Mondays in May with May!

It’s Monday, my name is May, and I’m back with another favorite new line – Pink Paislee’s London Market. Full of beautiful papers and stunning die cuts, buttons, and more – the surprising thing about this line is how well it blends with other lines and colors. Of course it’s stunning on its own as well, and today I’m going to be sharing a card (with step-by-step instruction) and layout featuring London Market.
Will you use it for a travel mini book? A tea party layout? Perhaps just some random photos or thank you cards. However you choose, London Market  is designed so you could really play up some mint or forest greens, sky or navy blue, or neutral colors and downplay the pink accents. You could also utilize the neutral colored papers and the awesome chipboard buttons and go with any color palette you desired – I really appreciate how timeless the designs are, and how useful they’ll be for years to come.
1. You will need to cut a 3 x 4 ½ piece of scrap paper, as well as 3 ½ x 5 and 4 x 5 ½ pieces of patterned paper – use the same or different designs.
2. Take the scrap paper and lay it over the smaller patterned paper and use the pink paint dabber to paint the edges. When done, remove the scrap paper and adhere the smaller patterned paper to the larger which will become the front of your card. This handy trick creates the illusion of three papers, when really you only have 2.
3. Cut a 1” banner strip, and die cut letters (or just use stickers) for your sentiment. Coat in glossy accents, paint edges, and set onto card (don’t adhere yet!)
4. Gather some die cuts and arrange until pleasing, add a brad and spool button if desired as well. Once satisfied with arrangement, adhere all the items to the card front.
5. Complete card by edging with brushed corduroy distress pen and adhere to the front of a blank card.
Card Supplies:
In the card above, and on my layout below I edged die cuts with my brushed corduroy distress marker. I love this particular distress marker for edging small pieces! It’s so much easier and can get into all the nooks and crannies. Even if you don’t think you’d use the  other markers – I recommend this particular one for edging. Love it!
Now let me break out the full 12” paper pack, and really get layering! While I can create simpler projects with this line, I embraced the shabby chic goodness of it, and added in some lace, stitching, gold paint, and really just let my photos (4×6) and these papers shine.
Layout Supplies:
With so much text and flourish accenting it, this line requires very little additional embellishing. I do love every single piece of it – and I especially recommend the buttons. They are chipboard and have a resist finish that means that you can color them as you please! I do love my neutrals.
I’ve had so much fun creating and sharing with you today. Before I go, I’d like to share some of my favorite ink, paint, and distress products to compliment this line:

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