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Shabby Chic Happy Birthday Card Tutorial

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Shell Carman here today to share a tutorial on making a layered shabby chic Birthday Card!

I have chosen some girly papers & products with the idea of making a pretty card for a young girl. I am using Prima Fairy Belle collection with a collection of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!

Start by cutting a piece 6″X12″ from white cardstock & fold in half so that you have a 6X6″ square card base.
Cut Fairy Belle in Firefely 5.5X5.5″ & distress & ink the edges. Run the E-Z Runner Permanent Strips Refillable around the edges of the firefly piece & stick to white card base.

Use a Medium size White doily. Apply E-Z Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive to half of the doily. As the doily is quite a thin paper the E-Z Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive is a much finer, lighter texture tape so it won’t show through the paper of the doily.

Stick the doily to the top/centre of the card with half the doily folding over the back of the card

Cut a Fairy Belle Notecard in half. Use the E-Z Runner Permanent Strips Refillable & apply to the bottom half only

Stick the notecard top/centre of doily with about 1/4 overlapping the top edge.
Cut La Spa sheet 2X5″ Pendant. Place Crafty Foam Tape along edges. I prefer to use the Crafty Foam Tape for larger pieces

Use a small white doily & apply E-Z Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive in centre. Again I’m using the E-Z Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive on the doily as the paper is more delicate & the tape in the E-Z Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive is quite fine & will not show through

Stick the doily over the top of the pendant join

Take the Fairy Belle Chipboard piece Ballerina Fairy. I don’t like the white around the edges & prefer more detail so I am going to fussy cut it. Use a craft knife to split it in half

Once the chipboard piece has been fussy cut the image is very delicate with very thin areas. It is quite hard to stick down so I find this the most effective way. Use Adhesive Sheet 6″X4″/10CMX15CM. Take 1 sheet & cut in half. Remove yellow release liner. Stick the chipboard piece down (good side facing up). Fussy cut around the chipboard image. The Adhesive sheet now fully covers the chipboard piece even in the tiny intricate places!

Repeat this process with a second Fairy Ballerina Chipboard piece. Stick either side of pendant

Die Cut a Spiral Circle from Fairy Belle Firefly using the grey side
Use 3D Foam Squares-White Variety Pack. I love this pack as it has a mix of large & smaller size foam squares. Use the larger size & apply to the back of the die cut

Cut 5X1 1/4″ piece from Fairy Belle Summer Dream. Distress & Ink edges. Use 3D Foam Squares-White Variety Pack again using the larger size in the pack. Apply to back of pendant

Stick on top of die cut spiral circle

Use some scrap white cardstock. Stamp a banner in Brown ink. I have used Just Rite Clear Buntings & Banners. Fussy cut the banner. Apply foam tape to the back using 3D Foam Squares-White Variety Pack using the small size this time. The smaller squares are a perfect fit to place under each banner

Stick this under pendant just above the Fairy Ballerinas hands

Stamp a sentiment on some scrap white cardstock in Brown ink. I have used Just Rite Clear Buntings & Banners (Happy Birthday). Fussy cut a small pendant around the stamped sentiment approx. 2.5X0.5″. Ink the edges. Apply 3D Foam Squares- White Variety Pack using the smaller size

Stick this on top of the larger pendant

Finish decorating card. I have used Jenni Bowlin bows in cream on either side of pendant. They are self adhesive but to make sure they stay down I have used Dodz Small on each bow. Use Liquid Pearls on pendants & banner

Tie a bow with seam binding. Apply Dodz 3D in centre of Bow & stick down at top of card

& now you have a shabby chic card with lots of layers & dimension! Here are some closeups


Shell Carman


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