Saturday, May 26, 2012

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - distress

Heart 2 Heart Challenge wants to see how we use distress.  Distress, em......I have not forgotten how to distress.  At least I often distress the edges of the paper to define the outlines.  What other things do I do to distress my artwork? 

I like distress but not do it often.  This challenge presents an opportunity for me to review some of the techniques.  I have used the chocolate ink pad and a sponge dauber to distress all the edges of the pieces and the sanding kit to dry emboss the middle portion.  The major distressing part is the flower, of course. I tore the circles then use the edge distresser to distress the edges of the circles.  Then I used a damp cloth to blot on the circles to soften them up.  Before they were dry, I crumbled them up then opened them back into circles.  After they were dry, I used the sponge dauber and chocolate ink pad to distress the edges and also rub on their surface.  The leaves were prepared in the same way, except that I did not crumble them up.  Instead I just folded them in half to create the veins.

The card turned out pretty nice:

A Closer look at the flower:

I have a confession to make.  The yellow circle was torn accidentally when I was distressing its edge, and so was one of the leaves.  At first I wanted to replace them with an intact one, but upon second thought I think they enhanced the distress look so I just leave them in place.  Shhhh........

Materials used:
1.  Dotty for You paper packet
2.  Grey Wool cardstock
3.  Colonial White cardstock
4.  Waxy Flax - colonial white
5.  Bling Assortment
6.  Bulk Ribbon - Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
7.  Card word puzzle stamp set
8.  Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
9.  Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad


  1. Your flower is precious! Thanks for distressing with us at H2H!

  2. I'm a sucker for Lollipop flowers!!! So cuuuute! Thanks for distressing with us on Heart 2 Heart!

  3. Love your flower Joyce....everything your color choice and the bling button finished it off perfectly!

  4. Love the flowers and leaves. I would have never even noticed the torn layer until you mentioned it...I had to go back to find it! Thanks for playing with us at H2H!

  5. I love those happy accidents! Your flower is totally cute. Thanks for playing along at H2H!

  6. Super FUNN! happy and delightful.
    Thanks for playing H2H!