Hi, Bee friend! It’s Bobbi Lemanski here from BobbiHartDesign.com sharing trendy distressed denim looks for your cards. I will admit, I was only going to post one maybe two cards today, but I became so obsessed with distressing my looks that I made four! I’ll be sharing a “no-stress, distressed” look you can use on your projects. My cards feature Honey Bee Stamps products – some brand-new and some tried and true. Now, let’s make them all BLUE!
Card 1: Born With Good Jeans
Distressed jeans are very popular these days and I thought it would be fun to see if I could mimic the look using paper and twine. Card 1 was designed to look like a wallet or handbag made from an old pair of blue jeans (popular in the 70s and coming back). I added a couple of pockets, belt loops, etc. to look like sections of blue jeans sewn together.
I used the following products to make this 5″ X 7″ card:
Thanks a Bunch stamp set (for the happy birthday phrase, only)
To create the look of distressed denim:
I used a textured blue cardstock and applied Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distressed Oxide inks to the paper using my larger Blender Brushes in a very splotchy manner. Perfection not needed here! In Card 4 I used a smooth finish cardstock. This technique will work on both textures.
To create the rips, I pierced the section of the paper and cut jagged slits in the cardstock.
I applied Faber-Castell | Polychromos Color Pencil in white across the cardstock, applying more around the slits to show more fading and worn material, including lines for threads. The white really makes the faux fabric look cool. Colored pencil sits on top of all other color so it’s fun to apply and see the effects.
I added adhesive on the back side of the card front and added unraveled strings of twine across the openings, allowing some of the edges to hang outside the slits. Note: My twine was too thick, but by unraveling it, I got the right thickness of thread to make it work.
Card 2: Worn Heart – You Are Loved
For this 5″ X 7″ distressed denim card, I used the following products:
The white heart was cut from Neenah 80lb Classic Crest cardstock. To make the white heart look aged and worn, I used a warm gray colored pencil for the crease marks. I added tan cardstock under the slit in the heart to highlight it. I also added bronze rivets around the heart using Nuvo Drops in Dirty Bronze and a cute red tab from Pocket Full of Love stamp and die set.
Card 3: Feeling Blue – Here For You
The idea behind this card is a sad heart or a “blue” heart so I wanted to make the heart out of faux denim this time. This 5″ X 5″ card uses the following products:
EGGcelent Sentiments stamp set (for the “Feeling a little” phrase, only)
Double Stitched Squares die set (for the frame)
I added Fall Festival Gems to the heart for a bit of bling and extra seaming to the circular backdrop for added interest.
Card 4: Hip Sparkle Pocket
For my last 5″ X 7″ card I used a dark, smooth cardstock to see if I could create the same look without the texture. I used the following products:
One Of A Kind stamp set (for the “Look Inside” phrase, only)
To create the seaming and frayed edge:
I used a Uni-ball White gel pen to make the seams (with a ruler) and loose threads. (Note: For a perfect stitched line, you could also stamp and emboss the seams using the Pocket Full of Love stamp set here.)
I cut a jagged edge down the frayed edges for an imperfect edge.
I cut slits into it so that I could bend the edge upward.
I added creases and wear markings using my white colored pencil to the fabric.
Shine On stamp and die sets along with Copic markers were used for the bottles of nail polish and the phrase. Rhinestones from the Fall Festival Gems create a heart and circle for added bling. The rainbow was made using the Rainbow Wishes die set. I added stitching to the edges with my white pen to make it look more like a sewn-on patch.
Notice that the middle polish bottle is actually the card tucked into the pocket. I added the words, “Look Inside” from the stamp set, One Of A Kind stamp set so that the card with a note inside does not get missed!
Whether it’s a rip, tear, frayed edge or creasing, these faux distressed looks are “no-stress distress” because you can’t really go wrong. This is an IMPERFECT perfect application for teenagers and blue jean lovers! Give it a try, but beware, it’s easy to become obsessed with distress. 🙂
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