Saturday, July 18, 2009

Distressed Thankyou Card

This card has been handstamped using Hero Arts CL290 Printed Flowers and CL272 All Occasion clear stamps. I designed this card for the Hero Arts challenge this week.

  • First I made a 14cm cream base card and distressed the edges by rubbing them along a Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad.
  • Stamp "Thank you very much" with the same ink pad onto the same cream card. Trim and distress the edges in the same way.
  • Make a mat for the stamped message from chocolate card and stick together with double sided tape. Also cut a mat 12cm square from the chocolate card and set aside.
  • To make the distressed background, start with a piece of decorative handwriting paper and stamp flowers over it using the watercolour technique. Ink up the stamp with Antique Linen Distress Ink and before stamping, spritz it with water. (Use a fine mist spray bottle)Randomly stamp over the decorative paper.
  • When dry, crumple the decorative paper up into a small ball and then gently unfold it and flatten it out as much as possible. Rub the Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad gently over the crumpled paper to get those dark cracks and highlights. Then tear the edges so that you have about a 11x10cm piece and adhere to the large chocolate mat you put aside with double sided tape.
  • Zig-zag stitch along some of the edges with a sewing machine.
  • Next get a large cream flower and rub the Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad over it.
  • Stamp the Thankyou printed flower stamp with the same distress ink onto mustard card and cut out.
  • Stick a piece of decorative ribbon along the bottom edge of the large chocolate mat - see the pics for placement. Use double sided tape and tuck the edges to the back.
  • Now layer the flowers and place them on the card mat. Secure them in place with a large chocolate brad.
  • Position the stamped and matted "Thank you very much" and stick in place with magic mount.
  • Distress the card insert with the Antique Linen Ink Pad. I used Yes paper and gently rubbed the ink pad all over it.

I love distressed cards - they are quick and fun to make.

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