Happy First Day of September! We’re back with a guest design post from Lois Wyche from Lil Artsy Woman. Lois is not only sharing a card with us, but also a great tutorial for creating a Faux Plaid Effect. Here’s what Lois says about putting this card together:
“Have you ever used your debit or credit card for something other than purchasing craft or other supplies? Today, I’ll show you how to use a debit, credit, grocery or library card, especially an old one, to do a faux plaid effect on your cardstock. Make sure it is an old card because you may have to do some shopping to buy more supplies or to check out a good book from the library.
Let’s look at how this card was put together:
- Distress Oxide (spiced marmalade, twisted citron, wilted violet and black soot)
- White gel or white chalk marker
- An old card (debit, credit, grocery or library) or a heavy piece of cardstock that will not bend easily
Start with any of the three colors. Here, I’ve used the twisted citron Distress Oxide ink for my first layer. (Save the black soot to use later). Apply the oxide in a random order using a swipe instead of a circular motion.
Apply the next color using the swipe. Make sure you blend both colors together. I’ve used wilted violet Distress Oxide ink for my second ink layer.
The third layer of ink I used is spice marmalade Distress Oxide ink. It was applied in the same fashion as the other two and blended.
Now that all three colors have been applied, I can begin to use my “old credit card” to form the faux plaid effect. Swipe your card across the ink pad picking up the black ink onto the card. Apply the vertical and horizontal lines randomly onto your card. Once this is done, add the white lines on top of the black lines in a random order.
Decorate the card as you desire. I used my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space to find some free image to cut out. Halloween is quickly approaching and I decided to cut out some images for that occasion. It is going to be a “spooky” night, so get ready.
An additional card using the same format:
I used the Spellbinders’ Romantic Vine die to cut out this image. For the embellishment, I added three Offray purple flowers and seven Martha Stewart faux pearls. The sentiment was cut using the Cricut Explore and black cardstock.
Variations: Distress ink or watercolor inks can be used instead of the Oxide inks if you don’t have the oxides.
I hope you will give this faux plaid effect a try. I think you will find it a fun way to use one of your old cards (debit, credit, grocery or library) for an awesome background.
Sending you a hug and LOVE, Lois”