Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Shabby Chic Teddy Bo tutorial.....

I know some have a hard time with the term Shabby chic!
I am NOT an expert so this is my interpretation of what I think
Shabby Chic is!

By definition it is a form of interior design where furniture and
furnishings are either chosen for their age and signs of wear
 and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of
an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is
emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the
"chic" in the name. Whites and worn or bleaches out pastels are
 favorite colours. Usually alot of flowers too!
(But I used snowflakes instead!)

Right now I take that to be LOTS and LOTs of white on white
and cracked paint and loads of fabric and texture! Oh and a
touch of glitter!!!That is how I like to do it!
So the things I use to achieve my look are:

~FLAT or MATTE finish White Spray Paint (Thanks to Minna)
~Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint
~DecoArt Snow-Tex
~Martha Stewart Coarse Fine Glitter
~loads of cheesecloth, lace, seam binding and felt (All in white!)

Here is my card after I have picked out the papers that I want to use:

First thing I do is give my papers a light coating of spray paint,
you don't want to overdo it but just until you like the results.
I also like spraying all my fabrics too as it gives them a nice
flat finish and it also stiffens them up alittle so applying the
crackle paint down the road is a little easier.

Next I run the crackle paint down the edges of the papers, I leave a nice
thick brush so that I get alot on my edges. You don't have to
do it any certain way and really the less careful you are the
better it looks! Really!!!

Also the thicker the paint ~ the bigger and better the cracks!!!
You can decide what edges you want the paint to be on. I usually put a healthy
dose on my dp and a light coat on my kraft base card:

Then I also added some to my diecuts. I wanted the kraft one to
be completely covered in white, because it is behind the
lighter one, so I just painted it on and placed it in a clear spot:

When all the crackle paint dries, which here in Texas literally takes minutes,
I add my mix of crackle paint, water and snow-tex. I just
made this mixture to my liking and put it in an old crackle paint
jar because I like the built in brush. Here is what it looks like:

Then again I run it over my papers just like the crackle paint. I
tend to do it in spots as opposed to all over because
I want the crackle paint to show:

While that is a little white I added the glitter where I want it.
I added it to all the individual snowflakes and the large
white layer in the back:

                                When it all dries put your card together!!! Don't forget to
throw in all your fabrics and what not!!!!
Here is a comparison of "shabby chic" and letting it be:
Here is my finished card with all my other details added:

My true color and texture shot:

Close up of more texture and layering:

Isn't this image just adorable!! I love it and it makes me want
to go and jump in the snow!!!
Image was colored with distress inks and twinkling h20's.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Sorry if it was lengthy but
this is only my 2nd time making one up and I didn't
want to leave anything out!!!!

So if you want to play along with the shabby chic theme
go here and see the details ~ you can get yourself
a Teddy Bo & Co image!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by
and I hope you have a fabulous day!


Carol said...

WOW thanks for the fab tutorial Kathy!! I absolutely luv your work so to be able to see it step by step is marvellous, thanks for sharing. Will definately wanna give this a try sometime. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

Deb said...

this is a fab tutorial Kathy, now I know what I am doing wrong and I am definitely going to get some of that spray paint!
your finished card looks absolutely beautiful too!
have a great day, happy crafting, Debxx

Anonymous said...

WOWZER Kathy!! Your card is so gorgeous hun!! Really fabulous tutorial hun!! I've always been really stingy with my crackle paint when I use it, but I see you use it quite differently! LOL!! I love your style and will have to work on perfecting this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!! HUGS

Kerttu said...

Such an adorable card! Loving the allt the white so I think I need to buy some paint:)

Wanted to ask you about the snowflake die cuts. Where do they come from? punch? die? LOving snowflakes:P


Jill said...

Totally amazing Kathy!
I have tryed and tryed, but nothing look as good as this, so now I'm heading back to my usual stuff ;)
You are a star and your tutorial totally rock!
And remember what I said before: This card is on my wishlist for christmas *blink blink* LOL
Lots of hugs, Jill

Louise said...

Hi sweetie!
Oh, THANK you so much for this stunning tutorial hunni :)
I´ll definately make a shabby card this way to turn on my Kathy volume ;)
It looks amazing!

Not to mention that card - it´s beyond beautiful. Love the snow effects and your lush, lush colouring :)


Corinne said...

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. Love the technique and the step by step information and photos is awesome. I definitely want to try this technique soon...perfect for winter/Christmas themed cards.

Your card is beautiful. Love the colors you used on your image.


Dena said...

What a great tutorial Kathy! Thank you so much! I love how you work your magic with this style! I just need to try it more often!!!! Beautiful card!!!
Hugs, Dena

Tiets said...

oh Kathy, so beautifull this card and thank you for the tutorial. It looks fabulous!
Enjoy your weekend,
Hugs Tiets

Jodie from Oz said...

Kathy, wow your tutorial is wonderful, thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents. Your cards & colouring are breathtakingly beautiful. Have a great weekend. hugs jodie from oz :) xx

Helen said...

wow, gorgeous, got to make Christmas cards soon.. thank you for the lovely ideas.


having a {me} day said...

Hi Kathy, WOW! I just love your amazing card and all the snowy-ness! I LOVED reading your tutorial. So much detail! It would take me forever if I had to wait for all that paint to dry and that's forever more than the forever it already takes me. LOL. Love the before and after pics, what an amazing difference! I love it all!! Can you tell?? keeleyxx

Tammi said...

Awesome tutorial, you ALWAYS inspire me with your talent! Your card is soooooo beautiful! Darling image too, might have to get that one! :) Sorry I haven't been around, not much blogging the last few months! ~hugs

Margaret said...

Loved the tutorial and thanks for taking us through it still don't know if I have the courage to try. I am one of those pat the paper and put it away again people.
Margaret M

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