Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Distressed book page background

I went to a garage sale, and found some old books for a quarter.  I bought one to use for backgrounds for my cards.  Here's a card I made tonight with one of the pages from one of these books. 

Here's how I made this background from the page. 
  • Tear the page from the book.
  • Crumple tightly, forming a wad with the page.
  • Open wad and run distress ink directly from the stamp pad over the bumps, pressing lightly so as not to get ink all over the paper, but just on the higher areas.  I used Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distress ink for this step.
  • Open and flatten paper.  Brayer lighter color over entire page.  I used Tim Holtz old paper distress ink for this step.  
  • Trim page to desired size.
  • Attach to card base.
  • OPTIONAL:  I rubbed some Brilliance gold ink in spots on the page to give it some gold highlights.
This stamp is from Penny Black's Flowers & Wishes clear set # 30-047.  I colored it with markers, then added white gel pen highlights.  The die is one of Spellbinder's Nestabilities.  To get the sponging just inside and leave the ivory border, I left the die on the card stock after I cut it out, then sponged from the outside of the die.  When I removed the die, the border was still ivory.

For those who live in my area, don't forget, this weekend is the huge craft garage sale at my house.  Saturday, from 9 AM until 4 PM, and Sunday, from 11 AM until 4 PM.  Hope you can make it!

Peace and blessings,



  1. Love this card, Lynda! Wonderful technique! The bits of gold give it such a pretty effect!

  2. I love this card! SO PRETTY! and Penny Black is one of MY FAVORITE stamp manufacturers! MUST.GET.INKY.


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