Layered Spring Card Featuring Shabby Chic Bouquet Collection

Hello dear Little Birdie Fans! It’s Tracey back with a sweet new project to share with you.

Spring has finally arrived after a cold, snowy winter here in northeast Ohio. I’ve created this shabby layered card loaded with spring flowers and embellishments featuring the gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet collection including papers, ephemera, and of course fabulous handcrafted flowers created by beautiful women in India!

Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to discover all the details on how to create a layered shabby chic card of your own in this step by step photo tutorial.

Tips and Techniques

Step 1

Cut focal paper from the Shabby Chic Bouquet 6×6″ paper pad to 5 3/4 by 5 3/4″.

Step 2

Distress the edges of the focal paper using a paper distresser or the edge of your scissors.

Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 6×6″ and ink both pieces with coordinating brown ink.

Step 3

Cut a sentiment card from the Shabby Chic Bouquet 12 x 12″ paper set along with a patterned paper piece cut to 3 3/4 x 5 1/4″. This is such a sweet and beautiful sentiment card and would be perfect for a birthday, graduation, new job, or any special life accomplishment.

The wood board paper piece is left over from a previous project. I accidentally cut it to the wrong size for that project and kept in in my stash of Shabby Chic Bouquet papers. As I was creating this project I realized it was a perfect fit and the right size for this project. This piece was altered by using second and third generation stamping with a script stamp in brown and a floral stamp in green.

Distress the edges of both pieces and edge with brown ink.

Step 4

Select images from the Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera pack to layer into the card. I just adore that these pieces are already glittered and ready to go for a quick and easy embellishment. Not pictured I also ended up using one more flower that I fussy cut from the image sheet in the 12 x 12″ paper set.

Step 5

Select Shabby Chic flowers to create a floral cluster on the card. I’ve used flowers from Shabby Chic: Wendy; Queenie; Polina; and foliage from Izabella.

Step 6

Die cut gears from thin chipboard using the Cogs and Wheels Thin Cut Die Set.

Step 7

Select a strip of chipboard to layer into the card. I’m using Mesh Design Primed Chipboard. I used this on a previous project and am using the long strip that I had left. Because this chipboard is primed, it has a beautiful shabby finish already and did not need anything else for this project.

Step 8

Arrange and adhere the elements to the card.

Step 9

Originally I left the chipboard gears unfinished, but once the project was together, I realized they would look better with a bit of color, so carefully brushed them with Shimmery Sherbet and Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic Paints which tie in perfectly with the colors in the patterned paper and ephemera. This would have been much easier to do before adhering them to the project. You can learn from my mistakes!

The metal bee charm is also brushed with these paints to coordinate.

Step 10

Adhere the finished piece to a 6×6″ card base.

More Close-Ups

Little Birdie flowers and foliage create such gorgeous clusters!

Here you can see all the amazing layers, from the beaded lace from my stash to primed chipboard, ephemera, shimmering gears, and distressed paper layers.

More layers with ephemera, fussy cut florals, gears, and papers.

And one more shot of this fabulous layered corner.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Thin Chipboard
Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Old Paper; Brushed Corduroy
Ranger ~ Distress Archival Ink: Ground Espresso; Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz ~ Ledger Script Stamp
Tim Holtz ~ Flower Shop Stamp Set
Beaded Lace
Bee Charm (from Amazon)
Repositionable Tape
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to use Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a layered shabby card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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