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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Distressing Experiments

Don't worry I'm not talking about vivisection!  At my local card class at Woodford Cards and Craft we were playing with using the Ranger Ink Refresher to distress card.  Spray it on, rub it in, scrunch it up, dry it off, colour it up and then iron out.  The end result is a textured card, with great distressed coloured effect, but the best of all it remains supple and almost feels like suede leather.  I loved the result so much I had to buy a bottle to play with, however the scientific enquiring mind I really wanted to know what it was and how it worked. So I felt it- slightly slimey when wet, drying with almost a slight stickiness; so I sniffed it - not much smell at all; so I tasted it (well they do say it is non toxic - but don't do this at home kiddies) and it all fell into place - it contains glycerine!  Hubby was in the papermaking industry for years and glycerine is used to soften and reduce shrinkage in paper. So I made some mixtures of glycerine and water - 1st too wet (ie too much water) paper ended up with holes as I scrunched it. 2nd too much glycerine a bit too thick and kept that sticky kind of feel. 3rd mixture worked like a charm.
The background of the following card was made with this distressing technique.   The butterfly image is Vintage Cherish from Kaisercraft.  The image was stamped 4 times and layered (though this isn't obvious from the photo).  The image is ink distressed and coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (broked china, tumbled glass, brushed corduroy & frayed burlap) then coated with Jelly Roll glitter pen and finally Glossy accents.  The satin ribbon was also coloured with distress ink.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Tutorial Time on SpeedyTV Challenge 18  This challenge was all about distressing following a tutorial on ink and physical distressing (like tearing) by Pam Stang.

Bunny Zoe's Crafts is also having a distressing challenge. Now that's not to say that anyone is in an unhappy state of of mind but the challenge is again all about distressing

Simon Says Stamp blog Celebrates World Card Making Day! Where they want everyone to show what cards they are working on.

Bizzy Becs Store.Blog Challenge for october which is "Things with Wings"

Vintage Elusions Challenge Blog with the theme of Wings/Anything goes

11 comments:

Jane said...

This is so beautiful!!! What a lovely card...
Thanks for joining us at TTSTV.

Lagene said...

GORGEOUS CARD! Thanks for the info on glycerine! Thanks for joining us at Tutorial Time on SpeedyTV this week!

Debra James said...

Wow... what a great card,and what a fabulous background...Looks amazing.Thanks so much for the info on the what you did- love the taste test bit, lol... may just have to give that ago if I can work out the right amounts. Thanks for playing along with Bizzy Becs Challenge, x

Pat Garvin said...

Love your card. The added sparkle is perfect and you did an awesome job distressing. Thanks for joining TTSTV.

Pam said...

Really really beautiful and you have some STICK to it tiveness! Had to say it! Thanks for playing with us at TTSTV!

Pam said...

What a really fabulous job!!!! Love the colors and the distressing:) Thanks for playing along with us at TTSTV!

Kelly said...

This is lovely and so classy! Thanks for playing with us at Bizzy Becs. Hugs, Kelly x

Cibele Glazer said...

Linda, thank you for the wonderful comment you left on my Moxie Fab card! If it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have checked the blob today. BTW, I am so glad I stopped by here. Your work is FABULOUS! I have added your blog to my reader. Have a wonderful day and thanks for making mine!

lostinpaper said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the shimmer on the butterfly!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful card. Gorgeous artwork. Thanks for trying the Tutorial Time on SpeedyTV technique and joining the fun. We hope to see you again next week. Be sure to check out all the other challenges on SpeedyTV for more chances to win free stamp sets from Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Jodene said...

This is a great card Linda, I love all of the elements on your card. Thanks for joining us at Bizzy Becs this month!