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 Folded Chevron Border for Your Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to another Creative Design Team Video Colab!  This month, we are treating you to a variety of Fancy Fold designs you can make using your Close to My Heart products.  For my Fancy Fold project, I am showing you how to use the Yesterday & Today papers to make this Folded Chevron border. There is even a Cricut tutorial you can follow, showing you how to create this border in Design Space. 

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The base for this layout was created by splattering two pieces of French Vanilla cardstock with Almond Ink and Gold Shimmer in a spray pen. I used the same ink mixture to create some distressed butterflies.  After spraying the Art Philosophy cut butterflies, I carefully scrunched them up, then opened them up flat to dry. 

Once I had adhered all the background paper strips down, I began creating the Chevron Border.  In my video I show you how to fold each piece by hand, but I found that creating the pieces in Design Space was more efficient, plus it gave me an excuse to play with my new Cricut Maker. 

The Vintage Family layout came together quickly and was easy to embellish using the Yesterday & Today Stickers, Vellum Die Cuts, and Foil Die Cuts.  This is one of my favorite parts of creating a layout – adding all the layers of beautiful vintage designs. 

Here is a little tip: Follow the “Rule of Threes” when you are adding your die cuts.  

If you look at my layout above, you can see that the butterflies, vellum shapes, and stickers all form a triangle.  This allows the eye to flow through the layout and give it a balanced  design.  

I hope that you enjoyed today’s project and that you were inspired to try this Fancy Fold Chevron Border.  After you have viewed my tutorial, make sure to continue through the rest of the Creative Design Team videos. 

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Each one of these lovely ladies has create some amazing Fancy Fold projects for you to try.   I know that you will enjoy each tutorial and be inspired to try something new. 

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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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