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Unread 09-24-2017, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default TLC658 ~ Everything Old is New Again: Acrylic Distress ~ {10/02/2017}

First Monday in a new month means it's time to get old again. This time I have chosen to revisit the Acrylic Distress tutorial, which was in the Weekly Inkling in April 2010, and subsequently featured as TLC365 in February 2012. It's a technique which I use on an occasional/regular basis, great for creating an interesting textured background.

For this background technique, you need card, acrylic paint, distress/dye inks, an embossing folder and a sanding block. Plus, sorry about this, it's another technique where a little drying time is required for the acrylic paint. But no worries - paint your piece of card and then go off and do something else!

Here's a link to the tutorial: Acrylic Distress.

Top tip: You do need to use a reasonable weight of cardstock for this, because of the sanding stage. Don't worry about getting the embossing sanded down so much that it shows totally white, we are going for a distress look here. In all the times I have tried this, I've neve, everr got my sanded area looking as white as Beate shows in the tutorial! You just need to get enough paint off for the exposed card to "take" the ink.I often find it easier to sand it if I keep the card in the open embossing folder.

Because of the layer of acrylic, when you add colour to the sanded area, don't worry if you do also get some on the paint, it will wipe off with a baby wipe. This technique works best with relatively detailed embossing folders with an all-over pattern.


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Here are my cards. I've just uploaded two to start with, the Christmas mice shown in the attachements will get uploaded later in the week. I thought one Christmas card was enough .

TLC658 Distressed Snowman

TLC658 Under His Wings


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I've done this one before, but I don't have one in the gallery, so I'm excited to do it again! I'll get started first thing in the morning! Thanks, Sabrina!
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Unread 10-02-2017, 01:23 AM   #3
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Had to laugh about drying time. Found my coloured tissue that I had left to flatten under a pile of heavy card yesterday.
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I don't think I've ever done this technique..it looks cool. Maybe I can do part of it before I go volunteer since it requires drying time...then finish it later. I might have to do a snowman card since seeing your sample Sabrina
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Well, I had to push all my crafting stuff together in craft room to make room for son who will be here for two nights since he's having major dental work done tomorrow. I'm going to try to squeeze in there somehow to get this done and a card for my granddaughter. Sounds funny saying granddaughter, but they've been married two weeks now, so I've got grandkids!
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Thanks Sabrina for the challenge !
Here is my card:
TLC658 Tasting white wine by niki1 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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here is mine, fun technique even if it takes a bit of time to dry

TLC658 acrylic distress by snietje - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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"Distressed" is not my usual style but fun to try something new (to me). I tried 3 different folder and color combos but unlike what the tutorial said when I tried to wipe away the smears it did not lift from the acrylic but just smeared a little more . . . I'm wondering if this is because all my acrylic paints are MATTE Finish and perhaps this works better with a glossy finish acrlic???? I forged ahead anyhow and here is my offering for the challenge:

Distressed?? Me?? by bubblestx4 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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I had never heard of this technique before and had so much fun with this challenge that I made 2 cards. Here are my cards -

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Thanks so much for the inspiration.
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Here's my snowman i had fun with this..Thanks Sabrina...for the challenge and the snowman

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Got my card done. Wasn't as messy as I thought.

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I enjoyed the acrylic distress. Thanks!! Gold Thank You by Luv Flowers - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Here's my card. Now I'm going to vacuum my craft area! LOL Thanks Sabrina.
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Sabrina, I love the vintage results using the acrylic distressed technique! Thanks!TLC658 Prince of Peace by Lv2grdn - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Great technique, lousy card creation. Oh well, at least I learned something new!

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Sabrina- a most worthy challenge, thank you! I substituted acrylic nail polish to put over my embossed die cut panel, sanded it, then stained it with dark brown ink. My vintage SU images are from my stamping buddies, as is my recycled paper strip background. Here's brewhaha witch
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The paint dried - and here's my card! Fun technique Sabrina! TLC658 Resist the Tree by artystamper - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Here is one with mixed results on the painted panel......
TLC658 - Happy Thoughts by sewflake - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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This was a fun technique to try, here is my card:

TLC658, DD8ABC8H Happy Anniversary by cdimick - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Got round to this one a bit quicker
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