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13 March 2012
Today we have a step by step from Teresa. The combination of acrylic paints, distress inks and embossing makes for interesting textures.

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

8-811E French Vanilla 
9-960 Kraft 


S4-110 Classic Ovals Large 
S5-026 Labels Twenty 
ES-007 Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities folder 

JustRite Stamps: 

CL-02080 Fancy Tags 

Other Materials Used: 

Darkroom Door Seaside Montage image
 Mini corked glass bottle 
Tea-stained gauze 
Tiny scrap old book page 
Acrylic paints (blue, green, gold) 
Distress Inks (dark brown, dark green) 
Glimmermist (Forest Green) 


Step One: 
Emboss a piece of cardstock (the colour is not too important, as it will be covered up with paint) with the new Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities plate. 

 Step Two:
Cover the entire piece with a couple of different shades of blue paint. 

Step Three:
Once dry, add a couple of shades of green paint. Spray lightly with a dark green colour spray (eg Forest Green Glimmermist), and allow to dry. Sponge some dark green ink over the painted cardstock to bring out the detail of the embossing.

Step Four:

Emboss another piece of cardstock, and cut using a Labels Twenty die. Cut the centre out of the shape with an oval die, thus making a frame. Paint the frame with gold acrylic paint, and when dry, sponge some dark brown ink to bring out the detail of the embossing. 

Step Five:

 Using the same Labels Twenty die we used to make the frame, cut a shape from the painted piece of background, and attach it to the back of the frame with mounting tape. 

 Step Six:
 At the bottom right of the frame, adhere some tea-stained gauze, the mini corked bottle and the image. Stamp the sentiment onto French Vanilla cardstock, trim, and adhere to the card. 

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA


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