Going Distressed for Cardz 4 Guyz # 305

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz two-week challenge.  Our host for challenge #305, Deb, chose a distressed theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge blog site to see the creations from the rest of the design team.  Hopefully, our creations will  inspire you to play along and post your creation in our gallery!

I used speckled DSP (designer series paper) from the Beauty of the Earth paper and the Gorgeous Leaves cling stamp set for my card.  I kind of think anything that’s faded and speckled qualifies as distressed, don’t you?

Here’s my card:




  • The Cajun Craze base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold card.
  • I used a piece of the Neutrals 6 x 6 inch DSP for the background mat. It measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. Then, I punch a one-inch circle of this DSP for the envelope seal.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the Beauty of the Earth DSP to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the same DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I used a small piece of the DSP for the front sentiment. The small panel measures 2-7/8 by 7/8 inches. Both the outside and inside sentiment come from the Best Year stamp set.
  • The white cardstock panel on the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scrap white cardstock for the leaves on the outside.
  • That’s it for the measurements.


  • The DSP really does all the work here, and I wanted to let it shine. Therefore, I kept the elements on the front to a minimum.
  • I used a blending brush and Merry Merlot ink to lightly color a piece of scrap white cardstock.
  • Next, I used Early Espresso ink and stamped two leaves onto the colored cardstock.
  • I topped the leaves using the Cajun Craze ink and the small splotches stamp ink from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set.
  • Again using Early Espresso ink, I stamped the inside sentiment on the white cardstock.
  • Then, I used the large splotch stamp and Cajun Craze ink, which I stamped off twice, to stamp over the sentiment. I did this three times, turning the stamp so the pattern would be random.
  • Using the coordinating die set, I cropped the leaves. I already had the Early Espresso branches cropped.
  • The only two pieces popped up on dimensionals are the top leaf and the sentiment. I attached everything else using my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Finally, I folded a length of linen thread back and forth and tied a knot in the center of the folded thread. Then, I cut the side loops down to size and attached the knot using a couple of glue dots.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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