Distress-me Wednesday

Today is all about distressing.  No, not damsels in distress…lol, but rather intentional distress techniques.

Not sure why you would want to add distressing methods to your cards?  Here’s a little insight.  When edges are finished, they create depth which is appealing to the eye.  We think of distress as vintage, which is mostly true, but not always.  I like to subtly edge some of my pieces on a card so that white core of cut out pieces don’t interrupt with the flow of the card design.  I also like how distressing helps me to add a skosh of warmth.  Here’s an example.

I’ve edged the pattern paper and the cardstock with a bit of Walnut Stain ink.  I’ve also used a hint of ink on the birds especially at the tips of the wings.



I’ve taken distressing to a higher level in this example where I’ve used Tim’s edging tool to scrape up the cardstock and sandpaper to distress the pattern paper.  Also to finish it off, I’ve sewn a border and pulled the paper up from the card.



  • Scroll Tree
  • Accent Pearls
  • Other: Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink and Inkssentials applicator, Tim Hotlz Tonic edge distresser, Basic Grey Paper and button, hemp, sanding block, white acrylic paint, emery board and sewing machine.

What’s interesting about this card is that there is only one stamped image on it yet there is plenty to look at.  Just by taking a little time, adding simple finishing touches, you can make a card rich and full.

Here’s a video with some distressing tips that you can incorporate into your cardmaking.

Have you started your cards for the Technique Challenge yet?  You still have plenty of time, remember to load them to the Flickr group by 11:59pm PST Sunday evening, November 16th. Be sure to tag them with the code word “technique”.

I’ll be back on Friday with a great treat!

Enjoy and create!


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79 Responses to “Distress-me Wednesday”

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    Jacqueline said:

    Wow, once again!! You have some wonderful tools to work with - which is of course half the work! Beautiful cards, really stunning!

  2. 71

    BoBo said:

    These cards are beautifull! Thanks for the sharing the technics.

  3. 72

    Barbara-Jean said:

    Thank you! You’re right about adding depth and richness…it was also helpful to watch the “expert” at work, or play????

  4. 73

    Nancy L. said:

    Those were two great cards, thanks for all the tips!!

  5. 74

    julie said:

    Wow love these. I pulled out my writting stamp to work with this week and I may just borrow your idea of stamping it on half of the background.

  6. 75

    Trina said:

    Love all the distressing tips this week - so cool. Can’t wait to try them out. Sure takes the “mystery” out of how it’s done. You make it look so easy - I really think I can do this! :-)

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    Linda Beeson said:

    That little bird with the tree is just beyond CUTe!

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    julia carter said:

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cards. I am sooo gonna make some now.. Thanks for the inspiration.


  9. 78

    jaemom said:

    I’ve always felt a little “lost” when it comes to the technique of distressing. thanks for the tutorial!

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    Carolyn said:

    Thanks for the tips…I’ve learned bunches…:-)

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