Friday, February 26, 2010

Use Recycled Items: Texturize!

(Article originally published on the Sisterhood of Scrap Blog, March, 2009 for a "Teaching Tuesday" feature.)

Textured items can be found all over our homes and in nature. We can use recycled items to create texture, too! Many items can be used to create beautiful and unusual backgrounds and embellies for our scrapbooking and cardmaking creations. Let’s “scratch the surface” on the topic of TEXTURE!!

Packing cardboard from a set of dishes-

And here’s the result when it’s inked and applied to a LO!

(LO was created in 2008 with DT Kit from Scrapbooker's Club House.)

This green corrugated cardboard was also originally a packing material:

The “eyelash yarn” adds texture as well.

Here’s the result of using cheesecloth and paint on Bazzill CS to create a page background:


A peach pit, carefully washed and dried, was used to apply paint to a LO created this border. I “rolled” it along the cardstock with my fingers after covering it with LOTS of paint!!

Fabric & embellies cut from clothing can be used to create gorgeous texture and visual interest! Look at this altered notebook!
Altered Notebook

And, speaking of using clothing as embellies, here’s a photo of my daughter, Kate, embellished with a cut-out design from a t-shirt, with a heart shaped filigree button added!
(Photo Credit: Kristie Innes, Kingston, NS)

Here is what happens when you crumple up a wad of waxed paper and dip it in red acrylic paint! This makes a really pretty card background!!
Crump.Waxed paper acrylic

Buttons make great embellies. Try them in lines or on curves. Here’s a book dedication I made using an old cork dipped in red paint, and some red and black buttons set out all in a row on crisp white cardstock!
Cork, acrylicpaint, buttons

Button Clusters make great embellies and add a TONNE of texture! A button cluster applied to a sturdy file folder (which sits out on my desk) adds such beautiful texture that I just want to reach out and tough the surface of the folder every time I go by! LOL

File folder Button Texture

Sanding adds beautiful texture, too! I generally use 150 grit sandpaper on my cardstock as seen on this sanded card.

[This card was based upon a sketch created by Nicole Drewniak for World Cardmaking Day. 2008.]

Here is what results when the edge of a plastic lid from a jar is inked and applied to cardstock:
Edge of plastic lid, Dye Ink, Trim

Additionally, some denim blue trim (All My Memories) was scrunched onto the tag as an embellie. this looks like it was tough to do but wasn’t, and added some easy texture to this masculine mini-card. I used MM Ribbon Glue to affix it.

In this LO of Noah with his floppy bunny, the brown paint texture effect was created with crumpled tissue dipped in paint, then a paper towel tube dipped in the paint.
(January 2009 “Prudence” kit from SBCH was used for this LO.)

Here are some other ideas you can use to add a textured look to your projects. Why not try some or all of these with ink or acrylic paint?
Use an actual mini-paint roller, a plastic mesh onion bag, a “painting” toothbrush, a “smooshed” paintbrush, tip of a pencil eraser, the circular lids or tops of jars, one’s fingertips, leaves, fork tines, pinecones, small pieces of pine-bough, Popsicle sticks, or straws used to ’blow” paint across the cardstock or patterned paper.
These make fabulously different "textured looks." Have fun experimenting!

Why not share YOUR ideas about texture in scrapbooking? We’d love to see exampl


  1. Thanks so much this opens a world of posibilities for me the idea using the peach pit...really cool

  2. Great ideas for adding texture with items around you house! Love the article ;)