Card makers are tactile people -we COULD just send an email, but we really love to touch paper and build something beautiful with our hands. Textured elements can add something very special to a card. When you want to run your finger over a card to feel the rough, smooth or bumpy elements, the card is appealing to your love of tactile things. The card becomes interactive when it appeals to that side of you that loves to touch things. To help you with ideas for fun cards that showcase beautiful texture (or the appearance of texture), I’m sharing some of my favorite projects from the past year (and years past), along with some of Stampin’ Up!’s best products to make sure you have everything you need to make cards with beautiful texture.
Embossing Folders (Dry Embossing)
Textured embossing (or dry embossing) is one of my favorite ways to add texture to a card. Place cardstock or Designer Series Paper in an embossing folder and run that combination through a die cutting and embossing machine to achieve a textured look.
I almost always reach for my Subtle 3D Embossing Folder – it adds a gorgeous texture without distracting from the finished project. Here are two samples that use that embossing folder (you can click on any of these photos to see the original post for each project):
And look at the rich texture created with the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder, one of last year’s Sale-a-Bration rewards that is available in this year’s Annual Catalog (you can click on the photo to see more about this project):
Ribbons and Twines
The addition of a silky, smooth ribbon or a rough, textured twine can add something special to a project. I don’t often use ribbon on my projects (I’m just not good at tying a bow), but when I do add ribbon, it usually adds a lovely texture. Again, my test is this – if you want to rub your finger over it, then you’ve added texture to your project. Here are some examples of how ribbon and twine add texture to my projects (you can click on any of these pictures to see the original post for each):
Other Elements that Add Texture
Washi tape. The ribbon on this card was made with strips of washi tape that were then cropped with the Support Ribbon Die. Washi tape is silky smooth with a glossy surface that forces you to run your finger over it (you can click on this picture to see the original post for this card):
Perennial Essence Floral Centers. The fuzzy yellow balls in the Perennial Essence Floral Centers are heaven for a tactile person – there’s no way you won’t run your finger of that adorable ball of fuzz. Here’s a care I made with these flower centers (you can click on this picture to see the original post for this card):Glossy Pearls, Rhinestones and Enamel Shapes. Self-adhesive pearls, rhinestones and enamel shapes are a great way to add a teeny tiny bit of texture. Here are some of my favorite projects that feature these accents (you can click on this picture to see the original post for any of these cards):
Faux Textured Designer Series Paper. I love a beautiful Designer Series Paper that looks like it has texture – several have the look of a painted canvas. You don’t have to add texture with the appearance of texture is there. Check! Here are two papers I love for that reason (you can click on this picture to see the original post for either of these cards):
Faux Embossing. These butterflies were cropped with Poppy Parade cardstock and glued onto a Poppy Parade background such that they appear to be dry embossed. I also added Wink of Stella to the cropped butterflies for additional shine (you can click on this picture to see the original post for this card):
There are so many ways to add a touch of texture to a project, and each one is special in its own way. What is your favorite way to add that element of touch?
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