works. I like it.


  30. Hi John, an unusual card, but it does work. Love the stamp. :)

  31. Hi John this is not one of my favourite cards, I like you tend to like clean and classic, but it is nice to see something different.

  32. Hello John

    This card is different. I do like the colour as it looks slightly vintage to me. Love the sentiment!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  33. Yep you've achieved your aim of shabby chic. I love this card, John.
    Hugs, Rose

  34. Hi John,
    Lovely design of card but not sure about the colour.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield