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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Simple Set Saturday: Simply Aged

Today, we are going to make some really simple vintage cards with the new RRD Just Sayin' plate.

We'll start off making a card with the Old Gent from the Just Sayin' plate.

First, gather all your supplies.
  • white cardstock, 1 piece 8.5" x 5.5" for the card base and one piece cut 4.0" x 5.25" for the front panel
  • Ranger Distress Inks in the following hues: Antique Linen, Old Paper, Wild Honey Tea Dye, and Brushed Cordoroy
  • post-it notes or scrap paper and repositionable adhesive for masking
  • water brush for detailing
  • cotton balls, sponges or daubers for applying ink
  • Memento or StazOn ink for main image
To start stamp your focal image in the center of your front panel with Memento or StazOn ink. Stamp the image again on a post-it and cut out a mask for the image. Apply the mask to the panel.

Now, using a cotton ball or sponge, pick up your lightest color of ink - Antique Linen - and sponge on some distress ink around the image. For the best results, after inking the cotton ball, apply the ink from the mask outward onto the card.

Move to your next darkest color of ink, Old Paper, and apply this ink around the edges of where you left off with the Antique Linen. Once, this is complete, apply some Tea Dye where the Old Paper layer finished. You should be creating an ever darkening halo around your image.

Finish off your aging process, by applying Brushed Corduroy around the edges of the front panel. Be sure not to be too even in your application to preserve the aged look.

RRD always prides itself on including great details on our stamps. Some of those details would be hard to cut in a mask. To get to those places that you could not cut out, pick up the lightest color ink - Antique Linen - on a water brush and slowly apply to the open areas. In the case of Old Gent, these areas are the space between his legs and the enclosed space in between his arm and body. You can also use the inked water brush to fill in any white spots around where the mask may not have been cut close enough.


That's it! Add a sentiment if you like and adhere the panel to your crisp white card and you are all done! Once you start making these fun cards, it will be hard to stop!

Here are some of the other cards I made for this set:





Hope you will try out this easy to do technique! If you want to play along, add your creation to our linky.

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