A touch of texture
Cards are essentially a 2-D medium. Adding texture without adding too much bulk is a papercrafter's dream. Altenew Academy class, A Touch of Texture helps in making this dream a reality. Within the class, the instructor discusses using background stamps, specialty paper or even scoring to achieve texture on a card. I was intrigued to try using both scoring and ink blending to achieve some different texture. Score lines are creases in a paper made by folding or using a bone folder. To see how I used just a bone folder, ink and paper to build texture on a card, please continue reading. Affiliate links are used within this post. If you choose to use these links to purchase products, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Building the texture
Texture on a background helps build interest towards the main sentiment or image. To make the texture on this card, I took a piece of 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" kraft cardstock and scored it with a scor pal and bone folder at every 3/4". I made these lines really stand out. I then used Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso and Walnut Stain to add ink all over the panel with a mini ink blending tool. I took care to keep the edges dark and some light in the middle. This background looks like wood paneling.
Finishing up the card
To complement the dark colors of the background, I thought a nice floral bouquet would match. On a different piece of the same kraft card stock, I stamped the large flower image from Altenew Blooming Bouquet stamp set in Gina K Amalgam Ink. I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to color in the image. There is no die for this image so I fussy cut the flower and ended up cutting off some of the tendrils and sprigs which made it fit on the card panel a bit better and did not cover up all the background. I then sprayed the bouquet with shimmer spray.
On the card panel, I attached a 1.5" vellum strip around the middle of the card. I then used foam adhesive to pop up the floral image. I stamped a sentiment from the Altenew/Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2018 collaboration, Dainty Sprig. I like how this sentiment has a larger scripty word with a smaller phrase under it. I used Stazon black ink to stamp the sentiment because I was stamping on Vellum. I added some Rainbow gems from HoneyBee stamps and some clear Nuvo Drops for added shine.
This card was really easy to make and I love how using inking and a bone folder really sets this background apart. Please let me know in the comments below how you like to add texture to your cards. I have affiliate links listed below to some of the products I used. If you choose to use these links to purchase items, I may receive a small commission at no charge to you. Thank you for your support. Have a wonderful and crafty day.
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