Monday, January 23, 2017

Distressed Glue Technique & Some Exciting News!

Happy Tuesday everybody! I have some really exciting news to share. Yesterday I was notified by Stampin' Up! that I have been selected to be a Display Stamper at the San Diego On Stage event in April! I can't tell you how excited I am as I know there was a thick group of talent that applied. Pretty soon I'll be receiving a box of products to create cards and other items to share at the event in April. The biggest torture will be that I won't be able to share any of it with you until after the event. I'm not sure how I'll contain my excitement but I suppose I'll have to manage. 

Now, on to my project for today. I've decided to start focusing on sharing fun techniques with you, hopefully, every week. I'm in a collaborative group of creative and artistic stampers and we are working together to bring you multiple card tutorials on specific techniques each month. This month I focused on the Distressed Glue Technique. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn't until last month but it is one of the most fun and rewarding techniques I have tried in a long time. I used it to create the background on this card and I love the way it came out. The glue gives it texture and makes the ink blend in such a cool way. 

Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Vellum
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay
  • Metallic Doily: large, silver and cut in half
  • Silver 5/8” (1.6cm) Satin Ribbon
  • Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine
  • Layering Circle Framelits Dies
  • Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies
  • Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Softly Falling Embossing Folder
  • Liquid Adhesive: Fine Tip Glue Pen or Elmer’s Glue
  • Acrylic Block
  • Plastic sheet or Clear Envelope
Measurements:
  • Card Base in Basic Gray: 4 1⁄4” x 11” and scored at 5 1/2"
  • Layer 1 in Basic Gray: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Whisper White (Distressed Glue Background): 4” x 5 1⁄4”
  • Vellum:2x41⁄2” and Embossed with Hexagon Embossing Folder
  • Silver Ribbon: 8” 
  • ~2" Circles of Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Embossed with the Softly Falling Folder


First, squirt some glue onto a clean surface (plastic sheet, clear envelope or large acrylic block) and use an acrylic block to apply the glue to the Whisper White background piece. I used Elmer's glue but you can also use the fine tip glue pen for this technique. Let glue dry completely. 

Use sponge daubers to apply both Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate ink over the dried glue. 

You can see in this photo how the dried glue affects the absorption of the ink into the paper creating an interesting look.

After the Daffodil Delight, I added Smokey Slate and made sure to blend it over the edges of the Daffodil Delight. 

Sponge Bermuda Bay ink over the top of the Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate. There you have it. Your distressed ink background is done. Yes, it really is that easy!


4.  Adhere the distressed glue background to the Basic Gray mat. Use a Big Shot to cut circles out of Pool Party and Bermuda Bay then emboss them with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and adhere them together. Emboss the vellum with the Hexagon folder. 




5. Put the card together by first adhering the vellum and silver ribbon to the distressed layer. Then wrap the twine around the card three times and tie a bow. Adhere the silver doily to the back of the colored circles and attach it to the card front tucked under the twine. Add the bird using dimensionals. Now adhere the card face to your card base using dimensionals. Your finished card will look like this. 

I hope you'll give this technique a try. I can't wait to try it with other colors. Its pretty late so I'm signing off for now but please let me know what you come up with if you try this technique.

Have a good one!
-Maria



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19 comments:

  1. BERNATH cigale.nathalie@wanadoo.frJanuary 24, 2017 at 2:35 AM

    MERCI BEAUCOUP POUR LE TUTO /// C EST SUPER BEAU !!!!!

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  2. Awesome card!! I love the background! Thanks for sharing the technique... I'll have to give it a try.

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  3. Your background looks awesome! Love the card. Did you put glue all over the piece of Cardstock or just some places.

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    1. Hi Eveline!
      I splotched the glue on using an acrylic block. It went on unevenly and did not entirely cover the card base. The different amounts of glue (and the texture it adds) are what makes the background look so cool. The ink absorbs differently but still blends well. I hope you try it!
      -Maria

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    2. Thank you for your answer. I will certainly try this technique.

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  4. Saw your card on Pintrest- your colors are fabulous! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Shelly! Thanks for checking it out!
      -Maria

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  5. I have never heard of this technique but intend to try it. Your instructions are great. I'm so glad I found you through Pinterest!

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    1. Hi Karen! I'm so glad you stopped by to check the technique out. It's really as easy as it looks. Have fun with it and let me know how yours turns out!
      -Maria

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  6. What a cool technique! And your card is beautiful!!!

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  7. Do you have a newsletter or someway I can keep up with you?

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    1. Hi Cary!
      I'm working on getting a newsletter started soon. For now, I'd be flattered to have you subscribe to my blog. At the top right of my blog there is a place where it says, "Follow me by email." If you add your email address then you will start receiving email updates whenever I post to my blog. If you don't mind emailing me at: mariawillis@hotmail.com then I will add you to my email list so that you are included when I get my newsletter out. Thank you for stopping by!
      -Maria

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I am going to try your background technique. Love the card. It's amazing. I appreciate the step by step. That's so helpful.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Luzia! It really is a fun (and surprisingly easy) technique. I hope you have fun with it.
      -Maria

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  9. Oh wow! That looks fabulous Maria! I love how this technique has turned out! I have never heard of this one! I will have to go and buy some of this glue now so that I can give it a go! Thanks for sharing! & Congrats on your news!!! <3

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    1. Hey Carebear! You can use the fine tip glue too but if you want Elmers and can't find it in Canada let me know (wink)!
      -Maria

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