Tuesday, April 5, 2016

friend or faux?

we want to see the latter at shopping our stash this week; in honor of april fool's day, we're looking to see cards and projects which feature a faux technique of some sort OR which have a hidden or tricky element. sound like fun? we thought so too! here's what i made: 

plain tan cardstock: core'dinations; inks: ranger distress and archival, versamark embossing, plus viva inka gold in silver and a few gelatos in metallic shades; glossy black cardstock: paper accents; loads of vintage bits from my collection; embossing folder and charm: tim holtz; twine: doodlebug; feather: michaels; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch gluestick, sewing machine

i decided to try out a cool faux patina technique i found on splitcoast stampers, which was very clear and easy to follow. i don't think mine came out quiiiiiiiite as well as the example, but it does look like aged metal, so i'm callin' it a win. also, as happens every time i use one of my (many, cool) embossing folders, it made me think, "i should emboss more" lol!

once i had such a gorgeously distressed panel, i decided it really needed some more vintage accoutrements to hang out with. i found a super-fun vintage photo of an old british car in one of my funky ephemera boxes that i thought would make a nice focal point. after that, it seemed like a no-brainer to add in other travel-themed bits. when i saw this week's layout (#209) at retro sketches, i knew EXACTLY how to arrange my treasures!

there's loads more inspiration awaiting you at SOS... why not hop over and check that out right now?! ♥


  1. No SOS needed here - your design definitely doesn't need any help. Although I might need some help picking my jaw up off the floor. Wowzas - this is INCREDIBLE and totally now adorns my Pin board. <3

  2. Ohhh la la la!! This is soooo incredibly lovely Miss Lauren! Your knack for awesome layering never ceases to amaze me!

  3. Awesome absolutely Awesome. I love how you have the ability to know what to do with things on a collage. you make it seem effortless.

  4. Awesome card! Love the distressed collage! Thanks so much for joining us at Retro Sketches!

  5. awesome!! I love it! perfect with all the great textures/colors!! thanks for playing with us at retro sketches!!

  6. This is so great, the layers and textures are fabulous. And I am loving the browns.


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