Saturday, 24 March 2018

Distressed Background Card

Hi crafters!  It's a grungy one today, but I will show you how easy it is to create this distressed background.  It is great for guy cards too!

The winner of this week's Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Netty The Runner!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your card

The finished dimensions are 7" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Great card.Love the background.
Jan x

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Great guy card. Love the background.

JAO said...

Fab card Sue.

Pauline Austen said...

Morning Sue, we can't get enough examples for male cards, so thank you for sharing this one. Very interesting background and I look forward to watching how you did it later. Great striplet. Congratulations to the winner of yoyr Wednesday give away. Enjoy your weekend Sue and all Wilsonettes. Hugs xx Pauline

Steph Cotterill said...

Hi Sue. Isn't it amazing what crackle solution does to what would be an ordinary plain background - I've not watched the tutorial yet but after watching shows of yours a few months ago when you and Hayley had fun with it I'm just presuming. I've only tried crackle solution once a few years ago now long before CE bought it to the market, and it was a massive flop so as my mum use to say "nothing in cheapness" so now there is a good quality crackle solution to use I may pluck up the courage to buy and play 😕 it's a great sample for those guys cards Sue.
Congratulations Netty on your W.W.W - Wonderful Wednesday Win, what a great start to your weekend ☺ enjoy your gift from Sue.
Sending Saturday love and hugs your way Sue hope you have a great one xx

hollyberry said...

Different card,love it.
Congratulations Netty.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, certainly a different type of card today, good as a man card.

Congratulations to Netty

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a very different card, quite brilliant.
Congratulations to Netty the runner.
Take care and have a good weekend Kitty.

Unknown said...

Fabulous distressed card Sue! Love that background.
Congratulations to Netty the Runner! Debra x

hazel young said...

Fabulous card Sue love it x xhazel

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Fabulous card and background! The video shows us how easy it is to achieve, thanks for sharing.
Hugs x
Heather T

cr@fty said...

Oops! Forgot to congratulate Netty!
Hugs x
Heather T

CraftyCoffey said...

Great card today.

Congrats to the card winner.


Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
At first glance I thought that you had got the crackle paints out but having watched the video I was amazed to see that you achieved the same great effect with just a couple of clever stamps and ink! Brilliant! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
Congratulations to Netty.x

Marion Scott said...

Great card and video Sue, love how you have created the distressed background.
Congratulations to Netty x
Marion S x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card.
Congrats to Netty thr runner.
B xx

ahappycrafter50 said...

Love the background.

DeCor said...

Love the background also. Have to watch your video later. A good all rounder card. Have a super weekend.

Hunnymummy54 said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What a great card perfect for a man

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a good day and stay safe all

Hunnymummy54 from MK

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love this card. love Jean Z xxx

Clai01 said...

Hi Sue

great card and always good to see some distress techniques. x

Anne said...

Fabulous card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Sue
I love how you have created the distressed background.
Your card is just a perfect design for a man's card.
Lesley S x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeousssssss Sue, love it

gr karin

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - yet another very different card from you and I really love the way you have created the background. It's a brilliant man's card. Sending best wishes

TDQ Karen said...

I really like this i am starting to love grungy backgrounds Congratulations to Netty

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all.
Wonderful card this morning and a great card the mens cards or steampunk . I love the effect you have created for the back ground. I am going to pop the kettle on and watch the video.
Congratulations to Netty. Crafty hugs and well wishes to all.

Chris Curry said...

Definitely a great card for a man Sue, really like it. Thank you,xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing masculine feel, love the crackling!!

BenteS said...

Cool card, love the border - and the background :))
Thanks for the video!

Unknown said...

Isn't it funny how we buy all new stuff to make something look old and beat up! But those Lisa Horton stamps do look tempting.

Congratulations to Netty the Runner!


Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
only one word for it: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. I love that card, and would not limit it to the category "male" cards. I'd love to receive something like that.
Hugs, Rose

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

I was lucky enough to win the IC Background die set during it's blog launch and have bought the Ransom Note Happy Birthday so I've already made a card very similar to yours and had great fun cobbling it up although I must admit your grungy background is better than mine turned out - but I was really happy with it anyway...

Congrats to Netty the Runner on winning Wednesday's stunning card!


Ann Topp said...

Good Morning Sue. I love this sort of card .... mainly for men I know .... but that's where most of us get stuck... and this just fits the bill. Not seen the video yet but will do later this afternoon. Sending best wishes to everyone this dull morning. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, what a great card and the video makes everything look so easy. great card for our male friends.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sun,
A great card, love the background.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Another stunner, love your background and a colour change could make a card suitable for the female grunge lovers.

Heather R Oxfordshire

Mavis L said...

Hi Sue. I think this could be my go to mans
card it is beautiful. Mavis L x

Tressa said...

