5 September 2008


Some of my lovely friends over at the Docrafts site have asked me how I get that 'distressed' look. I was actually quite offended until I realised they meant my cards......

So I thought I'd have a go at a bit of a tutorial:
You will need:

The thing to be distressed


Cotton buds

Cocktail stick

Scrap paper (or inking mat)

Sponge (TIP I used the foam that my brads came on)

1. Lightly dab the ink pad with the sponge. Using small circular movements, work from the scrap inwards to the card.

2. When it's done, turn it over and do the other side.

3. Carefully put tiny rips all around the edges.

4. Wet your finger and carefully roll the rips around a cocktail stick.

5. Dab the cotton bud into the ink and apply it all around the very edges, including the rips. I use a darker ink for this.


Apologies for the appalling layout - really struggling with this blog. xx


Hunnybunnycards said...

Who's a clever girl then!! I am not surprised you have had loads of requests for instructions on the distressing, your cards are lovely. Thanks for that Debs, really helpful and appreciated


Crafty Wanderings said...

Hi Debs! Thanks for that! As promised I will link to this from my blog! Ruth (ooffee) xx

Macpurp said...

ooh thanks lovely, I was wondering how you have done this on the previous card.
well explained
teen xx

Janet said...

Great idea Debs, well done for sharing your knowledge!X

Janet said...

Great idea Debs, well done for sharing your knowledge!X

Sammi said...

Oh thank you Debs!! I will have to try this - I was wondering how to do it!! :)

wendy said...

Thank you, thats very helpful, was wondering how it was done x x

Becky said...

What a brilliant distressing tutorial! Will take your tips on board next time I'm feeling distressed lol!
Love Becky xx

Donna said...

Great tutorial, i really needed to see this as i have spoilt many cards trying to distress them, i will definatly give this a go, thanks for sharing it with us. Donna x

Tracey said...

Well I thought I'd looked distressed enough lately but now you've made me feel like having a play when I have a mo.
Tracey x

Zoe said...

thanks for the tutorial...I may have a go soon...

pickle said...

Thanks for the great Tut.
I struggle with distressing so will give your method a go soon.
Kerry x

Ruth (ooffee) said...

Hi Debs - I finally plucked up the courage to try this out today! The result is on my blog and I'd love to know what you think!

Thanks again for the tutorial!
Love to you and Lil G
Ruth xxxx