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How to Add Texture to Your Greeting Cards

How to Add Texture to Your Greeting Cards

Adding texture to your greeting cards can really make a difference in the overall visual impact. Using texture paste on a stencil for bling, along with the vellium foliage added behind the sentiment really gives the card depth and complexity.

Carol had fun making this card in a beautiful and elegant style featuring the ‘5703D-Rose Border Die‘. Carol said that the addition of a snarky sentiment to an elegant card is so funny to her. She thinks this will be hilarious to give to her husband for their anniversary!

How to Add Texture to Your Greeting Cards.
  • To begin this card, place ‘4302-Stacked Hearts Stencil‘ over a 4¼” x 5½” piece of 80# white cardstock.
  • Using a palette knife, spread white texture paste through the stencil. Focus on applying the paste more to the right side of the card but not all the way to the edges for a more random look.
  • Set the stenciled piece aside to dry.
Use a Stencil with paste for added texture and dimension on your handmade cards.
  • Next, Carol inked up three panels of white cardstock using ink blending brushes. The inks used here are Rose, Blush, and Fuchsia from ‘Rubbernecker Color Fuse #5‘. When completed, there was a panel in Rose, a panel in Blush and a panel in Fuchsia. Note: Carol began with blending brushes, but for a faster, heavier application of the ink, switched to blending foams.
  • One at a time, Carol placed ‘5703D-Rose Border Die‘ on each colored panel and ran it through her die cutting machine. She snipped the edges of the die cut, if it was needed, to separate it from the panel.
Brass and Bliss Rose Border Die and Color Fuse Inks
  • Next, she glued the three die cut “5703D-Rose Border Dies” together, but slightly offsetting them. It is helpful to use glue with a fine applicator tip. Glue them together with the darkest shade on the bottom to create an ombre effect.
Emossing past used with a stencil for added dimension on handmade greeting card.
  • Next, die cut vellum with ‘5611-04D-Open Greenery #1 Die‘ two times.
  • Stamp the sentiment from ‘36024-I Adore You Set‘ with black ink.
  • Cut the sentiment with ‘5028D-Nested Rectangle Scallop Die‘ out of white cardstock.
  • Die cut white cardstock with the next larger size of ‘5028-Nested Rectangle Scallop Die‘.
  • Use an ink blending tool to color the edges of the white cardstock cut from ‘5028-Nested Rectangle Scallop Die‘ with Fuchsia ink from ‘Rubbernecker Color Fuse Set #5‘.
  • Adhere the stamped sentiment piece centered onto the Fuchsia colored scallop layer.
  • Ink a scrap of white cardstock with Fuchsia ink.
  • Trim a strip of the pink cardstock to ¼” x 5½”.
  • To assemble the card elements, adhere the ombre Rose Border to the left of the textured panel.
  • Glue the narrow pink strip to the left side, as shown in the photo above. This gives a nice finished look to the stack of die cuts.
  • Glue the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.
  • Use small dots of glue near the bottom of the vellum ‘5611-04D-Open Greenery #1 Die‘ to adhere them to the card.
  • Add foam tape to the back of the sentiment layers to adhere it to the card.

Notice the wonderful texture on the card in the three photos above. The card really shows the depth and complexity can happen on a card by the use of paste and letting the “whitery” not be all the way attached. What a wonderful card! Carol used this Rose Border Die to create an amazing gatefold card earlier this month; be sure to check it out for a fun new way to use this die!

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