Saturday, July 28, 2007

Faux Linen

This is a technique that I've been playing with lately. It's a tricky one to photograph, but the sandy-coloured cardstock looks like a piece of linen fabric IRL.
All You do is take a piece of glossy white cardstock, and use a sanding block to sand with horizontal strokes, and then with vertical strokes until it is no longer glossy. Next take a sponge and your Creamy Caramel inkpad and sponge some colour over your piece of cardstock. Then, if desired, you can stamp on it and then distress some more with sanding blocks. I've stamped the leaf image from Petal Prints in Chocolate Chip ink.
The cardstock colours I've used here are Buckaroo Blue and Chocolate Chip. I've stamped French Script in Chocolate Chip ink onto the Buckaroo Blue piece and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I find the easiest way to sponge edges is to use the Sponge Daubers. You get an even, soft result with no lines or darker patches. Just hold your piece of cardstock in one hand, and your sponge dauber on the fingertip of the other hand. With the cardstock held above your tabletop, "flick" the dauber across the edges of the cardstock using downward strokes.
Finally, I've finished off the card with the Slit punch, some Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon, and Hodgepodge Hardware. I've stamped the word "celebrate" from Expressive Flexible Phrases and used Crystal Effects to attach to the Hodgepodge frame and also to give it a glossy seal.


  1. Thanks for the tips Marelle!! Beautiful card!

  2. Great technique Marelle... Id really like to try this. And a lovely card as always :)



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