Wednesday, February 23, 2011

card keeper..

Hi all, it's my turn to share a 'card keeper' with you.. They are such a great idea and make the perfect gift as well.. I ended up giving this one to my eldest daughter Rhi to store all of her special cards in, but now someone else is keen to have one too, so it looks like I'll be making another for Jem soon :)

I chose this lovely 3 window design to work with.. along with some of my favourite Scrapware chippies and a few other embellishments..

I've gone for a bit of a shabby chic look and painted the card keeper with some gesso, the texture of the chipboard was great to work with so I've actually left a little showing through the paint. I've added a few touches of old book paper and crackle paint and some sticky-backed plasterboard tape for texture.

The antique mini frame has been inked in turquoise and the centre piece of chipboard covered with old book paper and a light gesso wash before adding the date stickers..
The antique lowercase alpha were first painted in gesso, then inked with a charcoal colour, making it darker at the bottom. Once dry I gave them a coat of Ranger Glossy Accents..

My daughter's put just a few cards in so far, but there's plenty of room on the ring to add more cards through the year..

and finally, a close up showing the flowers, which were inked in red, with a Kaisercraft pearl in each centre..

Here are the products I've used:

and just before I go, I thought I'd share a simple card I made this week for my sister's birthday..

I've created the background using some gesso and layers of ink (Ranger Colour Wash) sprayed onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with water. I've written 'happy birthday' in white pen over the background, added a die-cut strip and a couple of blossom flowers (can you tell how much I love these?) It's a fun design to do and very quick..I think the raw chipboard goes great against the busy background..

Thanks so much for visiting,
Gina x


  1. GINA the shabby look totally rocks on thsi one the white wash with the book paper just looks sooooo cool!

  2. love the textures you make me want to blow off my boring house work tomorrow and play all day with gesso!!! Love the antique mini frame they are actually a fav of mine! Awesome job! Can you make me one too??? LOL

  3. SO LOVE the shabby look on your card holder gosh the texture is amazing
    PML just saw Marcy's comment about the housework ... so true!