Saturday, September 5, 2009

TEBB Challenge # 11 Hosted by Laurie Schmidlin

Good Evening! Are you enjoying all of the Birthday Bash challenges so far? If you are just now joining us, make sure to scroll down and check out all of the challenges, as there are some AMAZING prizes being given away! :-)

The challenge I have for you is a technique challenge. I would not normally classify myself as a "technique stamper" so to speak, but the one I am sharing with you today is one that I use on a constant basis!

CHALLENGE: Create a card or project using some form of Paper Distressing! Don't know what paper distressing is? Well, I have detailed instructions (with photos) below, so keep on reading! :-)


KEYWORD: Upload your creation to your blog or online gallery (or both) and come back here and leave a direct link to your creation in the comments section on this post. If you upload to an online gallery please use the keyword TEBBLS.

PRIZE: Oh YEAH, there's prizes!!! Woohooo!! Upload your creation (with the link entered here on this post) before Midnight PST on September 9th. I will choose my favorite creation and the lucky winner will receive the card I created for this challenge along with a $10 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store!!!

GRAND PRIZE: One random person who participates in ALL 13 of our Birthday Bash challenges will receive a $50 gift certificate to the TE Store in addition to an 8x10 custom watercolor Cuppie painting by our very own Jessie Oleson! Click here to check out all of Jessie's adorable artwork at her Etsy Shop. Once you complete and link all 13 challenges, send an email to tayloredexpressions@gmail.com to be eligible for our grand prize! Just include your name and “I completed all 13 challenges!”

Below is the card I created for my "paper distressing" challenge!




I just adore the paper distressed look...it has such a warm and cozy feel! So...what is paper distressing? Well here is the dictionary definition of distress (well, the part that would apply to how it is used here): to dent, scratch, or stain (furniture, lumber, or the like) so as to give an appearance of age. So, what does this mean for paper crafters? That is where your creativity comes into play!!


One of the more popular forms of achieving the distressed look is ink distressing. Ink distressing is simply applying ink to your project to give it an aged appearance. I like to use sponges (such as the ones pictured above) but you can also apply it directly to your project from the ink pad.


To give you a visual picture of the warmth that ink distressing adds I've taken a picture of a few of the elements that I used on my card before I ink distressed them.



Here is the "after" photo"! I used a combination of Antique Linen Distress ink and Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Ink distressing in not just for cards!! I often like to add warmth to my ribbons, flowers, or other embellishments. I use the same technique as I do for paper...a good sponge and some ink! :-) I love that it gives it a "tea dyed" appearance...but without all of the work! :-)
Another way I like to distress my cards is to rough them up - make them look worn! There are so many ways to achieve this, but some of my favorites are: using sandpaper on patterned paper (wear down some of the patter), tear up the edges a bit, rub the edges with the edge of a bone folder, or use a paper distressing tool to shave off part of the edges.

Really, when it comes to paper distressing there is no wrong way! I hope that I've given you a few ideas and that you will play along! I can't wait to see your creations!! :-) ~Laurie

Paper: Choice Buttercream c.s., Prism Tawny c.s., K & Co. Patterned Paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, Anna Griffin Brown Pigment ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Copic markers (for shading on bear), Heart Nestabilities, Lace Trim ribbon, Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Rhinestones, Charm, Prima Flower, Sewing Machine, Cuttlebug Script embossing folder

38 comments:

Donna said...

I just ADORE your distressed vintage cards, Laurie - that is definitely one of your signature styles! I have to get one of the ranger sponges for my distressing. your sets using this beary special set are my FAVORITE!

Janet said...

Here's my card for the challenge.
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1470426?&cat=500&ppuser=118171

beadz said...

Here's my card for the challenge. I am going to be burning the midnight oil to get all of these challenges done!

Mary J said...

Thx for showing us how you do your distressing. I'm still a cardmaking novice and haven't even ventured into distressing yet but you've made it look easy so I will go and have a try now! Thx for sharing!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

GORGEOUS Laurie! I LOVE how you distress...I am totally going to try this!

Elaine said...

I love the look of your distressed cards! Thanks for the before and after pics!

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ryannmarin said...

Awesome example! I love the look of distressing but rarely do it on my projects. I made a tag for this challenge. You can find it here:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1471056?&cat=500&ppuser=144026

Mary (Happy Now) said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card from an amazing stamper!

I don't distress very much, so this was fun for me... I sponged the flower (combined with Dawn's paper tole challenge) and direct-to-paper distressed the card base. Thanks!

