Vintage Shabby Chic Hanging

Hi everyone

I hope you are all well.

Today’s little project is a vintage themed shabby chic hanging.
Jean from Crafty Individuals sent to me some of their frames and mini images to use to make some samples.  Why I have not used these frames before is a mystery to me because they are fabulous!  They are such a lovely quality for mixed media projects or just to colour with paint or inks and stamp onto.  When the parcel arrived it had a piece of protective board in the envelope so I used that as the base of the hangings.

This is the first of the two projects I made.  If you would like a sneak peek at the other project you can see it over on the Crafty Individuals blog here.

The reverse side

Here is a quick outline of how I created this. If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a shout using the comments box below.

Step By Step

Base coat the base board on both sides with one coat of white gesso.
Crumple 1 ply of a serviette and attach to both sides of the board using Mod Podge.
Give both sides another coat of white Gesso.
Using a stencil and relief paste create extra texture on the one side (the front).
Paint the front, over the relief paste, with another coat of white Gesso.
Just to share, I used cut’n’dry foam and my fingers to apply the paint.
Paint the reverse side of the board with yellows, beige and brown coloured paint.
Paint the front side of the board with the same colours.
At this point, if you would like, stamp any images onto the painted board.

For The Topper

Stamp all of your embellishment pieces and cut them out.
Collect scraps of paper, book pages, tulle and ephemera together and leave to one side.
The old book pages where aged even more with the aid of some lemon juice and a heat gun.
I added spots of white Gesso to the tulle to give it more interest.

Decorating the Frames

Paint the frames with one coat of white Gesso.
Decorate with relief past using a stencil.
Paint the frame with one coat of Gesso.
Paint the frame with craft paint. I use the foam pad and my fingers for this.
Lightly sand the frame to highlight the relief paste.
Glue the image behind the frame as seen and leave to one side.


Place all of your pieces (except the frame) together to create the topper.
Staple them together, between layers, ensuring that the staples are not visible.
When you are happy with the assembled pieces, glue the pieces together more securely with gel medium or similar.
Just to share, I found that a pallet knife worked well for this.
Tip:   Glue in the center of the pieces, sufficient to hold everything together but leaving the outside edges free so that you can fold and ruffle up a little.  This gives the project a looser shabby look.
Attach the glued assembled piece to the backing board using a gel medium or strong glue.
Wrap a piece of lace around the piece and tie at one side.
Attached the decorated frame with gel medium or strong glue.

Crafty Individuals products used:

Crafty Individuals A4 Matt Sheet “Life’s Journey 2”.
Crafty Individuals A4 Sheet of Swirl Frames.
Rubber stamp “Call of the Sea” CI 397 (large script piece and number embellishments).
Rubber Stamp “Voyage of Discovery” CI 295 (small word embellishments).
That’s Crafty Must Haves Dinky stencils  “Harlequin”.
That’s Crafty Must Haves Dinky Stencil “Bubbly All Over”.

Thank you for looking

Flo x

 P.S.  Do look out for Crafty Individuals products on Hochanda TV on the 9th May at
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. along with demonstrations by the boss, the lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals and Lesley Wharton.
The fabulous stamps being featured are seaside themed.

P.P.S. Do look out for the new stamps from Crafty Individuals coming out soon. They are amazing.


  1. Marianne

    I’ve had perfect things I didn’t use for a long time, and then the right project came along for them. This is the perfect project for those wonderful frames, Florence. The card is elegant and mysterious!! I love the way you created all the different effects and layered them together. Very nicely done!!

    Enjoy a delightful day, Flo!

    Marianne xox

  2. gio

    Such an amazing and inspiring piece, Flo ,thanks for sharing. I need to dig out those frames, these are really gorgeous to use 🙂

  3. Sandra

    What fabulous Vintage Shabby Chic! I love it Flo. I really enjoyed the Crafty Individuals shows and it was great to see Jean showing her fabulous products, I can’t wait to see the new stamps. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  4. Craftyfield

    Delightful make Florence! I had a quick look at the Hochanda videos and it’s great to see Jane and Lesley showing off the CI stamps.

  5. scrAPpamondo (AliceP)

    I already admired your card on CI blog, and now I know all the steps you made to create this delight. 🙂 LOVE it! A great mixedmedia piece, with wonderful elements that matches so well toghether! Thanks very much for sharing all your tips!So useful and interesting!


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