A Shabby Chic Thank You Card with an Elegant Twist

Front view of shabby chic thank you card with elegant embellishment

We pull from the archives today with a lovely shabby chic thank you card. And a side note.

Greeting cards never go out of style. We know this to be true as we lovingly pull treasured vintage cards from boxes during holidays. Christmas, Valentines… the Victorians knew a thing about designing beautiful greeting cards. We stroke their worn edges with gentle fingers and read the faded script from times gone by, wondering who the senders were.

Glitter and Bonbons wants to share some of our “vintage” cards which we made “back in the day,” too, but which seem a shame to throw into cyber trash. Some of the cards have been saved by their recipients, but most probably have not. And the little blog that I had back then was seen by very few. So I’m bringing my favorites forth as I work to get this new blog off the ground because, to be honest, some of the cards are just too good to throw away!

And every now and then, I might resurrect one or two that show how far the Chief Cardmaker has come as we all share a “Bless her heart” moment.

Rest assured the thoughts and opinions that accompany these old favorites are as fresh as new-fallen snow. Circumstances have changed, as have my notions and points of view! So thank you for allowing me to revisit my old friends from time to time as I build my inventory of new and ever more exciting projects!

Shabby chic meets elegantly messy

Sometimes you struggle with a card. But sometimes a card almost puts itself together. This was that kind of card. I enjoyed it every step of the way.

Starting with the printed paper, which felt almost like linen, this card was a joy to work with. Maybe it was the colors. Red is my favorite color, followed closely by aqua, both of which are featured on the central panel. Look at that red panel. See how the color looks distressed up in the left corner? I didn’t do it, that’s just how it was.

What I did do was rough up the edges all around with my paper distresser. Instant yummy shabbiness. I matted both that layer and the central layer on textured dark brown cardstock.

For that matter, I matted the center die cut on the same textured card stock as well and heat embossed the mat layer with copper embossing powder. Instant elegance. I do love copper embossing powder. It’s got much more character than plain brown embossing powder.

Close up of sentiment layer on shabby chic thank you card
This area practically drips with texture

I also embossed the sentiment with the same copper embossing powder, then sponged inside the metal die with two shades of distress inks for a halo effect. No way would that card tolerate a sea of white up front.

The bow was where I had the most fun. I used soft blue seam binding, my favorite kind of ribbon, and I tied a “Colleen Bow,” as taught by my friend Colleen Dietrich in her tutorial titled “A Colleen Bow Tutorial.” She and I were on a design team back in the day, and I’ve always been a huge fan of her design style as well as her sparkling personality.

A vintage button tops the bow while a piece of net ribbon completes the ensemble.

The inside gets rather aggressively distressed

The inside with sponged edges.
No sentiment this time, just heavily distressed edges.

The inside is the usual double layer of cardstock, only this time there’s no sentiment (I had a lot of thanking to do and needed every inch of space). The edges are pretty aggressively distressed as that was my “thing” back then. I’m more into inking the edges nowadays, though… with highly distressed fronts, the insides are kind of fair game. Time will tell.

Now it’s your turn

We’d love for you to make a thank you card that’s not stiff and formal – shabby it up a bit (or a lot). Then share it on my FB page – we’d love to share it with our readers!

We’re waiting for you – happy crafting!

Angled view of shabby chic thank you card with an elegant twist
Shabby and elegant make perfect friends

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