Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Pretty Distressing

Hi all

For my Glitz post this month I thought I'd share with you 2 classes I taught recently at the Scrapping Angels retreat. The idea behind these two projects is to show distressing can be pretty, especially with yummy Glitz products!

Love to Play

This layout uses the Maya range of papers specifically floral, stripe, damask and navy. I've also used the vintage winged rub ons and a stamp from the distressing stamp set. I've also added some hessian, stickles, acetate and faded jeans distress ink.

The picture frame is ripped out of a strip of the damask paper and ripped and torn back, behind the hole I have added another piece of the damask paper to create an illusion of the photo popping out of the paper.

The green side of the damask was a bit too clean for my layout so I used one of the oh so useful distress stamps and some faded jeans distress inks to break down the colour. The vintage winged rub on owl sat perfectly at the end of the strip and as in my last post I applied some of the butterflies to some acetate to create embellishments, however this time as it was a strong acetate I folded it in half to make the butterflies look like they were flying.

After copious amounts of distressing edges and folding them up my layout was completed with the super easy paper flowers made from scraps of the maya paper. They are simply irregular circles cut out and scrunched up, and I mean scrunched! The more you screw up the paper and break the fibres (especially as the Glitz papers are so thick) the more you can manipulate the circles into the flower shapes. A little button was added to the centre of each to finish them off. Lastly some stickles picked out little bits of the owl rub on and created a flourish at the top of the page.

My other class was a piece of home decor

Glitzy heart

A great way to recycle those pizza boxes we all seem to collect LOL. I used the Distressed couture range for this project, I love how chic it is! The papers are Floral, stripes, blocks, vines and polka. I also used one of the fun Vintage love whatnots, some clear frosting, a rub on frame, a paper layer and the chic little dress form stamp.

The papers were torn and ditressed into strips, layered up and sewn together on my machine. I then stuck them to a piece of stripped corrugated card. The base of the heart is some more stripped corrugated card and some distressed paper hearts added on top, made in a similar way to the flowers in my love to play layout.

The dress form I stamped onto some of the paper and embossed it with a black enamel. I layered up the paper layer, the rub on and the hearts adding the whatnot and some ribbon and lace under the heart before adhering.

The finishing couture look was to add a kilt pin and some charms, along with some frosting for blingy good measure!

I love how the Glitz products work just aswell for home decor as they do for scrapping and card making ... what will you create with your Glitzy goodness?

Thanks for stopping by and until soon Happy Crafting
M x


  1. Fabulous crafting again Michelle, your colour combinations are gorgeous and I love your flowers, that heart is stunning :) xxx

  2. You are amazing!! How do you do all that you do? Once again, I am totally inspired!