I finally got to use my Distressing Essentials Kit (p. 195) on these pages. After stamping the flowers, swirls, hummingbird, and title, I tore around the stamped images and sponged the torn edges with Concord Crush ink. I then wrinkled them by wadding them up, and then opening them up again. I then rubbed the Tea Stain ink on with the flat rubber stamp in the kit. I then sanded them with the sanding block. I really liked how this distressed the images. It goes well with the pictures of my husband's mom, grandmother, great- grandmother, and other relatives.
The Basic Gray 12" x 12" card stock is textured, but I also wanted to add more to it to make it more vintage-like. I used the Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil (p. 224) to get the effect I wanted. I laid the stencil down and inked it up with Basic Gray Classic ink with a sponge dauber. I kept doing this until I had the card stock covered. A quick and inexpensive way to make your own designer-looking paper. If you would like to see a bigger version of any of the pictures, just click on them.
I almost forgot about the top layers of paper. Do you see the border of the paper? I got this effect using the Top Note die. I folded the paper accordion style every 4 inches. That gave me 3 sections of paper (the paper is 12" wide). When still folded, the 4" sections fit inside the long side of the Top Note. With the folds inside of the die's two short sides' blades keeps the paper in one piece. So, I was only cutting the bottom long side of the paper. After running it through the Big Shot, I unfolded the paper and had the wonderful border. I did it again on another piece of paper, and layered it. I'll definitely be using this technique again!
Ink: Concord Crush, Pretty In Pink, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, & Pear Pizzazz Classic ink pads
Paper: Basic Gray textured card stock, Very Vanilla & Concord Crush card stock; Lap of Luxury DSP
Accessories: Distressing Essentials Kit, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Pretty In Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Decorative Label XL Punch (Mini), Antique Brads, Basic Rhinestones Jewels, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle XL Punch, 2-1/2" Circle XL Punch (Mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Top Note Bigz Die, Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil, Stamping Sponges, & Sponge Daubers