Faux Linen

by Beate Johns

Scratch glossy cardstock with sandpaper to get this amazing look.


  • Medium sandpaper

  • Glossy cardstock

  • Blending Tool, or sponge

  • Ink

  • Background stamp (optional) Crafty Secrets Artsy Banner used here

  • Stamps, Crafty Secrets Birds at Home used here


  1. Step 1 (Optional)

    Stamp a background on your glossy cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Sand your cardstock making vertical lines. Sand the entire piece of cardstock.

  3. Sand your cardstock horizontally, and keep sanding until all the gloss is gone.

  4. Step 3

    Sponge your cardstock with ink.

    The darker the ink, the more obvious the sanded lines will be.

  5. Step 4 (Optional)

    Stamp additional images on your background.

  6. Step 5

    Sand your cardstock again in both directions to lighten the sponged color and to get the Faux Linen look.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.



    Alternative Inks
    Use craft or chalk inks to sponge over the sanded cardstock. It will give you a different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Linen. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

un très sympatique tutoriel. merci
muha  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Neat idea, stunning design! Thanks for sharing, you are so talented Beatte, love all of your tutorials:)
susan  |  Sun Sep 4, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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