I dug in my stash and selected five papers that I usually avoid. As you see, they're pretty dated:
And turned them into five that I want to use!
- Cracked Lace
- Embossed with 'Cracked' texture fade
- Starting from center of "crack", applied Stormy Sky, Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Tattered Rose Distress Inks with a foam blending tool
- Then, over the top of the colors, applied Tea Dye for depth and to blend everything together
- What a pretty background this would be for a "grungy" wedding card...not so lacy anymore!
- Purple Ledger Page
- Embossed with 'Collage' texture fade
- Rubbed SU! Basic Black pad directly onto the paper in a variety of directions, trying to only hit the embossed areas.
- I love how this one turned out...great for Halloween!
- Regal Roses
- Embossed with 'Regal Flourishes' texture fade
- Vintage Photo DI applied all over with a foam ink blending tool, then additional layers of Vintage Photo applied in only one direction to add depth to the "bottom" of the flourishes
- Crushed Olive DI also applied in one direction with a heavier application in random areas
- Oh so subtle and romantic now and the pearls have virtually disappeared...what a great background for a vintage lady image!
- Chic Checkerboard
- Embossed with 'Retro Circles' texture fade
- Peeled Paint DI pounced on with a foam ink blending tool
- Be sure to alternate the direction of the blending tool as you pounce so that if you do get a hard edge it is randomly placed
- I bought this paper EONS ago to make Easter cards and still have this scrap left...I just keep avoiding it. But look at it now! All steampunky and grown up!
- Embossed with 'Dot Matrix' texture fade (backwards! oh well, I ran with it!)
- Dragged Old Paper DI pad down the paper in one direction for a streaky effect
Here's a birthday card that I made for one of my brothers-in-law using this technique:
Okay, I know you all have papers you don't like anymore, so get embossing and inking!