Thursday, August 20, 2009

Distressed with Back to School Shopping?

I just went through my daughter's closet with her the other day taking out what doesn't fit, what she doesn't like, making a list of what she needs. The boy's are next though that will be more work :) I always remember the fun and excitement of back to school shopping. But, when you're the one paying for it, and not getting anything for yourself maybe loses some of it's appeal (lol!).

I was looking at a flyer the other day that said a teen trend is for that shabby torn jean look. I remember that look from college! How did it become a trend again? Anyway it got me thinking, it's another Flourishes Friday and this time the Queen of Clean Stacy has challenged us to something far more distressing! Getting that shabby distressed look on your papercrafting creations. She's written a great tutorial on the Flourishes Blog.

So that shabby trend and back to school shopping left me with this idea:

I've used a number of different styles of distressing on this card: distressed edges, sanding of the paper, sponging and crumpling. Then I mixed it with as much GLAM to contrast it so it really had a fashion feel.

This "look at what I found mom....oh by the way I used your credit card" girl, is colored with copic markers. I've added some paper pieced bags (Lime Rickey DP) which were sanded down a bit. After she was colored I masked her with Eclipse Masking Tape and then did the background sponging.

The edges are distressed with my fancy little fingernail (no wonder I never have nice nails!), and then I also crumpled the sentiment and sanded it down too.

But then you throw in some gorgeous silk ribbon and rhinestones and you've made a fashion statement!

Here's the links to all the other Flourishes Senior Design Teams' Distressing creations, be sure to check them out!

Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Gigi and Chloe; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise for sponging; Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Basic Grey Lime Rickey DSP, Flourishes Classic White; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Three Nestabilities, Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities, Modern Label Punch, Kaiser Rhinestones, Sander, Sponge, Silk Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Eclipse Masking Tape.


Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Too funny Christine! It's even worse when they've grown out of them by Christmas and you have to do it all over again!

Fabulous card, and wonderful distressed look that fits so perfectly with your theme! Your Copic colouring is amazing there anything you can't do?

Norine said...

LOL about the shopping your card is perfect and the coloring awesome

the whimsical butterfly said...

LOL! I enjoyed reading your description of the girl....yikes. I have a 9 going on 16yr old here-better hide the plastic! Your coloring is beautiful and love the shabby DP look. This is FAB!

Latisha said...

Very cute, and I love the "oh look what I found, and oh by the way mom I used your credit card" line LOL.
All of your sanding, distressing and coloring makes for one fabulous card!

The Rubber Maid said...

Great card with wonderful coloring and colors. Love your bee utiful bow ! Pat

Leslie Miller said...

I just love this card, Christine! Ohhhhhhh, the colors and the big bow -- rich and fabulous! Cute story, too. What did children do before credit cards, I wonder? It's funny, but even *I* didn't have a credit card when my son was in school.

Ida P. Krause said...

Fun and Fab Card. The distressing looks great and I love the touch of "class" you added with the bow.

I always remember having to earn my back to school clothes money by picking strawberries every summer. I learned to appreciate my clothes more when I had to help pay for them.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a fun card!! Love the story behind it. I think a lot of moms can relate. Awesome coloring, colors, and design!!

veronica said...

your coloring is amazing. i love it.

Lori Craig said...

So, so cute! Love your coloring and your shabby layout! Beautiful card, Christine!

Joan Ervin said...

This is sooo pretty, Christine...your colors are stunning and I love the coloring on that adorable image!!!! Mighty fancy bow, too!!!!! No shopping for me this year...we gave all the Grands money for some school clothes...they can drag their mom's to the store and I'll stay at home and stamp...heehehe!!!

Julie Koerber said...

I hear ya girl on the shopping thing! Looking at my sweet baby angels you'd think -- oh they are so mild mannered! Take them shopping and the diva comes out! LOL! I love your creation! Wow - you could sell your fingernail as a stamping tool! ;-) Love the colors too!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

LOL, it always cracks me up when trends come back around again from when I was a kid to now. Your card is AMAZING...incredible coloring and I love all the distressing!

Beate said...

Gorgeous coloring and paper piecing!
Hugs and smiles

Jerri Kay said...

Love it! This card is way too fun! Gorgeous design, gorgeous colors, absolutely perfect!