Parisian Shabby Chic Spa Card Tutorial
Spoil Yourself by Godiva's Dream
This was a really fun card to create, I had just bought a Parisian themed paper pad and a bubble bath stamp, so I could hardly wait to get busy.
People often ask me, how I know every single thing I will be using for the project right away. The answer is - I don’t, I pick a bunch of matching items to start with, then they get narrowed down to the most suitable ones and the rest are selected during the crafting process. In this particular case, I chose my stamp (Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps “Brigitte” by the artist Annie Rodrigue), selected matching papers from the Dovecraft “Sweet Paris” paper collection and picked various ribbons and lace in complementing shades. Not all of these will be used on my card, but it’s a starting point.
Matting and Layering
Once I decided on the layout I was going to use, I cut my paper to size and picked textured American Crafts cardstock in a complementing shade of pink for matting. I liked the idea of vintage styling for this project, so I tinted the edges of my paper and cardstock using Ranger “Distress Ink” in “Frayed Burlap” and distressed them. You can use scissors or a dedicated distressing tool to achieve this effect.
Assembling the Layers
After ageing and distressing my papers, I matted them onto the pink cardstock and arranged the layers as I initially planned. Out of the pile of ribbon in the first photo, I picked a burgundy faux silk one and some guipure lace. I chose this particular ribbon not only because it gave a pop of brighter colour to the card, but also because it has a slightly crinkled texture, which adds to the vintage look. Once I adhered the lace and ribbon to the layers, I attached everything to the card base using double sided sticky tape. I don’t tend to use wet glue on large areas to avoid warping the paper.
Stamping and Colouring
Now that my card is prepared, I can move onto colouring. I hand stamped Brigitte in Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink and coloured her with Promarker/Brushmarker markers. I then fussy cut the image leaving a thin white outline around it to make the stamp stand out better against the background.
Showcasing the Image
To show off Brigitte, I chose two different frames which will be placed on top of each other. One is a rather delicate square filigree frame in burgundy (Joy! Crafts 6002/0360) and the other - a pink oval with aged edges (Spellbinders “Oval Bliss” S4-474). I also cut out, tinted and distressed a plain oval; it will be glued flat in the middle of the pink frame and will serve as a background for the stamp.
I adhered the frames to each other and positioned them in the middle of the card, then added my stamp on 3D foam for extra dimension.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I was now ready to add embellishments. I chose high quality mulberry flowers in various sizes and shades, some pearl sprays, golden stamens, a rhinestone and pearl heart flatback, and a tiny vial of pink glitter. I also picked up some ribbon I already used on the card to tie a matching bow.
I arranged my flowers, stamens, and pearl sprays in the bottom right hand corner. In the end, I decided not to use the glitter bottle, but instead incorporated a crystal spray as well as some die cut glitter leaves (Spellbinders S2-067 and S2-062).
On the opposite side, I adhered a double loop bow with the pearl heart in the centre. For some extra detail, I also added a pink filigree heart (Cottage Cutz “Sweet Heart”) with some tiny adhesive pearls right above it.
If you have any questions or comments about this project, please post them, I’m looking forward to reading them all.