Yeah, Bexx, I hear you. It's my big problem. But you are going to find that the wrinkle free distress pieces that come out best are the ones you are least strategic about.
And watch Britta on YouTube. She covers a lot of Distress techniques and she's a great teacher. I liked the card she made in lesson #5 so much I bought the stamp she used so I could CASE it.
And when you are really ready, you can take Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101 online through Online Card Classes. But not yet! You need to play a little first. What colors did you get?
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