Sunday, May 3, 2020

Baby Pink Card - Two Ways

I'm a card designer who likes to explore different styles. My favorite style by far is mixed media, followed closely by shabby chic because both seem to come naturally to me. It's like my brain thinks in layers. 

And while I admire clean and simple cards, the style is as elusive to me as liking exercise. I swear to goodness, I just LOOK at some white space and BAM! an inky thumbprint appears. 

So since there are a bevy of challenges I wanted to play along in this week, I decided to try my hand at creating both shabby chic AND clean and simple cards. 

My shabby chic card is inspired by the swath of pink flowers in the inspiration image at Inkspirational and the sketch challenge at Beccy's place


I wanted to create an uplifting card and I bought a brand new kit from Unity Stamp Company that's perfect for anyone worrying in this time of uncertainty. 

I'm in loooove with all the texture in this design and also with that big scrawly sentiment. 

My next card was inspired by three different challenges: STAMPlorations CAS card challenge's current theme is anything goes with the option of baby pink. I'm also using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. 


And there's a really cool technique challenge at the CAS Mixed Media Challenge that I've never tried before: gesso resist. 

I've done resist with a lot of things, but I've never tried it with gesso. 

I painted a stamp I had from the STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set with a thin layer of gesso and then stamped it into the center of my paper. I apparently hadn't cleaned my stamp from the inking before and so it turned out a little gray - which I actually didn't hate. 

Gesso resist definitely isn't as foolproof as embossing resit. I found that I couldn't quite wipe away all of the color, but nonetheless it was pretty. 

I sponged it with some Distress Inks, splashed with a little bit of water, and then used some Pink Distress Oxide Spray Stain to add a little bit of darker splatter. I finished it with a simple sentiment.

It was a fun challenge to try such different styles! Which one do you like best?


  1. Cool resist technique ... and that first one belongs in a frame ... love them both.

  2. Pretty layers, fabulous texture and just look at you going all CAS on us!! You rock Becca!

  3. Loving your work Becca - I think the shabby chic card is my favourite by a whisker...
    Stay safe (despite the plumbing dramas)

  4. I love the look you got with the gesso resist - very effective and so different. Simply LOVE your shabby chic card with all that colour, layers and bits and bobs making it amazing. Awesome sentiment and font. Both fabulous makes Becca.

  5. Beautiful cards Becca, you've used such pretty colours and a wonderful mix of elements. You did a great job interpreting the sketch too. I particularly like the way you layered the twine over the pink gauze. Unfortunately, your card doesn't quite meet the conditions of our challenges, which is to use a Beccy's Place image, but thank you for sharing it with me.

  6. A beautiful twofer of cards! Oh that shabby chic is so divine! I haven't played with flowers for a long time! Every layer adds interest and results in a beautiful card. Your Gesso resist is so pretty and I like the touch of grey, it adds shadow:) You've mastered the CAS Mixed Media style:) I'm so happy you joined us at CAS Mix Up!

  7. Your gesso resist card is beautiful. I quite like the touch of grey on the butterflies, it goes nicely with the pink. Thank you for playing along with the CAS Mix Up challenge!

  8. Becca and pink. Wow. And a twofer. I too totally love that swirly script on your MM card. And your spot-o-pink on the CAS version is dreamy. Thanks for playing with us at the CAS Cards challenge!

  9. I love the shabby chic style and this card looks amazing with all those beautifully arranged flowers and the texture. Thanks for joining our challenge at Inkspirational.