Saturday, March 16, 2013

Simon Says Challenge::Chic to be Shabby

Nothing says Shabby Chic to me like the soft colors of Tsukineko's Walnut Ink Sprays!  I actually started these postcards a couple of days ago and thought I'd finish them up to meet the challenge at
Willow Walnut Ink Spray
Combination of Walnut Ink Sprays
Cornflower color

The cards measure 4" by 6" and are cut from 140# watercolor paper.  I coat each card with a small amount of gesso and allow it to dry before spraying water on the surface.  The light spritz of water is quickly followed with a generous spray of Tuskineko's Walnut Ink Spray.  For one card I chose Willow, the second one was sprayed with a combination of Lilac, Cornfllower and Willow Walnut Ink Sprays and a third was sprayed with  Cornflower Walnut Ink spray.  After I spray the colored Walnut Ink I allow the ink to run all over the surface, spraying a little more water if necessary, blotting here and there with a paper towel and then thoroughly drying it with a heat gun.  As a final touch I spray a little bit of Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost or Sparkle.  I allow this to move around the card by lifting and turning it, then a quick dry with the heat gun.  Now I have a muted color that feels a little shabby but still chic at the same time.  After I achieve what I feel is an understated, elegant background color then I add my clip art, has a wonderful selection, and some rubber stamping.  StazOn is a perfect permanent ink for this and comes in a variety of colors.  I turn to my "stash" to see what other embellishments/scraps I can use.  Each card has the edges distressed with coordinating StazOn inks.  I love the intense colors that StazOn provides.  I have found that StazOn ink is not just for stamping, it can be blended using Imagine Crafts Ink Blushers.  The colors are gorgeous!
Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog.  It makes it even more fun if you have time to leave a comment, I love to read your input.  Talk to you soon, have a great weekend.  We have some sunshine here in New England for the moment.  I noticed yesterday that my spring bulbs are starting to pop their little heads out, all we need is a couple of warm, sunny days and everything here will be an explosion of color!
Here's a list of the products I used on these cards.

Products Used
Watercolor paper 140# cut to 6" by 4"
Tsukineko Lilac, Cornflower & Willow Walnut Ink Sprays
Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz/Frost & Sparkle
StazOn Royal Purple, Cactus Green, Black, Forest Green inks
Memento Peanut Brittle ink
StazOn Opaque Cotton White & Black Inkers
Hidden Vintage Studios clip art found at
K & Co self adhesive butterflies
Memento Markers

Fiskar Paper Cutter
Stamps:    Dina Wakley's Boys Star, River City, Stampers Anonymous, Dyan Reaveley leaves, Impression Obsession flower stamp
old credit cards
Water Spray bottle
Paper towels
Imagine Crafts Ink Blushers (sponges)


  1. Oh, love your blog! Going to sign up to follow now!

  2. Renee...your vintage style post cards are lovely! I totally agree with you that walnut ink spray is a wonderful way to vintage up something! Your designs are so lovely and I also love the other bits of colors that you've added to your post cards. Love the stamping and the dimensional butterflies, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  3. Bulbs? It's warm here, and I wish I had bulbs coming up...too lazy to plant them! Love your shabby postcards! Awesome! You have some great stamped images! Your stash is impressive! Love the vintage coloration too! Thanks for playing in our shabby challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. Gorgeous colours and beautiful stamping Renee, perfectly shabby chic xx

  5. Beautiful stamping. Love those sprays!