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Distressing Your Art

thanksgiving tag.jpg (36095 bytes)Close to My Heart's beautiful cardstocks have a very special property that make it the perfect medium for creating a distressed look on your artwork. Our beautiful cardstock has a white core so that when you sand it some of that white core shows through and gives a warm distressed look. Here are just a few tips and ideas about how to distress your next project and create this warm, endearing look.

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All you need is sandpaper and cardstock! It's that easy. Low grit sandpaper (like 80 or 100 for example) create stronger marks whereas higher grit sandpaper (like 220 or 240 paper) create a more even all over sanded look. I personally use 150 or 220 sand paper.

You can also use an electric sander to achieve the look. This tool is especially nice to use if you are doing a lot of sanding. If you use an electric sand paper, use a lightweight hand sander and a high grit sand paper such as 220. If you are nervous about trying it with an electric sander just practice on left over paper first. It's easy.

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To create an all over distressed look simple rub the sand paper back and forth across the cardstock. It's so simple. If I use sandpaper, I like to place my cardstock on something heavy such as a clip board. You can make the distressing heavy in some areas more than others as you desire. Once you have played with all over distressing, try going one direction then again at a 90 degree angle for a plaid or fabric look. You can also try sanding in stripes, wavy lines etc for other fun looks.


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Transferring Color

Here's a fun variation to try. First sand a dark colored cardstock. Now sand white cardstock using the same part of the sandpaper that you first used. The residue from the dark cardstock will transfer from the sandpaper to the white cardstock leaving a soft color. In the card examples here I ripped the cardstock and then sanded it so that the sanding transferred some color to the ripped edge to soft the look.


You can also sand on our vellum papers. Sanding on vellum results in a beautiful frosted or etched glass effect.

Using Stencils

You can also use our page stencils to create beautifully sanded designs. Place a stencil such as our heart stencil on a table and tape it to hold it secure. Now place your cardstock over the stencil. Then apply sandpaper to sand where the shapes are cut out. This is a fun technique to use with some added color. For example, you can sand the images from the stencil and then add some color with a sponge to the sanded areas. It's a beautiful look.


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