I was flipping through some older issues of Paper Crafts Magazine when the PC 101 column in the last September/October issue caught my eye. Betsy Veldman showed nine ways to add texture to your projects. Some of the clever ideas were: paint, string, and other natural materials, distressing, embossing, and crumpling. Of course, Betsy’s samples were full of luxurious fall colors.
I wondered if I could do something similar with “spring” in mind. Now Kim Kesti style is pretty crisp and flat, so this was definitely a challenge. I pulled on my fun-and-cute-style hat and had a ball.
I used buttons and ribbon to add texture to my first card. The card is still clean and crisp, but it has that pop of cuteness that complements those crazy froggies. (Aren’t they to die for?)
This next card has a fun grass edge that I created by simply cutting a strip of paper multiple times. If you have some of those fancy fringe scissors, use them. If not, just use a steady hand like I did and it will turn out adorable. I also popped up the letter stickers with some foam tape; that adds some texture, too.
My last card employed one of Betsy’s tips: use an embossing folder. This Swiss dot folder is one of my favorites! Just tuck in any color cardstock and run it through your die cut machine. Instant texture!
So, if you are having a creative slump, pull out those older issues of Paper Crafts and you are guaranteed to be inspired. Are you a subscriber? Access the digital version right on your computer. They are gorgeous!
How about a little Spring giveaway? Leave a comment on how you have added texture to one of your projects, and I will enter you to win this fun little treat—the Hello, Spring paper collection by Echo Park Paper Company.
All comments must be received by Friday, April 20th by 5 pm MDT.
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