One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator (besides the awesome discount on product!) is our monthly magazine, Stampin' Success. It's chalk full of great ideas and articles all about paper crafting.
In this month's magazine we were treated to a new technique called Acrylic Distress. It's really effective, especially for vintage style cards (my favourite).
This is the card we made at our Technique Club last night. The larger flower is made using this fun new technique!
Notice the dashed lines made using the White Gel Pen – it looks like real stitching.
I used the hard mat from the Mat Pack as my straight edge because it has rounded corners that I could easily match up with the rounded corners on my card.
Speaking of rounded corners on my card…you can use any circle punch to create a corner. You want to stick the card into the punch from the top – here's a picture of what I mean – hopefully you can see what I did to create this effect.
Here's the step by step instructions for the Acrylic Distress Technique:
1. Paint a thin coat of Acrylic paint on neutral cardstock – you can use a brayer but I prefer a foam brush. Let it dry.
2. Run the dry piece of cardstock through the Big Shot with a Textured Embossing folder of your choice.
3. Use the Sanding Block to sand off the paint from the embossed image. Wipe off the shavings.
4. Use a Sponge Dauber to add Classic Ink to the exposed areas of the image (the ones with no paint). You can wipe off any excess ink with a damp cloth if you like.
5. Use the piece for accents – I used the Flower Punch on this card but the Labels Collection Framelits are a really nice option as they already seem vintage-like to me!
Here's another card using this technique:
I painted Very Vanilla cardstock with blue acrylic paint and then used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. I then applied Soft Suede ink to the raised image (after sanding). I guess the paint had some shimmer in it because the raised pieces are metallic looking. I did spritz the finished piece with Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer. Really pretty!
I will post some more cards using this technique in the next few days.