Welcome to the Strong Roots Blog Hop

Can you believe that it is already July?! Time flies when you are having fun in the craft space. This month, our team of Makers has another incredible set of projects using the stamp of the month. If you plan on getting this etched images stamp set, then you will want to save a few of these ideas because, today, we are going to inspire you. 

What is a blog hop? This is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Gina Brandstetter’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Welcome Home card and video tutorial, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Let me start by saying that this month’s design is one that I don’t usually share with others, but a friend told me that I needed to show all of my creations and stop fearing what people think. So, today, I am sharing my vintage-inspired Welcome Home card along with a video tutorial showing you how to make one of your own. 

This month’s card does have a few retired products paired with the Strong Roots stamp set. My package of new paper was lost in the mail, and I did not arrive in time to make my design, so I used paper that I hoped would carry over into this month. Unfortunately, the mix-in papers sold out quicker than I imagined. 

Items like ledger paper, woodgrain paper, and tags are all items you can easily find within your craft stash, and, who knows, you might find something even better. 

This card design gave me a chance to play with my Distress Oxide Inks. I was able to create a blended background behind the cottage, use them as watercolors to shade the tree, and create some splatter using a waterbrush. 

The Strong Roots stamp set not only has some lovely etched images, it also contains a few simple sentiments. I chose to use the word “Home” for the front of my card, then added another sentiment inside that says “is where the heart is”. 

The distressed layers of torn paper, texture paste, tags, watercolor paper, and pewter elements remind me of a vintage drawing. I love how it all came together and I hope that you do, too.

If you would like to learn a few new ways to use your Distress Oxide Inks and create Welcome Home card of your own, I have created a simple video tutorial for you.

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I hope that my Welcome Home card inspired you to try something new and that you learned a few new ways to use the Strong Roots stamp of the month.  Now head on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! The Strong stamp set is only available during July. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

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. 

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