Sunday, May 16, 2010

Distressing without Da Stress


Today I was playing around in my scrap area trying to get motivation to create some more cards for my Etsy Shop. As I was playing, I decided that I wanted to do SOMETHING with the "Ahoy Matey" images (Stampin Up!) that I recieved a while ago via a swap. I started out with the images and some patterned paper from "All About Boys" stack (DCWV). I then got the bright idea (!) to distress my images and then I ended up distressing everything! Here is how I did it WITHOUT buying any special supplies:

1. Gather your images/pieces together that you want to distress.

2. Use Apricot/yellow/ orange ink to distress the images. I used "Always Apricot" by Stampin Up but any similar color will do the job.

3. Using a cotton ball, dab..dab..dab the ink and then wipe it on the edge of the image going from the edge out. Dab...dab...dab the ink and wipe wipe wipe again. The cotton will touch the image so that you do not need to wipe directly on the image. Only the edges. If you don't see enough ink, come in a bit from the edge until the ink lands how you want it to. I only inked the white pieces with the Apricot ink. I ended up using a tiny bit on the edges of my card, too. I f you want the white to be more distressed looking, use the cotton ball to gently pat the left over ink onto the top of the piece. Do not dab first.

4. Use a dark brown ink to distress all edges. I used "Chocolate Chip" by Stampin Up! but any brown ink will do.

5. Use the same cotton ball and dab...dab...dab... the ink and then skate the edges of the piece. I stayed closer to the edges of the paper to give it a more subtle color since the brown is so dark. Also, I distressed the edges of the darker pieces with my scissor edge so that the ink showed up more. As you work on your pieces, you may decide to use more brown ink on certain places.

6. Now adhere your pieces together to create a distressed card. What do you think? I have this card for sale in my Etsy shop!

Have a Scrappy Day!!

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