Wednesday, November 10, 2010

~ Friendship Shabby Card ~ and a distressing tutorial


How's your week going? Mine is happy and I've got a bunch of stuff to share today.

BasicGrey's new Curio collection has gotten me! I love the vintage beauty of it!


...... and felt. Still hand-cutting leaves from the puffy fluffy goodness.



Hi there to all of you who's reading. Say hi back so I'll know you dropped by! :)


After the card was dished up, I decided to do a little something special ... with a large manila tag and some distress ink. This is kind of a lazy tutorial, but I thought to share it anyway. That's me - lazy.


First, you dabble the brush in the distress ink (or any kind of ink, I'm not fussy...) and gently rub it inwards from the edges of the tag. This rubbing technique seems to work only on the manila tags (at least for me), but you feel free to test it on other paper surfaces. Just don't shout at me if it doesn't work.

Then I minced up a few other little ingredients and threw them together ...


... and they baked into a perfect pie!



The card and tag were then bundled together with a kraft paperbag and a yard of twine to make a special gift set.



So fun! Thank you for letting me share it with you!


And a quick update on the etsy store: a huge thanks to the wonderful Miss Sarah Martina for being my first customer! That brought a big smile to me. I will be adding more of the berry-trinket-pins in a few moments, along with die-cut tags in the dollar goodies section of the store. I hope to fill the place with affordable and sweet embellishments for your crafts. Maybe manila tags will follow. Feel free to drop me ideas; I will be more than happy to listen.



~ Viola


  1. "Hi back", sweet friend. (You asked for it!) Have a couple minutes before I pick up my little critters from school and thought I would see if you're having a productive week...and, lucky for me, the answer is yes. Pretty card and tag. You're right the papers are lovely. And...I don't know what I would do without my distress inks. Just discovered them a couple months ago and can't live without em now. The wood handle foam applicator is really nice, too, when you're needing more even coverage. Carry on dear! If I can't be creating, you might as well go on ahead for me! Have a good-ie!

  2. These are beautiful creations! I love getting your updates and love your Etsy store as well!

  3. my heart always skip a beat or two each time i search for inspiration here Viola! GORGEOUS cards and I LURVE Curio too.... Yay! for your etsy's. I'm sure MORE will follow :)

  4. Hi babe! Lovely work you have here! I should start trying to do shabby chic vintage sweet like you do! And I love the tags you're putting on are tempting me! Do u have any in white and beige ..the small ones? i love small tags!!
    P.S: What colour of distress inks did u use to distress the tags??

  5. just gorgeous, viola! the colors, the textures, the details are all so yummy! thank you so much for sharing! love them! *hugs* steph :)

  6. Absolutely stunning and I loved your little tutorial. :)

  7. So sweet Viola! beautiful cards!

  8. Soo lovely Viola! Love this paper too and you've made it shine!


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