Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Distressed Cards Showcase

Last week we defined distressing as altering your paper or embellishments to create a well-worn or aged look. We also shared with you some distressing techniques (paper tearing, crumpling, and sanding)as ways to achieve that look. This week we'd love to share with you some of the highlights from all of the amazing card submissions we had of your distressed creations.

This first card here, I just had to feature from Aymee Gandy, aka "southernbellescrapper". Aymee's card hit on every technique of article on distressing. Here you can see Aymee uses the tearing technique to create her stripes of her American flag, her embellies have been lightly crumpled and distressed with an edge distresser, and her embossing has been lightly sanded to reveal the inner core of her color core paper.

Aymee Gandy

(see below for a new call for submissions)

Here are two other cards that are were great examples, that touched on the techniques we talked about about in our distressing article. Mieko uses some sanding to reveal her color core in her Core'dinations cardstock and Ujjwal uses some paper tearing followed up by some inking to create her distressed look.

Mieko Sejima

Ujjwal Gupta

The rest of our submissions that have been chosen to be featured all touch on distressing techniques that we did not discuss in our article, but sure do give you that shabby chic, weathered, or vintage feel (whatever term you use to describe it).

Cards Featuring Distressing With Ink
A little bit of ink can go a long and that shows here with the project DT member, Sasya has created with just a little bit of ink. This card captures that vintage feel like no other. Sasya shared with us a picture of her supplies just so we could get the basic idea of where to start to create our own beautiful vintage flare card just like it.


This submission comes from DT member Tish. On this card, she used Ranger Distress Inks Called Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to ink and sponge around the edges of the paper and cardstock to give it that 'aged' look. She also used it to stamp on her die cut flowers with a text background stamp. She then lightly sprayed the flowers so that the ink would dissolve and run a bit. She then sponged the Tea Dye ink on a strip of cardstock that was border punched, sprayed with water, crinkled the paper to create wrinkles, and then let it dry. Once it was dry, she then took the Vintage Photo ink and highlighted the edges and the wrinkles. To make the black and white gingham ribbon looked more distressed, she colored it with a Prismacolor marker.

Tish Schneider

In this last project I feature using ink, I share another DT member's submission. Here in these cards Gladys shows us how ink can be used to create a distressed background of a card. You don't get that old feel from these, but the way she achieves the fading and blending of the inks she is definitely distressing that paper.

Gladys Chia

Cards Featuring Edge Distressing
These next two cards I'm featuring I'm not going talk about edge distressing just, yet! I don't want to spoil what's to come in the next few days. However, these cards could not go unrecognized for their fabulous job of distressing those edges.

Peggy Russell

Sylvia Hildman

Other Ways to Achieve a Distressed Look
I just fell in love with both of these submissions! I love the feel that comes off of them and what caught my eye most was that they used crackle to achieve that distressed feel. I've actually never experimented with crackle and completely forgot all about until I saw these projects. So, thank you ladies for the inspiration, and my dear husband thanks you for sending me to the craft store yet again!

Isabelle Gagnon

Chen Siyun Cassandra

We have another new call for you--we are seeking submissions for cards that use a real photograph on them. If you have a card that features a real photograph on it please send it in to practicalscrapperscards@gmail.com. All submissions are due by October 19th, 2010. Please remember to keep your image to under 200K!


Maureen Reiss said...

Wow!!! Great cards!!!

MommaSaid said...

These cards are magnificent; enough to inspire a non-card maker to have a go!

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BrendaB said...

Wow, all these cards are just wonderful!