A Simple Tag for the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of distressing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 89567061_10157192175302934_4011609955382591488_nIf you have come here from Tamara Sandwisch’s blogyou are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

There are a multitude of ways to distress a project, which, unfortunately, many people avoid because they are worried that they are “doing it wrong”.  I want to assure you that there really is no “wrong way” to distress a project, but there are some great methods you can use to prevent your project from looking like a mess of ink and paper shreds.  As I created my Simple Saint Patrick Day’s tag, I focused on an assortment of distressing techniques that I plan to show to you, today.


Using Pigment Inks for an Old World Look

Most of us only use Pigment inks for heat embossing and blending, but did you know that they create a vintage look when used with Kraft paper? Since Kraft paper is porous, the ink soaks into the paper and causes the stamped image to appear soft and distressed. On my tag,  I used our Family Legacy stamp set with Espresso Pigment ink to create this faded background. 


Inked Edges Created a Worn, Rugged Look

There is such a thing as ‘over-inking” when it comes to distressing with an ink and sponge.  Before you try this technique, you will want to have the correct tools.  If you chose to use a porous sponge, you are going to get a rougher look versus using a smother sponge, like a sponge dauber or blender tool, which gives you a softer look. 

When you are inking the edges, you will want to work from the outside-in.  I usually start by applying the ink, not to my project, but onto my All Purpose Mat and blend towards my project. This prevents huge amounts of ink from getting onto my edges.  I also apply more ink to corners where items would wear down naturally if left over time. 


Roughing the Paper for a Worn Look

There are some who love a torn edge and others who find it all a bit messy.  Personally, I think it depends on your project. If you are creating a piece that looks like it has sat in a box over the years, then it should have some worn down edges. If it is fresh, bright, and new, then a rough torn edge may seem out of place. 

On my project, I wanted the edge of the paper to match the rest of the old-world look, so I took the edge of my scissors and scraped the sides of the die cut heart.  Instead of leaving it white, I chose to add little bit of ink to the sides.


These are just a few of the ways that you can add some distressing to your projects. I hope that you have learned something new and are inspired to pull out your pigment inks, sponges, and scissors to give a little worn look to your projects. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’s blog to see her work! She always has some amazing projects for you.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Distressing. 

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Create a Vintage Chic Layout

If you are a subscriber to my blog, you had the opportunity to see the layout I created for the Stamp of the Month blog hop using the NEW Yesterday & Today products.  My post promised a process video tutorial showing you how I made my Vintage Chic layout. Many have been waiting with much anticipation for the tutorial, and, today, my friends, that video is ready for you to view. 

I have also created a list of all the supplies I used on this layout for you at the very bottom of this post. These products are only available for a limited time. Our Family Legacy Stamp set is an exclusive stamp set during the March, so you will need to purchase it before March 31st if you wish to use it to create this layout. 

As you saw in the video and read in my previous blog post, there are so many wonderful elements on this page.  I am a sucker for vintage, old-world finds and these Yesterday & Today products fell right into my love of old things.  

Not only did I use those beautiful papers on my Vintage Vibe scrapbook layout, I was able to take advantage of the gorgeously designed Vellum Die cuts.  These come apart from the backing sheet so easily and can be used as is or shaded to match your project.  

On my scrapbook page, I chose to leave them as is and layer them behind a few of the elements I added to my page. 

I hope that you enjoyed today’s video tutorial and that it inspired you to create a few projects using our Yesterday & Today papers. Like the Family Legacy stamp set, these products are available for a limited time.  They are scheduled to be on my website through April 30th, but we all know that well-loved items sell fast from the catalog.  If you wish to create a layout like this, make sure to order your Yesterday & Today items before they are sold out. 

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Family Legacy Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Family Legacy Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using the March Stamp of the Month. 84396199_10157170432297686_1120654321550098432_nIf you have come here from Michelle Loncar’s blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

We are bringing all kinds of wonderful vintage products into your life today, with our Yesterday & Today papers and our beautiful Family Legacy stamp set.  Our New Catalog Idea Book is full of old world products you are going to love this season, and I am eager to show you how I used them to create a page featuring my beautiful daughter. 

Isn’t she just stunning?  When I first saw this photo of her, I wanted to create a layout right away, but, at the time, we didn’t have any papers in our collection to make her stand out.  Can you image my excitement when I saw these Yesterday & Today papers for the first time last month? They are just fabulous!  

The process video for this layout wasn’t quite ready to share before this blog post was due. February and March are busy for us with Awana, and I fell a little behind in my craft room.  Today, I am just going to share a few techniques I used to create this layout.



When I saw our Family Legacy Stamp set, I knew that the bundle of roses would be a ideal complement to this design.  The image was stamped onto the background using White Daisy ink to create a soft, chalk-like look, then used again to create the Espresso embossed paper behind the photo. 

After cutting a few strips of paper from the Yesterday & Today pack, I decided that I wanted to add a few circle images to match the circles in her photo. I found a Rose sticker and a paper doily, but had a difficult time finding a third circle image I liked.  That is when I decided to create the outline using Gold Embellishing thread.  It added the third circle element I needed without overpowering the page. 

After layering the papers , Vellum Die cuts, and stickers I took a step back and felt like the page needed something in the upper right corner, so I cut a strip of paper and stamped one of the quotes from the Family Legacy stamp set. 

In all honesty, it turned out so much better than I had hoped.  I have always enjoyed creating a vintage, distressed look on my pages, and am happy to see that we have a line of new products to allow me to create even more old-world designs. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Family Legacy stamp set is only available until March 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.