Hello lovely crafter's. It's that time of the month again where I show you a crafty tip. This month I am going to show you how to make a 'Distressed' looking card. I absolutely love distressing things! It is one of my favourite techniques. Here is the card I am going to show you how to make this month.........
To make this card you will need the following crafty goodies..
A4 white card/Tilda Fruit Garden Paper pad/a large doily/Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint & Antique Linen/Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad/Gorjuss The Owl Clear Stamp set/Promarkers in the following colours....Pastel pink,Honeycomb,Oatmeal,Tan,Henna,Pastel yellow,Yellow,Lime green,Pastel beige,Blender/1 sheet of green Co-ordinations card stock/Sizzix embossing folder/file/seam binding/lace/ribbon/white flowers/hat pins/vintage buttons/craft basics.
If you don't have all of the above goodies then don't worry, just use something you already have in your crafty stash or change the colour scheme to suit your own taste.
Heres how to make the card.....
Take your sheet of card, mine is 290gsm.
Score down the centre
Fold over to make an A5 card blank
Lay the card landscape on your mat then cover with decorative paper using double-sided tape
Ink the edges using the Peeled paint distress ink. Use a sponge to ink with
Ink onto the paper as well to create a border of ink
Take a large doily, I'm using one from an assorted pack that I bought from a cheap shop. I think I paid about 99p for a pack.
Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the centre of the doily, put to one side you will need this later
Using the same ink & sponge, carefully ink the doily. Dab on the ink
Next scrunch up the doily
Carefully unwrap it
Cut through to break the circle
Attach a length of double-sided tape across the card, about 2.5cm from the bottom edge. Lift off the backing
Starting at the left side attach one end of the doily to the tape. Stick the rest on pleating as you go along
Cut a length of seam binding to fit across the card. Ink with Antique linen distress ink
Scrunch as before
Stick across the card as shown, using double-sided tape to stick the ends inside the card
Attach across the seam binding a length of lace
Stamp the image onto white card and colour in
Cut the image into an oval shape, I've used my X-cut shape cutter system
Ink the edges with the sponge
Cut out a larger oval using the Co-ordinations cardstock
Use an embossing folder and run through your embossing machine
Use a file to sand the embossed oval
Scrunch as before and ink the edges. Don't worry if it tears, this adds to the distressed look
Use pinflair or another silicon glue to attach your image to the green oval
Ink the doily centre that you cut out earlier and scrunch
Attach double-sided tape directly to your card in the centre, lift off the backing
Attach the doily centre
Use Pinflair to attach the green oval and image to the doily centre
Tie a bow using ribbon and lace together and glue to the top left corner. Finally, embellish with hat pins, inked flowers, curly stems, leaves and vintage buttons
At this point you can choose to add a greeting of your choice. I have left one off so I can decide which occasion to use it for later. I do this with my cards sometimes, so I can look through my stock of cards for any upcoming occasion and add the appropriate greeting at that time.
Here we have the finished card you saw at the beginning....
I love this technique. I've got to say along with stamping and colouring, distressing is a favourite of mine!
I hope you have a go at this. It is really enjoyable to do and the results are random too. Each distressed piece of work will differ from the last. Thats the great thing with this technique, the more distressed the better!
So scrunch, tear and sand away as much as you like!LOL
Hope you have fun and a very happy crafting from me....
lots of love