One lazy summer activity I have enjoyed this summer is creating cards. For me creative time is truly a treat and so rejuvenating....it's one of many things that make me happy. So....today I'll share with you a creation or two that I have enjoyed putting together and also share with you one of my most favorite techniques---it's a messy one, but you'll be hooked as soon as you try it.
For both of these cards, I used acrylic paint to create a distressed look. I love using this stuff----and here is how I do it in a nutshell. I stock up on inexpensive foam brushes from our hardware store, and my most favorite color of acrylic paint called Queen Anne's Lace from Delta---it's so perfect for just about anything. Next, I shake the bottle, take the top off, and dab a corner of my foam brush either down inside the lid or the bottle itself---you don't need much paint at all---then I swipe the coated corner of the brush around the edges of my card, paper, die cuts---whatever I want to age. Let it dry a bit, and then run some Ranger Distress Ink over the painted edges---Old Paper is one of my favorite inks. These two elements combined together can transform your creation by bringing in the most lovely color---worn and loved. I also painted the wooden button of the winter card with the same color of paint. After it dried, I rubbed the sides and top across my Ranger Walnut Stain ink pad, and it created such a fun, weathered look---hope you'll give this a try when you're in the mood to shabby something up!
Enjoy the remaining days of summer.