Seriously distressed!

It’s birthday week here, and nothing says “masculine” like leaves and twine!  Heaven forbid I put ribbon on a card for one of the guys in my life.

I’ve been working with French Foliage, the set from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog, and I stamped a very typical motif for me:  the triplet.  The stamped panel has been sitting on the table for several days awaiting further inspiration, but with an early birthday party tomorrow night, I thought I’d better finish the card.

And while I was at it, I thought I’d experiment with something I got with my first new catalog order:  the Distressing Essentials kit.  This was really intriguing to me, as I’ve never done much distressing of any kind.  To beat up the edge of card stock does not come naturally!  Even sponging the edge is a stretch.  Urged on by one of my stampers, I ordered the kit.

And last night I took the plunge, thanks to a demonstrator training video from Stampin’ Up!  The key is to wet the card stock before using the distressing inks.  Of course, my card stock was already stamped, so the water caused some blurring (which is actually very attractive).  This would make a good tutorial, wouldn’t it?

I dug out the further distressed Old Olive mat from my scraps, this time created with the Texturz plate.  I think we made a camp card with it … a year ago?

Stamps:  French Foliage

Ink:  Old Olive, Distressing Ink (Tea Stain)

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Other:  Big Shot and Texture Plates Kit #4 (Distressed), Hemp Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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5 Responses to Seriously distressed!

  1. Dragonquilt says:

    Love it! Has that Holiday mini been mailed yet? I don’t think I got mine. I of couse need those leaves.

  2. Yapha says:

    Spectacular! Love how you did the distressing!

  3. Adriana B says:

    So pretty – uh, I mean – very handsome! Seriously, it is quite an attractive card. Love those leaves and the distressing. TFS!

  4. Cindy E. says:

    Beautiful in its simplicity. Love the distressed look, and now I think I need to add that kit to my next order, darn you!

  5. Celeste Reising says:

    I’ve been wondering about that new distressing kit and from your lovely example it will be on my next order!!! Thanks for sharing.

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