Monday, May 21, 2012

DiSTRESSED Out!

Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, it's a stressful time of year for me with the school year coming to a close.  In fact, this is my last week and I cannot wait!  I'm so ready for the break.  But in the meantime, what better way to relieve some stress than to take it out in your creativity?  It's a technique challenge this week at the Heart 2 Heart. One of my favorite techniques...distressing.
It's funny, though.  Distressing is one of my favorite things to do.  In fact, I use some form of distressing on most of my projects.  Yet, whenever I "have" to do something, it takes me a while to get going.  This challenge was no different (plus the event I mentioned yesterday really zapped me emotionally and creatively).  So I went through some card magazines and looked up distressing techniques online, just to get my creative juices flowing.  Here are some of the distressing techniques I considered: sanding, edge distressing, tearing, inking and crumpling.  I decided to go with edge distressing, inking and crumpling (love this...talk about stress relief!) and here's what I came up with.
I sponged bamboo ink onto the edges of the card base and then edge-distressed the pattern paper and hand-stitched it to the card base.  Once done, I went back and used my fingers to pull up the edges and tear the paper slightly.
I saw an idea in a magazine (Paper Crafts, Jan/Feb 2011, pg. 44) where the center piece kind of looked like a file folder, so I created a version of that.  First, I stamped the background and sponged the edges in bamboo ink.  I then stamped the flowers in first and second generation, bending the stamp to give the flowers a different direction (love that about acrylic stamps!).  Afterwards, I spritzed the paper with water and crumbled the paper a few times.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying time.  I personally loved how the ink runs.  If I was to redo this card, I would probably spritz it with some bamboo or desert sand ink.
Close-up of the edges.
CTMH Supplies Used:
Non-CTMH Supplies Used:
ATG Adhesive (Scotch), Gypsy (Provo Craft), Stitching Guide (Lasting Impressions)

To play along, all you have to do is 1) use mostly CTMH products and use some form of distressing, 2) link your project back to Heart 2 Heart from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.  You also need to mention H2H in your blog post.  Finally, we do ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier for the design team to leave comments, as well as visitors to your blog. ;) 

Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local CTMH consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.

Now it's your turn.  I can't wait to what you come up with.

Until next time...

6 comments:

  1. Tamytha, this card is beautiful! You may be stressed with the end of the year, but it doesn't show in this beautiful card! Thanks for inspiring me to pull out my supplies and start creating (as I have also been stressed with the end of the school year)

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  2. I bought "Unscripted" on faith because I knew all those amazing consultants out in blog land would come up with things I would love. This one is FABULOUS!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  3. Great distressing and lovely results!

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  4. Your card is so pretty! I love the subtle text background and of course all of the distressing.

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  5. Wow. Really, I'm *almost* speechless looking at this beauty. What wonderful colors and techniques. Perfect paper choices as well!

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