7 FAST Ways to Create Special Effects with Sandpaper
# 1 – Vintage appearance.
Use a grey, dark green or brown card stock for the background of your layout. Frame your photos with embossed paper. Lightly sand the embossed paper with a light-grit sandpaper. By sanding the paper, it will give the frames a vintage look.
# 2 – Stamp on sandpaper.
# 3 – Create a denim look.
Making a layout for a teenager? Create a denim background. Begin with two-tone blue card stock. Using the dark blue side, rub the sandpaper onto the card stock in a circular motion until it has a denim appearance. Now you're ready to add photos, journaling and a few embellishments.
If you're going to use colored die-cut letters, you can age the letters with the use of an emery board. Using the emery board at a slant, rub along the outer edge of each letter until the edges turn white. Aged lettering is the perfect accent for layouts of family reunions, genealogy or childhood memories.
# 5 – Weathered look for journaling.
Cut a piece of card stock into a rectangular shape to be used as the background for your journaling section. Use a light-grit sandpaper to add texture to the card stock. Use different motions as you rub the paper, to create an interesting weathered look. Card stock usually has a white inner, so as you rub sandpaper on it, some of the white will appear. Glue a piece of paper onto the card stock, leaving a quarter inch border.
Sometimes adding stickers to a layout is a distraction. The layout might have a vintage look, but once you put a couple of shiny stickers on the layout, it just doesn't look right. Lightly rub the stickers with a piece of sandpaper to give them a worn look.
# 7 – Distress your photos.
It's not always necessary to frame your photos for a layout. Try distressing your photos by sanding the edges. It will create an interesting border.
Sandpaper is a great tool to keep with your scrapbook supplies and tools. It will come in handy for a lot of your layouts. Store sandpaper and emery boards in a ziplock bag to avoid accidentally scratching items that you don't want to scratch.
So there you have it! Seven ways of scrapbooking with sandpaper.