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1470973?&cat=14070

Lisa said...

Here's my entry

Be sure to clik for a close up...the paper piecing of the velvet paper just doesn't photograph well :(

Michelle/Eliotstamps said...

Thanks for a fun challenge! Here's my card: http://thecraftycat-michelle.blogspot.com/2009/09/birthday-bash.html

Elaine said...

Great challenge. Here's my card:
http://sugarandpaper.blogspot.com/2009/09/tebbls.html

the whimsical butterfly said...

One of my fave techniques, Laurie! here's mine:

http://thewhimsicalbutterfly.blogspot.com/2009/09/talk-about-playin-your-cards-right.html

Jackie said...

This is simply adorable! Great job with the distressing, I rarely do that myself but for this challenge I pulled out my supplies and got to work! Thanks for hosting a great challenge!

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1472320?&cat=500&ppuser=44862

Kelly S. said...

Here is my distressed card (combined with some of the other challenges!)...I LOVE distressing and crinkling and smudging anything, so I LOVED this challenge!

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1472378?&cat=500&ppuser=146898

Lori said...

Thanks for the fun challenge Laurie!! Here is my card: http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com/2009/09/dotted-present.html

NinaB said...

What a fabulous card! I distressed the edges of one of my panels on my card. Here it is:
http://ninabdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-is-most.html

Gwen said...

Hi Larie! your card is gorgeous as always! so warm & cozy looking :)
Thanks for the challenge!! here is my card:

http://mycraftydaysoff.blogspot.com/2009/09/taylored-expressions-birthday-bash-13.html

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a great challenge and sample card! Here is what I came up with: http://stampnmad.typepad.com/mad_stamper/2009/09/look-whos-turning.html

jo said...

It's not as distressed as it could be, but here's my card!

Ann Kranitz said...

This was my most fav challenge card:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1473502?&cat=500&ppuser=171460

Heather said...

Great challenge. Here is my card: http://cardoftheweek.ning.com/photo/taylored-expressions-challenge-9?context=album&albumId=2076575%3AAlbum%3A663272

Coralee Perry said...

I made a card for your challenge Laurie. Hope you love it as much as I love yours!!

Here is mine

Carrie said...

Great card! This was so much fun. I really enjoyed this challenge. Thank you! Here is my card!

http://stampermom23boys.blogspot.com/2009/09/taylored-expressions-challenges.html

Sharon Holden said...

Your card is stunning Laurie! Here is my entry (combination of distressing & paper piecing)

http://lollystamps.typepad.com/blog/2009/09/sasi-challenges-combo-3-11.html

NinaB said...

I LOVE your card. Here is
MY CARD

Margaret de Witt said...

Hi Laurie, I lover your card and all the distressing, it looks great. I have included a link to my card.

http://whimsicalcreationsunlimited.blogspot.com/2009/09/5-challenges-in-one.html

Kelly Braund said...

Beautiful card! Here's mine:
http://kellystamps.blogspot.com/2009/09/royal-wednesday-challenge-blog-hop.html

Crafty Math Chick said...

Thank you for the fun challenge Laurie. I do not distress very often, so it is fun to have the incentive.

Jami said...

I combined your challenge with Shron's inspiration - so fun!

http://jami.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2009/09/09/shabby-chic-for-tebb/

Janice M said...

Your card is ADORABLE!! I like to distress with ink, here is my card.

http://inkeepaws.blogspot.com/2009/09/autumn-leaves.html

sunghee said...

Here is my ATC: http://www.creativityinprogress.com/blog/tebb-challenge-11/
Thank you!

Isabelle said...

here's my take on the challenge thanks!
http://isabelle1976.blogspot.com/2009/09/taylored-expressions-birthday-bash.html

Crafty Math Chick said...

You can get the link of my card by clicking on my name above, if that doesn't work:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1474347?&cat=500&ppuser=88429

Marge said...
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Marge said...

Okay, had to re-do as I'd mistitled it Challenge #13 (because it IS my last)! Yikes! Also must repost photo in the AM as one after 9 PM for me is impossible. Need work on distressing & photograpahy, for sure! Anyway, here's my best effort:

http://maricopastamper.blogspot.com/2009/09/tebbls-challenge-13.html

Randi said...

I made a bit of distressing on my card. Nothing like yours this time. But a lot of fun anyway.

JessicaK said...

well, nothing I could create could compare with your lovely card, Laurie, but I am glad I got a chance to play along and leverage this challenge with some others to come up with this card

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1475010?&cat=500&ppuser=178164