Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Attempt at Distressing

Digi Doodle Shop's challenge this week is Distressing ... and it distressed me plenty.  I had never tried distressing before and had no idea how to do it.  The card was due Tuesday, and it was Monday night,  so I was down to the wire, no choice but learn how to do it.  I started with a couple of video tutorials.  I finally saw one that recommended a foot file, kind of like a small grater.  I happened to have one so I figured I'd give it a try.  Well, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.  I still need practice, but I did it! It does look like it's been around a bit.

The image is from Digi Doodle Shop;  I really like it.  I colored it with Copics and used distressed inks for the aged look.  The over sized eyelets are from Stampin' Up.  They kind of reminded me of portholes.  The paper was a scrap left in my stash.

Copics:  BG0000, BG000, BG01, E13, E15, E17, E50, E51, E53M E55, Y26, YR31, 110

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers Anything Goes
Digi Darla Blue and Brown
Heart Song Inspirstions Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad One for the Boys


Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love

lalkygirl said...

wow what a fabulous card ,beautifully coloured and i love what you did with the image
tracey x

Star said...

This is just *FABULOUS*! I love those papers, and your's just gorgeous.

xx Star

Judy said...

Wow..this is one of your best! LOVE IT!


Tammy said...

Beautiful card. It looks like you've conquered distressing quite nicely!

Denise said...

Well done on your first attempt at distressing - you cracked it!! Gorgeous card - it reminds me of one of those old maps you see with pictures of boats in the corners. Another easy way to distress your papers is to use the edge of your scissors - that's how I do it anyway!!
Denise xx

Karen said...

Gorgeous Diane, lovely papers too, and fab colouring as always.

Bettina L. said...

This is distressed beautifully and I love you've done an aged card for this image. Makes it justice. Hugs Bettina

NanaConnie said...

Diane, this is terrific distressing! Can't believe it's your first try at it. Lovely card. So glad you played at Heart Song this week. Come join us again next week.
NanaConnie HSI DT

J said...

This is a lovely card for a man - thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Good Luck!!


Dawn said...

Lovely Card & great distressing! Now you have started, you won't be able to stop! So many distressing techniques out there! Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this week in our One For The Boys challenge!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Turtle In The Sand said...

I can't believe you had trouble with this. It is fantastic. I never thought of using a foot tool to distress. Thanks for the tip. This card really has an "old World" feel to it. The SU eyelets look so aged and antique too. Perfect.

Curt in Indy said...

You did a beautiful job with your distressing as well as with the whole card! Love the image and you colored it beautifully. Great job! Best, Curt

skylife said...

First attempt? Are you sure??? Because I remember my first attempt (which was not so long ago) and it definitely was a disaster.

Your card is awesome!


Stamper D said...

Congratulations! You did a great job on the distressing and the card. I love the way you used the eyelets for portholes....very creative!

dj1952 said...

Diane I had to stop by and leave you a message on the first card back this season. You've done an excellent job with your distressing. Now wait until you try wadding up your backing paper and then "smoothing" it back out and hitting the high areas with distressing ink. Even when you've been distressing for a while, that's one scary feeling. LOL. Hugs, dj

tellana said...

I love how you have tied that twine! It fits to the ship theme so nicely!

Scrapcat 1 said...

If that's your first go at distressing you will be a master in no time!
Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time and we hope to see you again soon.

WeirdCat said...

Fab colouring and love the eyelets on the bottom
Ruth x

Karen Wilson said...

Wow, for a first, you nailed it! This is a beautiful card - could use it for any and all occasions. Well done!! Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla's this week!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant card.Great job with the distressing and your colouring is fantastic as always.
Lisa x

Julie said...

What a great card! Love everything about it

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