Hi! Suzz here. I love distressing whether it is sponging on color or creating texture around the edges of the cardstock.
I created two projects using both of these techniques.
When I am trying out techniques I always like to use a full sheet of cardstock. It gives me flexibility in trying out different ideas, picking sections that I like best to work with and to have scraps to use on future projects. For my first card I started with a full sheet of white cardstock with a script stamp stamped repeatedly across the surface with a yellow ink.
I let the background completely dry before moving onto the next step.
I stamped the butterfly using Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I sponged over the butterfly using orange dye ink with the ink blending tool. I sponged around the edges of the butterfly and over the entire image. I wiped off the excess ink on the embossed surface.
When I finished with that I had a spurt of inspiration and decided I wanted to hide a message behind the wings of the butterfly. I pulled out my pen knife and cut around the edges of the butterfly on a cutting mat.
To make sure I aligned my hidden mesage I put a piece of cardstock behind the butterfly and traced the butterfly onto the white cardstock. I then stamped over the butterfly repeatedly with the tiny words. I used an eraser to remove the traced image.
Before I put the message behind my butterfly, I added a touch of shading in the center and around the cut edges underneath the butterfly. I sponged the brown dye ink using a sponge dauber.
After I finished with the distressing around the butterfly I continued to sponge brown dye ink around the edges of stamped background. I distressed the edges of the stamped background using the distressing tool. I finished it with a brown dye ink again around the edges.
I loved the effect of the first card and wanted to try it again but without stamping under the embossed image.
I stamped the butterfly first on white cardstock using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder.
I stamped over the background using a light blue dye ink. After that I repeated the process of cutting the butterfly wings, sponging with a combination of a darker blue dye ink and brown dye ink.
I stamped on the corners a flourish and added a sentiment on either side of the butterfly. I repeated the hidden words under the wings.
The distressing around the butterfly underneath the wings actually makes it look like a shadow from the wings. Now I am having visions of a swarm of rainbow colored butterfly cards.
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This is breathtaking – thanks Suzz!
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