And Finally, Introducing... So Distressed!

Here we are at our last day of November Sneak Peek Sets! Do you sometimes look at your blank sheet of card stock and think, “I wish there was a way I could warm it up or add some interest or texture without taking anything away from the main image?" Or have you been longing to get your fingers inky and dabble in the mixed media craze? Well, we’re ready for you! Introducing...

With Mixed Media all the rage, why not add a background set to your bag of creative tricks? This pattern and background set offers all kinds of images that can be used on their own, or as a way to add "texture" to your cards or creations. The options are endless! How about trying to layer these images for even more fun? This set measures 4" by 6". Our team loved getting inky with this clever set, so hop on over for some creative inspiration.

When I first saw this stamp set, I actually jumped for join!  Being a scrapbooker and a card maker, I enjoy tinkering with all kinds of mixed media projects and I knew the "So Distressed" stamp set would become one of my all-time-favs and I knew I'd be using it A LOT!  Since I love to experiment with these kinds of images, I actually have two cards to share with you today.

For my first card, I started with a card base of "Thunder" cardstock from the Cool Neutrals Cardstock collection.  Then I created a simple mat using Classic Kraft Cardstock.  Then I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper and applied some of the stamp textures to the edges of my papers...

For my embellishments, I twisted some 'Smoke Grey' Seam Binding (yum... my new favourite "black"!) and some Silver Metallic String and I accompanied it with a beautiful Emerald Coast button and fun star pin.

The minute I saw the chevron stamp, I immediately thought of that traditional strip on the "air mail" envelops and so I created a faux mini envelop as part of Christmas card design.

Below is a close up of my card.  Inside this shot, I used four of the many texture stamps from this set... the "coffee stain", the "ink drops", the "graphic mini dot", the double row "distressed dots" and the "chevron".  I used Memento "London Fog" ink and Ranger's "Vintage Photo" ink for all my stamping.

And of course, I had to finish off the inside.  I used almost all of the stamps from the "So Distressed" set for this one; including the "Snow Day" set to add my skates to the corner and the "Christmas Candles" stamp set for the Merry Christmas greeting.

Here is my second creation.  I decided to go even more "mixed media" for this one!

To start my card, I used some Classic Black cardstock for my card base and then some matting using "Desert Marigold" cardstock (from the Sunflower Cardstock Collection) and "Festive" (from the Tiger Lily Cardstock Collection).
I started off my focal piece by embossing a piece of Classic White Cardstock.  Then I inked up the "graphic mini dot" with some Memento "Tuxedo Black" Ink and very carefully applied it to the raised surface of the embossed paper.  Then I used a ink blending tool and rubbed in some Ranger Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

Then I applied a layer of watered-down layer of white acrylic paint and added a few more areas of fresh "graphic mini dot" stamps in black ink again.  Here's a close up... you can see all the teeny, tiny little dots on the raised parts of the paper...

 I even took the time to add some "distressing" to my Tailor-Made Classic Tag with the images from one of our other November release stamp sets, "Grab a Cup".  I attached it with a loop of Black Jute.

 I hope I've inspired you to create today!  I know you are going to LOVE this new stamp set!

And, while you’re hopping remember, we have one more day of….
Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today’s set! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Do you want to win Flourishes’ November Release?

  • If you would like a chance at winning all newly released November sets…you can play in our Grab A Cup Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is TODAY November 15th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All three of our November sets are available now HERE! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all three sets together in a bundle. This discount will only be available through November 22nd, so you have to act fast!
  • See our coordinating cut files for this release HERE.
  • And, don’t forget to come back to the Flourishes Blog tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce all of our winners of this weeks’ challenges!
Good luck!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

TOP CARD:  Postcard Christmas
stamps:  Flourishes (So Distressed, Snow Day, Christmas Candles, Vintage Postcard)
cardstock:  Flourishes  (Classic Kraft, Cool Neutrals Collection)
patterned papers: Authentique (Glistening)
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink:  Memento, Ranger
pin:  Maya Road
button, string, ribbon: Flourishes.

BOTTOM CARD:  Coffee Time Clocks & Gears
stamps: Flourishes (So Distressed, Grab a Cup)
cardstock:  Flourishes (Classic Black & White, Sunflower & Tiger Lily Collections)
embossing folder:  ProvoCraft

ink:  Memento, Ranger
jute: Flourishes.


  1. Wow both cards are fantastic, I love a bit of grunge and the So Distressed stamp set is perfect : )

  2. OH boy, do I LOVE this stamp set...and what beautiful projects you have...what a clever idea for the airmail!!

  3. Both cards are stunning.

  4. Fantastic cards. Love that tea stained mini envelope. I think this set is definitely going on my Christmas list

  5. Amazing projects.

  6. Anonymous5:20 AM

    Fab. Unique. TFS.

  7. Beautiful cards!!!

  8. Great cards! Looks like a fun stamp set.

  9. Awesome cards!!! Looks like another must have - I am an addict for backgrounders and such anyway....

  10. Totally awesome Allison! Love this new background set and your cards are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. These projects are great, I especially love your Christmas card.

  12. Can I say that I am scared of mixed media!? But maybe with this set, I could actually pull it off. Your projects are fabulous, specially that Christmas card.

  13. Love the whole collage-y look of your Christmas card! Fabulous cards! TFS!!!

  14. Anonymous7:43 AM

    I love how you used the cup stains with the sledder, it makes me want hot cocoa!

  15. Love the pops of teal as a highlight.

  16. Awesome stamp set & card samples!

  17. Wonderful projects today. You've used the new stamp very well!

  18. Both such great designs Ally….I knew this set would be right up your alley :)

  19. Such beautiful cards Ally! Love the distressed look!

  20. WOW ALLEY!!!!!!!!!!! :) I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE BOTH of your creations!!!!!!! :) I am VERY HAPPY Flourishes has come out with a stamp like this!!!!!!:) TICKLED ACTUALLY!!!!!! I've been wanting to play with a set like this! Just haven't gotten one YET!!! :) LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the VINTAGE FEEL of your first card!!! I think I'm going to have to RE-DO my Christmas list after seeing your first card!! LOL AND your second card is FABULOUS TOO!!!!!!! ;) LOOK at ALLL THE TEXTURE!!! TOTALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!!:)

  21. Thanks for showing so many of the stamps in this set!

  22. Wonderful Ally. THe first one is so vintage and beautiful. Great work on both.

  23. Such a creative mind! Both cards are completely different and completely gorgeous! I LOVE how you stamped the tiny dots just on the embossed areas. Very cool!

  24. LOVE it! TFS.
    Crafty hugs,

  25. What a great colour inspiration!!

  26. Very cool cards Ally! You showed off this distress set so both ideas :) !!!

  27. Both are fabulous mixed media creations! :)


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