I started off with an espresso A6 card. Then I stamped my vanilla panel, firstly with the Victorian Lace background stamp in Antique Linen distress ink. Then I added the medallion and the large Hero Arts birthday sentiment. I stamped Victorian Lace again in Antique Linen on a piece of vanilla CS, stamped the flourish from the Bliss set and cut it out with a circle Nestie die. I sponged the edges of the main panel and the vanilla circle with Antique Linen ink followed by a touch of Early Espresso ink. Next I stamped the butterfly in Baja Breeze ink and I edged it in Antique Linen and Early Espresso. I popped up the wings a bit and then added two pearls to the body.
This is probably the closest I'll get to making a really shabby chic, vintage style card. I definitely gravitate towards a clean style most of the time - but a sponge dauber for distressing edges is never far from my hands these days! Anyway, I was happy when the card was finished and I'll likely use it as a birthday RAK card.
For inside the card, I stamped a vanilla panel with the Victorian Lace background stamp and added a partial Bliss flourish at the bottom. I'd just received a new Inkadinkado clear 'Collaged Expressions' set so I used one of the frames from that set to stamp my sentiment in. That gorgeous Bliss flourish looks so elegant stamped on an envelope flap!
Stamps: SU! Bliss set, SU! Medallion & Victorian Lace stamps, Hero Arts Friends are Treasures cling set, Inkadinkado Collaged Expressions clear set
CS: SU! Early Espresso & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Early Espresso & Baja Breeze, Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: self adhesive half pearls