I'll admit it--I very rarely "distress" anything--I love the look, it's just not a technique that automatically pops into my head.
BUT . . . (you knew that was comin', right?!) I adore kraft paper, and when I saw this color coated kraft paper, I had to play with it a little!
It has a little linen like texture, and when you sand through the color, the kraft core is revealed! TOTALLY WICKED!!!
So then a Halloween design sprang to mind, and one thing led to another . . . *chuckle*
I needed a moon. Not just any moon. A BIG moon! So, I grabbed a larger EK Success circle punch and punched a circle from masking paper. You could use Eclipse Tape, too. These are great for larger images and when you need ALL the edges securely tacked down while you are working.
Sponging right over the top with dye ink was quick & easy . . .
Tip: When sponging ink, you can achieve a smoother blended look--almost airbrushed in appearance--by hitting the paper with a circular motion, as opposed to "pouncing".
When I removed the mask, I had a nice "orb" to serve as a back-drop to my focal image.
This really makes the silhouette of the crow & fence "pop"!
After cutting the image down to size, I mounted a decorative edge punched from black card stock and then I used a scoring board and the single Piercing Bug to pierce a straight line. I then connected the holes with a fine point black marker to create "faux stitching". I have a sewing machine. I actually bought it for the express intention of sewing on paper. I have yet to thread it . . . (hangs head in shame)
Snagged a black button and bow-tied it with some ivory twine (both from my stash) for just a little adornment and voilá!
Isn't this fun?!
Supplies & Materials used:
Adirondack Dye Ink in Terra Cotta
Archival Ink in Jet Black
2.25" Circle Punch
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Edger Punch
Kraft Card Stock
Kraft-Core Card Stock
A5 Cardstock, Black