Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Jessica Arrant. She shows us how to create added dimension to our background pages.

For today’s “How To’sday” I have a simple technique for adding texture without much mess or adding a lot of thickness to the page.

Here is what you will need:

  • a tool for scoring (I used the AC Cut It Up)
  • a piece of paper
  • some sand paper (I used a WRMK Heart Attack)
  • distress ink pad

Using your scoring tool, draw a series of vertical and horizontal lines on what will be the back of your paper. I really like making a large symmetrical grid and then go back and adding some random score marks to create interest.

Now flip the paper “right side up” and rub the lines with your sand paper. I have darkened the photos to help you see the effect created on the paper. The photo above shows what the paper looks like before I was done distressing all the score marks – there’s some texture but it isn’t very visible.

All done with the sanding! This I took this photo really dark so you could see all the places I’d distressed and torn up in the process.

Then, to heighten the  texture, I rubbed the page with a Distress Ink pad in Vintage Linen.

When I set to work on my layout, I didn’t worry about smudging or over inking; knowing that it would lend itself to creating a more interesting background.

And below I have a close up of a portion of the layout, you know, just for fun.

All the papers for this project were from Teresa Collins’ Memorabilia line. The ribbons I found in my  stash.

 

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Thanks Jessica! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!