Distressing/Aging Technique with Shellye McDaniel!

Distressing/Aging Technique with Shellye McDaniel!

I love
collecting old sheet music and using them on collage projects or cards.  Today I am going to share another way to
achieve that aged look without having to make a trip to the flea market or
antique store!

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Products: Cardstock-My Favorite Things; Patterned paper, stamp, tag, chipboard sticker-Pink Paislee; Distress Inks- Tim Holtz/Ranger; Black Ink and sponge applicator- Imagine Crafts; Flowers-Petaloo

To begin, you
will need a sheet music style stamp, cardstock, black and other various colored
ink pads along with a sponge applicator. 

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For this
particular card, the kraft cardstock was cut to 4” X 4” and then stamped with
the “Jingle Bells” stamp three times in black ink.

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Now onto the
aging-process:  I’ve selected four
different Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and
Broken China.  Starting with the Vintage
Photo ink, pick up some of the ink with a sponge
applicator or dauber.  Swirl the applicator
from the outer edge of the cardstock inward; repeat until all edges have been

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Repeat the
process with the remaining three inks:

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Next, emboss the
cardstock with a snowflake pattern and then distress the raised areas with the
Vintage Photo ink.

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Finally, most
all old sheet music have dog-eared edges or tiny tears, so it’s time to give
our piece of music the same treatment. 
Do so by gently crimping the edges with your fingers and/or a
distressing tool. 

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Complete the
card by attaching the finished sheet music to a 5” X 5” mat and then onto a 6”
X 6” card.

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Thank you for joining me today!

~ Shellye McDaniel

Thank you Shellye for joining us this week and sharing two great techniques.  If you missed Shellye's easy chalkboard tutorial on yesterday's post, be sure to check it out too!



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Happy Wednesday, see you tomorrow!

~  Catherine 



  1. Becky Fleck October 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    That card is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the technique.

  2. Carolyn Hawkins October 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you this lovely tutorial. The end result is so beautiful and I would not have known you got this from a stamp. Love the way you distressed the music then embossed it!
    This really has helped me with distressing my pieces…

  3. Amber M. October 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Lovely card, Shellye, and thank you for the tutorial on aging – that was great! I pre-ordered my 2014 planner and sketch calendar today – yippee, so excited for December when it arrives!!!!!!

  4. Carla joidrey October 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Gotta love time Holtz for distressing

  5. Beth W October 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Nobody does distress better than Shellye. I am an ardent fan of hers.

  6. Donna Rawbone October 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Gorgeous. Thanks for the info on how to make this beautiful card.

  7. Kim Thomas October 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Your card is stunning! Thank you for the great tutorial. Take care. 🙂

  8. Sharon October 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    ?love the card ! Thanks for the tips

  9. TracyM #6773 October 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    WOW – FABULOUS card!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing how you created the DELIGHTFUL embossed music panel – LOVE IT!!!

  10. Barb in AK October 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Wow! That is BEAU.TI.FUL!!! Thank you for sharing the technique 🙂

  11. Joan October 17, 2013 at 6:16 am

    great techniques Shelle – really like how you distressed then embossed. when i first looked at the card, i didn’t see the embossing. Lovely card!

  12. Dorina D October 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Exquisite and beautifully done with the wonderful aging of the paper and embossing. Great tutorial.

  13. Leslie Congrove October 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I am always looking for new aging techniques. This one is a winner! It takes vintage-style projects to a whole other level. Thanks for sharing!

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