I like how you have created a distressed badckground with the judicious use of two of Lisa's stamps and ink pads, very effective.

For the first time ever the video wouldn't go to full screen in my iPad telling me my browser would allow it. Weird or what!!!


Judith Tucker said...

I love the background, will definitely try this. Think this is one of my favourite cards.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A fantastic card for the men & also some ladies who like this style . Congratulations to Netty the runner. Yvonne xx

June Horrocks said...

A great back ground sue I 😊 love it the guys cards it’s just perfect for. Everyone will be so pleased with it. Hope you have a lovely weekend love always
June Horrocks xxxxxxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a really great card, love the background. Will catch up with the video later. Well done Netty. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Morning Sue
Wow...I love this card!! I’ve loved all the cards over the last couple of days too, but have been unable to comment as been spending too much time at the hospital!!! This is great for male cards!!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card. Love how you created the background. Didn't realise at first that you'd done it with a couple of stamps - brilliant.
Teressa, mine wouldn't go to full screen either - same reason as yours! Don't know what's changed!
Love and hugs to all, Alison xxx

alimecca said...

Op. Forgot to say congratulations to Netty the Runner xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, great male card today. Love the background.

Barbara V

Jackie T said...

Hi Sue this is an amazing card I love the background you have created and the dies are amazing. I will watch the video when I have a break from wedding invitation making - we are hoping to get them finished today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Great card, love your grungy background.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a great card for males and those who like grunge. Your industrial chic die goes so well with the grungy background. Thanks for your video. Congratulations to the lucky card winner.

Unknown said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue, 🥇Award Winning Blog 2016
I Just Love Today’s Luxurious Card I Really Really Wish That You
Would Give An Exceptional Card Like This Away As The Wednesday Gift Card
As I Would Just Love To Win A Distressed Card (Not Though I Would Win It Lol!)
Your Video Tutorial Was Exceptional Extremely Informative Where You Shared Lots
Of Unique Tips/Techniques With Us..
Famous Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression 12”/30mm Piercing Ruler”
“Creative Expression Milk/Black/Brown Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Enchanted Gold Gilding Polish”
“Gold Paint Pen From Stash”
“Creative Expression Smoothies”
“Rangers Jet Black Archival Ink Pad”
“Tim Holtz Walnut Stain/Antique Linen Distress Ink Pads”
“Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink Pad”
“Creative Expression Stamps Designed By Lisa Horton” (Sorry I Have Forgot The Names)
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card ✨🥇Award Winning Cutting Dies 2017
“Sue Wilson’s Ransom Note Birthday Die Set” (From The Expression Collection 1 Cutting Die)
“Sue Wilson’s Industrial Chic Background Die Set” (From The Industrial Chic Collection 3 Cutting Dies)
You Began Today’s Card With A Piece Of Milk Foundation Card Then Using Lisa Horton Stunning Stamps
You Began To Create The Most Fantastic Background, The First Stamp You Used Walnut Stain Twisting
Turning Your Stamp Then You Changed Stamp Once Again Designed By Lisa Horton This Time You Used
Jet Black Archival Ink Pad Stamping All Over Your Background Covering Open Areas, You Spritz With Water
(You Mentioned The Walnut Stain Would Bleed A Little So You Gave A Quick Dry With A Heat Tool)
Because You Felt The Background Was Still A Little White Looking!! You Decided To Bring In The Walnut Stain
Distress Ink To Create The Appearance Of Age, Taking The Brightness Off The Background Then You Wished
To Add The Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide To Go Around All The Edges, You Followed With Walnut Stain
Distress Ink Leaving A Little Of The Spiced Marmalade Showing Then You Wished To Add A Darker Edge So You
Chose Jet Black Archival Ink Just Around The Edges You Squirted Water Into The Palms Of Your Hands, Then
Clapped Them Over Your Magical Background, You Placed A Piece Of Kitchen Roll Over Your Background To
Blot Your Background, You Distressed Your The Edges With A Pair Of Scissors Then You Added Mounting Foam
To The Back, Then You Placed On Your Base Card Which Includes Your Famous/Signature/Piercing (You Have
Even Distressed This With Scissors.
Sue, Then You Went On To Work With The Centre Die From The Industrial Chic Background Using
Brown Foundation Card You Showed Us In The Video How You Had Lined Up The Unique Die Set Once Cut
You Trimmed Away A Couple Of Pieces, The Centre Part Of This Looks Like A Striplet Die, Then There Is Two Unique
Thin Strips On The Two Thin Strips You Went Over Them Using Your Gold Paint Pen, The Exceptional Centre Part
Of This You Went Over The Top With Enchanted Gold Gilding Polish, Adding Gold Paint Pen To Each Side, You
Backed This With Black Foundation Card Adding Mounting Foam To The Back Then Placed To Your Phenomenal
Background, Placing The Thin Gold Strips Either Side.
You Cut Out Your Sentiment “The Ransom Note” “Happy Birthday” Twice In Black Foundation Card Then You Glued
This To The Bottom Right Hand Corner.
This Card Is Magnificent “Thank You” For The Tremendous Video Tutorial Also The Inspiration I Truly Appreciate It...
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx

Sharon fletcher said...

