The background in the card above has been created by using the plastic bag distressing technique. This gives an interesting backdrop to the card and provides a contrast to the stamped images. There are many ways of distressing paper. Paper distressing techniques give an aged and vintage feel to paper. This technique is popular with people interested in altered arts and is a great way to transform the ordinary, such as a piece of newsprint, into the extraordinary and to really add a stamp of individuality onto a project. Many paper distressing techniques involve scrunching the paper up before dabbing it with ink. The ink emphasizes the lines in the paper. There are some drawbacks with distressing paper this way. The scrunching of the paper means that it can be difficult to achieve a flat surface for stamping upon. Thicker paper and cardstock can also be difficult to scrunch effectively.
It is possible to achieve a similar effect by using a plastic bag to distress paper or cardstock. This is a useful technique to use when making cards or working on projects where scrunching is not possible.Materials Required
- A plastic bag
- Ink pad (Distress Inks by Ranger Inks are ideal for this technique)
- Spray bottle or mister
- Kitchen paper or tissue