Sunday, November 20, 2011

How did I do that ..embellishing and distressing by Romy

I simply loved the chipboard chandelier in this kit and wanted it to be a real eye-catcher on my layout.

I first outlined some of the brown lines on the chandelier with a black fineliner. Just doodle some circles wherever you wish for a nice personal touch!
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After that I took my perlen pens (Liquid Pearls will work perfectly too; I think the main difference between the Viva pens and Liquid Pearls is that the Viva pearls are more similar to real pearls, while Liquid Pearls can be used to make very small, but a little less real looking dots) for some finishing touches and adhered a brown bow to the top of the chandelier.

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On my layout 'NYC' I did some rough distressing on the background paper. I think distressing always adds such a wonderful extra touch to your page. It can give every paper collection a vintage twist and it can add a whole lot of dimension too. On a few places of the paper I distressed the edges a bit heavier. The final result looked like this:
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I first inked the edges using distress ink 'Walnut Stain', which is a wonderful dark brown tone. Then I started distressing with my Heidi Swapp tool and I made sure I distressed a bit rougher on a few places:

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Behind those places I adhered a small piece of kraft cardstock. Because of the rough distressing, part of the kraft cardstock will be peeking out at the front side.

Of course you could also use an entire sheet of kraft cardstock as a base for your layout, but since only a few small parts of the kraft cardstock are peeking out, I prefered using small pieces instead of an entire sheet.

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And in the end I used my distress ink once again. In this way the edges of the kraft cardstock will have a nice brown edge now too. I applied the ink using a small sponge:

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My final result, with a few roughly distressed edges, looked like this:
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Tanya said...

so cool! thanks for the awesome tips!

Sharon said...

Beautiful layout as always Romy! Love the techniques.