Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Designer Showcase: Heavy Distressing

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a Designer Showcase!  This weeks theme is Heavy Distressing. There are many ways to distress a layout or project.  You can use inks, you can age the papers by tearing, sanding and ripping them. All will give some texture, dimension and detail to your project.  These techniques can be used on varying styles as well.  Let's take a look at the samples that some of our contributing artists created for today's theme.

This gorgeous envelope was created by Anupama. This image shows the front and back of the string tie envelope.  There is an image transfer of her husband dressed as a king for a school play.  To create a vintage look, Anupama used tea staining, paper tearing and distress inks.  These blend so well with the designer paper that resembles an antique map.

Gael shares this lovely layout in which she has done some distressing to add character.  She did some paper tearing and inking on the papers as well as the photo. The effect on the photo makes it look like a very old treasured photo.  The background is distressed using the resist technique that Lesley shared with us in this post. The heart doilies have a blue distressing shade added to them.  Gael also distressed the material behind the photo. She pulled the threads to fray the edges.  The results all total up to a beautiful page!

Give some heavy distressing a try on your next project. Just start ripping, sanding, inking and tearing up your pages!  

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