Hi sue. What a great background, I love this grungy distress look, great for male cards too,very inspiring. I would also like to say Thank you for my fabulous prize I won on last weekend's comment game, you and the creative expressions team do an excellent job x

karenlotty said...

Lovely card and great for male ones

Scottydog said...

Well it might be grungy, but I do like this & it will make a great card for the men. Perhaps I do need some of these Dies after all. I really wasn’t sure when you released them. Off to watch the video now. Thank you Sue for the inspiration.
Congratulations to Netty, lucky lady!

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
A brilliant card for everyone who likes grunge, sorry I'm not one of them but I loved watching the video and seeing you create the background. Only a week to go until you're back on TV, looking forward to seeing all your creations

Love and hugs to everyone especially all our missing friends

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I expect that you can guess that this one is not for me, sorry, but I did enjoy watching you get messy :-)

Annette - Congratulations on being this week's Wednesday Winner, enjoy your lovely card.


Anonymous said...

Hello again, Sue
Just wanted to say I have had the same problem today with my Ipad Mini trying to get Full screen. However, have just tried to watch the video on my Laptop and there wasn't a problem.
I certainly do not want to turn the laptop on every day just to see it better with Full screen. I wonder why it has been changed?
Lesley S

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love this card, I love grunge and I absolutely adore steampunk, so this, to me, is gorgeous !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,

fantastic vintage card in amazing colours. Will watch the video tomorrow.

Rolf xxx

Eunice said...

Not really a grunge person but I do think that I could do this one and really like it!! That is saying a lot for your wonderful idea. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love it.
Beverley W

ursula said...

Oh I just love this background on this fab card....great mens cards lately Sue, thank you as I struggle so much with them....luv Ursula xx

CraftyJo said...

This is right up my street :) Love it.

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue, what a really lovely card today (if lovely is the right word to use for a grungy card). I love this die and will have to watch the tutorial to see how to do the background later.


Lynne L said...

Hi Sue Lovely card I love the distressed background and the IC background die
Congratulations to Netty

sued99 said...

I love the background and how it works so well with the dies. X

Theresa said...

that is one fab card. just love all the inkiness and distress going on, hugs xx

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Fantastic card, love the background and the colours you have used. Love the die you used also.
Di B. x

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Can't wait to watch the 'how to' of this card. Always love any help with ideas for those pesky men x
This is such a fab card and one that I think I could 'copy' and satisfy any male recipient x
Congratulations to Netty - you are the subject of my jealousy - love this weeks giveaway x
Off to bed so goodnight all and love to everyone specially missing friends x
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Fantastic card Sue x love the background and how you achieved the look x thought it would involve alot of complicated techniques but as your brilliant video shows I think even I can manage this one ! Thankyou Sue x
Congratulations to netty x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Craftychris said...

Absolutely fabulous guy card! Cool background. xxx

Suzzette Yandle said...

Fantastic grunge design. Love the background. I need to remember this one.

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
A card that truly shows the value of your dies Sue, love the way it is extended here and the gold looks brilliant against the grungy background. The video is good as always making such a complicated looking Card so easy to make, step by step.
Congratulations to Netty
Hugs to all,
Muriel x

CCM said...

Hi Sue,

Love the background.What I love the most is that, like you said, there's not right or wrong way to create a ditressed background.Thank you for showing us how easy is to make a card for a man.

Congratulations to Netty.

Hugs from Toronto to you all and special hugs to all missing friends.
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only across the pond Wilsonette

dmj said...

Don't really do messy stuff, but I could see me
having a go at this!!!

Congrats to our winner,

Doreen x

Marie P from Longridge said...

A fabulous card today Sue (as always) and the video is excellent.
I love everything about it and I do have female friends that would appreciate something like this. A great male card too.
Congratulations to Netty.
Have a good weekend.
Marie P.

Laura O said...

Fantastic card love the grungy look fabulous. Laura O Springfield

Dawn Holben said...

Sue this card is fabulous, when i first saw it i thought i have to make it for
I did and although i did a slightly different technique it came out beautifuly so
i have to say a massive thank you as i would never had done it without your wonderful inspiration and video's.

Owlish said...

I don't normally like grunge cards but I can say I
think this is brilliant love it
Congratulations Netty