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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Altering Die Cut Papers with June Burtonwood

"Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine."

Die cut papers are great to use if you want a change from straight edges. You can use them as is, cut them into section and change the positions or simply ink, mist or spray them. I love the distressed look so today I'm sharing ways of altering a diecut paper for an aged tattered look.

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  1. On this layout, My Regret, I cut out an inside shape - a circle in my case. Distressed all the inside and outside edges. Because my paper was a dark colour I left the white edges but you could also ink them.
  2. The reverse of most die cut papers is white so to add interest on the bits I was curling over I stamped a small script stamp that gave it a pattern - you could also ink in a matching colour. Then I tore and curled over the edges revealing the script.
  3. My biggest tear gave a spot to embellish in matching net - lace, flowers etc would also work well.
  4. I only removed a few of the punched out dots and curled up the scalloped edges. You could add your own random holes if the paper didn't have any.
  5. Before attaching the inside and outside pieces I made sure they were distressed enough for the background cardstock to show through.
  6. I could also have scrunched up and inked the paper. Another way of distressing the paper would be to sand it like I did the painted chipboard leaves and photographs.
  7. Try to vary the distressing techniques you use over all in your layout. Using the same on everything isn't as interesting. I have used sanding, inking, tearing, curling and edge distressing.



Shazz said...

lovely June....love the tearing and the net behind it :)

Anonymous said...

I love the distressed look on this June. TFS. Alz :)