Shabby Chic Christmas - Authentique Solitude

Welcome everyone!

Another Christmas card post for you today. This time it is for three Shabby Chic Christmas cards. This style or genre of card seems to be very popular around here of late, and within two or three days of having the cards on display we have ended up with two classes for this card class. We only have a date and time for the first class, and once the order for additional paper arrives, we will have a date and time for the second class.

These cards are created using the beautiful vintage "Solitude" collection from Authentique.

Shabby Chic Christmas Cards with Authentique Solitude Collection
CLASS #1 - Wednesday, October 24th - 6:00 - 9:30pm
CLASS #2 - Monday, November 1st - 6:00 - 9:30pm
CLASS #3 - Friday, November 16th - 9:30am - Noon

COST: $38 + GST

Contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290 to reserve your spot

It's time for another Christmas card class for Shabby Chic enthusiasts. In this class we will use some mixed media/Shabby Chic products we have not used before, like Art Stones and Gel Medium.
These three square Vintage Shabby Chic cards will be a joy to create and to give to someone special, or you could frame them as three mini Christmas shadow box decor items. The choice is yours. See you there!

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: paper distresser, double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue, white foam squares, non stick craft mat, heat tool, Distress Ink pad Gathered Twigs & ink blending tool, approx 1/2" flat brush, jar with water to clean brush a few times & paper towel, wipes for your hands, and any of the following you have - Prima Marketing Art Ingredients Art Stones (medium size), Gel Medium Matte, Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte OR Liquitex Ceramic Stucco, NUVO Crystal Drops Autumn Red, NUVO Glitter Drops White Blizzard OR NUVO Glimmer Paste Moonstone, & White Gesso.

PLEASE NOTE: I will have these products at class for your use if needed.

There is something quite fun about distressing and tearing paper. I'm not sure why, especially when the paper is so beautiful, but let's have a look at each card separately, and in more detail, shall we.

Love the use of Art Stones on these cards, and it was fun to take brown plastic pine cone twigs and layer them with gesso, ink, and glimmer paste.

Adding detailed die cuts is always very effective with shabby chic cards like this one from Ranger.

Popping up the fussy cut trees in front of the image gives it a layered dimentional look.

For this second card, if you look closely, you can see how I mitered the striped paper. This is something that I love to do with striped paper so that you can see the stripes al around rather than having them disappear in a vertical or horizontal direction. This way you get to see the stripes all the way around.

For the die cut snowflakes, I took a dry brush with gesso and stippled it onto the snowflakes to give them a snow-like texture. When dry, I added a touch of sponging Gathered Twigs onto them so that they would not be stark white against the old ivory colour in the paper collection.

Below is another of the dies is used from the same Ranger die set.

To create a little more colour, I used NUVO Crystal drops in Autumn Red to cover the bud ends of the plastic pine cone twigs to create red berries.

Another side view...

I love the bird paper of this collection, and was happy to use it on this third card.

To add further embellishment onto this card I decided to die cut Poinsettias. It as fun to die cut check Poinsettia leaves and create something a little unexpected or out of the norm.

Here is a closer look. More red berries created, too.

And, here is a side view for this card.

I thank you for stopping by to have a peek at the cards for this class. Hope that inspiration for some of your Christmas card creating is a result of viewing my creations for this class.  See you in class, or happy creating if you are using these for inspiration.

Till next time, may your Christmas mojo be with you as you start creating for the Christmas season soon to be upon us.

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