Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Denim Look with a Tutorial!!

Hello friends!!  It's my turn to post for you today and I thought it would be fun to show you a little tutorial!
This is called faux denim or what I call faux jeans background paper!! :)
I love how simple this is with just a few inks and sponges for a fantastic background!
(please click on photos if you need a larger view of anything!)
To get started, here are a few things you will need to create this tutorial:
1) You will need to start with a medium color of blue paper preferably cut to size before you start.
2) medium blue ink - I've just used same color of ink as card stock for mine.
3) dark blue or navy ink
4)  white ink
5)  a couple of different sponges...make-up sponges work well for this too!

Step 1:  You will use your inked up sponge with the medium-toned blue ink and swipe it over the blue cardstock in long swipes all the way across the length of the card stock piece.  Leave plenty of open spaces and be sure to let your ink dry.

Step 2:  Now you will swipe the dark blue/navy ink with the sponge in the same manner that you did in step 1 going in the SAME direction as the previously applied ink.  Allow to dry completely.

Step 3:  Now you will take the white ink with your sponge and going in the same direction again, lightly swipe in long strokes over the other layers of ink you just applied.  Let dry completely.

Step 4:  Now you will turn your card stock at 90 degrees and use the dark blue/navy ink once again and swipe your sponge in that direction.  (You can see the difference when you turn the cardstock!)

Step 5:  In this final step, you will need to adjust colors of ink to your desired look with more medium blue inks or white inks, etc to get the "jean look" that you like.  This is what my final piece looks like.  (click photo for a larger view of it.)  As you can see, it has the nice "jean look" without using background papers!

 And here's what my card looks like with it being used:
I thought that this darling Belle with Laundry was just the perfect image to use for this!
When you add some stitching and buttons, it helps to show off the fun denim background!
I don't know about making your laundry chores fun...but it helps to complete a quick card with NO background papers while you're waiting on your clothes to dry!! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and if you try this out, I'd love to see what you did with it!
P.S.  If you haven't checked it out yet, there was a brand new challenge posted on the Belles 'n Whistles challenge blog...so go check it out and join in the fun with us!!
Thanks for dropping by today!!  Now...off to finish MY laundry! LOL!


  1. beautiful :) love the clean look result :)

  2. Toll gewerkelt und ein tolles Kärtchen.


  3. THANK YOU for the tutorial!! I am going to try this technique! You card is ADORABLE, just plain adorable! I simply LOVE the flowers on flowers! And YES, the stamp and the background are PERFECT together! The buttons and stitches just add to it! Good job!!!!

  4. Great tutorial! Perfect for that busy little gal! Your card is just adorable.

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 Jan 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Vicky your tutorial is AWESOME! And the card you made with your fab jeans-look papers is simply stunning! I love it and I definitely give this tut a try!!!!!!!
    Thanks for showing us this fab tut!


  7. So beautiful card Vicki,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  8. Thanks, Vicki! It's fantastic!

    big hugs Regina