Vintage Style and the ‘Faux Layers’ technique

Published by under cards,Designer Series paper | Sep 14 2010

It's hard to miss the fact that the vintage look is absolutely huge in papercrafting right now, so our topic at Stamp Club this month was creating within this Vintage style. Ageing, distessing (de-stressing to us!), crumpling, spritzing, sponging, sanding. You name it, we did it!

It was an interesting experience for some who were stepping out of their comfort zones (yes you know who you are!), but lots of fun too.


Distress the corners of the focus layer by curling and rolling the Very Vanilla card between your fingers. After a little while the fibres within the card break down and the layers are easily separated with a scrape of a fingernail.

On our card, the Vanilla piece was to be layered on to Chocolate Chip cardstock, but we wanted to add a hint of Sahara Sand between the two layers. So here's the tip…. simply adhere a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock to the corner only (as a false layer), keeping the adhesive clear of the rolled corners on top. This 'faux layer' is then distressed a little too.

This is a handy technique when you really don't want to add bulk and weight to the card. The touch of Sahara Sand in the corner also helped to balance out where it appeared on other parts of the card too.

Artistic Etchings stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand cardstock and ink, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge, spritzer tool, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Speaking of aging (!), today is my 3rd anniversary of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 🙂 I still remember how excited I was when I got my Starter Kit – full of stamps and inks and cardstock that I had chosen! Actually, I'm lucky I get to feel that way whenever a big brown box turns up with new Stampin' Up! goodies in it. Big warm fuzzy hugs to the special friends, team members and customers who've travelled this journey with me and continue to offer their support and friendship. Mwah!

I'll be back later this week with another couple of cards we made at the Stamp Clubs. They were quick, lighthearted projects in the 'Clean & Simple' style (the perfect vintage antidote for those who weren't used to it!) using the new 2-step owl punch and the stunning butterfly Embosslit.

Happy stamping,

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3 Responses to “Vintage Style and the ‘Faux Layers’ technique”

  1. Andrea L - EnchantINKon 15 Sep 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Simone … These are fantastic. So much detail to drool over … and some wonderful tips (a la corner of extra colour!) Love these! Hugs Andrea xxx

  2. Trish Simonson 15 Sep 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary Simone! Think of all you have been able to learn and teach over the past 3 years. Thank goodness you found Stampin Up and thank goodness we all for you! Have a glass of wine and look back at some of your first cards. If they look anything like mine you'll have a good laugh. Can't wait to see where the next 3 years takes you and your lovely family. Trish xoxo

  3. Katrinaon 17 Sep 2010 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations on 3 years of Stampin up.  Look at just how much you have done and achieved in that small amount of time!  Can't wait to see all the wonderful ideas to come in the next 3 years (not to put too much pressure on you!LOL!).
    Well Done

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