Shabby chic magazine/file holder


This is the time of year where I really try to get rid of or use some of my stash that I have accumulated over the years.  I love Anna Griffin papers and I had wanted to use them in some scrapbook pages but they didn’t really match any of my photographs so I thought I would just sell them or swap them at my next scrapbook crop.  But I then thought I would decorate my numerous plain magazine or file holders and that way I would still get to look at the pretty papers.  The holder is made of thin wood so I painted them first with white gesso then applied some pink rose and ivory emulsion very haphazardly inside and out.  I cut the patterned papers to fit leaving a tiny borfer around each section then using PVA stuck them each side.  When everything was completely dry I then sanded the edges and parts of the images to distress them and get a softer shabby chic look.  I might need to give them a coat of sealer but I am really glad I didn’t get rid of my Anna Griffin papers after all.  Only another 17 more to cover!

ATC swap theme Distressed

Here are my three ATCs for the ukstampers November swap with the theme of Distressed. The first one is based around nature, the second ATC has an image of an Oriental vase which I distressed using crackle glaze and the third may look familiar to some of you as I used the same photo, of a rusty piece of metal, and same techniques that I used for a previous tag.

naturallyDistressedSmlNaturally distressed
Inks: Distress inks:Tea dye and walnut stain, Stazon Timber brown
Card: white card, cork sheet, piece of mica
Stamps: Aspects of design Rambling 1
Other: elephant button, linen thread, cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed stripes

vaseDistressedSmlVase distressed
Inks: Versacolor Royal blue and white, Distress ink Broken china (rubbed over the crackle)
Card: white stain card, Chinese paper
Stamps: Non sequitur Samurai and cranes for the vase and calligraphy
Other: piece form old earring, brads, distress crackle paint clear rock candy, copic pens to colour image
rustyDistressedSmlRusty distressed metal
Inks: Distress ink walnut stain
Card: glossy photo card
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse
Other: old bottle cap, Distress stickles walnut stain, Distress embossing powder Vintage photo, R stencil