The ways to use it challenge today was tough for me. You were supposed to sew or use material on your card. I do not sew, nor do I have any material in my house (unless I were to use one of my huddy's shirts...hehehe), so I had to go faux. Linen, I mean. Faux linen, and to make things even better, I am posting yet another tutorial!! YAY for everyone. This is actaully quite simple, but even easier when you can see how it is done.
Click on the pictures for a larger view. You need glossy white CS, a brayer, ink and sandpaper or an SU sanding block. The only thing that is somewhat critical, is the way you do the sanding. You need to go vertical and horizontal in straight lines on the glossy white. You sand until the glossy sheen is almost gone, and then you brayer your ink overtop, I used vintage violet. The last step is optional, you do not have to sand it again, but I do to bring out extra texture on the paper. The paper is then ready to use on your card or scrapbook page. I decided to make a card (could you see that coming...LOL) and I used Stampin' Up products.
I used almost amythest, always artichoke, vintage violet, whisper and glossy white papers. I used the piece that I made in the tutorial and I tore the one edge to show the white underneath. I matted it with the artichoke, which I distressed with the cutter kit *love that little tool*. I glued this right on the card, and then I use the mat pack to do the paper piercing in the corners and along the mat.
I inked up the 2-step flower from the Heartfelt Thanks set with my markers. The solid flower was done with amythest and mellow moss. The outline was done with artichoke and violet. The sentiment from Warmest Regards was stamped in moss, using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I sponged the edges in mellow moss and matted it on the violet and artichoke. I then attached the hodge podge piece in Aged Copper and tied on the ribbon (just a scrap, have NO idea the brand). I then attached this with dimnsionals, and my material girl card is done!
I LOVE the texture from the faux linen. I actually use this BEFORE I reach for the textured linen paper. I have a few sheets of it, and they have never been touched. I like the depth that the sanding gives because of the difference in the color, with the darker and lighter tones. Try this technique if you haven't yet, it is worth the results. Have fun and happy stamping!!