Must-have Items for Shabby Chic Crafts by Leanne McAlpine


Hello again everyone. Today I’m sharing with you my must have items for shabby chic crafts.
Shabby chic/vintage is my preferred style of paper crafting. For years I struggled to find my preferred style and always had problems making neat cards. I think this is what drew me to the shabby chic style as there are no rules or straight lines… I cannot do straight!
I love embellishments but sometimes it’s difficult to know when to stop adding items.
I tend to add items that are not necessarily designed for crafting,  like I’ve already said there are no rules.
In this list I have added my go to products but I do add alsorts to my projects. Just because something doesn’t have craft in the title, doesn’t mean it can’t be crafted with!

28th feb

1. Kraft card – For me this is essential. It goes so well with this style and looks amazing when stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. This is one of my new addictions! Kraft card is so versatile and embosses well. It also distresses easily. I use Crafter’s Companion Kraft card as it is really good quality and is the same colour on both sides. Its also nice to stamp on.
2. Patterned paper – I love patterned paper. In fact I love it so much sometimes I can’t bear to use it! I hoard it.  I always distress the edges of my paper with scissors and tend to ink the edges to make it stand out. I tend to use multiple pieces of complimentary papers and build layers. I’m not one for matting and layering.  Pick good quality paper… it makes a difference to your finished project.
3. Flowers – I use loads of paper flowers. I tend to buy mine ready-made rather than make my own as I have dexterity issues and would struggle. Try to find different sizes and shapes of flowers and use different colours together on one project. Remember you can paint and/or ink your flowers to match your work. There are loads of online shops for ordering paper flowers in bulk fairly inexpensively.
4. Leaves – I add die cut leaves to almost all my projects. They look more natural when they are just poking out from under your flowers. Leaves don’t have to be green either! I sometimes use bay leaves, the dried ones used in cooking.
5. Lace, twine & ribbon – This is essential. It adds the finishing touches and you only need a small piece. Again this can be coloured or aged with inks.
6. Doilies – These are really popular and are widely available in a variety of shapes.
7. Embossing folders – These add texture to any project and when the detail is sanded back, it adds that shabby detail.


8. Dies – Whether they are used for cutting layers, edges or focal points they are another staple. With so many to choose from, the possibilities are endless. I use them on all my projects and like to use them to cut a variety of materials including card, tin and hessian. One of my favourite things to do is to cut one die 3 times from kraft card and glue all 3 together. This looks like chipboard.


9. Stamps, stencils, inks & embossing powders – Stamps are perfect for creating backgrounds and stencils create texture and layers. I love using embossing powders and never get tired of watching it turn. My favourite is white on kraft card, it just looks stunning. Inks are not just great for stamping but for running along edges of layers and definition too.


10. Glue – It goes without saying you need something to stick everything together with! My glue of choice is hot glue. I use it all the time. Although I think it has cost me some fingerprints! I use wet glue for layering, foam pads for dimension and red liner tape is a necessity when fixing lengths of ribbon or beading.


I hope you have found this useful.
Thanks for popping by
Leanne x


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