How to Make a Distressed Grid

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Thank you for the positive response I had when I showed my original distressed grid card.   You said you wanted a tutorial and here it is.  My background uses the Smooshed Ink Blocks technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter  February 2014 issue.  If you are not a subscriber, I recommend using one of your favourite techniques on your background, or simply sponge colour onto your cardstock, as seen at the bottom of this post.  My Smooshed Ink Blocks uses glossy cardstock, so the process takes a little longer, as you want to ensure that your black ink has dried completely before sponging your grid work.  Dry time on cardstock is much quicker.  The end result is a personal choice.  I do hope you try this fun technique that is packed with a punch.  Let me know what you think.

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Supplies:  Stamp set, background using your favourite technique, black ink, coloured ink and sticky notes.

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Stamp your main image onto the centre of your card.

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Take your sticky note and place it close to the centre image to allow for space to stamp other images.

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Take more sticky notes, as needed, to cover the entire card length wise.  Stamp out your image and let dry.  You may wish to speed up the drying process with a heat gun.

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Stamp all four corners.

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Lay out your grid as in previous step and sponge the corners of the card.  Just sponge on colour where there is a sticky note, and do not do the outer edge.

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Once you have the corner done, place your sticky note vertically across your card, ensuring the sponged lines are even.  Sponge along the sticky note.

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Repeat above step for all four corners.

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One option is to sponge colour on before stamping out your image as seen in the photo above.

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Using sticky notes, cover the area you would like to stamp in, ensuring your sticky notes are placed along the already distressed line areas.

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Continue to do the same until all the areas of your card are stamped.

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This card was done on regular cardstock.  The background was sponged using a variety of inks with sponges.

Whew, that was long, and I hope it was explained well.  Please drop me a line with any questions you may have.

For a complete list of my tutorials, please check out the top Tutorials and More Tutorials pages.

Stamps:  Stampn’ Up!

 


Posted on : Mar 18 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Tutorials |

12 People have left comments on this post

Mar 18, 2014 - 08:03:05
beth said:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, girlfriend I know what I will be playing with today great tut and card.

Mar 18, 2014 - 08:03:45
Holly said:

How cool is that???? Great tutorial, Beth! I love your backgrounds on both cards and the awesome grid work!

Mar 19, 2014 - 03:03:16
Maryann said:

This is so beautiful Beth. I love oriental cards and this one is really beautiful and such an amazing technique. Well done girlfriend, it looks fantastic.

Mar 19, 2014 - 05:03:00
Viv said:

Beautiful card Beth and brilliant clear and easy to follow instructions! Great job all round my friend! xxx

Mar 19, 2014 - 04:03:20
Patti J. said:

Wow, wow, WOW! Beth, this is gorgeous, and such a great tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:03:55
curt said:

Great card and great tutorial. It’s weird, but I just watched a video at Gina K Designs called “retiform” stamping which is similar to your technique. Such fun stuff! Hope you are doing well. Hugs, Curt

Mar 25, 2014 - 01:03:42
Shirley said:

Of course the card is lovely!! Look who made it! Thank you so much for sharing how to do the technique. I have bookmarked it!! You make it look so easy. Love how the black show up with it too!

Mar 25, 2014 - 11:03:59

love the result! great sponging technique! TFS
thanks for stopping by to my blog during the “Lost Coast designs” and “Stencil Girl” blog hop!
all the comments made my day!
Bibiana

Mar 26, 2014 - 03:03:51
Shelly Schmidt said:

I was drooling over this card- thank you for showing how it was done…… Gorgeous!!!

Mar 29, 2014 - 07:03:07
Tricia O said:

Well done, love it…i will have to try this one…thanks Beth

Mar 29, 2014 - 09:03:50

This is a wonderful tutorial, Beth! Thank you for taking the time to photo and give instructions. Your work is always so lively and colorful, and this card is so “Beth”!!

Mar 30, 2014 - 04:03:14
Jane Bosi said:

I super love this Beth! The card is so eye catching and lovely….great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!!


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