Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Distressed Stripes

I was really excited when I saw this technique on the Gina K Designs website.  Gina Krupski, who developed the technique, calls it Distressed Stripes.  Here's a link to her blog, which contains full directions, card samples, and a terrific video on how to do this technique:  http://stamptv.ning.com/video/distressed-stripes

The technique is easy, and fun to do.  You start with a piece of white card stock.  Tape it to a grid - I used a square cutting mat that has 1/4" lines marked over the entire surface, vertically and horizontally.  Start by using an index card or scrap piece of card stock, and mask off all but 1/4" of the white card stock.  Using a piece of Cut n' Dry, apply the first of two colors to the 1/4" strip.  Move the index card down another 1/4", and apply the second color, making sure to blend into the first color.  Move the index card down another 1/4" and apply the first color again, being sure to blend into the previous stripe.  Continue on in this manner, alternating between the two colors, until the entire card is covered. 
Next, I used my Martha Stewart score board to score embossed lines between each stripe.  Then, using a sponge dauber,  sponge a third (darker) color on the raised areas.  This will form a distinction between the stripes.  I like to use Walnut Stain distress ink for this step.
That's it...you will have a very unique background.  It will make much more sense when you watch the video, I promise.

These are my cards using the Distressed Stripes technique (background):
 On the video, Gina uses distress inks.  On this first card, I used three distress inks; Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, and Walnut Stain.  I started with the lightest, Frayed Burlap.  Next, I used Brushed Corduroy, and alternated these two colors every 1/2" (instead of the 1/4" inch in the video).  Finally, I finished with Walnut Stain on the raised areas.
I stamped the leaves border on an ivory panel (which I sponged with distress ink), colored the ferns with a green marker.  I also stamped it on brown, green, and kraft card stock, and cut out several leaves.  I foam-taped the green leaves over the leaves on the panel, and adhered the others over the background area.  I applied the leaf border to a green panel, distressed the edges, added the verse.  I tied twine around the panel, and added a clip.

On the next card, I used yellow and red inks, which gave wonderful shades of orange.  I used Walnut Stain distress ink for the raised areas.  I used the 1/4" measurements as in the video this time.  The leaves on the focus panel were made by the direct to paper technique (which was covered a couple of posts ago).  The panel on the right was stamped with VersaMark ink.
On this last card, I used a border punch (EK Success) and punched a border along a scrap piece of card stock.  I used this border, moving it 1/2 inch between each color.  I used yellow and rust, and added a third color, green.  I also added burgundy dots along the waves the punch border made.  I distressed the panel the leaf motif is on, adhered to another burgundy panel, and added it to the card with foam tape.  I did the same the the smaller verse panel.  The green panel on the right was stamped with VersaMark ink.

I hope you'll give this technique a try - I think you will find it to be a lot of fun.  I experimented with several variations.  I'd love to see some of the ideas you come up with!!

Lastly, I have one more background finished, but haven't made a card from it yet.  It's getting late, and I need to get the post up, so I'll just show you the piece.  I used blue and yellow inks, which blended to shades of green.  I then turned the card vertically and made stripes in the opposite direction. 

That's it for tonight.  I had a long day at work today, and another long one coming tomorrow, so I'm off to bed now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and blessings,



  1. Thanks for the background tutorial, Lynda! You incorperate the design so beautifully with this technique!

  2. Great design, Lynda! Love the rich colours which you used! It gives a very homely feeling!

  3. What a great technique. I can see you were addicted after trying it once. I can hear the wheels turning..."how many way can I do this and how many different color combinations can I use". Thanks for the inspiration. Will try this later.

  4. GREAT cards! I had so much fun with this technique too. I LOVE that you adapted it with the border punch - so clever!

  5. Love these cards and this fun technique.......will definitely give it a try.


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