Friday, December 10, 2010

Distressing Technique by Michele Roos

Hi and thanks for stopping by today. My name is Michele Roos and today I would like to show you another technique on how to create vintage/distressed items for your projects.
Items you will need are as follows:-
Scrap cardstock large enough to cover the appropriate die
scrap design paper large enough to cover appropriate die
Glue (I used Pritt Stick)
Die (I’ve used the Magical Tag from Whiff of Joy)
Mini mister filled with water
Distress Ink pad

To start with glue the design paper (I’ve used a scrap piece from the Winter Pretties from Whiff of Joy) with the printed side up onto the scrap piece of cardstock. Then place the die face down making sure that it is covering the area that you have glued down and then run it though your die-cutting machine.
Take the die out of the machine and the cut out should look like the above picture
Next place your tag on something that is waterproof and spray some water over the whole area.
Now with your finger go over the areas in a gentle circular motion and the design paper will start to come away from the cardstock. If the paper gets dry, just lightly spray the paper again but be careful not to take too much off.
Next up is to roughen the edges a little bit and for this I’ve just used my scissors. Now place it to one side and let it dry for a little while.
When your tag has dried go over the whole area with distress inks (for mine I’ve used Brushed Corduroy) I’ve then used the Merry Christmas stamp from the Sentiments range from Whiff of Joy and I’ve shredded up a ribbon to create a shabby look.
I also used the same technique on these swirls which I’ve created using the die from Whiff of Joy. The swirls on the top are the before and the swirls on the bottom are after the distressing technique that I’ve just shown you.
Here’s the tag again on a card that I’ve made using the adorable Henry and Betty Mouse.
I’ve also created these hollies which are from Whiff of Joy using the same distressing technique.
And here is another card that I’ve made using the same distressing technique and I’ve used the adorable Henry Mouse again.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and has given you some ideas on how to easily create vintage/distressed embellishments for your projects.
Hugs Michele xxx


  1. Really fab idea Michele!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. fantastic tutorial, I'll definitely have a go at that. Thanks and hugs lin

  3. That cute idea ...
    Thanks for sharing


  4. oh this looks sooo beautiful.Thank you, that we can have a look on such wonderful things.

  5. Beautiful cards!!
    Thank you for showing this technique - I really like it and will be trying it out soon :o)
    Hugs, Candy


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