Adding Texture Without a Big Shot

If you haven’t had a chance to get the amazing Big Shot, I’m sure it’s at the top of your Wish List.  It’s an incredible machine that can add so much to your cards with Framelits, Thinlits, and TIEFs (Textured Impressions Embossing Folders).

But, even if you don’t have the Big Shot, you can still add texture to your cards.  Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool is a great way to add texture to your card fronts.  If you don’t have this tool, you can also use your Stampin’ Trimmer with the scoring blade for these techniques.

For this card front, I simply scored five adjacent lines beginning about an inch from the bottom of the card.

You can also add diagonal lines to your card for a different effect.  Simply turn the card at an angle to score.  It’s important to hold the card securely.

You can create a diamond pattern, which makes a nice background.

Place the paper so that you are scoring from corner to corner.  Leave a few spaces between your score lines (I scored every half inch), working from the center to the corner, then from the center to the opposite corner.  Turn the card and repeat this pattern in the other direction.  Be sure to hold your card securely when scoring!


Another way to add a nice textured background is to use your punches.  In this example, I’ve used various sized circles punched from the same color cardstock, and glued them randomly on my card.  I like to let some of them hang off the edge for a more “finished” look.

Flip the card over and trim the excess, and you’re finished!  You could use any punches you have. Wouldn’t hearts be cute for a Valentine, or stars for a patriotic card?

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas to add texture to your cards.  I’d love to see what you create with this idea!

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