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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Crafty Cardmakers #69 - Distress It

This week's hostess is FeebsyShe would like you to distress something.  You can use inks, chalks, distressing tools - anything that creates a distressed/shabby chic look to your project!

We are sponsored this week by Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a $10 gift certificate for their store.

And also by Hobby Art who are offering two great stamp sets - pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to check them out!! 
So I chose to use one of Digi Doodle Shop's digis for this challenge - Vegetable Cart! I don't know why, but I just thought it would lend itself well to the distressing theme!

The image was printed on 300 gsm watercolour card, and blasted with my heat gun. Then, in keeping with the challenge, I used only Distress Inks to colour the image in. 
          Barrow - Old Paper & Pumice Stone
          Background - Antique Linen, Pumice Stone &Weathered Wood
          Foliage - Shabby Shutters & Forest Moss
          Pumpkins & Corn - Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed
          Other - Dusty Concord & Aged Mahogony
I then 'tore' the edges (I'm afraid I couldn't totally let go and just go for it - so I used a ruler to guide me!), and inked them with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood.
The background consists of some brown linen textured card, and some coffee Bazzill run through my cuttlebug with one of the Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folders. Both of these were distressed around the edges with a file, and inked with Antique Linen. The blue coloured paper is from my stash, and I scrunched it up and inked it with Weathered Wood before ironing it out again.The hessian came from the inside of an eco friendly jiffy style bag. I peeled it off the backing before spraying with Stick and Stay, and adhering it to the blue paper.

I then stuck it all down - allowing some of the mats to hang over the edge. You have no idea how difficult that was for me!! The finishing touches are buttons from my large button box. None of them match - and again, that was soooo difficult for me to get past. But in the end, I just stuck them down and walked away. 

The overall effect is hopefully distressed enough!! I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. 

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see what the other Design Team members have created! There's some really great inspiration there!!



  1. LOVE the burlap for textures--and your wheelbarrow scene looks amazing!!! This is gorgeous! :)

  2. Gorgeous immage the colours are beautiful, love how you framed it.

  3. Fabulous card! And I think you're very brave - ruler or not - tearing the paper. I just couldn't!

  4. Fabulous card and the stamp is gorgeous and beautifully coloured. The fabric gives it great texture and the buttons balance it beautifully.


  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble distressing things, lol. But what a fabulous job you have done with this. Great card. xx

  6. This is great. I love the hessian and how you left part of it over the edge. Good girl for stepping out of your comfort zone. :o) Thank you for visiting my blog.

  7. A fab distressed card & the hessian overlap is pefect.
    Sally x


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